Announcement from Anglian Water 11th May 2020

Dear Season ticket holder

Having reviewed the Government’s announcement yesterday, because our water parks are tourism venues and draw large crowds, they will remain closed to the public at this time.  This includes fishing, watersports and events. 

It continues to be a difficult decision for us to make. We know how valuable the park is to you, but the health and safety of our local communities, visitors and colleagues is our priority.  We must be certain that when we reopen we can do so safely, meeting all the guidance on social distancing.  

We know this will be disappointing news. We are regularly reviewing our position and will continue to update you with any changes. However for the time being, like the rest of the hospitality and leisure sector, our attractions, activities and recreation services remain closed.  

Yours sincerely

Jake Williams

Head of Parks and Conservation

Angling Trust proposal to Government to get us fishing safely again

Whilst GWFFA supports the Angling Trust by way of club membership, in the light of the current restrictions due to the Coronavirus, there has never been a better or more important time to join the AT as an individual member.

Click on the upper link above and read the full proposals made by AT to Government and watch the accompanying video. It is sad to read that many fisheries are being broken into during this time with the probability that fish are being illegally removed; this would not happen if anglers were allowed back on the banks and whilst fishing, acting as bailiffs.

You can currently get your first years subscription effectively paid for by joining now in conjunction with a special offer; click on the lower link to see how you can join and take advantage of this special offer.

Support the Angling Trust and help get us back fishing again.

Notice from Anglian Water

Earlier this week we sadly took the decision to temporarily close all of our waterparks to the public with immediate effect to help limit the spread of coronavirus. This includes all bank and boat fishing. These measures will be in place until further notice. We had hoped to keep our green spaces open, but the wellbeing and safety of our customers, visitors and colleagues is the most important thing at this time. We would encourage everybody to follow the Government’s advice to social distance and not travel wherever possible to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

Please follow this link to our website Anglian Water Parks Covid-19 Updates. You can also keep up to date with our fisheries community on our Facebook page Anglian Water Fisheries 

 Although we won’t be emailing our Fishery News to you on a weekly basis we will keep you updated with any news and we will let you know when our fisheries plan to re-open.

Thank you for your support.

Kind regards

Grafham fishing report w/e 15 March 2020

Fish 255 Returns 51 Rod average 5.0

The past week at Grafham has seen plenty of fish caught from both the boat and the bank. The bays along the North shore have been particularly productive and many of the larger over wintered fish are being caught on snakes and other lure like patterns fished on a floating line with a midge tip leader. The dam is also producing plenty of fish with many bank anglers having good results whilst fishing a shammy fly on the bung. The action seems to be fairly constant throughout the day with no obvious peak times at the moment. However, with the mornings getting brighter and the days getting longer we fully expect dusk and dawn to really switch them on soon.

The biggest fish reported this week was a 5lb 6oz Rainbow and the rod average is a very respectable 5.0. The buzzers are now starting to hatch all around the complex so if you are planning a visit make sure you have buzzer patterns in the box.

Best Rainbow: 5lb 6oz.

Best Brown: 3lb 12oz.

Best boat areas: Wind dependent.

Best bank areas: 
G Buoy, the Willows, the Dam.

Rainbow Trout

A 5:06 Rainbow trout caught on the 13th March 2020, about 50 yards from G buoy on a white snake with some floro orange maribu tied into the head, fished on a DI5 line retrieved in short slow pulls. I was fishing with a non-member on the day, Dave Aylett. I showed Tom the ranger the fish when we got in that evening, but weighed it on the boat after capture.


Anglian Water fishery report w/e 7 March 2020

Grafham Water 

The opening weekend at Grafham has provided anglers with some fantastic sport and thrown up some bumper catches. The annual New Lodge trophy which is awarded for the biggest fish on opening day took place on Friday, and was won with a cracking rainbow of 4lb 15oz. The fish was caught by Danny Peet and was part of a 30 fish catch taken along the north shore. 

Bright blobs and black snakes fished a few feet under the surface are still producing the goods at the moment, but as the sun comes out and the water warms up we fully expect the fish to switch on to the buzzers that hatch in abundance all around the fishery. If you are planning a visit make sure you have buzzer imitations and other small nymphs in the tackle box, especially small green and black patterns. 

Bank fishing has been steady with plenty of fish getting caught at the Dam and along the north shore but please be aware the banks surrounding the fishery at this time of year can be very slippery so good non slip footwear is essential, especially along the Dam.

This week’s catch returns show that a lot of over wintered fish are getting caught with plenty of fish between 3-5lb being reported. The rod average at the moment is a very respectable 7.4 and we believe this number will continue to rise as the buzzers hatch and the fish begin to gorge themselves on this natural larder.

If you are planning a trip to Grafham give the lodge a call first to get further advice on best boat areas and methods as this can change daily and is often weather dependent; or you can always speak to one of the rangers when you arrive.

Best Rainbow: 5lb 3oz.

Best Brown: 3lb 4oz.

Best boat areas: Wind dependent – G buoy, the Dam, the Seat.

Best bank areas: 
G Buoy, the Willows, the Dam.

Fish stocked: 10,000 (season to date).

Forthcoming events
Scierra Pairs
 12 March

Perch Mania 28 & 29 March

Anglian Water Rudder Match 11 April

England Qualifier 24 April

Snowbee Floating Line 2 May

Invicta Pilgrimage 21 May

Beginners courses: 15, 20 & 25 March; 4, 8, 17 & 26 April; 3, 10, 17, 23 & 29 May and other dates throughout the season. 

Boat handling courses: 28 April5, 18 & 26 May; 8, 16 & 23 June and other dates throughout the season.