Report week ending 1st July

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Foremark weekly report week ending 1st July 2018

Telephone Number: 01283 703202

The weather this week has transformed from the gentle conditions to days of continuous sun and with the water temperature rising again to the circa 20 degrees centigrade. The wind has been from the east/east north ease which has been a major benefit since it has had a major cooling impact both to the mass of water as well as to the ambient conditions. Because the water usage /demand has risen so has the extraction rate of water from the reservoir. In total the water extraction rate has been way over 200 million litres of water per day (circa 44 million imperial gallons) which is extracted by the water tower over 60 feet down. Although the water extraction rate is high, there has been some fall in the water level of the reservoir and if this hot weather persists then it is probable that the water level will begin to slowly and persistently fall. The extraction rate has created a major undercurrent around the tower and the dam wall which explains the reason for it becoming a major fish attractor with the added benefit of the aerators which are fully operational. The engineers working on the tower have reported observing significant shoals of fry surrounding the tower which have been corralled and fed upon by trout. The predators are initially rushing at the fry and then going back and gorging themselves on any stunned fish that were so inflicted by the first rush.

Given the hot weather, bright sunny days and short nights, the fishing has been challenging all week although the boats have fared much better than the bank anglers. Lots of fish are being reported on the far side of the reservoir from 3 and 4 buoys down to and around the valve tower. The cascade has also fished reasonabley well at times, which is not surprising given the amount of water being pumped into the reservoir. On Monday, Mr Johnson took 4 as did scotty Wilson, whilst on Tuesday Thornton member, Keith Coley and his partner Bob Taft landed 12 on lures. Wednesday and Thursday were very difficult but a cooling north easterly wind on Friday helped to push the rod average up to over 5 with Scott Wilson taking 10 fish on a Black Foremark Tadpole. Saturday was a similar day with all boats catching fish. Mr Saccone recorded the best catch with 11 of which his son, Joe, caught four the best being over 2 and a half pounds. Sunday there was around 10 anglers on the bank and their catch rate indicates the need for a boat while the weather is as hot as it is. (1 between them) and with the fish being deep places on the bank are very limited.

Stop Press With this report being a little late being publish Monday produced good catches for the few that decided to brave the sun and fairly strong winds Scott Wilson landed 7 fish on a Di5 sweep with an orange eyed booby and Mr J Lee a visitor from Canada also scored 7 on a fast sink Intermediate using a variety of different lures. Most of these catches were from the dam side of the reservoir from Heron bay around to the Tower area. Mr Lee on his last drift of the day caught a bonus fish in Flamingo bay – one he thought was the biggest of the bunch.                

Weekly Draw: A free weekly draw for all anglers is held, the winner being given a free boat voucher. Do not forget to sign up for this offer when in the Lodge. This week’s winner is Mr. Colin Froggatt of Sandiacre.

Tuition Days: The tuition website has been updated with a new blog page /reports section and the first post is just an introduction to the page and what it will offer in the future. The concept is that write ups of guiding trips, tackle reviews and advice, and tips on different fishing methods will be included and it will be updated on two week intervals. Tuition days can be made via our website at or through our Guiding & Tuition Manager, Tom Bird at Draycote on 01788 812018.

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit

New for the 2018 season Fishery Management (UK) Ltd are pleased to offer boat tuition days. These days are run to a similar format as the popular bank tuition days, with the difference being that the fishing is taught from a boat. In this section instructors will show participants the correct way to start & drive the boat, anchoring, drifting and boat etiquette.

Thinking of booking a match? We offer discounted rates for group boat bookings and competition permit prices call the lodge for more details: 01283 703202.

We are now offering fly only pike fishing. All pike fishing must be PRE- BOOKED, you must also have a suitable unhooking mat, the correct size landing net, long Forceps, all fly’s must be attached to a wire trace. All fly’s to be 4 inches or longer in length. All pike to be returned.

Don’t forget to pick up your loyalty card from the lodge, once you have purchased 10 of the same permit, your next visit of that permit option is FREE valid at all three fisheries, Thornton-Foremark-Draycote-Eyebrook

Weekly Stats:   Number Rods:   67   Trout Taken: 34       Number Trout Released:   37

Total Catch:   71     Weekly Rod Average:   1.1Current Fishing Times:

 Bank: 7.30am until 10.00pm                         Boat All Day: 8:30 until 10.00pm

Morning Boats:   8:30 until 3.00pm         Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 10.00pm

Last 4 Hour tickets: From 6.00pm until 10.00pm (Tickets on sale from 5.30pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 10.15pm

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