Friday, 19 August 2016


In the Trout fisherman’s calendar , August is always a tough month! The Trout at this time of year disappear into the depths to find the sanctuary of cooler water. Presentation with fly and spinner is difficult when the fish are residing 20 feet below the surface, however worm can be held in this zone all day long and this interesting fact has been reflected in the catch returns of late!
11 year old Tom Pearson from Surrey was on holiday and went out on the boats with his dad Peter for the day. They both fished worm in the deeps and landed 4 nice Brown Trout to just under 2lb. Scott Carter from Lancaster also fished deep with worm and recorded 5 Trout to 2lb+. Also Dave Carter from the West Midlands took 4 nice fish , including a nice over wintered fish of 3lb on similar tactics.
Anthony Jones from Glamorgan  fished fly on a very fast sinking line from the boats and managed a nice brace of brownie’s to 2lb! Also Frank Armstrong had a great result on similar tactics recording 3 nice fish to 1lb 8oz , again from the boats!
Spinner has accounted for the odd fish lately, but early mornings and evenings have been best for fishing up in the water! Indeed Dave Linton from Hull fished an early session from the far bank, opposite the ticket office and landed a nice brace of Trout, one tipped the scales at 3lb 11oz!
As far as the Trout fishing is concerned though, roll on September, we need some good spell’s  of wind and rain to get the fish up on the surface again. Anyway September is nearly here, so expect sport to improve no end!
The Coarse fishing has been on fire recently with many bags reported in the 40-50lb region of mixed, Roach, Rudd, Bream , Perch and some cracking hybrids! Long range feeder tactics reign supreme, however 3 lads fished the car park peg last week with pole and recorded over 100lb of fish on float and maggot combo, between them! They had Roach to 2lb, Perch to 2lb, hybrids to 3lb 9oz and Bream to 5lb+. Don’t forget we are open year round now for general Coarse fishing and day tickets are only £10! Also Carl Hunter and his mate from Barrow fished the boathouse stretch last week and recorded over 50lb to Carl and his mate had 69 individual fish in a single session. They took Roach to 1lb 4oz, Perch to 1lb 4oz and hybrids to 3lb 8oz!
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Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M


Saturday, 9 July 2016

With the much needed cooler conditions, the Trout fishing is improving no end, with fish back in the top 10 feet of water. Water temperatures have dropped by 10 degrees F in the last two weeks. Surface activity is good now, fly life is in abundance, with plenty of Buzzer, Sedge and Damsels coming off the water. Best top of the water action is still early mornings and late evenings, but given the right conditions fish have been rising freely throughout the day too. The Coarse fish have spawned now and fry bashing is also in full swing!
Johnathon Palmer from Grange Over Sands enjoyed a terrific evening on the buzzer, landing 4 nice brown’s to 2lb+ from the boats in the South basin. Also Peter Johnson from Lancaster fished from the boats and enjoyed hectic sport taking 7 Trout to just under 2lb on small wets and Muddler pattern’s.
Even though the water has cooled now its still the worm and spinning tactics that are most effective!
David Greasby from Liverpool float fished worm and landed 6 nice fish around the pound mark, again from the boats. Anthony Taylor also fished worm from the boats and landed 5! Frank Jones from North Wales also landed 4 nice fish with the best tipping the scales at just under 3lb!
On the spinner Alistair Hargreaves took 5 Trout to 1.5lb from the boats and John Parks from Kendal landed 3 and reportedly lost a monster double figure Brown Trout at the net from the Swimming Pool in the North basin!
Best areas at present include the boathouse banking on the Eastern bank, Smoothbeck shore and Swimming Pool in the North basin. In the South basin the ticket office frontage and Strickland bay are fishing well!
We still have places left for our last discounted fly fishing tuition day of the season on Saturday 16th July if anyone is interested? The session starts at 10am and finishes at 2pm. It costs just £20 and is a great introduction for anyone that wants to start fly fishing. All tackle is provided and bookings must be taken in advance by telephoning Dave on 015394 36541.
The Coarse fishing is on fire at the moment. They have all spawned now and are ravenous and bags of 30-40lb are not uncommon! Day tickets cost just £10 and long range feeder with maggots and groundbait reign supreme in the tactics department!
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Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Despite the recent hot weather and cooking water temperatures, the lake has been fishing very well for the Trout. Fly anglers have sruggled with surface activity, however fish have been coming to the surface to feed for brief intervals during the mornings and late evenings. There’s plenty of fly life about, buzzer, alders, sedge and damsels all hatching in abundance. Worm fisherman on the other hand have been doing very well indeed, due to the fact the Trout have been predictably holding deep and presentation at 20 feet down is achievable all day long!
John Parks from Preston fished from the boats and landed 9 Brown Trout on float fished worm. Stanley Bishop from Shrewsbury fished similar tactics and landed 5 nice fish to 2lb+. Arthur Peterson from London also fished deep from the boats and landed 7 brownie’s.
From the banking Hawkshead Angling Club member Harry Poxon landed 4 nice Trout on legered worm from the bank. Meanwhile Chris Brant and Steve Bool from Surrey landed 24 Trout between them on legered worm!
One or two fly anglers have got amongst the fish when conditions have been right! Dave Driscoll from South Wales fished cats whisker on a Hi-d line from the boats and took 5 nice fish, one being an over wintered beauty of 3lb+. Also Reg Holden from Berkshire fished deep with buzzer patterns and landed 4 Trout.
Last weekend we hosted the Esthwaite Water Kayak Grand Slam competition. 31 anglers fished the competition and most of the contestants managed the Grand Slam of catching all three species of Trout, Pike and Perch. So the whole weekend of camaraderie was a resounding success!
In third place was Chris Mccauley with 143cm. In second place was Graham Busuttil with 157cm and Paul Fennell won the competition with an overall length of 158cm. Well done Paul, thats the second time he has won this competition, top angling mate!
Last but not least Ben Pickering won the junior section of the competition with an overall length of 58cm.Well done Ben!
A big thank you goes out to the competition sponsors Lowrance and Berley Pro for supplying some fantastic prizes!
Anyone interested in fishing next years Esthwaite Water Kayak Grand Slam should contact Sam Baxter on 07981987188.
Don’t forget folks that we are now open year round for general Coarse fishing. Day tickets cost just £10. This is a fantastic opportunity for the avid Coarse angler to target Esthwaite’s pristine Coarse fish stocks of Bream, Roach, Rudd, Perch and Eels. Pike fishing is NOT included and we still maintain a strict close season for the Pike from October 1st until 31st March!
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Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Trout fishing here at Esthwaite has been great recently. It’s not been easy , challenging is the word. But right up until the beginning of last week it was almost winter conditions. In the space of a week or so the weather has picked up. Water temperatures are on the rise and it’s an improving picture! There is plenty of surface activity. Buzzers and Alders are coming off the lake in numbers and there’s one or two damsels starting to appear!
All methods are working at present and there’s plenty of fish coming from both the boat and the bank! There’s still fish being taken in Stockie bay. Strickland bay is also worth a thrash! Up in the North basin Grubhole and Swimming pool are also the places to head for. Meanwhile from the bank. The car park banking is fishing well as is the point opposite the ticket office and the boathouse stretch on the Eastern bank.
Johnathon Taylor from Preston landed 4 nice brown’s to 2lb+ on sinking line and damsel nymph combo from the boats. Tim Jenkins from South Wales also had a great day on the boats, landing 3 nice fish on floating line and traditional wets, including butcher’s and Mallard and claret!
Harry Press from Manchester landed a brace of Trout on spinner from the boats, best fish tipping the scales at 2lb! Geoff Tutt from Southampton also landed a nice brace on worm from the boats!
Chris Williams also landed a brace on spinner from the boats. Meanwhile Chris Smith landed 3 again on spinning tactics from the boats!
Fishing from the bank Jack Green from Liverpool landed 3 to legered worm and last but certainly not least Tom Robertson from Manchester caught and released an estimated 15 Trout from the boathouse banking on legered worm!
Another 500 fish were stocked again yesterday so if you are planning a trip to Esthwaite, now is the time!
There are still places left for our discounted fly fishing tuition days. Dates include 29th May, 4th June and 16th July respectively. The sessions start at 10am and finish at 2pm and only cost £20 each. Participants are provided with the tackle on the day, but you will need a brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses with you. Also don’t forget a valid EA licence! If you have not got one, then you can purchase one here on the day!
To keep up with daily activity here at the fishery, please follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Google+. To book a boat or make enquiries please telephone Dave on 015394 36541.
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M


Saturday, 2 April 2016

The lake received its first stocking on March 3rd. With 750 top quality triploid Brown Trout stocked and another 750 went in the following week! Sport has been very good from the word go, with fish falling to all methods including  fly, spinner and worm . Both boat and bank anglers are doing well , but boat anglers are getting a higher success rate, with the freedom of movement as the newly stocked fish are still congregating in small shoals.
The South end of the lake is still fishing best and Stockie Bay and the car park are throwing up the most fish! However the Swimming Pool and the Grubhole in the North basin is also producing numbers of Trout.
Steve Watson from Wolverhampton fished from the boats and landed 4 nice brownies on floating line and buzzer combo. Peter Johnson from Windermere also opted for the imitative approach, fishing buzzers and hares ears, landing 7 Trout to 2lb+, again on a floating line set up!
Meanwhile Wigan based John Cooper landed 4 Trout, including an over wintered specimen of 4lb 8oz on worm from the car park banking. However the best fish so far has fallen to Ian Driscoll from Wigan who landed a cracking over wintered fish of 6lb 9oz and was taken on a spinner!
We still have places left on our discounted fly fishing tuition days, only £20 per head. Dates include 16th April, 7th May, 29th May, 4th June and 16th July respectively. Please telephone Dave on 015394 36541 to book your place!
What a cracking end to our Pike season we had with numerous double figure and twenty pound plus specimens reported on lures and deadbaits. Graham Dwyer from the Wirral boat fished using static deadbaits and landed a 10lb and a 16lb 1oz Pike. Steve Coward and George Johnson from Sunderland bank fished and landed specimens of 13lb, 15lb and 18lb 8oz. Season ticket holder John Ashurst landed a 16lb’er. Phil Pratt landed 4 Pike to 17lb 8oz on lures and deads from the boats. Nige Cooper fished from the boats and landed a jack , a 15 and an 18lb’er.
Geoff Carlson fished the boathouse banking and landed a jack and a 16lb 1oz fish. Paul Cooper from Hereford landed a 15lb’er on Herring. John Sherlock from Wallasey fished fly and took a jack and a 15lb’er from the boats. Mark Billington landed a 14, 2x 16lb’ers and an 18lb’er, again from the boats. Egidijus Anickas from Nelson landed 4 Pike to 15lb on lures from the boats. Jim Scott landed a 13, 14 and a 16lb’er on deads from the bank. Chris Harris had 3 doubles to 17lb on trolled lures. Ted Crush from Kent landed another 2 Pike to 18lb. Sean Whitaker landed 3 to 18lb. And Ian Bland landed 3 to 15lb on lures and deadbaits.
Geoff Birtwistle from Bury landed a personal best 21 pounder on Mackerel from the boats.(see attached photo). Last but certainly not least John Bradley landed 6 Pike including 2 x twenties. A 21lb 2oz and 21lb 4oz respectively on staic deadbaits.(see attached photo).


Friday, 5 February 2016

With all the recent disruption of the floods,  numbers of Trout anglers have been thin on the ground. However one or two anglers have fished off the car park swim in recent weeks and had a few over wintered fish to 4lb on legered worm!
Just to let you all know the lake will receive its first stocking on Thursday March 3rd!
Despite the recent wet weather the Pike and the coarse fishing has been spectacular! Water temperature have remained high for the time of year and plenty of anglers have had their string pulled as a result!
Gaz Hodgson from the Wirral fished static deadbait from the boats and landed a cracking 22lb 8oz fish. Dave Bleese from Southport also fished deadbait and landed Pike of 15 pound and 21 pound respectively .
Meanwhile Andrew Dennet from Preston landed a personal best 20lb 30z Pike on a lure with one of the Esthwaite guides. Danny Stott also caught a 15lb 4oz fish which fell to static deadbait.
Terry Kenyon bank fished off the popular car park swim and landed a 20lb 8oz fish on a float fished Herring. Also fishing off the car park swim Dave Black fished Lamprey section and took a personal best 28lb 4oz lunker! (see attached photo).
Hawkshead Angling club members Roger Byron and Harry Poxon  fished the boathouse stretch on the Eastern bank and landed fish of 21lb and 22lb respectively! These boys used a bait boat to access very deep water and took both their twenties on static Mackerel deadbaits!
Also getting in on the action was Mathew Wright from Warrington. He landed a 12 and a 15 pounder. One on a lure and the other on deadbait! Darren Ward fished from the car park banking and took a nice double of 14lb!
Meanwhile Ian Driscoll from Wigan fished from a boat with one of the Esthwaite guides and landed a 15 pounder on a lure and another of 19lb 8oz on a trolled deadbait! (see attached photo)
Don’t forget our Pike season finishes on 31st March and we offer a guiding service until then. If you would like to book a day with one of our professional guides then this must be done in advance by telephoning Dave or Alex on 015394 36541. Or alternatively you can email us on
The mild weather  and overcast conditions has produced fantastic bags of 30lb+, of Roach, Rudd, Perch and Bream, to long range feeder tactics. The point opposite the ticket office and the boathouse stretch on the Eastern bank have both fished consistently well and don’t forget we are now open all year for for general coarse fishing!

Best Regards, David Coleman  M.I.F.M , FISHERY MANAGER.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery Report 19/12/15
I would firstly just like to say, we have survived the recent flooding caused by hurricane Desmond and the roads are completely clear, so its business as usual. Also we are open throughout the festive period, the only day the fishery will not be attended is Christmas day. So if you are one of the die hard’s then just pop your money through the cafĂ© letter box and enjoy your day out!
Trout Fishing
Not allot to report on the Trout fishing as the recent bad weather has kept angler visits down!
There was one chap from St Helen’s, Peter Lord who had a couple of nice brownies just in front of the ticket office. Fishing from the boats with sinking line and booby combo’, Peter landed fish to 2lb+.
Pike and Coarse Fishing
Once again and despite the bad weather the Pike fishing has been exceptional with many double figure specimens reported, including a few 20 pounders!
Hawkshead Angling Club member Harry Poxon did well last week, fishing on the Eastern bank and landed 2 nice fish to static Mackerel deadbaits! He landed an 18lb 8oz and a personal best 25lb 7oz Christmas cracker!
Ian Driscoll from Wigan fished from the boats with the Esthwaite guides and landed a 16 and a 22 pounder, again static deadbaits produced the goods.( see attached photo) These were Ian’s first ever Pike. So if you fancy a days guided Pike fishing, please do not hesitate to contact us. It could be the best day’s fishing you have ever had!
Simon Goodman from West Sussex fished herring from the car park swim and landed a 17 pounder. Meanwhile Chris Bell from Preston also had a 17 pounder on deadbait from the boats!
Again from the car park peg Pete Farrow from Preston landed a 22 pounder (see attached photo), caught on a joey Mackerel. Also landing a 20 pounder and a 16 lber, Dave Gardner from Newcastle was successful from the boats!
The mild weather has kept water temperatures up and the general Coarse fishing has been very good with plenty of 20-30lb+ bags taken on long range feeder tactics. Don’t forget we are now open all year for the silver fish and tickets cost just £10!
As this will be the last report of the year, I would like to thank all our customers for their continued support. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. Tightlines for 2016!
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M