Chris Newell restocks Fen Lake at Nar Valley Fisheries

ANGLING: There is good news for river anglers with the season just weeks away. Scientists are predicting fitter, fatter fish in the rivers.

They reckon the floods cleaned the rivers of silt and debris, exposing more natural food, which the fish will have feasted on particularly well during a warm winter.

It might also mean more natural food available to them than that presented by the anglers come June 16.

Work has begun in readiness for the new season on the King’s Lynn Angling Association controlled rivers, preparing and clearing the swims in the popular areas.

Don’t forget your rod licence before tackling up.

λThe lakes are still in fine form. Springside has seen big carp on the move with some caught to 9lb and more biggies lost, plus tench to 5lb.

Bear Lake has been busy with carp to 7lb feeding well in multiple catches.

Queen’s Lake has had roach to 2lb with the outstanding fish caught closer in on feeder and pole with lots of skimmers.

Shepherd’s Lake has been steady but not outstanding, with the fish still to settle after spawning.

Ken Hill has been good for roach and rudd again and is looking good after a trim.

John Leedle has stood down at Tottenhill as bailiff. The association thanked him for the effort and hard work he has put in looking after the pit. Alan Chaplin will be the new bailiff.

λStaff at Nar Valley Fisheries have been busy getting the venue prepared for the start of the season on Sunday.

They have created new swims and reinstated unused ones to give good water coverage now that bait boats have been excluded.

Fenn Lake has benefitted from a top-up stock of carp between 1lb and 8lb.

Permits for 2014/15 are on sale from the local tackle shops and Chris on 01553 636507.

Hobbs Lake, the season permit trout fishery on the complex, is fishing well with some incredible hatches of mayfly, sedge and olives.

Rainbows to 6lb and browns to 5lb are regularly being reported. Ray Cooper had the 5lb-plus brown trout on a damsel nymph, fished along side the weedbeds.

* A great time was had by all at the Charles Jardine Day at Blackdyke Trout Fishery.

Small dry patterns dominated the fishing with lots of fish just sipping in the surface and jumping all over the lake.

* A team of three fishery management advisors has been recruited by the Angling Trust, supported by rod licence funds, to help angling clubs and fisheries reduce the impact of cormorant predation.

There will also be a new area-based licence that allows greater flexibility by encouraging fisheries to work together for greater effect.

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