Fishing News Roundup 103

Hello and good morning to you. Here we go again, with this week’s fishing news. This week we’re celebrating with Conor McIlhone after landing a 39lb carp, we find out which are the 10 best fishing lakes in England and commiserate with Stenhouse fishery staff and customers as they prepare to close down the operation due to high costs…

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Here’s this week’s roundup

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Angler celebrates after reeling in whopper carp

Oxford Mail

Story: Miranda Norris

A fisherman caught the attention of the internet after reeling in a whopper mirror carp. Angler Conor McIlhone landed the 39lb fish at Linear Fisheries near Witney using solid bags of pellets. It was caught at Brasenose One lake where Conor landed 13 carp in total including a 35lb common carp. Read more…

These Are The 10 Best Lakes For Fishing In England

The Travel

Story: Joane Acar

Immerse yourself in nature’s beauty and embark on an unforgettable fishing adventure in the best lakes England has to offer. England is a land gifted with pristine lakes that beckon fishing enthusiasts from far and wide. Whether people seek tranquility, scenic surroundings, or a bountiful catch, England’s lakes offer an angler’s heaven. From the magnificent Lake Windermere nestled in the Lake District National Park, one of England’s most stunning regions, to the iconic Rutland Water in the East Midlands, the country boasts a range of fishing destinations. These most beautiful lakes offer exciting adventures and are home to an abundance of species like trout, pike, perch, and carp, promising thrilling fishing adventures for both novice and seasoned anglers. Read more…

Drought scuppers salmon fishing season in California


Story: Romain Fonsegrives

Gazing out at San Francisco harbor from her wooden fishing boat, Sarah Bates looks glum. In happier times, she would head out to sea every morning. But for much of this year, she has remained hopelessly docked, due to a ban on salmon fishing as a result of California’s drought. “Salmon is my main fishery and it’s 90 per cent of my income,” says the 46-year-old. Read more…

Ocean pike?

Hatch Magazine

Story: Chris Hunt

Northern pike are native to Alaska. Just not all of Alaska. Thanks to Ice Age geology, the southern third of the state was spared from the toothy, salmon- and trout-eating predator. It was believed, until very recently, that the only pike found in south-central Alaska are there thanks to illegal stocking, likely initiated by anglers in the 1950s who liked the prehistoric fish so much, they planted them in rivers and lakes from Anchorage south to the Kenai Peninsula. For years, Alaska Fish and Game fisheries managers have worked to remove unwanted pike from lakes and rivers in Southcentral Alaska — the predators can take over entire lakes and move between different lakes using rivers and streams. But four years ago, biologists were alerted to a pike population that shouldn’t exist at all. Read more…

Dounreay Fly Fishing Association

John O’Groat Journal and Caithness Courier

Alex has best basket at breezy Loch CalderRead more…

Stenhouse Fishery shutting its doors

The Edinburgh Reporter

Story: Nigel Duncan

Stenhouse Fishery bosses have confirmed that the popular water near Burntisland will close at the end of this month due to rising costs. A short announcement was posted on social media on Monday and it said: “We have decided to call it a day.” The announcement added: “We would like to thank all of our customers for their loyalty. We have made some amazing friends along the way. We would also like to thank Roderick Low and his family for giving us the opportunity to begin with and helping us along the way.” Read more…

Exmoor salmon numbers in ‘catastrophic decline’


Story: Brodie Owen and Andrea Ormsby

Concern is growing over low numbers of Atlantic salmon returning to spawning grounds on Exmoor. Numbers of the fish have dropped drastically in recent decades, according to the Environment Agency (EA). Experienced fisherman Mark Walker said salmon numbers were in “catastrophic decline” on the River Exe. The government said it was “greatly concerned” and “it is imperative that this decline is halted”. Read more…

Heartbreak as gold medal is snatched from Scotland’s grasp

Edinburgh Evening News

Story: Nigel Duncan

Scotland led the two-day event until the last five minutes when an Irish competitor hooked into a fish to demote Scotland to the silver medal position. Edinburgh-based Buffy relived the gut-wrenching moment but the Aberdeen-born angler firmly believes Scotland can go one better when the competition returns North of the Border, at a venue which has not been confirmed, next summer. Read more…


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