Traditionally, the brown trout season in the English Lake District still opens in mid-March, a fixed date for many anglers, although many brown trout waters are open all year round. However, some rainbow trout waters do not open until March 15th. Ghyll Head is one of the most popular fishing spots in the early season until the temperatures start to climb. There are some well-protected bays here where you have a good chance of catching a rainbow trout.
Protective bays in the early season
The area has a large fish density and baits are well received. Boat anglers should consider visiting Esthwaite Water to start the new season. When the weather gets better and the days in April get longer, Knottallow is a fishing spot with good prospects for brown trout, while for rainbow trout you should try the High Newton area. A week or two later, Lake Windermere and Ullswater are the hottest spots for boat anglers to catch the wild brown trout. The rivers Kent and Eden offer the opportunity to catch wild and inserted brown trout without a boat.
Peak time in May
Although April offers a good start to the fishing season as long as you know where to try, May is definitely the best fishing month on Cumbria's lakes and rivers. It will be quite difficult to find enough time for all the great fishing grounds available. The fish at this time are well fed by the huge swarms of insects above the water surface. Boat anglers should go out to Lake Windermere on a few warm evenings - it will pay off!
For Ullswater, the traditional live fly baits are promising. Mayflies have been retreating for several years, but some can still be found on Ghyll Head, Dubbs or Bigland. Some places have good populations of land insects, so Knottallow and Esthwaite Water are good targets on days with little or no wind.
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The Lake District and the waters of Cumbria are not only a paradise for anglers in spring. Every short overview of the fishing possibilities in this region cannot do justice to the mentioned areas as well as to the omitted ones. Waters like Ennerdale, Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater or rivers like the Derwent or the Lune are always worth a visit. There are also many places for whitefish anglers that have not been mentioned here. There are also plenty of opportunities for fly fishing in the region. For visitors who are not yet familiar with the region, the wide selection of promising fishing spots alone must be discouraging. But try it here - the region is always worth a visit for its beautiful scenery.