Last day of river fishing season nears as pike loom large

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With the end of the river season imminent, the last day of fishing being March 14, pike are still showing to double figures in the Bures area, reports Free Press angling columnist Roger Fleming.

Smelt and roach deadbaits either laid on under a float or on the leger are the baits attracting the fish.

Just Fishin’ in Sudbury and Stour Valley Tackle in Halstead have plenty of smelt and roach in stock.

Sudbury and Long Melford Angling Club’s permits for the new season, as well as having the addition of Joe’s Road lake, will also allow members to fish the London Angler’s three lakes at Glemsford and the LAA’s stretches of the Stour from Clare to Bures. This does not include Bures Lake. Joe’s Road lake holds carp, bream, perch, tench, roach and rudd.

Dead baiting for pike will not be allowed on Sudbury and Long Melford Angling Club’s venues from the last day of March until the end of September.

A reminder fishing licences from the Environmental Agency will have to be renewed for April 1. Angling is allowed on still waters but not on the rivers until June 15.