The Angling Trust has put a useful website on the internet for finding river levels; one I use when planning a fishing trip on the river.
The web address is www.fishinginfo.co.uk.
Click on the 'Find A River Level' tab and enter 'Langport' in the search box.
This will show a map of river level measuring stations in the Langport area.
I find the 'Monks Lease Wq' at Combe and the 'Oath' at Oath Lock locations give meaningful levels for the river.
Beware the level at 'Westover' which is the river side of the Westover Pumping Station opposite Cocklemoor in Langport. When the river is low, this measuring station shows a smooth horizontal line which suggests the level sensor is probably above the current water level and so not showing the correct level.
I hope this site is of some use to you.
Thursday 5th November
Fran and I fished above the footbridge at Oath.
Temperatures had been just below freezing during the night. Early mist cleared by midday and the afternoon was sunny and warm.
The river was up a bit, there was a nice flow and colour. For once, there was no wind.
Fran started off on a 6 metre whip with a stick float rig but he was unable to reach the fish which were further down the peg.
He changed to rod and reel and was then able to trot a stick float further down the swim and started catching fish.
He fished maggot over loosefed maggot and hemp and tares.
He caught roach, gudgeon, a ruffe and a few skimmers for a total of 4lb 11oz.
I fished a match rod and centrepin reel with a wire-stemmed Avon float rig.
I fished maggot over loosefed maggot and hemp and tares.
I started fishing close to the bank in slacker water and, holding the float stationary at intervals, I gave the fish time to take the bait.
Later in the session I fish further out and caught fish by letting the float run through unchecked or by occasionally holding back.
I caught roach and an odd skimmer for a total of 2lb 2oz.
Tuesday 10th November
Fran and I fished above the footbridge at Oath; I fished 25 yards upstream of the bridge and Fran fished 25 yards upstream of my swim.
It was a warm and overcast with some sunshine around midday.
The water level had dropped 18 inches from last week and the flow had slowed just a little but still enough to trot a stick float; the water was nicely coloured.
Fran started fishing with a rod and closed face reel but after geting mechanical problems with the reel, he changed to a 6 metre whip and stick float.
He fished maggot on the hook over loosefed hemp and a few maggots but he also caught on the odd tare and urid bean.
He caught roach, skimmers, perch and a few gudgeon for a total weight of 9lb 1oz
I fished a 17 foot rod and centrepin with a stick float.
Hookbait was maggot, although I did catch on the odd urid bean and a caster. I loosefed hemp mixed with a few tares and urid beans.
I caught roach, skimmers, gudgeon and chub for a total weight of 5lb.
Two other members were fishing, one on the SLAC bank just below the footbridge who had a good net of roach and the other upstream of Fran who estimated he had about 15lb of roach in his net.
It all shows there's plenty of fish in the footbridge area at Oath and it's fishing well at the moment.
Saturday 21st November
Sunday 22nd November
Remember the 2-Metre Rule, keep your distance from other anglers and we'll all be safe.
Hand sanitiser is available at both gates for your protection.
The virus can live on metal for up to 72 hours so I spray the padlock and parts of the gates and latches with my disinfectant spray before touching them. A good habit to get into!
Shutting and Locking
Please make sure you shut the gate securely in the otter fence when entering and leaving the lake.
We are finding, all to often, that the main gate is being left unlocked.
When you leave by the main gate, please make sure the padlock is correctly attached and locked securely. Scramble all the numbers on the lock.
Protect the lake, and your fishing, by ensuring that the gate is securely locked.
If you are fishing Combe Lake, why not let me know what you caught; photos of your catch would also be appreciated. We'd love to know how it's fishing for our members. Email me.
We've noticed members have been propping the gate open recently with bricks while they drive in or out.
For the last few years, there has been a wire loop fixed to the fence which hooks over the top rail of the gate to hold it back. The wire loop can be bent tighter around the rail of the gate if required.
You'll find this is more reliable than propping the gate open with bricks. I've now taped the wire loop to make it more visible.
I know some members aren't happy about the weed in our lake. However, the weed is very beneficial to our fish and the waterfowl. It contains lots of food in the form of invertebrates. It provides shelter and protection for our fish. It also helps to keep the algae levels down and improve water quality.
Most of our fishing can be done in front of the platforms so we only need to clear the weed from where we want to fish. This is easily achieved by spending a few minutes raking before we tackle up. This gives a short period for the swim to settle before fishing. Raking also stirs up the silt which attracts the fish into the swim.
A simple weed rake (as shown above) can be made by joining two garden rake heads back to back and securing with cable ties. A length of strong nylon rope can be securely attached.
Friday 4th September
Fran and I fished the eastern arm of Combe Lake.
It was a mild overcast day with some sunshine in the afternoon. There was an occasional south-westerly breeze blowing up the lake.
We both raked our swims before setting up, removing small amounts of weed and twigs and stirring up the silt to attract some fish!
Thursday 17th September
Fran and I fished Combe Lake with the intention of finding some tench.
It was a bright day with an easterly breeze. We fished a couple of clear swims on the eastern side of the lake.
Fran pole-fished to a nearby lilybed using groundbait and maggot, sweetcorn or pellet on the hook.
Apart from a lot of fine bubbles around his float, at times, he didn't see a single tench. All he caught was roach and rudd with bites being few and far between.
I fished a match rod and centrepin reel close to a lilybed. I fed groundbait laced with micro-pellet and liquidised sweetcorn and fished maggot or sweetcorn on the hook. I had less bites than Fran and finished up with a few roach, rudd and a couple of small perch.
We both felt afterwards that the groundbait wasn't really drawing the fish in!
Saturday 17th October
Friday 30th October
I fished the swim to the right of the disabled platform.
There was a light breeze, the day was mild with sunshine in the morning and drizzle in the afternoon.
I first raked the swim to clear any loose pieces of weed, twig and blanket weed.
I fished a 4 metre whip with a light waggler rig, dotted right down.
Using a bait dropper, I put some loose groundbait and hemp alongside the lily bed. I fished maggot on the hook and loosefed hemp and maggot.
After an while without a bite, I shallowed up by an inch off the bottom and caught a couple of small perch. Shallowing up by a few more inches, I caught a few more fish and ended up fishing at half depth for the rest of the day! I caught roach, rudd and perch for a total of 2lb 13oz.
Two other anglers on the lake only caught a few small roach.
The water is now fairly clear, I could see my float sink down into the depths for each bite.
Most of the weed is now sinking to the bottom but there is a fair bit of blanket weed slime on the bottom; it's still worth raking your swim before you fish to ensure the bait isn't masked by it.
The carp are still active; there were a few head and shouldering, swirling and splashing around the lake.