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 28 September
Fran and I fished halfway down Stuckies.
It was a sunny day, nice and warm but with an awkward downstream breeze. There was a slow flow and there was a bit of colour in the water.
I fished a 7 metre whip with a 1.5 gram rig.
I also fished maggot or caster on the hook over loosefed hemp and caster. Unfortunately, I had a jack pike of about 4-5lbs in the swim, all day. He took a few fish (usually the better ones) and snapped at or jumped out of the water after the rest of them. There were long periods without a bite and groundbait or pinkies made no difference.
I caught roach and perch for a total of 1lb 3oz.
Combe Lake is closed until further notice owing to low dissolved oxygen levels in the water due to algae.
The Environment Agency are measuring and monitoring the oxygen levels.
Please make sure you shut the gate securely in the otter fence when entering and leaving the lake.
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.
I've now fitted our original style of padlock back on the gate.
For new members......
When you have set the number for the month on the bottom of the lock, squeeze the hasp into the lock and then release and the lock will open.
Please make sure you scramble the number on the padlock before locking it - otherwise it won't lock.
While the tree surgeons were working at the lake, in March, they spotted an Adder snake in the undergrowth. This is the only species of venomous snake in the UK. In over twenty years of fishing at the lake, I have never seen one.
The only snake I have seen at the lake is the Grass Snake. This is not venomous and therefore completely harmless to humans.
It is easily recognised by the yellow band behind the head. Again, if you see one sunning itself by the side of the lake, just back away and leave it alone.
You'll often see a grass snake swimming across the lake or searching the lily leaves for prey.