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A warm welcome to the WDAC Game section. The Club has two beautiful dedicated trout venues, three lakes in total at Winterborne Zelston and Rawlsbury.


See below for details on how to buy your game tickets and for up-to-date game-related news.


For Winterborne Zelston


A Two Fish Ticket

Member - £22        Guest - £27.50


A Three Fish Ticket    

Member - £33        Guest - £41.25


A Four Fish  Ticket

Member - £44        Guest - £55


A Five Fish Ticket

Member - £55        Guest - £66


For Rawlsbury Lakes (Closed 1st November - 28th Feb inclusive)


A Two Fish Ticket

Member - £22        Guest - £27.50


A Three Fish Ticket    

Member - £33        Guest - £41.25


A Four Fish  Ticket

Member - £44        Guest - £55


A Five Fish Ticket

Member - £55        Guest - £66


(Catch and release on Viners and Sandy's as usual)


Trout tickets are available online to members to buy using Paypal but you require a password to access the 'Buy Tickets Page'.


If you do not have a password please email the Game Secretary gamesecretary@


When using a PayPal receipt please record your catch return and PayPal purchase on the special tickets provided at the venues and post this in the returns box; as well as recording on the catch return sheets.


Trout tickets can also be obtained for members and their guests at:


Conyers, West Street, Blandford


Wessex Angling, 321 Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 3DH


For full details on how to join


Hello fellow game fishers,


An unseasonable warm start to the month has now turned into a very wet one! That Autumnal feeling is creeping in so check out your wellies!


WZ was restocked recently and you will see from the reports below that some real beauties have been caught. Rawlsbury has also been very productive and less weedy, unfortunately its season ends at the end of this month and will be closed until the 1st March 2024!


Thank you for all your catch returns they are very important as they allow me to keep up to date records of fish taken. Some of your more erudite reports of your experiences are as follows:-


• I had a very exciting visit to Chapmans yesterday afternoon. On arrival at about 1630 there were sporadic rises and I tried a diawl Bach but with no success. I switched to a white Apache and fishing anti clockwise round the lake hooked a total of 6 fish and managed to land 4 of them at 6,4,4, and 3 pounds. All fantastic fighters. I left at 1830.


• I fished at Rawlsbury yesterday afternoon and not so good as last time but I had 1 rainbow of 4.8 from Chapmans and 1 of 3 pounds from Cowleaze. Both in good condition and fought well on a white Apache.

There is a Chinese proverb I pay attention to which says you can never bathe twice in the same pool !

• One of your specimen fish, I am afraid! 13lbs 14oz on a # 14 dark nymph. I was broken twice prior using Drennan Double Strength 8lb b/s. Also banked a 1 lb 12 Oz for the pair.


• Took a friend to WZ yesterday afternoon into dusk. Odd conditions as changed every 15 mins ! Rain, breeze, still, bright....cloudy. We managed three nice fish between us on a pair of 2 fish tickets....5-15, 4-6 & 3-10, all lovely plump scrappy rainbows that took mainly size 12 sparse bloodworm patterns or a goldhead hares ear.

Water level still a good 2ft down and weed just starting to die back a little - but still WEEDY ! The last Neptune session clearly yielded good resultswith my fish coming from deeper water near the corner walkway.


•  intended to go to W Zelston but heard it was over crowded so went to Rawlsbury instead.

There were fish showing at the top end and I tried a white Apache but only follows, switched to black and had a large fish on for about 5 minutes which gave me as much excitement as the salmon I caught on the Tweed last week. I really didn’t mind that it got off at the net.

I then switched to an orange Apache and had a nice 3 pounder


• I fished Winterbourne Zelston on Sunday taking advantage of a few hours in the afternoon while the wife was out. However, all it took was 40mins to bag up with the first at 5lb and the second tipping the scale at a whopping 12lb 2oz both taken on a black fritz. I must say this had been a bit of a surprise as I hadn’t seen the restocking email prior to fishing, though it was a welcome one as it is a new PB for me. I now have a bigger net on my Christmas List as it was a stretch trying to bring it in over the weed.



Much has been said about our work parties over the years but I would like to take this opportunity to give a huge vote of thanks to those volunteers who turn up to help with the sometimes-onerous task of clearing our lakes. Indeed, at Winterbourne Zelston today we have cleared most of the surface and marginal weed, the edges to our platforms are now clear, the gabion wall strimmed and many of the branches around the lake trimmed. All in all a huge effort that has transformed the lake and will I am sure make it much more accessible and fishable in the coming months.


Please note that the recent rains have made the jetties extremely slippery so please take care. Also, on no account try to wade near the concrete steps by the west field. The lake floor is on the face of it gravel and stones, It is not safe, as just below the gravel is just silt at least to waist level.

Fishing Books


Last month I attached a list of book titles which you may like to look at. So let me know if you are interested.


Best wishes,


Tight lines,






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