River levels now 'critically low' in some areas

Drought conditions continue to plague our rivers with scores of waterways at critical point.

According to the Environment Agency, Lincolshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Northants are the worse affected.

Recent weather fronts moved through England and Wales bringing substantial rainfall have eased some concerns elsewhere but that is expected to be a short term fix.

So far monthly averages received for the month of June varies:

• South west England - 80 per cent

• South east England - 69 per cent

• Wales - 58 per cent

• Central and eastern England - just under 50 per cent

An EA spokesman told Angling Times: “A number of venues still have flows below average for the time of year including: the rivers Dove and Derwent in central England, the Tone and Frome in south west England and the Coln in the Thames Valley.”

So far water companies haven’t introduced hosepipe restrictions anywhere and recent rain has helped Severn Trent who say restrictions on customers' water-use may not be required until late summer.

Yet despite the chronic flows fishing has been on-form with anglers reporting great hauls on the Trent, Yare, Ouse and the Cam. And big carp seem to be heavily on the feed with numerous giants nudging the 40lb mark.