I visited the Evretou reservoir a few days ago, and here is a short update from this interesting trip.
It’s a relatively long way to go to the Evretou reservoir, especially from Nicosia where I live, but it’s worth it at any time of the year, and July is no exception. The black bass population in this reservoir is very good and it is not uncommon to catch a “bonus” size fish here. With the hope of catching one of these big mamas, I went there this time too.
The water level is still high (92%), but moving around the reservoir is already a little easier than a couple of months ago. The water level has fallen by approximately one meter. A strip of dry vegetation appeared along the bank, which makes it much easier to move around.
We started fishing from a shallow area opposite the abandoned village. Black Bass is usually active at this time of year, so we started with fast-moving baits such as spinnerbaits. There is plenty of cover in this area, flooded bushes, etc. (see photo above), which makes it ideal for spinnerbait fishing. Make a long cast, wait until it goes all the way down, then start a slow retrieve, so that your spinnerbait touches the tops of the flooded bushes.
We did not have to wait too long. The first few fishes around 1kg were caught almost immediately from the top of a long main-lake point. Cyprus Black Bass loves feeding in such spots in summer. The perfect spot would have some deep water nearby, and preferably large rocks and/or flooded bushes on top of the point. A long-casting spinnerbait will make your life easier in this kind of place, i.e. it has to be relatively heavy, smaller than the usual wireframe and blades, and with a sparse skirt (Dima’s Spinnerbait 25g is a good example).
The highlight of the day was the bass over 2 kg. Its exact weight remains unknown, but it felt like about 2.1 or 2.2kg. It was caught on a long main-lake point on a spinnerbait too, on a super long cast.
In the afternoon we moved to another part of the reservoir, closer to the dam wall, hoping for an evening bite on top-water baits. The place was beautiful, the weather was fine with no wind too, i.e. the ideal conditions for fishing with poppers and walkers. But, unfortunately, no top-water activity was observed, apart from several very small below-limit fishes. Apparently, the water surface temperature was already too high. There was only one good bite on a popper. My fishing buddy had it when it was almost completely dark. Spectacular bite and subsequent fight with lots of emotions. The fish looked about 2 kg. Unfortunately, the fish has managed to escape already on the bank, so no photos this time.
In general, it was a good trip. We walked a lot, enjoyed the nature and fresh air, got a couple of good catches, and of cause stopped for a delicious meal on the way back at a local tavern. Life is beautiful!