Permit prices and boat hire charges will be reduced by Northumbrian Water for the new season.
And the same number of trout as last year are still planned to be introduced with a minimum of 135,000 fish being stocked into the six premier reservoirs in the North East in 2013.
Don Coe, operations manager waterside parks and fisheries, said: “We appreciate that in these tough economic times many of our anglers are finding it increasingly difficult to fund their fishing - and it’s not easy for us to meet the costs to sustain our fisheries either.
“We have had a close look at our budgets and believe that by reducing charges by what we can across the board, anglers will find it that bit easier to enjoy their pastime and so will also be able to support our fisheries with their visits.”
Day permit prices will go down by £1 per visit, full day boat hire charges for Kielder Water will go down by £5 a day and season permits will drop by £37.
There is also more good news of a £5 reduction in the cost of a ‘Try it,’ three-hour tuition course for the under 18’s which has gone down from £20 to £15.
This special offer has been made possible through a unique partnership with the British Trout Farmers Restocking Association (BTFRA) which has donated the proceeds of a memorial fund.
The fund was collected following the funeral of the late trout farmer Rob Mackie from Lancashire.
Friend and fellow fish farmer Jonathan Jowett of Costa Spring hatchery in Pickering, North Yorkshire, said: “We decided to donate the money to encourage youngsters into fishing which we know is what Rob would have wanted. The marvellous scheme which Northumbrian Water runs is the ideal partnership to show real results from the money raised in Rob’s honour.”
As many as 20,000 fish will be waiting for anglers on the opening day on Saturday 16 March and many of them will be prime conditioned, home grown rainbows from the water company’s own fish farms in Northumberland and the Tees Valley.
Northumbrian Water is determined to maintain and enhance its position as the leading provider of stillwater game fishing in Northern Europe.
Fish will be stocked at the premier reservoirs: Derwent in County Durham; Fontburn and Kielder in Northumberland; Grassholme and fly-only Hury in Teesdale and Scaling on the edge of the North York Moors.
An eight-fish full day permit has been reduced from £24 to £23, a concessionary from £22 to £21 and a four-fish ‘credit cruncher’ from £17 to £16.
Advance day permits can be bought online through visit: www.fishpal.com.
Explorer 24-fish-a-week season permits have been reduced from £834 to £797 with concessionary season permits reduced from £730 to £693. Payments can be spread in four equal instalments in March, April, May and June.
Anglers are also urged to strike and join the 6,000-strong loyalty card fishing family and catch up to a £3.28 discount bargain every time they have a day out.
Fish seven times to get an eighth day free. Unused loyalty credits automatically carry into the next season and club members also get regular free newsletters and monthly special offer deals on tackle, clothing and bait. It also applies to boat hire at Kielder and once a loyalty card registration has been processed it lasts for life.
To sign up for a loyalty card call 0845 155 0236 or email email@example.com
Rainbow trout marked with special sweep tags will continue to be stocked in Fontburn, Derwent, Grassholme and Scaling. Anglers who catch one of these marked fish and who have joined the optional over 18’s sweep for just a £1 stake before fishing could win up to £400.
Building on past successes of encouraging young people to have a go, Northumbrian Water is promoting affordable family fishing. The age limit for free fishing with an adult is 18 and all the children in the family under that age can fish for free and share the limit catch with their full paying parent.
Don Coe added: “There’s a brilliant season lined up for our customers and we will continue to invest in the future and attract newcomers to the sport with our popular ‘Try It’ sessions under qualified angling instruction.
“Our emphasis is on having fun while fishing and encouraging people to join our fishing loyalty ‘family’ is a big part of that. We also intend to reward those who join our family club with more and more benefits.
“The future of fishing is in the hands of the younger generation and we are doing everything we can to encourage them. We are proud that more youngsters and adults are getting hooked on fishing,” said Don.
‘Try it’ teaching days are held at Derwent reservoir on Tuesdays and Saturdays and start on 9 April and will alternate between multi-bait and fly.
Everything required is provided under expert tuition and three hour courses cost £30 for adults and now £15 for the under 18’s.
Courses can also be arranged at other premier fisheries by appointment. All ‘Try it day’ sessions must be booked by phone on 01207 255250.
Existing loyalty card holders will automatically receive their free copy of the new-look 24 page angling guide, packed with information for any method, fly and coarse anglers. If you require additional copies or to register for the loyalty scheme ring 0845 155 0236 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the website www.nwl.co.uk/gofishing and follow stocking and other news on our facebook page at ‘fishing with Northumbrian Water’. Follow on Twitter too @gofishingnwl.
The guide features all the premier stocked trout reservoirs and coarse fishing at the Whittle Dene lakes in the Tyne Valley and at Derwent reservoir.
There’s information about the wild brown trout waters of Balderhead, Cow Green and Selset and there are tips and information from Northumbrian Water’s own angling expert, Teesdale ranger Andrew Scott, who is a gold-medal winning England International.
Fishing opens at all reservoirs from Saturday 16 March except the wild brown trout waters of Cow Green, Selset, Balderhead and Blackton which open on 22 March. Brown trout caught at Kielder and Derwent must be returned before 1 May and after 31 October.
For the competition angler there are more than a dozen dates to choose from throughout the region headlined by the annual WaterAid fundraisers once again generously supported by world class Alnwick-based tackle company Hardy & Greys.
Northumbrian Water’s partnership with Hardy & Greys has so far raised a record breaking £40,000 for its adopted international charity WaterAid – saving more than 2,600 lives in Africa.
There are three fly fishing boat heats this season at Kielder (April 21, May 19, June 16) and a final on July 14, there’s the Bankmaster event at Derwent on May 19 with separate competitions for bait and fly anglers and there’s the coarse challenge at Whittle Dene on August 26. On 17 November there’s the annual Derwent reservoir coarse competition.
There are also charity trout competitions at Fontburn on 11 May and 26 July and a cash prize comp at Hury on 9 June.
Top notch anglers can qualify for the fish-off for the English national team at the Kielder regional eliminator on 26 May.
Kielder, Fontburn, Derwent, Grassholme Hury and Scaling Dam are once again TroutMasters waters this season. Anglers who enter will go into the national TroutMasters fly fishing competition and win the coveted cloth badge and earn a place in the fish-off finals.
For further information contact Alistair Baker 0191-301-6851 or 07711-793493.