New trout waiting to be fished

10 March 2011

A TOTAL of 18,000 newly-stocked trout are waiting for anglers who cast off the new season at Northumbrian Water’s six premier fisheries on Saturday with permit price rises pegged at just £1 with an eight-fish full ticket now costing £23, a concessionary £21 and a four-fish ‘credit cruncher’ priced at £16.

Building on past successes of encouraging young people to have a go, the water company has raised the age limit for free fishing with an adult from 17 to 18 and two youngsters under 18 can fish for free and share the bag limit catch with a full paying adult.

Try it days have been extended to Derwent, Fontburn, Grassholme and Scaling Dam and summer evening sessions added between 6pm and 9pm with Kielder and Scaling Dam added to Derwent and Hury as Troutmasters waters.

A new-look 24-page guide features the premier stocked trout reservoirs – Derwent, Fontburn, Kielder, Grassholme, Hury and Scaling Dam and the coarse lakes at Whittle Dene in the Tyne Valley – and includes information about the wild brown trout waters of Balderhead, Cow Green and Selset where fishing opens on March 22.

Brown trout caught at Kielder and Derwent before May 1 and after October 31 must be returned.

Ashington angler Billy King has reached the final of the Troutmasters competition after winning Saturday’s fish-off at Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland, where anglers have enjoyed another great week’s sport with Buzzers accounting for good numbers of fish.

Anglers recording good catches on Buzzers included Matty Divine from Hadston who caught 17; Peter Brack from Ashington who caught 15; Phil Bilbrough from Bedlington who caught 12, including a 20lb rainbow which he safely returned to Ross Lake; and Steve Bilbrough from Cramlington who caught 10.

Other good bags were recorded by Rob Hall from Pegswood who caught 12, Dave Armstrong from Wallsend who kept three and safely returned seven and Peter Davison from New Hartley, who kept two and safely returned nine. Malcolm Proudlock with 16lb 9oz for five, including the heaviest fish of the week at 8lb 7oz, won the Troutmasters fish-off at Langley Dam where Kay Spark, fishing on an OAP ticket, safely returned 20.

The water was fishing well as the fly lake South Linden opened for the 2011 season at the weekend with many anglers catching rainbows and blues to 5lb.

Glenn Martin from Blyth caught and released a full bag if 10 while brother Paul caught and released five and J Dixon from Newcastle caught and released nine.

The Bait lake also fished well, with most fishermen catching full bags. Despite the cold pushing the fish deep, there have been good catches at Caistron Lakes with John Butcher taking three while Mr Blackett had two for 9lb 4oz and D Stevens had the best fish of the week – a 7lb rainbow.

Lee Abbott of Consett was top rod at Knitsley Mill with 20 fish while D Mars brought 16, the best a 3lb 8oz tiger trout, to the net.

The new season at Witton Castle Lakes started with each rod averaging more than 10 fish for the day. Best bag of the day went to Cockfield’s Ryan Mathews who safely returned 22, while Paul King and Michael Turner returned 17 and 15 respectively.

Crook’s Brian Conway landed a superb 12lb brown trout with Bishop Auckland’s Gary Brabban took a cracker of 11lb and Westgate’s Paul Tennick landed a 10lb rainbow.

The bait lake also fished well with Barnard Castle youngster Nick Hamilton landing seven nice rainbows in three hours.

Witton Castle Lakes are now fully open all through the week. For details of 2011 prices visit

John Walker from Bishop Auckland has a 13lb 6oz rainbow at Jubilee Lakes where Jim Forster from Newcastle had one of 9lb 4oz and Bernard Gorringe from Darlington landed a seven-pounder.

The best catches of the week at Naworth were recorded by Paul and Billy McNeill with 22 and 20 fish respectively on fly.

Three doubles were brought to the net at West House Trout Lakes this week with fishery regular Ernie Craster returning a 21-pounder.

Peter Johnson of Saltburn landed eight, including a 12lb rainbow; Simon Hughes of Darlington caught seven and Peter Rickerby caught 17.

Fly box

Caistron: Buzzers, Montanas, Cat’s Whisker.

Chatton: Buzzers, Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Yellow Bung, Zonkers.

Jubilee: Cat’s Whisker, Bloodworm, Black and Green Montana, Damsel. On the top lake especially the trout were taking deep.

Knitsley: Black Fritz, Nomads, Buzzers, Orange Fritz, Yellow Dancer, Dawson’s Olive, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Hare’s Ear.

Langley: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Diawl Bach, Buzzers, small wets.

South Linden: Mini Cat’s Whisker, Black Fritz, Black/Green Fritz, Bloodworm.

West House: Buzzers, Black Zonker, Cat’s Whisker.

Witton: Black Zonker, Black Damsel, Black Fritz, Bloodworm, Cat’s Whisker.

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