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Weekly fishing reports - 22 March 2015

Trout fisheries Number of angler returns - week Total number of trout caught - week Rod average - week Number of trout re-stocked - week Best trout - week Total number of angler returns to date Total number of trout caught to date Largest trout of the season so far
Kielder Water 12 34 2.8 1,540 3lb 12oz 12 34 3lb 12oz
Fontburn Reservoir 199 465 2.37 2,500 7lb 8oz 199 465 7lb 8oz
Whittle Dene Reservoir 38 7lb 12oz


Derwent Reservoir 333 1,330 3.99 6,000 8lb 8oz 333 1,330 8lb 8oz
Grassholme Reservoir 182 921 5.05 3,500 10lb 6oz 182 921 10lb 6oz
Hury Reservoir 71 400 5.63 1,200 9lb 71 400 9lb
Scaling Dam Reservoir 87 319 3.7 1,360 4lb 87 319 4lb

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Kielder Water

Fishery headline:  Paul takes nice 3lb brace

The season opened at Kielder on Saturday 14 March with seven boat anglers braving the cold conditions on the first day. Shallow water and bays have provided the best sport to date as fish take advantage of the slightly warmer water in these locations. The heaviest fish caught over the first nine days was recorded by boat angler Mr. S Gibson who netted a rainbow of 3lb 12oz on a trusty worm. Paul Evans also landed rainbows of 3lb and 3lb 2oz from the slipway at Hawkhope on worm and sweet corn. The majority of early season bank anglers have been successful at Hawkhope, Tower Knowe and Little Whickhope.

Customer information - Tower Knowe Visitor Centre will open for the new season Saturday 28 March from 10am until 4pm. Fishing permits, Environment Agency Rod Licences, fishing tackle and bait will all be available. The Cafe on the Water at Tower Knowe will also open 28 March.

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Best flies:







  Green Blob, various lures, pearl bodied fritz, Gold Bead Tadpole



Best baits:









 Ledgered worm and sweet corn, Black and Red Mepps













  Best areas: 













   Boat-   The Belling 




 Bank-  Hawkhope, South Abutment, Little Whickhope 







Fontburn Reservoir

Fishery Headline:  Keeley nets 7lb 8oz stunner

Mixed weather conditions dominated proceedings presenting an early season challenge for bait and fly anglers. Those who took heed of the conditions and fished into the winds, favouring ledger rigs and larger lures, reported the best sport and substantive returns. With water temperatures yet to rise, fish remained close to the bottom and fed sporadically throughout the week. Mr. C Keeley weighed in the fish of the week on opening Saturday with a 7lb 8oz stunner. Lee Bradley also enjoyed the opening day recording one of two £200 tagged fish caught through the week and weighing in an eight fish limit for a superb 16lb total. Scott Miller claimed the second prize winning tagged fish using a ledgered PowerBait Mice Tail from the Dam Wall into a strong westerly wind. Raymond Hardisty from Chester-Le-Street made hay on a mild Thursday, utilising his free Loyalty Day, weighing in his 10 fish limit for the weeks best 20lb total. Rod averages peaked on a well attended opening weekend with Saturday seeing 50 anglers weigh in 176 fish and Sunday 20 hardy anglers took home 76 fish for a superb average pushing towards four fish per angler.

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Best Flies :- Cat’s Whisker and Humungus

Best Baits :- PowerBait Mice Tails and Magic Dust

Best Areas :- All Areas

Whittle Dene Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Malcolm nets first plaudits of season

A cool and unsettled start to spring has made for some challenging times at the complex with anglers working very hard to stimulate swims and record substantive returns. Those who persisted and utilised ‘heavy’ feeding tactics, did record some encouraging nets. Mr. K Robson reported the first substantive catch of spring a 5lb 8oz net of roach, gudgeon and skimmers. This year’s first weekend match has also taken place with 10 hardy anglers recording some noteworthy catches:

1. Malcolm Wilkinson: 7lb 12oz.
2. John Parkinson: 4lb 12oz.
3. Steve Wood: 3lb 12oz.

Please note – anglers must sign out and record their catch for the benefit of the fishery and other anglers.

For more information on Whittle Dene contact the ranger team on 01669 621368

Best baits










Best methods:







Pole & Feeder



Best areas:
















Derwent Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Fly Catch and Release proves massive success

An excellent start to the season at Derwent with over 500 anglers tasking advantage of the excellent sport on offer. The introduction of the new Fly Catch and Release permit proved very popular and has received positive feedback from customers as well as some outstanding sport recorded. Most of the south side of the reservoir has fished well with Pow Hill to Hunter House and the first fence the stand out areas for bait anglers. Meanwhile, fly anglers found large pockets of fish on the boundary with the nature reserve, the Bay of Plenty, Millshields and the Meadow with bright lures with a figure of eight retrieve working very well. Dennis Crow caught the first tagged fish of the season at Pow Hill using Yellow PowerBait Eggs. Doug Pearson from Consett took the second tagged £200 jackpot with one of eight fish caught next to the first fence on a mix of PowerBait Eggs and Mice Tails. Mr. Whaley had two great days over the opening weekend catching 22lb on Saturday and 27lb 8oz on Sunday whilst fishing his free Loyalty Day. Bob Emerson took the biggest fish to date of 8lb 8oz using Garlic PowerBait Paste, however, we expect this record to be beaten shortly with over 20 large rainbows into double figures stocked so far.

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Orange Fritz

Best baits:PowerBait Mice Tails and Magic Dust, Yellow or Orange PowerBait Eggs

Best areas: Pow Hill to Hunter House, First Fence, Sailing Club, Millshields, Meadow


Grassholme Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Grassholme offers anglers the ‘Big Fish’ challenge

After a cool, cloudy start to the season with an unproductive east wind, the weather improved later in the week to produce some excellent fishing. A highlight of the sport to date has been the large number of ‘big rainbows’ coming to the net with dozens of fish caught over the 3lb weight and several approaching double figures. Indeed, the largest of the season so far by Mr. G Dixon tipped the scales at 10lb 6oz. Gordon Hodgson from Bishop Auckland was another angler to almost break the scales with a fish approaching 9lb caught using Pink PowerBait Eggs and was one of an eight fish limit catch. Some great limit catches were recorded on the north bank near the white post, however, with the wind direction changeable the best results seem to have come from anglers who were willing to use roaming tactics. Many of the fish have been located close to the shore line taking advantage of slightly warmer water so a short cast has offered best results.

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Rod average week (fish caught) 5.05
Best flies of the week





 Black Fritz, Orange Fritz



Best bait of the week



 Yellow or Orange Sparkle PowerBait Eggs

Best areas of the week



 North bank next to the white post, most other areas fishing well

Hury Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Rod average rockets to over five fish per angler!!

In some testing conditions Hury has had an exceptional start to the season with lots of 2lb – 4lb fish coming to the net as well as two fish just under 10lb recorded and returned. One of the most notable statistics from the start of the season is the amazing rod average of 5.6 fish per angler. Most anglers have taken advantage of our Catch and Release permit returning large numbers of fish with Mr. N Simpson highlighted with 31 fish returned up to 5lb. Others who netted over twenty fish include Mr. K Young and Mr. S Young with 27 and 23 respectively. Malcolm Goland was also on great form to net a fish of just under 10lb which he safely returned to the water. Most fish were taken on lures with a Dawson’s Olive the stand out fly although a large variety of flies have worked well as the excellent conditioned fish seem keen to take anything moving in the water. As the weather continues to warm we expect the sport to only get better with many more quality fish ready for the water from our farm at Lartington.

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Rod average week (fish caught)  5.63
Best flies of the week



 Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Orange Fritz, Bibio, Black Spide

Best areas of the week





 Most areas fishing well



Scaling Dam Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Anglers catch much more than just cold!!

It was a bitter cold start to the season on top of the North Yorkshire Moors with an east wind which often renders fish inactive. However, that did not stop anglers locating feeding fish at the east end of the reservoir with 103 fish caught on opening weekend. There has been an abundance of very good quality fish caught throughout the week between the 3lb - 4lb size and often anglers found them in very shallow waters and the margins. Both bait and fly anglers recorded some great catches including David Dandy from Middlesbrough who had a cracking morning at the east end catching eight fish weighing a total of 19lb using a Red Honey Worm. Mr and Mrs MK Scott from Whitby also fished the east end next to the overflow area and had a smashing time on both bait and fly catching 11 rainbows in total. The biggest fish weighed in at 4lb of which two were recorded, one was caught at the west end of the Dam Wall on ledgered worm and PowerBait by Mark Underwood from Redcar and the second was caught on the fly using an Orange Fritz along the south shore by Mark Hammond, also from Redcar.

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Rod average week (fish caught) 3.7
Best flies of the week



 Black/Orange Fritz, Dawson’s Olive, Viva

Best bait of the week



 Red Honey Worm, Orange/Spring Green PowerBait, worm

Best areas 



 East end of the Dam Wall, south shore

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