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Weekly fishing reports - 28 June 2015

Trout fisheries Number of anglers  - week Number of trout taken - week Number of  trout returned - week Total number of trout caught - week  Rod average - week Best trout - week Number of fish re-stocked - week Total number of anglers to date Total number of fish caught  to date Largest trout of the season so far Seasonal rod average
Kielder Water 64 133 31 164 2.6  4lb 5oz 0 1,202 3,178 6lb 4oz 2.6
Fontburn Reservoir 126 441 20 461 3.65  3lb 11oz 500 2,785 9,558 11lb 3.43
Whittle Dene Reservoir 33      


21lb 3ozmixed
Derwent Reservoir 221 463 18 481 2.2  7lb 500 4,002 13,537 10lb 8oz 3.38
Grassholme Reservoir 185 567 0 567 3.1 4lb 8oz 600 2,454 9,841 10lb 6oz 4.1
Hury Reservoir 39 106  15  121 3.1  3lb 8oz 250 751 2,994 9lb 3.9
Scaling Dam Reservoir 132 219 0 85 1.65 4lb 0 1,402 3,895 7lb 9oz 2.8

Click on each reservoir below to read the weekly fishing report.

Kielder Water

Fishery Headline:Magic on the Mayfly


With the increase in water temperature the amount of natural food available to feeding fish is abundant. Large shoals of fry have been seen around the reservoir close to the bank. Greg McGasken from Hawick managed to take advantage of this by using a small spinning minnow from Scotch Rocks to land eight fish for 17lb 4oz.
Dense gatherings of tadpoles have also been seen in the weedy bays around Whickhope which has given boat anglers some great sport fishing any black lure patterns close to the bottom on slow retrieved intermediates or Di 3 line. The more traditional anglers have benefited from a late hatch of mayfly which was spotted at Gowanburn, Lewisburn and in the Belling Inlet. This can present some great sport whilst fishing for the wild brown trout or resident rainbows.

NEWSFLASH – Bumper stocking of almost 1,000 fish this week.

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Best flies: Orange Blob, Black Fritz, tadpole imitations

Best Bait /Lures: Worm, Power Bait Eggs

Best areas: Hawkhope, Tower Knowe, Plashetts, Belling Inlet

Ranger office: 01434 251000

Ranger: Karl Main








































Fontburn Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Wind of change bring Fontburn success


With wind directions changing direction regularly, fish were kept active to the benefit of anglers as some exceptionally good sport was recorded. Anglers reported a combination or cocktail bait is proving to be the most productive. This can either be fished on a float or ledgered bait as both methods are producing good results. When fishing ledgered bait it’s a good tip to increase trace length to between two and three feet to insure your bait is well in view of fish on the bottom. Many fish over 2lb have been recorded as these bigger fish become more dominant when congested in small areas. Mr D Allen took eight fish for a combined weight of 19lb 8oz and Mr L Little also netted eight quality fish for a grand total weight of 18lb. Mr Richardson was delighted with his limit catch of eight fish for a respectable 17lb 8oz with one fish tipping the scales at 3lb 8oz. Mr Aynsley landed a fine brace of fish; the first weighing in at 3lb 11oz and the other at 3lb 5oz. Fly anglers have also made the most of roaming fish, taking good catches with well presented small black flies at the west end of the reservoir near the nature reserve as insects are blown on to the water. Mr RA Hadley returned four fish along side Mr A Cook who also had a good day on the fly returning seven fish.

NEWSFLASH - £500 tagged fish yet to be caught

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Best flies; Hawthorn, Dawson’s Olive, Black Gnat, Bibio

Best Baits: Chartreuse Power Bait, Pink and White Mice Tails

Best areas: North shore middle section with all areas fishing well

Ranger office: 01669 621368

Ranger: Paul Perryman



Whittle Dene Reservoir

Coarse Angling News 

 Whittle Dene:

A steady week reported at the complex with more fish starting to feed as temperatures rise. Dave Coster fished the Northern using a waggler and netted 8lb of roach and skimmers with fish up to 14oz. Mr J Mitchell had a net busting catch of a combined weight of 21lb 3oz and almost outdone by Mr B Evans who had a superb net weight of 21lb using a feeder method. Many roach and skimmers are being reported as feeding very close to the margins with some of the bigger fish moving into these shallower swims. This is giving anglers some superb size fish with the Lower ‘match lake’ responding best to feeder tactics with catches of skimmers to 20lb common. Maggot is still producing the best catches, especially red maggot.

Best baits: Red maggot

Best method: Waggler / feeder

Best areas: Northern

Ranger: Paul Perryman


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Derwent Reservoir

Fishery Headline:  1,500 fish bumper boost for Derwent

Anglers slowly got to grips with the warming weather and some quality rainbows as we move into the more unpredictable summer months. Rainbows were mainly caught on ledgered Power Bait and Magic Dust although bubble floats and Mice Tails worked well when there was a ripple on the water. Helen McIntyre from Kiln Pit Hill had a great day when she caught an amazing 7lb blue. Helen was fishing next to the first fence using ledgered Power Bait and is yet another successful graduate of Northumbrian Water′s ′Try it days′. The reservoir fished well on Saturday with 11 anglers leaving with their eight fish limit. Dave Wilson from Howden in Crook left a happy man catching his eight fish at Pow Hill using Chartreuse Power Bait Eggs. Mr D Gill also had a great day on Saturday when he caught a lovely 6lb rainbow and a amazing limit of 24lb. Fly anglers have seen some great sport this week using Dawson’s Olive and traditional black flies, daddies’ fished dry on the surface have also seen excellent results with fish readily taking these surface flies, especially on evening during the bright days!


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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Hawthorn, Bibio, Black and Peacock, Montana

Best Baits Pink Power Bait Mice Tails, Magic Dust, Toby / Mepp spinners, float fished worm

Best areas: First fence, Murray’s Point, Hunter House, Meadow, north bank

Ranger office:
01207 255250

Christopher Hodgson














Grassholme Reservoir

Fishery Headline:  All the eights......


Tuesday treated anglers to a flat calm Grassholme with fish topping across the reservoir and ring after ring of rising fish. Anglers started to fill in the returns sheet with fours, fives and sixes. Then, Fay and Alan Marley weighed in with 12 fish between them with Fay very keen to highlight she had caught eight of the 12 on Power Bait Eggs of varied colours. All their fish were taken at the west end of the reservoir, an area which continues to offer some of the best sport. Wednesday saw the rod average up to 4.7 fish per angler and a third of anglers managed an eight fish limit with the best fish hitting 4lb 8oz. The weather was still disappointing for the end of June but the fishing certainly was not. Thursday, Duncan Busfield had five fish from the white post on the north bank using a float or ledgered worm and Mr C Boughey had eight fish totalling 15lb in the first four hours. Friday afternoon Paul Davies from Durham took eight fish from the Dam Wall and as luck would have it his last fish was a tagged rainbow netting him £200.

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Best flies: Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, small black dry flies

Best Baits: Orange and Pink Power Bait Eggs, worm

Best areas: West end, any of the sheltered bays, Dam Wall

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger: Simon Lee







Hury Reservoir

Fishery Headline:Shuttlecocks and blobs....


The beginning of the week saw some very varied methods producing lots of fish which is always refreshing to see! Mr J Wompra had six fish on a CDC Shuttlecock and his fishing partner Mr A Mordica had eight fish on a Pink Blob. Conclusion being; there are a lot of fish feeding at different levels and on a variety of food items which is good news for the angler who like to enjoy the traditional side of the sport. Fish were being taken from the south side next to the spillway with these areas near the Dam Wall offering a full range of depths for anglers to experiment with the multitude of tactics available. George Wind had a cracking day Friday catching eight fish and returning six with four of them over the 3lb mark. As we approach some summer warmth the week ahead is expected to offer the first sustained spell of surface life and should produce some good sport on the surface

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, black buzzers, blobs, small black dry flies

Best areas: Disabled platform, Corporal Hill, spillway

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Simon Lee












Scaling Dam Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Eastern delights!


After a stormy start on Monday the rest of the week was bright and warm which is a refreshing change after such a cold, windy spring. A large shoal remained consistently at the east bay drifting from deep to shallow waters and anglers enjoyed themselves with some excellent catches recorded. Other areas were not so active but some good sized rainbows were caught from all around the Dam. Bruce Hodgson from Brotton had a wonderful time on his ‘Loyalty Day’ catching his maximum 10 rainbows amongst the rocks section at the east end in shallow waters fishing ledgered Blue Mango Power Bait and Mice-tails. Included in his catch were two fine rainbows, one at 3lb and another at 4lb. Also fishing the east end was Harry Noble from Whitby who had a cracking day catching eight fish in two hours and after a second permit ending his day at 1pm with sixteen rainbows; all caught on ledgered worm with Green Power Bait. Several other 4lb rainbows were caught this week, one by Brian Palmer from Redcar using Green Power Bait and another by Mac Porter from Swainby on a worm and Red Power Bait cocktail.

NEWSFLASH – Another stocking of quality trout including more tagged fish!

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

Best Bait /Lures: Worm, Blue Mango / Green / Red Power Bait. Mice-tails

Best areas: East bay



Ranger office:
01287 644032

David Bateman
















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