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Weekly fishing reports - 28 July 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 72 176 39 215 3.0  4lb 12oz 0 1,486 4,331 6lb 4oz 2.9
Fontburn Reservoir 191 460 28 488 2.6  6lb 8oz 500 3,495 11,236 11lb 3.21
Whittle Dene Reservoir 39                           


16lb skimmers & roach
Derwent Reservoir 285 1,041 49 919 3.8  4lb 8oz 600 5,007 16,261 10lb 8oz 3.24
Grassholme Reservoir 213 561 0 561 2.6 5lb 640 2,997 12,444 10lb 6oz 4.1
Hury Reservoir 50 167 0  167 3.34  4lb.5oz 150 939 3,830 9lb 4.1
Scaling Dam Reservoir 103 302 37 339 3.3 2 x 4lb 12oz 0 1,774 4,815 7lb 9oz 2.7

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

Kielder Water

Fishery Headline: Fish rising to occasion

The cooler midsummer interlude may be interrupting our BBQ`s but it has invigorated feeding fish, which are freely rising and providing great top of the water sport for anglers. James Krone and his wife Claire from Amble fished a team of traditional flies to take sixteen fish. The majority fell to a Black Hopper, Orange Muddler and a Gold Headed Nymph on the point. They were caught in Plashetts and the tip of Whickhope Bay. With so many fish on the surface bait anglers have found bubble floats with worm and PowerBait the more productive method. Small spinners have also been taking fish along the Hawkhope Bank to the Belling Inlet.

NEWSFLASH – Another stocking of almost 1,000 quality fish due again this week!

Please note; The Kielder Team of Four boat competition is fully booked for Sunday 2 August and subsequently no boats are available for hire.

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Best flies: Hoppers, Orange Blob, Cormorant, Montana Nymph

Best baits: PowerBait and worm

Best areas: Gordons Walls, Tower Knowe, Plashetts, Whickhope

Leaplish Waterside Park: For general enquiries and boat bookings please call Leaplish Waterside Park on 01434 251000

Ranger: Karl Main







































Fontburn Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Green with envy of net busting 30lb catch

A week of unpredictable weather has resulted in fish moving from deeper water into shallows gives anglers some great sport. Those that adapted there tactics and location to the conditions were by far the most successful and once feeding trout were located anglers enjoyed success using ledgered rigs with a combination of different baits such as PowerBait and worm. The top method still continues to be roaming tactics, casting and walking with Mepps and Toby lures as the trout still continue to come out of the depths and hunt and feed on fry in the shallows. This is more evident early in the morning or in the evening. Mr Green had a fantastic day netting eight pristine trout for a huge net busting weight of 30lb 12oz with one fish weighing in at 6lb 8oz, another 4lb 12oz and another at 4lb. These were all taken on the south shore using bait. Mr. JB Wilson took eight fine rainbows for a combined weight of 22lb 8oz and also returned 12 fish. Pete Watson also had a memorable day netting eight quality rainbow trout for an impressive combined weight of 21lb taken on a Dawson’s Olive on the north shore. This was just a few of many limits in excess of 18lb this week. The best area for fly anglers has still been the western end near the nature reserve boundary or near the Dam Wall on an evening. These locations also offer an excellent opportunity for the anglers who enjoy spinning to tempt a quality Fontburn rainbow.

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Best flies: Hawthorn, Dawson’s Olive, Black Gnat, Bibio, Cat’s Whisker

Best Baits: Pink and White or Brown and Red Mice-tails, Pink PowerBait Glitter Eggs

Best areas: North shore middle section and Dam Wall on an evening with all areas fishing well

Ranger office: 01669 621368

Ranger: Paul Perryman


Whittle Dene Reservoir

Coarse Angling News  

Whittle Dene:


Dave Coster and Andy Griffiths, who travelled from London to fish Whittle Dene, fished the Northern Wednesday and caught double figure nets of skimmers. Mr B Evans took the catch of the week with a cracking 16lb net of mainly roach and skimmers from the Lower. Some fish were caught on the feeder and waggler but the long pole proved best for bigger fish close to 2lb. To avoid the numerous small roach and gudgeon, bigger baits like sweet corn, worm or pellets are finding the best quality, larger fish.

Best baits: Sweet corn / worm

Best method: Pole

Best areas: Northern

Ranger: Paul Perryman

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


















Derwent Reservoir

Fishery Headline:    Four tags in two days as Derwent delights!

Some of the best sport of the season delighted anglers over the last few days as the cool summer weather offers ideal summer feeding conditions for thousands of trout. Anglers were also delighted to cash in on recent stockings of tagged fish with four caught in just two days over the weekend. Peter Robinson, Ken Sharp, Nathan Surray and Emma Fullwood all went home £200 richer taking the total handed out from the tagged fish pool so far this season to £3,600. Rod averages over the weekend were as high as five fish per angler and the reservoir produced some of the best summer sport seen for years. Most areas produced good catches with both sides of the Dam Wall proving hot spots. Fish were keen to take lures on floating lines and also ledgered Pink Mice – tails. Anglers also commented on the closeness of the fish to the margins which is very unusual for the summer months and can only be attributed to the unseasonably cold conditions. However, this is offering anglers some of the best summer sport for years so the cold, miserable weather isn’t all bad news!

NEWSFLASH – 1,400 fish to be stocked this week!

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Black and Peacock Spider, muddlers, Hawthorn, Black Gnat, Bibio, Black Fritz, Montana

Best baits: Ledgered Pink Sparkle PowerBait Eggs with Magic Dust, Gold Toby

Best areas: The stream to first fence on the south side, north bank. Most areas fishing well!

Coarse Fishing:

Some more nice catches as we see a growing number of large perch coming to the net. Eddie Bridon took the catch of the week with 85 roach and five perch on the feeder at about 100 yards in deep water.

Ranger office:
01207 255250

Christopher Hodgson












Grassholme Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Hodgson nets catch of the week

The week started well at Grassholme Monday when David Gallimore caught eight fish along with Mr M Cowin with worm, PowerBait Eggs and spinner all successful! Tuesday and Wednesday were very productive also with lots of fish caught in shallow water in front of the lodge. As the week progressed the fish spread out and found their way into all areas of the reservoir. Mr S Hodgson landed eight fish at the white post, his biggest at 5lb was also the heaviest fish of the week. Mr J Walsh also had a good day at the west end with a total weigh in of 18lb 7oz for eight fish with PowerBait Eggs the successful bait for both anglers. The Dam Wall was the best location on Friday for Bram Booth and his two daughters who landed their limit which included four fish over 3lb. The fish are certainly spreading out now and successful anglers are those seeking out the fish, moving to different areas and exploring the entire reservoir. Fish were also at varied distances this week moving with the changing conditions from the shallow to deep as temperatures rise and fall and the wind changes direction. When the winds drop fish could be seen feeding everywhere on the surface which many anglers took advantage of using fly and float fished PowerBait.

NEWSFLASH - Grassholme will be stocked twice this week!

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Best flies: Black Hopper, Black Zonker, Black Fritz

Best Baits: Float fished worm, Ledgered PowerBait Eggs and Mice-tails

Best areas: Dam Wall, Low Rigg and bays along West Pasture, west end

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Lee Brewster






Hury Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Hury on the Boil

The fish at Hury have spread into all areas of the reservoir in recent days. Anglers prepared to explore the entire reservoir and change tactics to suit conditions have faired well this week. Lots of feeding fish have been seen at the boil at the west end and also at Newhouse Bay and Deep Bay. The rod average spiked Tuesday to an astonishing eight fish per angler and catches were excellent the rest of the week. Indeed, half of the anglers on Thursday caught their eight fish limits and specimens of up to 4lb were landed. Intermediate lines and Coral Dancers fished well again this week for George Samms and Joe Watson with six fish each, the best of them over 4lb 8oz. When calm waters were encountered Brown Daddies were the order of the day. However, weather conditions continued to disrupt anglers and fish feeding habits and the shallow waters close to the banks produced as many fish as the much deeper sections of the reservoir.

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Brown Daddy, Diawl Bach

Best areas: The boil, Deep Bay, Newhouse Bay and both banks from the Dam Wall

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Lee Brewster








Scaling Dam Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Michelle of a time!


Cooler more stabile conditions meant the fish were very active, once again preferring the shallow waters around the east end of the reservoir and some superb catches were recorded by both bait and fly anglers. The week got off to a flying start on Monday with a rod average of 5.9 and Derek Ogden from Redcar enjoying a fantastic Loyalty Day on fly catching a grand total of 29 rainbows and returning 19 of them using a combination of a Silver and Gold Invicta and Cow Dung flies. Mid week the rod average reached six fish per angler some days with anglers buying second permits and totalling 16 fish for the day. Not quite all the action was at the east end as Mac Allen from Eston landed a very nice 3lb 7oz rainbow from the Jetty on a worm and White PowerBait cocktail. Two rainbows topped the chart this week, both caught at the east end and both weighing in at 4lb 12oz. One of these beauties was one of 16 caught by Harry Noble from Whitby continuing his amazing season and the second was one of 12 caught by Michelle Wheeler from Redcar and partner on a family permit. Michelle landed this beauty last cast of the day on a Blue PowerBait with White Mice-tail cocktail.

NEWSFLASH – Another bumper stocking will arrive again this week with more tagged fish included!

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Best Flies: Silver Invicta, March Brown, Mallard & Claret, Cow Dung

Best baits: Worm, Blue Mango, Yellow/ Green PowerBait, Yellow and Orange Gulp Eggs

Areas: East end

Ranger office: 01287 644032

Ranger: David Bateman















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