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Weekly fishing reports - 23 August 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 117 236 21 257 2.2  5lb 2oz 0 1,744 5,133 6lb 4oz 2.9
Fontburn Reservoir 182 291 10 301 1.6  5lb 3oz 455 3,992 12,335 11lb 3.09
Whittle Dene Reservoir 39                           


14lb 8oz
Derwent Reservoir 291 547 18 565 1.9  4lb 300 6,182 19,288 10lb 8oz 3.12
Grassholme Reservoir 224 657 0 657 2.9  4lb 4oz 670 4,096 15,213 10lb 6oz 3.7
Hury Reservoir 57 131 8 139 2.4  4lb 175 1,130 4,310 9lb 3.8
Scaling Dam Reservoir 87 149 14 163 1.9  3lb 6oz 0 2,373 5,770 7lb 9oz 2.4

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

Kielder Water

Fishery Headline: Jane lands best fish
The fishing this week has been good with an overall rod average of 2.2 fish per angler and numerous good quality rainbows over 3lbs have featured in the returns. The heaviest fish caught this week was a cracking rainbow weighing 5lb 2oz taken by Mrs Jane Scott from Rothbury. Jane was fly fishing at Leaplish with a Gold Head Hares Ear nymph. Boat anglers have also had some great top of the water sport in Whickhope and off Scotch Rocks. Anglers fishing a team of flies have had the best success, with a floating fry, Daddy or Muddler on the top dropper. These buoyant patterns create a wake and bring fish up to the surface, nymphs and lures fished below those patterns have also taken fish. A large number of minnows and fry have been seen close to the shore on warmer days and trout have been actively feeding on them. Anglers targeting those fish using large fish imitating lures or spinners have enjoyed some exciting sport as the trout chase their lures and take them close to the bank or boat.

Please note: Boats in time is now back at the jetty for 7pm

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Best flies: Orange Muddler, Blobs, Montana and a Minky lure

Best Bait /Lures: Powerbait and Worm

Best boat areas: The Belling Inlet, Whickhope and Scotch Rocks

Best bank areas: Stocky Bay, Leaplish

Ranger office: 01434 251000

Lee Hollings

Fontburn Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Early start pays off

In a week of mainly bright warm days interspersed with a couple of days of persistent rain anglers used a variety of tactics to record some fine catches. Float fished natural worm or Mice Tails worked well near feeder streams while ledger or spinning tactics were most effective on brighter days with early mornings and late afternoons the best times to find active fish. Barry Wilson had an early start last Friday switching between ledger and fly to record the heaviest catch of the week. Barry’s catch of 8 Rainbows weighed 24lb 12oz which included 4 fish over 3lb and one at 4lb 8oz. This fine catch was taken on Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs; Barry also returned two taken on the fly. John Hall landed the fish of the week a 5lb 3oz beauty caught on ledgered Orange PowerBait to top off a 8 fish limit catch for 23lb 6oz. John Rollin used the same bait and method in the South Shore Bay to land a 4lb 14oz cracker. 12 year old Ethan Shergold accounted for the bulk of his family’s 9 fish catch which included a personal best 3lb Rainbow caught on float fished Yellow Mice Tails near the North Shore Burn. It was a happy birthday for Karl Slater who opted to spend the day in the sunshine catching 6 Rainbows for 16lb 12oz on ledger and spinning tactics.

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Black Zonker, Peter Ross, Black Ant.

Best Baits: Brown and Red Mice-tails, Chartreuse or Orange PowerBait Eggs.

Best areas: North Shore Feeder Stream and Dam Wall.

Ranger office: 01669 621368

Steve Catlin

Whittle Dene Reservoir

Coarse Angling News  

Whittle Dene:

An excellent week as weather improved and winds fell light allowing enjoyable sport and catches up to 20lb of skimmers on feeder and pole tactics. One of the best catches was 14lb 8oz from Mr Turnbull with similar catch returns from Mr. B Evans and Mr. J Mitchell of 10lb and 9lb 11oz respectively. Mr. J Parkinson signed out a 14lb 6oz catch of skimmers which also featured in the catches of Mr. S Nodd (13lb 12oz) and Mr. S Jaques (6lb). Mr. J Gallagher had two perch and four gudgeon from the Southern whilst Mr. R Thompson took 15 skimmers with maggot and feeder tactics.

Results of Whittle Dene match Sunday on the Lower lake saw Jamie Stephenson (Aldin Grange) win with 9lb 7oz of skimmers caught on the long range feeder. He was on the farm bank. Nick Jose (Cleveland Angling Centre) was second with 8lb 14oz of skimmers taken on the same tactics from the tree bank. Steve Jacques (Morpeth) was third, again with feeder and caught skimmers weighing 8lb 12oz. Sport was better earlier in the week with less wind. Anglers were catching up to 20 lb weights of skimmers on the feeder and the pole was also working with catches up to 15 lbs

Best baits: Maggot

Best method: Feeder

Best areas: Lower

Ranger: Steve Catlin

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Derwent Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Hunter House- Hot spot

The warm weather during the last week pushed fish deep as water temperatures reach their highest of the season. Despite continued stocking the fish remained lethargic and given some fresher weather sport should improve. Despite challenging conditions better sport has been experienced between Pow Hill and Hunter House. Kevin Fletcher from Wolsingham had 4 nice fish last Monday including the biggest fish of the week weighing in at 4lb. Further eight fish catches from a similar area were taken on Wednesday and Thursday with Mr. D Wilson and Mr. T Ashbridge both taking 15lb catches on PowerBait. Bait anglers were best served with ledgered Orange Mice-tails with the point at Hunter House the area anglers are racing to reach first on a morning! Fly anglers are casting to an abundance of rising fish after 5pm on most nights that are feeding on small surface flies as well as water born insects. The best imitation for these has been buzzers and nymphs fished under a bung or dry flies drifted on the surface. With fresher weather forecast we expect to see an improvement in sport as fish move back into the margins to feed.

NEWSFLASH – 1,400 fish to be stocked this week

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Best flies: Buzzers, Damsel Nymph, Black and Peacock Spider, Bibio, Viva, Nomad

Best Baits: Orange Mice-tails with Magic Dust, Gold Toby, Mepps

Best areas: Pow Hill, Hunter House, Cronkley, Meadow, North Bank

Coarse Fishing

Limited returns showed catches of between 6lb and 12lb with Mr. J Turner taking the best catch of roach and perch.

For more information on Derwent reservoir contact the ranger team

Ranger office: 01207 255250

Ranger: Christopher Hodgson







Grassholme Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Consistent catches

Consistency is the word this week as we continue to stock at both ends twice a week giving the fish a chance to spread to all areas of the reservoir. Many anglers enjoyed walking the entire four miles around the reservoir in pursuit of the feeding fish. Anglers have reported that changing their methods often and alternating from worm to Spinner and PowerBait has greatly improved their catch rates. At the beginning of the week almost every angler caught fish and in good numbers too, Wednesday and Thursday saw lots of limit catches recorded. The North bank and the sheltered bays along the south bank as well as the west end produced some great sport with plenty of 3lb fish brought to the net. The bright weather at the weekend sent the fish a little deeper and float fished worm on a long trace was very effective. Mr C. Fall tempted the best fish of the week on worm at 4lb 4oz, Mick and Sharon McKimm had 10 fish using float and then ledger and on Sunday Ian Clark had 6 Rainbows and 2 nice wild Brownies. The Errington family also had nine fish between them with specimens up to 3lb featuring in their catch.

NEWSFLASH - Grassholme will be stocked twice this week at the east and west end.

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Cats Whisker

Best Baits: Float fished Worm, ledgered PowerBait Eggs, Mice-tails and spinners

Best areas: Dam Wall, White Post and sheltered bays

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Lee Brewster

Hury Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Top of the water treat

Top of the water sport has been good this week with lots of midges and some signs of heather fly on the water. The best method has been to use dry flies or teams of traditional wets pulled through the waves resulting in aggressive takes and fish on the bank. In the brighter conditions the fish are deeper and the usual suspects like Dawson’s Olive and Cats Whisker on a varied retrieve are still producing good catches. As in previous weeks lots of changing conditions mean lots of changing techniques and methods which, if nothing else keeps anglers on their toes. Warm weather means the fish are looking for oxygenated water at inlets and the boil and deeper water so it’s worth bearing this in mind when choosing marks to fish.
Calm evenings have seen some fantastic rises across the reservoir and any dark dry fly should bring rewards.

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Bibio, Black Popper Hopper

Best areas: The boil, Newhouse Bay, Corporal Hill

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Lee Brewster







Scaling Dam Reservoir

Fishery Headline:  Loyalty pays




It’s been a rollercoaster of a week with changing conditions affecting wind, pressure and temperatures which kept the fish in deeper waters for the majority of the time. However during calm conditions the trout could often be seen rising to the surface all around the reservoir. Both bait and fly anglers had to work for their rewards and those who kept on the move and changed bait and fly’s regularly had the best results. Mr George Houston from Guisborough enjoyed his loyalty day fishing ledgered baits at the east end of the reservoir ending his day with 9 Rainbows. Mr Dave Ward from Middlesbrough had a productive day using both ledgered and float fished baits around the jetty area catching his 8 fish limit.Mr Tommy Johns from Brotton enjoyed an afternoon session on the fly working his way along the south shore and east bay on a catch and release permit returning 7 Rainbows two of which were estimated to be over 3lbs each.


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Best flies: Invicta, Black Nymph, Kate McLaren.

Best Bait /Lures: Worm, Green or Yellow and Blue- Mango Powerbait, Pink or White Mice Tail.


Best areas: East end, Jetty


Ranger office:


01287 644032


Ranger: David Bateman












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