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WEEKLY FISHING REPORTS - 17-APRIL-2016

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
NORTHUMBERLAND
Kielder Water 45         89 0 94 1.9  3lb 8oz 450 306 967 4lb 8oz 3.1
Fontburn Reservoir 80 312 5 317 3.96  9lb 4oz  550 772 2,775 9lb 4oz 3.59
Whittle Dene Reservoir                           

 

DURHAM
Derwent Reservoir 128 285 58 343 2.7  3lb 8oz 500 1,486 5,625 8lb 4oz 3.8
TEESDALE
Grassholme Reservoir 116 707 0 707 6.1 6lb 600 917 4.065 8lb 4.4
Hury Reservoir 23 71 24 95 4.1 3lb 8oz 100 213 1,259 7lb 5.9
CLEVELAND
Scaling Dam Reservoir 46 142 5 147 3.1  3lb 300 371 1,522 5lb 8oz 4.1

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

Kielder Water

Fishery Headline: Four seasons in one week!

With the week ending in snow, anglers faced every weather event this week as the unpredictable spring weather continues. The cooler weather saw more fish being taken deeper on sinking lines or ledgered baits. Ken Thompson braved the sleet and snow Sunday and managed eight fish for 15lb 8oz. All the fish were taken using Powerbait whilst fishing in Stockie Bay. First Time boat anglers Mr and Mrs Jamerson from Gosforth had some great sport whilst fishing the Belling Inlet. They fished a team of lures on a Di2 line and took home seven fish with this weeks’ largest trout weighing in at 3lb 8oz.

The popular Kielder Boat Pairs Competition is running again this season. There are three heats with the final in July with all proceeds going to the WaterAid charity.
- Heat 1 Sunday 24th April
- Heat 2 Sunday 22nd May
- Heat 3 Sunday 26th June
- Final Sunday 10th July

The fly only competition runs from 10am to 5pm and fishery rules apply. Booking is required. For more information please call our team on 01434 251000

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Best flies: Orange Blob, Cormorant, Green Montana

Best baits: PowerBait & worm

Best boat areas: Scotch Rocks, tip of Bull Crag and Tower Knowe

Best bank areas: Hawkhope, Stockie Bay

Ranger office and Boat bookings: 01434 251000

Ranger: Lee Hollings

Fontburn Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Joy for Ian with season’s best!

Another week, another superb overall rod average of just under four fish per angler along with more specimen fish weighed in. As spring weather proved inconsistent once again, anglers who varied location and tactics took home the spoils. Ian Joyce from Esh Winning stole the headlines with his magnificent and seasons best 9lb 4oz specimen rainbow trout. This was one of an eight fish catch limit for Ian, who chose to fish into the strong north westerly wind on Sunday from the south shore bay and certainly got his reward. Along with most of the successful bait anglers during week, Ian opted for a ledger with a short trace topped with an effective pink and white PowerBait cocktail. Fly anglers continued to defy the challenging conditions with regular Sid Barnes reporting top sport whilst keeping on the move from shore to shore eventually taking home eight fish on Friday for 19lb and returning four more trout to the water. Sid trusted his Cat’s Whisker pattern and it certainly didn’t let him down. Elsewhere Sunday saw a total of 106 fish weighed in and a healthy rod average of 3.42 from over 30 anglers. A fresh stocking on Friday resulted in a rod average spike of over eight fish with regular bait angler Barry Holmes purchasing two eight fish permits, eventually recording 15 superb fish. The talk this week, however, was more about quality rather than quantity with numerous 3lb plus fish tipping the scales. Indeed Anthony Hester, Mr. S Willis and Paul Joseph will have been delighted with their top fish weighing in at 4lb, 4lb 8oz and 5lb 8oz respectively.

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Best flies: White Muddler, Cat’s Whisker, Orange Fritz

Best Baits: Red Wiggler Worms and Garlic Trout Dip

Best areas: North shore point and south shore bay

Ranger office: 01669 621368

Ranger: Stephen Gillott

Whittle Dene Reservoir

Coarse Angling News  

Whittle Dene:

No recorded catches

SPECIAL REQUEST – Catch returns are important providing information for fishery management and visiting anglers. Thank you to those anglers who filled in the returns and could we remind all anglers to sign out their catches on every visit.

Best baits: Maggot

Best method: Feeder

Best areas: Lower

Ranger: Steve Catlin

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derwent Reservoir

Fishery Headline: Good Abbotts!

The cold weather certainly disrupted what has been a great start to the season. Fish still appear to be roaming along the shore line in shoals and you may have to be patient until they come past, however, when they do move into your swim action can be very hectic. Once you have netted the first fish cast back in as soon as possible and many anglers landing two or three fish in quick succession. With recent frosts and snow melt draining into the reservoir, anglers are finding the extra degree or two of warmth after lunch is when the fish are most active. Multi bait anglers are still using ledgered PowerBait in various forms to good effect while any surface activity can be covered with spinning methods most notably with medium weight Toby type lures. The Shield family had a great day on Friday both netting limit catches. Mr. A Shield topped his catch with a lovely 3lb 8oz fish while Mr. S Shield had a total weight of 15lb 8oz for eight fish. Fly anglers have had little chance to use smaller imitative pattern but huge hatches of small buzzers are very evident in sheltered spots although lures are still the top method. Father and son team Richard and Lee Abbott got their tactics spot on and had a great session off the spillway Sunday taking eight fish and returning 41 between them.

NEWSFLASH – Double stocking with three more tagged fish to be stock!

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Olive Zonker, Black Nomad

Best baits: Ledgered Orange/Chartreuse Mice-tails, Chartreuse PowerBait Sparkle Eggs

Best areas: Spillway, north bank, stream to first fence, oak tree bay

Ranger office:
01207 255250

Ranger: Steven Bisset

 

 

Grassholme Reservoir

Fishery Headline: East is best as Grassholme beats rest!

Yet another week of exceptional sport reflected by the 6.1 rod average which is the highest weekly rod average of the season! The week got off to a flying start with six of the eight anglers fishing Monday taking catch limits and Mr. G Waters finished his off in style with a very nice 6lb rainbow. Much of the same Tuesday with all but one angler taking an eight fish catch limit. Mr. P Gibson weighed in eight for 16lb caught in a short afternoon session as he didn’t begin fishing until 12.30. The rest of the week followed suit with many limit catches every day, peaking on Saturday as the weekend anglers got in on the action and the rod average reached a fantastic 7.7 fish per angler! The Witch’s Hat, Dam Wall, Easter Bay and the other usual places at the East end of the reservoir have all been fishing consistently well with the west end not quite as reliable as stocked fish seem to be following the wind east to the Dam. Ledgered tactics have been best with many anglers opting for the new Gulp Sherbet Blast Garlic Eggs as hook bait and using the Gulp Alive Salmon Egg Marinade mixed with Magic Dust in a feeder.

NEWSFLASH – Grassholme will receive a double stocking again this week.

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Best flies: Black Fritz, Orange Blob

Best Baits: Mepps, Toby, Gulp Salmon Eggs, Garlic Eggs, Trout Dip, Magic Dust

Best areas: Dam Wall, disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, white post

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Andrew Scott

Hury Reservoir

Fishery HeadlineHappy Monday for Simon!

We have had yet another brilliant week with some great sport along both sides of the reservoir at Reedy Point on the north shore and Corporal Hill on the south shore. Simon Huthwaite enjoyed a productive day Monday taking seven fish and returning a further five up to 3lb. Mr. W Harvey also had a good start to the week making the most of his free Loyalty Day by taking his eight fish catch limit by 2.30pm. The fish continued to patrol the margins with most being caught around 10-20 metres from the bank and with the exception of shallow areas such as the Reedy Point, its often been better to fish from the bank rather than wade. While some fish have been taken near the surface the majority seem to be around three feet down according to anglers and the normal early season lure tactics on a slow intermediate line remains the best approach at the time of writing.

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Viva, Orange Blob

Best areas: Corpral Hill, Reedy Point, white post

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Andrew Scott

Scaling Dam Reservoir

Fishery Headline:  The man from with Del Monte caught fish!

Extremely cold weather and snow showers discouraged angler attendance with our best days being Monday and Sunday. Low morning temperatures had anglers changing tactics with longer casts most successful into deeper areas to tempt the lethargic trout to feed. Even before Thursday’s stocking, local fly anglers Norman Cowell from Middlesbrough and Andy Moscrop from Loftus had a fantastic Monday at the east end bay. Norman took his eight fish limit by alternating between spinning with an Abu Toby and changing to fly in the afternoon when the temperature started to rise finding success with his own Orange Del Monte. Andy also took his full limit from the east end bay with a Viva and a Dawson’s Olive. Despite strong wind and rain and the occasional snow flurry John Lancaster from Loftus braved the elements to make it round the Moorside and take his limit, all caught on worm and Orange Gulp Eggs dipped in Garlic Trout Dip.

Extremely cold weather and snow showers discouraged angler attendance with our best days being Monday and Sunday. Low morning temperatures had anglers changing tactics with longer casts most successful into deeper areas to tempt the lethargic trout to feed. Even before Thursday’s stocking, local fly anglers Norman Cowell from Middlesbrough and Andy Moscrop from Loftus had a fantastic Monday at the east end bay. Norman took his eight fish limit by alternating between spinning with an Abu Toby and changing to fly in the afternoon when the temperature started to rise finding success with his own Orange Del Monte. Andy also took his full limit from the east end bay with a Viva and a Dawson’s Olive. Despite strong wind and rain and the occasional snow flurry John Lancaster from Loftus braved the elements to make it round the Moorside and take his limit, all caught on worm and Orange Gulp Eggs dipped in Garlic Trout Dip.

NEWSFLASH – Bumper stocking with fish up to 8lb and more tagged fish!

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Del Monte

Best baits: Worm, Orange / Yellow Mice-tails, Orange Gulp, Trout Dip

Best Areas:
East end bay and moorside

Ranger:
Jed Revill

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