Angling improving in the region as waters cool

Sport improved over the weekend at Chatton with the water beginning to cool and has been showing fantastic rises in the mornings and evenings

Sport improved over the weekend at Chatton with the water beginning to cool and has been showing fantastic rises in the mornings and evenings.

Fishery regular Dougie McMurdo brought a 12lb rainbow to the net, whereas Alastair Murray from Kelso, who was on Dunnydeer Lake, caught six to 6lb, keeping two and returning four, and 11-year-old Callum Barcham from Buckton, Belford, landed a 2lb rainbow from Ross Lake.

Anglers who recorded good catches included David Jackson from Tweedmouth who caught kept four and returned; Tom Snowden from Cramlington and Stu Younger from Blyth who each caught eight; Kenny McMahon from Wooler who returned nine; and Tony Richardson from Wooler who returned 10 in an evening session.

Sport is improving at South Linden after the recent hot spell and the well-stocked lakes are once again producing good numbers of fish.

R Barrett of Bedlington caught and released nine in a four-hour session, with many other fishery regulars catching and releasing up to 10 trout.

The fishery is holding a charity day for Help For Heroes on Sunday, September 8. The six-hour, two-fish limit, fly-only competition will be followed by a barbecue, which is included in the entry fee of �30, with �10 going direct to the charity. For details, visit

Two tagged fish were landed at Derwent Reservoir this week, netting Doug Pearson from Consett and Luke Gutcher from Jarrow �200 each. M Kenny from Tynemouth had a successful day on the spinner, landing six rainbows to 4lb 8oz for 16lb 8oz.

At Jubilee Lakes, Michael Gray from South Shields took a cracking 11lb 4oz rainbow on a Damsel; Stuart Walker from Marske-by-Sea and Michael White from Durham both took fish of 5lb 4oz; and Stuart Sexton from Richmond landed one 4lb 2oz.

Naworth fished well all week to both fly and worm. The best catches were recorded by P McNeill with 35 to fly, B Rowley with 33 to 3lb on fly and B Pilmer with 13 to fly.

Good bags at Witton Castle Lakes this week included T Ward and A Subber with 13 each and M Turner with 11

The Innes family were the trend setters in the early part of the week at Fontburn. Dad Michael, fishing with sons Evan and Nat on the popular North Shore Bay, recorded a superb 15-fish catch after buying a second permit. an They also took home the fish of the week - a Fontburn-reared 4lb 4oz rainbow trout.

At Sharpley Springs, Richard Brown from Stockton, fishing a Sedge, “cast out 40 feet and slow retrieved” to net a 15lb 5oz brown trout, followed by an 11-pounder.

The heaviest fish of the week at Kielder Water was a rainbow of 5lb 5oz caught from the bank at the top of Whickhope inlet by Kevin Payne.


Caistron: Hoppers, CdC patterns, Buzzers.

Chatton: Blue Ribbed Buzzer, Hoppers, Orange Daddies, Damsels, Cormorants, Snatchers.

Jubilee: Damsels, Daddies, Black beetle, Hare’s Ear, Fulling Mill SR Fire Cat.

Sharpley: G & H Sedge, Green Peter, Olive Shuttlecock, Adult Damsel, Damsel Nymph, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph, Caenis Dun/Spent Spinner, Stimulator.

South Linden: Buzzers, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Hare’s Ear, Cat’s Whisker.

Witton: Sedgehogs, Shipman’s Buzzers, black F Flies, Shuttlecock Buzzers.


South Linden: Worm, Maggot.


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