Game angling: Cold weather not keeping away the catches

George Macintyre brings you a round-up of the latest game angling news from around the region

Anglers at Higham Lakes Trout Fishery
Anglers at Higham Lakes Trout Fishery

Although the cold has pushed the trout deep, it has been another week of big fish at Chatton.

Kenny McMahon from Wooler returned an 11lb rainbow, taken on a black lure, to Chatton Lake, Paul Little from Workington landed a lovely 7lb rainbow from Chatton Lake on a red head damsel while Colin Harris from Whickham brought 14, including a 10lb brown, to the net on black lures.

The fishery is still stocking twice a week.

There have also been good catches at South Linden fishery despite the cold and slightly coloured water.

The fly and bait lakes are well stocked with rainbows and blues and have fished well all week, with ice showing on just one day.

While the car park is being resurfaced, anglers should use the small parking area near the fly lake usually reserved for disabled anglers/drivers.

Trevor Jones from Houghton-le-Spring took advantage of the milder weather to land and return a well-conditioned 18lb rainbow to Doxford Lake at Sharpley Springs.

Derrick Grabham from Middlesbrough, also fishing the Doxford, returned a fully-finned 15-pounder from a bag of five.

Clint Hallam from Longnewton had one of 12lb on a Snake Fly; Paul Green from Wigan had a 13-pounder on a Blue/Black Buzzer; V Henry from Whitley Bay had a 10lb in a bag of 12; and Jack Henderson of South Shields netted one of 10lb from the Albert Lake.

Andy Grabham netted the biggest bag of the week with 16 fish.

The bounty on the tagged fish now stands at £250.

George Taylor from Leeming Bar, fishing a size 14 Black spider on a freezing cold day, had the best fish of the week at Jubilee Lakes – an 8lb 7oz rainbow.


Chatton: Black lures, Yellow Dancers, Cat’s Whiskers.

Jubilee: Best Flies: Bloodworms, Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Black Humungous.

Sharpley: Black Buzzer, Pinky Bloodworm, Yellow Worm, Okey Dokey, Black/White Zonker, Cat’s Whisker, Appetiser, Damsel, Dawson’s Olive.

South Linden: Black Buzzers, Black Cat’s Whisker, White Cat’s Whisker, Cruncher, Montana, Black Bloodworm


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