Game angling: Fine week at Higham Lakes for game anglers

The latest game angling news from around the North East

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

HIGHAM Lakes fished well this week, with Steven Atherton from Blyth returning nine, including a 5lb brown, and John Chisholm from Gosforth putting back a 9lb 3oz rainbow.

The bait lake has also fished well with Conner Bradshaw from Newburn landing five for 19lb – all on worm.

At South Linden, David York from Ashington landed nine, including a 19lb rainbow, which was the biggest recorded fish of the past week. Both the upper lake and lower lake have fished well, with George Lumsden of Amble landing a full bag of 10, including fish of 12lb and 8lb, and Darren Frame also bringing 10 to the net.

Anglers have had to change tactics regularly at Caistron, with colder conditions pushing the fish deep.

Phil Holmes from Tynemouth bagged up with quality rainbows to 5lb.

Witton Castle regulars J Ord and G Wharton each landed 15-fish limits, while A Grabham had 11 and A Parker and E Carmichael each brought seven to the net.

The best fish were a superb 6lb rainbow trout caught by J Myers and a 4lb 8oz brown trout hooked by S Linus.

Sport has started to pick up after a few slow weeks at Naworth. B Walker landed the best catch of the week, with 21 to fly.

The next monthly two-fish competition at Knitsley Mill will be on Sunday, April 6 and there is a Greys International individual and team qualifier on Saturday, May 10. For further information telephone 07960 747417.

There was a good start to the season at Derwent Reservoir, with Richard Abbot from Shotley Bridge netting a 9lb 8oz rainbow in the Bay of Plenty, going on to bag eight for 28lb with many more returned.

On Monday, Keith Butler from Durham caught a 5lb rainbow next to the second fence and R Whaley netted eight fish, also next to the second fence, for 24lb 8oz. Mr Allman, who was fishing with his son, caught 43 on the fly, returning 35 and taking home eight for 27lb, including fish of 6lb, 5lb and 4lb.

At Fontburn, multi-bait, spinning and fly tactics all produced good results. Limit catches have been recorded on a daily basis, many with every fish weighing over 2lb.

S Vivian and I Brace each landed seven rainbows and a blue for 20lb, while R Elma caught six rainbows and two blues for 23lb 4oz.

M Johnson’s 5lb 8oz rainbow the best of his limit catch from the North Shore; W Wade landed a 5lb 4oz blue and D Smith signed out the heaviest catch of the season so far with seven rainbows for 28lb.

On the fly, Sid Barnes caught five rainbows and John Brennand landed 12, with six returned.

High winds hampered the start to the season at Kielder. However anglers, finding shelter in bays and from the prevailing wind, enjoyed great sport.

Ian Donaldson landed rainbows of 3lb, 2lb 4oz and 2lb from the bank at Hawkhope and Eric Henderson had four rainbows to 2lb 8oz from Belling Inlet.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer