Game angling: Great first catch for Berwick boy David Young

Eight-year-old David Young from Berwick landed a lovely rainbow on his first fly catch with his dad Richard at Dunnydeer Lake

Eight-year-old David Young from Berwick, fishing at Chatton with his father, Richard, landed his first fish on fly – a 4lb 2oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake.

Northumbrian Water Game Angling Club held a competition at the fishery on Saturday, with 13 members landing 40 fish. Tony Bell had the heaviest bag with five trout.

Ken Middlemist from Lesbury celebrated a big birthday at the fishery with a friendly competition. Willie Farndale from Rothbury took top place with a 5lb 4oz rainbow to win a voucher from the fishery. Darkie Thompson from Boulmer had the second heaviest fish with a 4lb 5oz rainbow.

The fishery closes at 5.30pm daily except Saturday when it closes at 5pm. Fly fishing at Hallington Reservoir starts on April 1.

Westwater Angling ( is a club with private fishing on two superb 125 acre lakes approximately eight miles north of Corbridge, where fishing can be enjoyed from either bank or boat in some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. Full membership for 2014 is £570. A two-month trial membership or day tickets are available to anglers wishing to try the Hallington experience. To arrange a visit, contact manager John Irving on 01434 681405.

It has been another exceptional week at South Linden Fishery, with good numbers of quality trout brought to the net. The best recorded fish were three 12-pounders caught by D York of Ashington. Details call 01670 788366 or visit .

The new season at Caistron Lakes gets underway on Saturday, with a large stocking being introduced in time for opening day. Fishing has continued to be up and down with the changing weather but the more settled conditions should bring sport to life with the new fish going in.

There have been excellent fish taken on the Doxford Lake at Sharpley Springs, with the fly-only Hangman’s producing excellent top-of-the-water sport, while The great start to the season continued at Witton Castle Lakes, with more than 115 anglers landing 630 fish for a rod average of 5.5.

Good numbers of fish have been brought to the net at Knitsley Mill, with four anglers landing 30 to 11lb 8oz among them on Friday.

Fishing has generally continued to be very deep at Jubilee Lakes despite the fact that the trout have been rising very steadily.

There has been excellent sport to the fly at Higham Lakes this past week, with good numbers of anglers returning 10 or more fish of an average size of 2lb 9oz.

Bait fishing has been successfull to ledgered powerbait. There will be another good stocking to the lakes this week.


Chatton: Buzzers, Bloodworms, Diawl Bachs, Cat’s Whiskers, Black Fritz.

Higham: Black Buzzer, Blodworm, Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Hare’s Ear.

Sharpley: Black Buzzer, Black Klinkhamer, Black Para Midge, Pinky Marabou, Bloodworm, Black Zonkers/Fritz.

South Linden: Buzzers, black lures, Fluff cat, Yellow dancer, Egg Flies, Olive or Black Zonker, Bloodworm.

Witton Castle: Zonkers, Black and Green Fritz, Pink Fritz, Damsel Nymphs, Bloodworm.


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