Game angling: Kielder warming up after a slow start

After a slow start to the season, Kielder Water is beginning to show signs of some better sport as water temperatures begin to rise

Owen Humphreys/PA Wire Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland
Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland

After a slow start to the season, Kielder Water is beginning to show signs of some better sport as water temperatures begin to rise and fish become more active.

Thomas Pender recorded a catch of 19lb, the best a 2lb 4oz rainbow, from Little Whickhope, whereas Ian Kilpatrick, spinning at Belling Craggs, had the heaviest fish of the week at 3lb 4oz.

Boat anglers have had good catches off the north shore, with the easterly wind blowing fish on to this bank. Bill Scott had rainbows of 2lb 4oz and 2lb 6oz close to the Benny Shank Jetty. There were 12 catch limits from the bank at Little Whickhope.

Thrunton Long Crag has fished well this week, with the majority of fish taken near the surface.

Anglers recorded bags of between six and 16 fish, with Jim Tuck landing 16. Willie Emery of Newbiggin, Alex Harvey of Cramlington, Stuart Younger of Ashington and P Richardson of Tynemouth each landed 11-plus in a session.

John Angus from Alnwick caught a 9lb 8oz rainbow and Michael Dodd netted seven, enjoying a particularly hard battle with a 4lb rainbow.

Both the lower and upper fly lakes at South Linden are fishing well. The best of the week was a 15lb rainbow caught and released by G Lumsden of Amble, whereas T Gould of Amble weighed in a five-pounder.

The lakes are now open until 9pm to allow anglers to take advantage of the evening rise.

Anglers are reminded that bait angling is no longer permitted.

Fly angler Kenneth Spark, fishing off the Dam Wall at Fontburn, had an eight-fish limit for 17lb 8oz and returned a further 52.

The North Shore Bay at Fontburn fished well, with S Hui and W Wilson landing limit catches for 19lb 12oz and 21lb 8oz, respectively. D Hindmarsh had the heaviest catch with eight for 23lb, including the week’s best fish at 6lb.

G Hill, fishing a ‘Loyalty Day’ permit, signed out 10 rainbows totalling 22lb 8oz. Other notable catches included Jayne Sweet, who landed an overwintered 4lb 2oz tagged rainbow; B Archer, who caught seven rainbows and one blue for 19lb; and K Bowden, with eight for 17lb.

Steve Cochrane took top spot in Saturday’s Troutmasters fish-off at Witton Castle with 8lb to clinch a place in September’s final at Grafham Water.

FLY BOX

Chatton: Various dry flies, Kate Maclaren, Buzzers, CdC patterns, Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear, Olive nymphs, yellow lures, Dawson’s Olives.

Derwent: Black Fritz, Humungous, Tadpole, Blue Zulu, Dawson’s Olive.

Fontburn: Dawson’s Olive, Orange Fritz, Black Fritz.

Kielder: Bibio, Alexandra, Red Montana.

Knitsley: Various dry flies, Black and Green Fritz, Bunny Leech, Hothead Buzzers, Hothead Dancers.

South Linden: Black Buzzer, Montanas, Yellow Dancer, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Cat’s Whisker, Diawl Bach.

Thrunton: Black Buzzers, Bloodworms, Black Diawl Bach, Crunchers.

Witton Castle: Bloodworm, CdDC patterns, Buzzers, Damsels, Cormorants.

BAIT BOX

Derwent: Pink PowerBait Eggs and Magic Dust.

Fontburn: Ledgered Red Gulp or Orange PowerBait Eggs.

Kielder: Pink PowerBait Eggs, ledgered worm andsweetcorn.

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