The Environment Agency has announced that the River Tyne upstream count for February was two, while the total for the first two months of the year was three – the lowest on record. No upstream counts have been recorded so far in March.
There was a good turnout for the opening day of the season at Lockwood Beck, with 61 anglers landing 786 rainbows to 10lb.
Bank anglers had excellent sport on Buzzers and small lures. Robert Thompson had 29 to 4lb; Ian Vickers and Malcolm Jefferson each netted 24 and Andrew Grabham brought 23 to the net.
Adam Greensmith caught 17; Dave Sanders netted 18; Steve Mills and Matty Lamb each had 13; Colin Green caught 13, keeping four for 11lb; and 15-year-old Alan Powell landed an overwintered 9lb rainbow.
Boat anglers were also among the fish with Garry Coverdale and Scott Hansford landing 65 rainbows to 10lb, whereas S Nicolas and A McPhail had 47 between them, keeping eight for 20lb; Lee Cartmel and Mr Crisp caught 45; Paul Richardson and Paul Blight netted 41 to 5lb from the wheelyboat; Lee Wilkinson and Connor Metcalfe caught 34 to 5lb 8oz between them, keeping 10 for 36lb; and Mrs Olive Murray caught 25 to 4lb.
Richard Wood from Belsay returned 21 at Higham Lakes and Brad Mackie from Kingston Park returned more than 20, while Dave Proud from Longbenton landed a cracking 14lb 3oz rainbow and Steven Campbell from Gateshead returned one of 11lb.
Steve Leightley from Cramlington had a great session at Chatton Lakes, landing 15 including a personal best 5lb 8oz rainbow.
Over the past week, sport has improved greatly with Bill Braithwaite from Kelso landing 16, whereas Billy King from Gateshead caught 15, Trevor Wadds from Craster had 14 and Steve Mertsch from Stakeford netted 13.
The Bilbrough brothers had a good day, with Phil from Bedlington bringing 14 to the net and Steve from Cramlington landing 12.
Craig Nisbet from North Shields caught 11, Davie from Gosforth netted 10 and W Fitzgerald from Belford had a couple of good days, landing 11 on Friday and 10 on Saturday.
The Ladies Fishing group meet on Saturday with a 9.30am start. The fishery closes at 5.30pm.
The new season is now under way at Caistron and, although the fishing has picked up, anglers must be prepared to change tactics to suit the conditions.
The fishery’s stretch of the River Coquet is in fine condition, with a few kelts coming to the net but no so signs yet of any fresh run salmon.
It has been a bumper week at South Linden, with 12 anglers recording 10-fish limit bags.