Game angling reports from around the North East

From Chatton to Derwent Reservoir, we bring you the  latest game angling reports from around the North East

An angler in action
An angler in action

It was a mixed week’s sport at Chatton - on the brighter days fish have been deep and needed to be worked for, and in the evening sessions there have been good numbers of fish showing and taking daddies from the top.

John Williams from Morpeth had a great session catching 11 fish, returning a 20lb rainbow and a 6lb rainbow; Rob Frame from West Denton caught 15 and Jim Tuck from Ashington returned 12.

The fishery, which is still stocking three times a week, now closes at 8.30pm and 5.30pm on a Saturday.

The best catch of the week at Naworth was recorded by P McNeill with 27 to 3lb on fly. B McNeill landed 13 to 3lb on fly.

South Linden fished well again this past week, with R Holmes of Newcastle catching three to 8lb, and many fishery regulars catching and releasing full bags of 10 fish.

The bait lake, stocked with fish between 2lb and 3lb, is also fishing well.

The evening sessions are now from 5pm to 8pm and, from September 1, the evening catch and return ticket will cost £6.

Lorraine Flaherty, fishing on the south side of Derwent Reservoir, landed a tagged blue trout. Neil Affleck, fishing at Hunter House also netted a tagged fish but had not entered the optional sweep.

Stuart Ryan from Coxhoe took the heaviest fish of the week at Jubilee Lakes - a 4lb 9oz rainbow. Harry Freeman from Durham and Ken Williamson from South Cleatlam each took trout of 4lb 5oz.

The best catch of the week at Naworth was recorded by P McNeill with 27 to 3lb on fly. B McNeill landed 13 to 3lb on fly.

Dave Robson from Seaham netted a 17lb 14oz rainbow - the third-largest fish of the year - at Sharpley Springs. Brian Lambert from Sunderland took a 13-pounder, Dave Todd from Gateshead netted 16, Dave Leonard from Felling brought 15 to the net and George Weasley from Gateshead landed 21 to 6lb.

The quality of the Fontburn stock was evident throughout the week with standout catches including a 20lb eight-fish catch limit, including two quality rainbow trout of more than 4lb, Robert Elliott from Gateshead. Fellow bait angler Barry Ancrum, landed eight for 19lb.

Best bags of the week at Witton Castle Lakes have included regular N Midgley who, on two visits, had 12 and 11, while J Walton, N Irwin, S Allinson and G Hurst each had 11.

J S Bainbridge had his best day at the lakes, catching 10 and R B Roy, B Wood and B Plumber also had 10 each.

Willington Angling club fished for the Kenny Johnson Memorial Challenge trophy which was won by B Conway with the best three-fish bag of 12lb.

Anglers on the RiverTees have reported seeing a large number of salmon on Bishop Auckland club’s Eggleston water and fish have been caught up to 16lb – the majority on the Flying “ C “.

The heaviest fish and best catch of the week at Kielder Water went to C Clark with eight for 21lb 7oz, including a 4lb 9oz rainbow, caught at Hawkhope.


Chatton: Daddies, Buzzers, F flies, CdC patterns, Diawl Bachs, Hoppers, various lures.

Derwent: Daddy, Black / Brown Hopper, Bibio, Dawson’s Olive Hot Tail, Black Fritz.

Fontburn: Dawson’s Olive, Daddy, Buzzers.

Jubilee: Black Buzzer, Damsels, Daddies.

Kielder: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive.

Sharpley: Olive shipman’s, Pheasant Tail Spinner, Black Emerger, Daddy, Sedgehog, Stimulator, Damsel nymph/adult, Silver Invicta, Waddam’s Hare’s Ear, Olive Woolly Bugger.

South Linden: Buzzers, Cat’s Whisker, Fritz patterns, Hare’s Ear.

Witton: CdC patterns, Shuttlecock Buzzers, Black Hoppers, Shipman’s, Zonkers.


Derwent: Pink PowerBait Eggs and worm combination

Fontburn: Yellow Gulp Egg, worm

Kielder: Worm, Green PowerBait


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