Game angling round-up from around the region

George Macintyre brings you a round-up of the latest game angling news from around the North East

An angler having his last cast before leaving a muddy river
An angler having his last cast before leaving a muddy river

Caistron Lakes is hosting a charity fishing day for Help For Heroes on Sunday.

The six-hour, two-fish limit, fly-only competition will be followed by a bbq. The entry fee is £30, with £10 going directly to the charity. For details, visit

Anglers can find out more about a project to monitor fish movements on the River Tees as part of an open day at the Tees Barrage on September 19. Places should be booked by calling 0113 2816871 or emailing

At South Linden, G Lumsden of Amble caught many near full bags, with his best weighing in at 9lb, and K Ainsle caught and released an eight-pounder.

Davie Parker from Wallsend had a great session at Chatton, catching 16; Tony Robinson from Howtel kept two and returned six; and Alec Harvey from Cramlington returned an 11lb 2oz rainbow. The fishery closes at 8pm and at 5.30pm on Saturdays.

Ashington Kingfishers held their 25th Anniversary Kielder Lough Style competition. Derek Johnson was top rod with four fish.

Bank angler Thomas Goodinson landed the heaviest recorded fish of the week with a 4lb 9oz rainbow at Merlin Brea. C Graham had three of more than 3lb from Hawkhope in a good bag of 23lb 8oz.

Although the cooler weather subdued damsel and sedge activity at Sharpley Springs, it encouraged species of midge to hatch. Stan Shore brought six to the net, returning one 11lb 7oz; Simon Tubman from Shotton took fish to 6lb; Lee Wilkinson from Consett took landed eight to 9lb 4oz; and Barry Nicholson from Stakeford returned 16.

At Witton Castle Lakes, D Cole had 15 fish; D Low landed 10; fishery regular N Midgely kept up his excellent catch rate with nine for a season average of eight per visit; and S Schroter had seven in a four-hour session.

The fishery is holding an open afternoon from 1pm to 4pm on September 15 for anyone interested in taking up fly fishing.

Gary Raymond landed eight to 3lb in two hours at the first fence on the south side at Derwent Reservoir. Joe Carr had a good morning on Saturday, landing six before 9am.

It was a good week at Knitsley Mill, with the evening sessions producing good bags. Over the past week, several father and son combinations have been on the lakes, recording good numbers of fish.

The monthly competition is on Saturday with a 9am start. There have been good steady catches to fly and worm at Naworth where M Proudfoot had 21 fish to fly, P McNeill and D Taylor each landed 12 fish to fly and B McNeill brought 10 to 5lb to the net on fly.

A sunny Bank Holiday Monday saw juniors and ladies take centre stage at Fontburn, with Gemma Laurie landing the fish of the week – a superb 4lb rainbow – from the north shore.

At Jubilee Lakes, good trout have been brought to the net for a rod average of five.


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