Game Angling: Tyne upstream count hits all-time low

The Environment Agency says November upstream count for the River Tyne was the lowest on record

The Environment agency has announced that the River Tyne upstream count for November was 437 – the lowest on record.

The figure is also substantially lower than the five-year, 10-year and long-term (1997 to 2012) averages. The count for year to the end of November was 31,515 and is the eighth highest on records.

It is slightly higher than the long-term average but slightly lower than the five-term average and substantially lower than the 10-year average.

As of 9am on December 6, 45 upstream counts have been recorded.

South Linden has continued to fish well, with S Spencer of Newcastle landing five, including a 20lb rainbow, while Darren Frame of Newcastle caught and released nine and D Slaughter of Cramlington caught and released seven.

The bait lake has also fished well with one pair of fishermen catching five between them.

Weather permitting, the fishery will remain throughout winter, but anglers should check before setting out.

When the wind dropped, the fishing at Caistron Lakes was steady with fish being taken off the top, although Bloodworms fished subsurface have also worked well. Bill King landed eight to 6lb in a four-hour session.

Chatton regular George Burton from Ashington landed a 6lb rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake. John Davison from Wooler returned a 15lb rainbow to Chatton Lake, Derrick Brown from Ashington returned one of 9lb to Ross Lake and Ralph Holmes from Thropton returned one of 12lb to Dunnydeer Lake.

The fishery is hosting Christmas with the Ladies Fishing Club on Sunday, starting at 9am. Further details on or .

Although it was quite blustery at times at Sharpley Springs, the calmer moments produced good sport with anglers taking trout on the usual lures such as Zonkers, Nomads and Minkies. A slightly more “natural approach” also paid dividends at times with Bloodworms scoring well. Pinkies remain number one, either slow drifted or suspended. Sport to fly and worm was steady at Naworth this week, with R Rowley landing 19, including 12lb and 18lb rainbows.

It was an excellent week’s fishing at Jubilee Lakes where Norman Fox from Willington had a very nice 7lb 6oz on a Cat’s Whisker. Many of the anglers said they had caught bigger trout but had returned them.

The fishery will be open their standard hours over the Christmas and New Year holidays. The monthly two-fish competition at Knitsley Mill attracted 15 entrants, with Kevin Taylor taking top spot with just under 7lb. Connor Metcalf was second with 6lb 8ox and Steven Lee was third with just more than 6lb.

The any-method lake has been well stocked and a new catch and release ticket has been introduced for those anglers who take their three-fish limit.

The bounty on the tagged fish now stands at £300.

There will be a Fritz’n’Flies qualifier at the fishery on January 4, with the next monthly competition taking place on January 11.


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