Heat drives anglers away, but valiant few do well

The heatwave saw a dramatic drop in anglers at Witton Castle Lakes this week with a temperature of 28C making conditions difficult for fish and anglers

An angler in action
An angler in action

The heatwave saw a dramatic drop in anglers at Witton Castle Lakes this week with a temperature of 28C making conditions difficult for fish and anglers.

Despite this, there were days when moderate winds and cooler morning conditions improved catches. Thirty-four anglers caught 101 fish for a respectable rod average of three.

Best bags were 14 fish each by B McEwan, which included a 5lb blue, and D Marshall.

The lakes have had another stocking and, with lower temperatures forecast in the week ahead, fishing should improve. There has been a very good take-up for Friday’s all-night 10pm event.

Alan Mill had the heaviest bag and fish of the week at Caistron Lakes with three for 18lb, including one of 11lb 8oz.

Fishery regular Bill King had 14 on Diawl Bachs, Willie Alderson, fishing on a four-hour ticket, had three also on Diawl Bachs and G Williams, also on a four-hour permit, who caught 10 on Buzzers.

The fishery is holding a charity day for Help For Heroes on Sunday, September 8. For details, visit www.caistrontroutfisheryandriver.com

The British Float Tube Association held a competition at Lockwood Beck on Saturday when 10 anglers caught 59 rainbows to 3lb 10oz for a rod average 5.9, with 30 rainbows kept for an average weight of 1lb 14oz.

Dave Carrie was first with four for 9lb 6oz; with four returned; joint second were Tony Parker with four for 8lb 10oz, with nine returned, and Richard Dunnett with four for 8lb 10oz with four returned; and Kevin Primmer was third with four for 7lb 10oz, two returned.

The fly lake at South Linden has been fishing well, although not as well as in cooler weather. It will be stocked again this week and, with a bit of rain, things should improve. The bait lake is closed.

There are private bookings for the fly lake on Tuesday, July 30, and Sunday, August 4. But the lake will be open from 5pm to 9.30pm on both days.

Graham Ford from Coldstream, fishing at Chatton Trout Fishery on his loyalty card, landed the heaviest fish of the week – a 14lb rainbow – from Chatton Lake and Katie Allan from Amble had one of 2lb rainbow.

It has been another satisfying week’s fishing at Knitsley Mill, where good numbers of fish are still being caught on dry flies, particularly in the cooler evening sessions. The any-method lake is also proving popular in the challenging conditions. The fishery is hosting a Grey’s bank qualifier on Saturday, August 10.

Ken Philipson recorded the heaviest fish of the week at Kielder with a 4lb 9oz rainbow from the bank at Beeches Walk at Leaplish Waterside Park. Paul Howie landed a cracking catch of 23lb from the bank at Little Whickhope, where there have been 15 limits during the week, mainly in the deeper water close to the road bridge.

Ronny Thorpe from Barrasford caught and returned a brown trout of 2lb from the top of the Whickhope Inlet.

A McDonnell caught the fish of the week at Fonburn with a cracking 6lb 7oz rainbow and Barry Elliott landed one 5lb 2oz specimen.

T Gould had the heaviest catch of the week with five rainbows and three blues for 18lb 8oz. Sid Barnes headed to the north shore, where he used a multitude of tactics and was rewarded with six rainbows to 4lb and a 3lb 4oz blue for 17lb 4oz.

Neil Punshaw from East Boldon caught the heaviest fish of the week at Derwent – a 4lb rainbow – and Ray Fothergill from Newcastle had a successful morning on the spillway before conditions got too bright, landing several fish, including two 3lb rainbows.


Chatton: Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Nymphs, CdC patterns.

Derwent: Daddy Long Legs, Black Hopper, Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Zulu.

Fontburn: Black Fritz, Orange Blob, Black Gladiator.

Kielder: Orange Blob, Black Fritz, Soldier Palmer variants.

Witton: Black Fritz , Black/Olive Crunchers, Wicked whites, Black CdC patterns.

South Linden: Diawl Bach, Buzzers, Egg Fly, Blob.


Derwent: Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs.

Fontburn: Ledgered Chartreuse PowerBait.

Kielder: Worm, Orange PowerBait, small Mepps.


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