THE combination of milder weather and fish feeding up for the winter has led to great sport at Northumbrian Water fisheries.
Thomas Little, with a fine rainbow of 4lb 3oz, had the week’s heaviest fish at Kielder Water, where Dennis Laidlaw had a magnificent bag of seven for 18lb 4oz on worm at Little Whickhope.
Due to the very low water level there will be no boat hire for the remainder of the season. Bank fishing will continue until the end of November.
The north shore at Fontburn is a hot spot, with I Garrett taking a pair of 5lb rainbows along with five others and J Wilson of Tynemouth recording a similar catch on ledgered green Powerbait fished 18 inches off the bottom. Due to severe draw down conditions the dam wall is temporarily out of bounds.
The milder weather has encouraged the fish on to the feed at Derwent Reservoir providing patient anglers with excellent sport. George Sidgwick had a cracking fish of 15lb 3oz in the week’s heaviest bag of 31lb.
Bait anglers are enjoying success at Pow Hill and Hunter House with the spinner also taking good numbers of fish. The bigger fish are starting to show in numbers at Blackton, where Mike Kennedy recorded a magnificent catch of 25lb 4oz.
Ground frosts and flat, calm conditions have made angling challenging at Grassholme, although anglers who varied their tactics accordingly have enjoyed good sport.
Due to the improved weather there have been more anglers turning out at Scaling Dam. However, towards the end of the week the fish had started to spread out and Eston fly angler Stuart Patterson, fishing a floating line with a Black and Green Montana, took a good basket from the west end of the dam wall near the dog leg.
The most productive area for bait anglers was the east end of the dam wall, where Middlesbrough angler Tom Fitzpatrick took the heaviest fish of the week at 8lb 9oz.
FLY box will return next week.