Premier fisheries open in winter

NORTHUMBRIAN Water’s premier fisheries – Kielder, Fontburn, Derwent, Grassholme, Blackton and Scaling Dam – will remain open throughout November with the cost of a day’s fishing cut to £15 per day with no catch limit restrictions during November.

NORTHUMBRIAN Water’s premier fisheries – Kielder, Fontburn, Derwent, Grassholme, Blackton and Scaling Dam – will remain open throughout November with the cost of a day’s fishing cut to £15 per day with no catch limit restrictions during November.

Also this year, the extension will apply to season ticket holders. The fisheries will open from 9am to 3.30pm.

Seven-year-old Bobby Greenwell from Chester-le-Street took 10 fish at Grassholme this week, out-fishing his dad who could only net three.

A Richardson had a rainbow of 4lb 8oz, M Turner brought a 3lb 8oz blue to the net and S Phelps recorded the week’s best bag with 21lb. Local angler Dave Bowden from Mickleton recorded his first eight-fish limit bag on Friday.

The rod average at Blackton was 4.4 this week, with Frank Thompson recording the best bag at 20lb and John Spence the best fish at 3lb 8oz.

The heaviest recorded at Kielder Water this week was a lovely conditioned rainbow of 5lb 8oz taken by a boat angler at Gowanburn Farm. Nigel Murray had seven for 19lb on worm and sweetcorn at Merlin Brae.

The strong westerly winds at the start of the week deterred many anglers from venturing out at Scaling Dam but provided excellent sport for those who braved the elements with fish shoaling in the east end bay. Normanby fly angler Brian Lees had the best fish of the week with a 5lb rainbow.

At Derwent Reservoir, Ed Murray landed a 9lb 4oz rainbow on Powerbait. Fly anglers are still finding The Meadow the prime area, with Jim Harvey taking eight catch limits – including the week’s best bag at 22lb 8oz – in a row off the same bank.

Peter McLaughlin had eight for 35lb, including a well-conditioned 8lb rainbow, at Fontburn. C Harmer, ledgering near the dam wall, had eight for 29lb.

FLY BOX

BLACKTON: Deer Hair Sedges, mini Muddlers, Hoppers, Claret Bumble.

DERWENT: Black Fritz and small black traditionals such as Black Pennell, Bibio, Kate McLaren.

FONTBURN: Black Boobies, Cat’s Whisker.

GRASSHOLME: Bumbles, Zulu, mini Muddlers, Dawson’s Olive.

KIELDER: Orange Cat’s Whisker, Blue Zulu, Greenwell’s Yellow Tail.

SCALING: Kate McLaren, Invicta

BAIT BOX

DERWENT: Worm and Powerbait cocktail with Greedy Bait in a feeder.

FONTBURN: Green Powerbait, worm and Powerbait cocktail.

GRASSHOLME: Worm and Powerbait cocktail.

KIELDER: Worm and sweetcorn.

SCALING: Worm and Powerbait cocktail.

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