PERMIT prices and boat hire charges will be cut by Northumbrian Water for the new season, although as many trout as last year - at least 135,000 - are to be introduced, so 20,000 will be waiting for anglers on the opening day of Saturday, March 16.
An eight-fish full-day permit has been reduced from £24 to £23, a concessionary from £22 to £21 and a four-fish “credit cruncher” from £17 to £16.
Full-day boat hire charges for Kielder Water drop £5 a day.
Advance day permits can be bought online through www.fishpal.com.
Explorer 24-fish-a-week season permits have been reduced from £834 to £797, with concessionary season permits falling from £730 to £693.
Payments can be spread in four equal instalments in March, April, May and June.
There is also a £5 reduction to £20 for a “Try it” three-hour tuition course for under-18s - made possible through a partnership with the British Trout Farmers Restocking Association which has donated a memorial fund collected after the funeral of trout farmer Rob Mackie from Lancashire.
The costs for adults taking the course is £30. “Try it” teaching days are at Derwent reservoir on Tuesdays and Saturdays from April 9 and alternate between multi-bait and fly.
Courses can also be arranged at other premier fisheries – Fontburn and Kielder in Northumberland; Grassholme and fly-only Hury in Teesdale and Scaling on the edge of the North York Moors – by appointment. Sessions must be booked on 01207 255250.
Temperature fluctuations led to mixed sport at Sharpley Springs this week with the fish mostly staying deep.
David McKenna from Stanley caught and released 21, including a 12-pounder, and Dave Caldwell from Darlington, fishing a Black and White Fluffy Cat, had the week’s best bag, taking three and releasing 25.
Naworth escaped the worst of the weather this week and was only lightly frozen for one day.
Although it was lightly fished, good catches and big fish were recorded.
P McNeill landed a quality overwintered 16lb rainbow to fly.
Best catch was recorded by D Cruikshank with 15 fish to 6lb on a Hare’s Ear. Check conditions on www.naworthfishery.co.uk before travelling.
Jubilee Lakes were also lightly fished with Alan Proud from Redcar, fishing an Orange Blob slow and deep, weighing in the week’s best fish at 4lb. The fishery’s Troutmasters competition is on April 27.
The new season at Bishop Auckland and District Angling Club’s Witton Castle Lakes begins on Friday, March 1.
For a spectacular opening, the initial stocking of the three lakes will be with fish between 3lb and 5lb.
Half will be blues, probably the hardest-fighting strain of rainbow trout. Tickets are held at 2012 prices. See www.wittoncastlelakes.com.
George Burton from Ashington, fishing a White and Green Bunny Leech, landed a superb 6lb 8oz rainbow on Dunnydeer lake at Chatton lakes.
The favoured method has been to fish various black or white lures, Bloodworms and Buzzers on intermediate lines.
Chatton: White and Green Bunny leech, various black or white lures, Bloodworm, Buzzers.
Knitsley: Black Fritz, Pink Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, Consett Budgie.
South Linden: Cat’s Whisker, Black Fritz, Yellow Dancer.
Sharpley: Black Buzzer, Waddams’ Hare’s Ear, Black Spider, Black, white-winged F Fly, Cat’s Whisker, Black Nomad/Minky, Bloodworm, Dancers.