THE more spring-like conditions have led to improved catches.
Anglers are reporting some fine sport from Whittle Dene with all lakes seeing plenty of action, although the Lower has produced best catches.
Early coarse rods at Derwent reservoir report sport is still a little slow on this large water, but the Big Waters AC-controlled Dissington Pond has been attracting attention, while the West Crofton Lake has also been in great form for CADCAC members. In County Durham, Aldin Grange fishery at Bear Park is producing some excellent sport.
Pike anglers have been visiting south west Scotland in increasing numbers where Loch Maben and Loch Ken have been producing fish to deadbaits.
The pike fishing season on Esthwaite closes on Saturday night.
Indeed pike fishing may never be the same again on Esthwaite, as the fishery’s rainbow trout, the principal food for the pike, are going to be replaced over the next three years by a stocking switch from the American species to the indigenous Brown Trout.
Steve Wood has confirmed that Whittle Dene will repeat a Spring Series of Opens this year with Hardy/Grey’s again providing £ 500 of tackle prizes.
The dates of the matches are April 15, 22, 29 and May 20 and 27. Ring Steve for details on 0191 2681613 or 07984 808434.
There are still a few places available for an Island building workshop which is to be run by the Environment Agency on Saturday, April 14 at Brasside between 10am and 1pm, courtesy of Durham City Anglers.
It will allow an opportunity to see the construction and deployment of a floating island, and of some fish friendly ‘hedgehog’ reefs, and after the demonstration attendees will have the opportunity to construct floating islands for their own waters. Admission is free, just bring a packed lunch and act quick as there are only 20 places. For further information contact Chris Carter on 01912034154 or by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wear Rivers Trust were busy over the autumn in assessing the population of the river and have now completed over 25 electro fishing surveys using volunteers from local angling clubs. All data collected will be shared with the EA. It will be displayed at www.wear-rivers-trust.org.uk
With April 1 landing on a Sunday this year, anglers need to ensure they have a new rod licence that starts from Sunday as the current ones expire at midnight the night before. Licences can be bought using a credit or debit card by calling the Environment Agency on 0844 800 5386 at the Post Office or at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence
SATURDAY: WACAC contest an Overnight Carp match on the QE2, continuing into Sunday.
SUNDAY: Ferryhill and District AC hold a match on Shafto’s and Wansbeck and Cramlington AC fish a Juniors & Ladies match on Brenkley. The Angel holds another match in their Spring series on Lookout Lake and Langley Park AC. Meet in Langley Park Working Man’s Club while Opens go ahead on Carp Vale, Woodlands and The Oaks.
TUESDAY: Wansbeck and Cramlington’s AGM goes ahead at 7.30pm at the Weetslade Social Club while Stanley and District AC hold a meeting at East Stanley Club.
WEDNESDAY: There are Opens on The Angel and Woodlands.
THURSDAY: An Open on The Oaks at Sessay takes place