STRONG winds and fluctuating temperatures made fishing challenging at Chatton, although good bags were recorded, with Charlie Cervantes from North Shields landing an 8lb 3oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake.
Anglers who recorded good bags included Malcolm Proudlock from Catchgate, who kept five and returned eight; Matty Divine from Hadston, who caught 12; Andy Campbell from Lynemouth, who caught 11; and Kenny McMahon from Wooler, who caught 11, with son Johnny catching seven.
Richard Tebay from Chatton kept two and returned eight; Gordon Swain from Dipton caught 10; and Tony Robinson from Howtel kept two and returned six, including rainbows of 12lb 4oz and 9lb.
The fishery’s Troutmasters Fish-Off will be on Saturday on Chatton Lake, but Ross Lake and Dunnydeer Lake will be open as normal. The top rods at Knitsley Mill were R Marley with nine and J Croker with eight and the rod average was four.
At Jubilee Lakes, anglers opting for a floating line had the best catches, although trout were caught deeper at times.
John Wildon from Middlesbrough took an 8lb 8oz rainbow and Philip Totten from Lanchester had one of 6lb 15oz.
Throughout the summer the fishery will be running a competition where whoever catches the largest monthly trout will win a Rio Camolux Trout Line worth £59.99.
The competition will run from March until the end of October when the person having caught the largest trout overall will win a £200 Vision Nite Catapult fly rod.
Higham Lakes have fished well with Ken Allman from Hazlerigg safely returning nine and Steven Butler from Ashington safely returning a 10lb 7oz rainbow.
The spring-like weather saw good midge hatches at Sharpley Springs with hard fighting blues taking Bloodworm and dark mini lures. Thursday, in particular, with mild weather and lightish winds saw good midge hatches with dry fly action at pegs towards the bottom of the wind where rises were evident to breeze-blown adults.
Howard Crown safely released 21 trout including a 12-pounder; Paul Davison from Murton caught four to 11lb 2oz, the smallest an eight-pounder and Steven Greathead from Lumley, safely returned 15.
The week finished well at Naworth despite a slow start. Tony Fox started the sport with doubles, landing a 12lb to fly. Then the sport really picked up, with M Proudfoot landing the best catch of the week with 26 to 6lb, J Wardrope landed 11 to 8lb and D McKnight landed nine to 9lb.
T Johnstone landed seven to 10lb on worm, S Willis landed one of 10lb to worm and I Davidson netted a brace of rainbows at 16lb and 17lb on an Ace of Spades.
The closing date for entrants to the competition at Naworth this autumn is the end of April.
Prices have been held and bag limits increased at Lockwood Beck Trout Fishery which opens for the new season at 8am on Saturday.
An open fly-fishing match will be held at West House Trout Lakes, Mill lane, Bishopton, on Saturday. There is a £20 entry fee and competitors should meet at 8.30am. First prize is an Airflo Nan-Tec rod worth £200.
The Fishing For Everyone Ladies Fishing Club will celebrate the start of the new season with their annual dinner at The Anglers Arms, Weldon Bridge, on Saturday, March 24.
Higham: Cat’s Whisker, Black Buzzer, Bloodworm, Dawson’s Olive.
Jubilee: Diawl Bach, Black Buzzer, Olive Worm, Olive Zonker, Orange Blob or Orange Fritz type lures.
Knitsley: Zonkers, various Buzzers, Bloodworm, Hare’s Ear, Orange Fritz, Damsel, Hoglouse.
Sharpley: Black Gnat, Black Parachute Midge, Black Buzzer, Bloodworm, Black/Green Mini Nomad; Foamhead Suspender Buzzers, Goldhead Damsel, Pinky.