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Grasshomle

Glassholme fishing lodge

Nr Mickleton, Barnard Castle

01833 641121

2017

 



 

 Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 30 November 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

49

Number of trout taken - week

8

Number of trout returned - week

0

Total number of trout caught - week

8

Rod average - week

0.16

Best trout - week

1lb 10oz

Number of fish re-stocked

0

Total number of anglers to date

4,638

Total number of fish caught to date

14,001

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3

 

Fishery Headline:                 

 

The final week of the 2017 season provided anglers with some very challenging conditions with the onset of winter bringing with it some unpleasant weather and a steep drop in water temperature. Highlight of the week was the heaviest fish match on Sunday 26 November and despite the bitter winds we had a good turn out of 29 hardy anglers and although quite a few struggled to catch the competition was fished in great spirits by everyone and a good day was had by all. Simon McKimm was the eventual winner with his 1lb 10oz rainbow proving enough to take the £137 prize pot. Knowing the fish would be lethargic with cold water temperatures Simon fished several different areas and took his winning fish from the north shore on ledgered yellow eggs. This year saw two anglers sharing the biggest fish of the season; Davy Medd and Ian Cannon both landed cracking home grown Lartington rainbows weighing 12lb 8oz and both took their fish on the fly although the muti bait anglers did take the large majority of the other big fish caught. There were a total of 12 tagged fish caught handing out a cash pot of £2400. We’d like to say a huge thanks to all that have supported the fishery during the 2017 season and look forward to the continued support in 2018. Thanks

 

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Orange Blob, Black Fritz

 

Best baits: Orange eggs, pink Mice-tails, white Gulp eggs, worm

 

Best areas: Dam Wall, disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore

 

Rangers office: 01833 641121

 

Ranger: Andrew Scott

 

 

 

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 12 November 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

34

Number of trout taken - week

40

Number of trout returned - week

1

Total number of trout caught - week

41

Rod average - week

1.2

Best trout - week

3lb 2oz

Number of fish re-stocked

0

Total number of anglers to date

4,568

Total number of fish caught to date

13,956

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.0

 

Fishery Headline:            Jeff Walsh shines with PowerBait Fry

 

With a week of crisp, cold, clear mornings at Grassholme trout were slow to feed on a morning, however, once the autumn sun warmed the trout went on the hunt for the shoaling fry. Regular visitor Jeff Walsh was delighted with his visit to Grassholme with a six fish catch achieved with a combination of PowerBait eggs tipped with PowerBait fry fished in conjunction with a swim feeder filled with Magic Dust. Mr. P D Cook enjoyed his days fishing and was rewarded with three fish. Darren Robson took the biggest fish of the week at a superb 3lb 2oz along with another fine trout. Anglers reported that feeding fish are no more than two rod lengths out and stealth is a must as to not to disturb the feeding fish. Mr. M Jarrett decided to have a couple of hours fishing and with his first cast of a well placed spinner landed a fine fully finned rainbow achieved by casting along the margins where the feeding fish are located chasing fry.

                       

NEWSFLASH – All fisheries closed 20 November only.

 

NOVEMBER OPENING - Fishing during November is 9am until 4pm and cost for a day permit will be £17 for a 10 fish limit. Any Method is also available at Hury with permits and directions available from Grassholme until 30 November.

 

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Best flies: Olive fritz, lure/blob patterns, Orange Blob, Cat’s Whisker

 

Best baits: Orange and white Mice-tails, white Mice-tails, pink sparkle PowerBait eggs. PowerBait fry, worm

 

Best areas: Easter Bay, north shore, white post, Witch’s Hat, ramp

 

Rangers office: 01833 641121

 

Ranger: Paul Perryman

 Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 5 November 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

41

Number of trout taken - week

65

Number of trout returned - week

6

Total number of trout caught - week

71

Rod average - week

1.7

Best trout - week

3lb 8oz

Number of fish re-stocked

0

Total number of anglers to date

4,534

Total number of fish caught to date

13,915

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.0

 

Fishery Headline:                               Christmas came early

 

What a week of crisp clear mornings at Grassholme. Yet again, the cooler weather definitely played a part in this weeks sport and patience was a must. Mick Jones from Peterlee was delighted with his visit taking three pristine trout and amongst these fish was a tagged fish scooping him an early £200 Christmas present. Mr P. Stalsiunas caught eight pristine trout using PowerBait and feeder tactics. Jeff Walsh fished the west end and had an enjoyable day taking three fish for the table and missing just as many as the fish were reportedly very lethargic, Jeff said:

“you have to sit on your hands to stop yourself from lifting in to the fish to early”.

Mr P. Osborn landed the biggest fish of the week a fully finned 3lb 8oz rainbow. Mr C. Skilbeck also had a superb day netting himself eight quality trout. Anglers reported that keeping on the move was vital until fish were located and swapping tactics between ledgered bait and float fished worm. Mr S.Lindsay enjoyed his day fly fishing, landing six superb rainbows and returning all six to the water to fight another day, this was achieved yet again by casting then moving and covering more water.

 

NOVEMBER OPENING - Fishing during November is 9am until 4pm and cost for a day permit will be £17 for a 10 fish limit. Any Method is also available at Hury with permits and directions available from Grassholme.

 

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Best flies: Olive Fritz, lure/blob patterns, Orange Blob, Cat’s Whisker

 

Best baits: Orange and white Mice-tails, white Mice-tails, pink sparkle PowerBait eggs. PowerBait fry, worm

 

Best areas: Easter Bay, north shore, white post, Witch’s Hat

 

Rangers office: 01833 641121

 

Ranger: Paul.Perryman

 Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 29 October 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

73

Number of trout taken - week

168

Number of trout returned - week

0

Total number of trout caught - week

168

Rod average - week

2.3

Best trout - week

11lb

Number of fish re-stocked

225

Total number of anglers to date

4,493

Total number of fish caught to date

13,844

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.0

 

Fishery Headline:                              Jackson’s Chart Topper

 

The cooler weather definitely played a part in this weeks sport and patience was the key to success. Catherine and Ian Jackson from Durham personified this as they persevered until the water temperature warmed up before the fish started to feed and when they did they got a huge surprise. Fishing next to the disabled platform they caught a 12 fish limit on a Family Permit which included a beautiful 11lb rainbow Trout which Catherine caught using pink PowerBait sparkle eggs on a ledger. Mark Abbott caught his eight fish limit at the Witch’s Hat using a combination of orange and chartreuse PowerBait eggs. Easter Bay has again produced some top quality sport with Ian Dunstable catching six fish on the fly using a Dawson’s Olive on an Intermediate line, the heaviest of which weighed in at 3lb.

 

NOVEMBER OPENING - Fishing during November is 9am until 4pm and cost for a day permit will be £17 for a 10 fish limit. Any Method is also available at Hury with permits and directions available from Grassholme.

 

For more information, images and video visit our Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/nwwatersideparksandfishing/

 

Best flies: Olive Fritz, lure/blob patterns, Orange Blob, Cat’s Whisker

 

Best baits: Orange and white Mice-tails, white Mice-tails, pink sparkle PowerBait eggs. PowerBait Fry

 

Best areas: Easter Bay, north shore, white post, Witch’s Hat

 

Rangers office: 01833 641121

 

Ranger: Trevor Wright

 

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 22 October 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

58

Number of trout taken - week

70

Number of trout returned - week

3

Total number of trout caught - week

73

Rod average - week

1.25

Best trout - week

3lb 8oz

Number of fish re-stocked

150

Total number of anglers to date

4,420

Total number of fish caught to date

13,676

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.1

 

Fishery Headline:                              Happy fry day!

 

With the weather taking a turn for the worst this week, fishing was challenging but rewarding for those who braved the elements. Mr. R Jackson braved the elements and was delighted with six pristine rainbow trout whilst fishing next to the white post, fishing a PowerBait hook bait in conjunction with a swim feeder filled with Magic Dust. Mr. C Daines was also delighted with his six fish catch as was Mr. C Johnson with his five fish, these were all taken using a PowerBait hook bait. Regular visitor Colin Parnaby took four quality rainbows achieved using ledgered PowerBait and swapping to float fished bait when the wind eased next to the Witch’s Hat. Allen Dawson landed the biggest fish of the week with a fully finned, pristine 3lb 8oz rainbow and this was just one of his five fish catch. Jim Hall, fishing next to the ramp, took four quality rainbows using PowerBait eggs with PowerBait Fry tipping the end of the hook bait and reported plenty of interest shown by the feeding trout. Yet again anglers reported fish not more than two rod lengths from the margins, indeed it was the most productive location to find feeding fish. Fly anglers should be in for some fine sport with lures and spinning will become very lucrative in the coming weeks as huge shoals of fry begin the tease the fish into more aggressive action!

 

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Best flies: Olive Fritz, lure/blob patterns, Orange Blob, Cat’s Whisker

 

Best baits: Orange and white Mice-tails, white Mice-tails, pink sparkle PowerBait eggs. PowerBait Fry

 

Best areas: Easter Bay, north shore, white post, Witch’s Hat

 

Rangers office: 01833 641121

 

 

Ranger: Paul.Perryman

 

 

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 15 October 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

72

Number of trout taken - week

228

Number of trout returned - week

3

Total number of trout caught - week

231

Rod average - week

3.1

Best trout - week

4lb 3oz

Number of fish re-stocked

300

Total number of anglers to date

4,362

Total number of fish caught to date

13,603

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.1

 

Fishery Headline:                              Location, Location, Location

 

With the reservoir at full capacity and with strong winds driving through the Lune valley, it was like fishing in the North Sea at times this week. Although wet and windy the temperatures have remained mild which has kept the fish feeding with a lot of the sheltered bays producing good numbers of fish. Easter Bay and Pebble Beach have been good locations to fish, as the freshly stocked trout seek out calmer waters to feed. Mr. D McKay had some brilliant sport float fishing in Easter Bay using white Mice-tails with a short trace, as did Mr. A Emere who took his eight fish limit in super quick time, ledgering green/orange PowerBait eggs in a three hour Sunday morning spell. The brighter the better with baits this week as the water is very peaty and fish, although not far from the margins, seem to be slightly deeper in channels and bays. When winds have allowed drifting baits deep with a bubble float has produced some excellent fishing with most anglers getting rewards with this method. Jake Beadle from Stockton caught the best fish of the week; a nice 4lb 3oz rainbow along with three others close to the white post taken on a black and olive Blob pattern fished deep. The week ahead looks promising after Monday so we should see some excellent days for fishing, with near perfect conditions.

 

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Best flies: Olive Fritz, Booby patterns, Orange Blob

 

Best baits: Orange and white Mice-tails, white Mice-tails, pink sparkle PowerBait eggs

 

Best areas: Easter Bay, north shore

 

Rangers office: 01833 641121

 

Ranger: Simon Lee

 

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 08 October 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

67

Number of trout taken - week

266

Number of trout returned - week

0

Total number of trout caught - week

266

Rod average - week

3.9

Best trout - week

4lb

Number of fish re-stocked

300

Total number of anglers to date

4,290

Total number of fish caught to date

13,372

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.1

 

Fishery Headline:                              Late season surge in road average!

 

The prevailing westerly winds this week have seen the Dam end of the reservoir produce the most consistent sport with both the north shore and Dam Wall in particular being very good. Mark Davis took the heaviest catch limit of the week weighing a fraction under 20lb. He caught his eight fish between the spillway and white post area on the north shore using orange Comet PowerBait garlic eggs with Magic Dust in a feeder to land his first six before changing to float fished worm when the wind dropped off to take his final two. Mr. A Cartwright was among several other anglers to take full catch limits and he also landed the biggest fish of the week, a very nice 4lb rainbow. All of his fish were taken next to the Tower on the Dam Wall with seven falling to an orange and white Mice-tail and one on a black and yellow Mepps spinner. Intermediate lines and lures have been the best approach for fly anglers and Mr. J Watson of Bishop Auckland used this method to take a nice six fish catch from the Pebble Beach area with a Consett Budgie being his best pattern.

 

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Consett Budgie, Dawson’s Olive, Orange Blob, Black Fritz

 

Best baits: Orange and white mice tails, orange comet garlic eggs, worm

 

Best areas: Dam Wall, Easter Bay, north shore

 

Rangers office: 01833 641121

 

 

Ranger: Andrew Scott

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 01 October 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

109

Number of trout taken - week

255

Number of trout returned - week

1

Total number of trout caught - week

256

Rod average - week

2.34

Best trout - week

4lb

Number of fish re-stocked

400

Total number of anglers to date

4,223

Total number of fish caught to date

13,106

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.1

 

Fishery Headline:                  Roaming tactics key to success!

 

With a week of yet again unsettled weather conditions and changing wind directions, fishing has once again been challenging at times. Mr. P Davies stepped up to the challenge with his knowledge of the water and adapted his tactics to suit. He was rewarded with an eight fish catch limit and this was achieved by swapping between ledgered PowerBait and float fished worm when conditions allowed. Mr. P Grace was delighted with his days fishing starting at 8am and by 9.30am recording an eight fish catch limit and headed home for a well earned cuppa. Mr. C Cameron senior recorded an eight fish catch limit and Mr. C Cameron junior was just behind him recording a five fish catch achieved by once again switching tactics between float and ledgered bait and between tempting feeding trout with a well presented Mepps spinner. Anglers reported a steady flow of feeding trout being taken at the west end car park area when conditions got too wild at the more exposed Dam Wall area and were rewarded with some exceptionally good sport. Fly anglers also had to keep moving locations with the wind on a regular bases but the more persistent fly angler found shelter in Grassholme’s many bays and were rewarded with fish that were feeding on wind blown terrestrials and shoaling minnows. The biggest fish of the week goes to Mr. R Stephenson with a 4lb fully finned pristine rainbow and this was just one of a six fish catch and this was achieved with a swim feeder filled with Magic Dust and pink PowerBait eggs as hook bait.

 

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Best flies: Kate McLaren, Dawson’s Olive, daddies, Heather Fly, Cat’s Whisker

 

Best baits: Orange PowerBait eggs, PowerBait Fish Fry, float fished worm, Mepps and Toby spinners

 

Best areas: Dam Wall, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore, Pebble Beach, west end bridge

 

Rangers office 01833 641121

 

 

Ranger: Paul Perryman

 Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 24 September 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

126

Number of trout taken - week

382

Number of trout returned - week

8

Total number of trout caught - week

390

Rod average - week

3.1

Best trout - week

4lb

Number of fish re-stocked

400

Total number of anglers to date

4,114

Total number of fish caught to date

12,850

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.12

 

Fishery Headline:                   Catch of the season!

 

With a mixed week of unsettled weather conditions and changing wind directions fishing has been challenging but extremely rewarding. Mr and Mrs Duffin had a superb day with a 12 fish catch limit for a net busting total weight of 24lb and taking the biggest fish of the week at 4lb. Jeff Walsh was delighted with his eight fish catch limit whilst fishing Pebble Beach beside the boat ramp. Jeff was using a swim feeder filled with Magic Dust and PowerBait eggs tipped with PowerBait Fish Fry on the hook. Jim Hall also had a fantastic day with an eight fish catch limit from the disabled platform. All of Jim’s fish were caught whilst fishing a ledgered rig with PowerBait hook bait. The changing wind directions meant the fish were always on the move so anglers had to adapt by moving locations and tactics as many anglers reported taking fish on the float when conditions allowed and then going back to ledger to catch fish later in the day. Anglers who prefer to spin also reported that there was plenty of interest shown by the feeding trout and this was evident along the Dam Wall as many a fine rainbow fell to a well presented small Toby spinner. Fly anglers also recorded some fine sport with roving tactics and a well placed lure or a dry fly when conditions allowed. Fly anglers said the fish were feeding very close to the margins and that stealth was a must, so as not to spook the feeding fish and that fan casting and then moving was the most productive method.

 

NEWSFLASH – Look out for a bumper stocking of 2lb-3lb rainbow this week!

 

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Best flies: Kate McLaren, Dawson’s Olive, daddies, Heather Fly, Cat’s Whisker

 

Best baits: Orange PowerBait eggs, PowerBait Fish Fry, float fished worm, Mepps and Toby spinners

 

Best areas: Dam Wall, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore, Pebble Beach, west end bridge

 

Rangers office 01833 641121

 

Ranger: Paul Perryman

 

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 17 September 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

103

Number of trout taken - week

275

Number of trout returned - week

0

Total number of trout caught - week

275

Rod average - week

2.6

Best trout - week

3lb

Number of fish re-stocked

350

Total number of anglers to date

3,988

Total number of fish caught to date

12,460

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.12

 

Fishery Headline:                  Float to Glory

 

A week of sunshine, showers and changing wind direction has made conditions challenging but rewarding. Mr. A Emery caught three fish at the disabled platform in quick succession but then decided to move on when it went quiet and caught a further five fish from the west end bridge using orange Mice-tails with a ledger. Simon Nesbitt had success in the corner of the Dam Wall using pink PowerBait eggs with Magic Dust in a swim feeder. Simon caught eight fish over a steady period of six hours fishing with a total catch weight of 16lb 9oz. John Peacock walked to Brock Scar with his fly rod and caught his four fish limit on a credit cruncher permit. John caught his fish using traditional favourites; a Bibio and Kate McLaren with the heaviest fish weighing in at 3lb. Colin Parnaby found the right tactic fishing at the Witch’s Hat, catching two fish early morning using ledgered orange PowerBait eggs. Colin then switched to a float and let his bait drift in front of the spillway where he picked up a further six fish.

 

NEWSFLASH – Look out for a bumper stocking of 2lb-3lb rainbow this week!

 

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Best flies: Bibio, Kate McLaren, Dawson’s Olive, daddies, Heather Fly

 

Best baits: Orange PowerBait eggs, float fished worm, Mepps and Toby spinners

 

Best areas: Dam Wall, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore, Pebble Beach, west end bridge

 

Rangers office 01833 641121

 

Ranger: Trevor Wright

 

 

 

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 10 September 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

97

Number of trout taken - week

248

Number of trout returned - week

3

Total number of trout caught - week

251

Rod average - week

2.5

Best trout - week

3lb 8oz

Number of fish re-stocked

350

Total number of anglers to date

3,885

Total number of fish caught to date

12,185

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.13

 

Fishery Headline:                  Rainbow on Pebble Beach

 

Autumn conditions arrived in Teesdale this week with a combination of strong winds and heavy showers. The Witch’s Hat produced the most sport with a number of anglers catching their limits in this area. Mr. C Johnson, Mr. L Johnson and Mr. C Daines all caught their eight fish limits in quick succession using orange and white Mice-tails with Magic Dust in a swim feeder with the heaviest fish weighing in at 3lb 8oz. Andrew Lee from Newcastle walked to Pebble Beach on the north side of the reservoir and was rewarded for his effort catching an eight fish limit on red Gulp eggs and worm cocktail fished under a float. Andrew’s eight fish weighed in at a impressive 16lb 8oz. Mr. D Ashbrook took advantage of a window of calmer weather and found fish rising in Easter Bay and managed to tempt four fish on small black dry flies. There are large parts of the reservoir which do not get fished regularly and have a large population of resident rainbows! A ten minute walk could be very rewarding so ask the fishery Ranger for some advice if you are the adventurous type and would like to try some new locations in the most tranquil areas of the reservoir!

 

NEWSFLASH – Look out for a bumper stocking of 2lb-3lb rainbow this week!

 

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, daddies, Heather Fly, small black dries on an evening

 

Best baits: Orange PowerBait eggs, orange Mice-tails, Garlic infused PowerBait eggs, float fished worm, Mepps and Toby spinners

 

Best areas: Dam Wall, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore, Pebble Beach, in front of the Lodge

 

Rangers office 01833 641121

 

Ranger: Trevor Wright

 

 

 Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 03 September 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

165

Number of trout taken - week

398

Number of trout returned - week

7

Total number of trout caught - week

405

Rod average - week

2.45

Best trout - week

3lb 8oz

Number of fish re-stocked

600

Total number of anglers to date

3,788

Total number of fish caught to date

11,934

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.15

 

Fishery Headline:                  Quality 2lb plus fish stocked  

             

With the summer holidays coming to an end many families took advantage of the more settled weather and visited Grassholme reservoir and were delighted with there day. Bram Booth was very happy with his eight fish catch limit for a whopping total weight 19lb 8oz. Mr. P Metcalf also had a superb day float fishing, landing an eight fish catch limit and also netting the biggest fish of the week; a superb fully finned 3lb 8oz rainbow. Regular visitor Colin Parnaby also took his eight fish catch limit whilst fishing a mixture of tactics swapping between float fished bait and ledgered bait next to the Witch’s Hat. Mr. P Davies also landed an eight fish catch limit whilst fishing the Dam Wall, as did Gordon Winn. Yet again the roving fly angler has had a lot of success fishing dries as the abundance of terrestrials on the water has been clear to see and small black flies and heather flies along with daddies have attracted many a fish to the angler. Mice-tails popped up with another PowerBait egg have worked exceptionally well fished on a ledgered rig 15ft-20ft from the bank as many fish now come into the margins to feed on the minnows and terrestrial life in the overcast conditions. Fishing the spinner (small Mepps) or Toby while travelling light is yet again one of the most productive tactics allowing the angler to cover a lot of ground and resulting in some fantastic sport for the angler as the fish continue to gauge on minnows.

 

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, daddies, Heather Fly, small black dries on an evening

 

Best baits: Orange PowerBait eggs, orange Mice-tails, Garlic infused PowerBait eggs, float fished worm, Mepps and Toby spinners

 

Best areas: Dam Wall, disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore, white post, in front of the Lodge

 

Rangers office 01833 641121

 

Ranger: Paul Perryman

 

Weekending: 27 August 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

175

Number of trout taken - week

543

Number of trout returned - week

4

Total number of trout caught - week

547

Rod average - week

3.12

Best trout - week

4lb

Number of fish re-stocked

600

Total number of anglers to date

3,623

Total number of fish caught to date

11,529

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.2

 

Fishery Headline:                              Spinning Bonanza

             

With daily changing weather conditions anglers had to keep changing tactics and locations in order to locate the feeding trout. Yet again regular angler Jeff Walsh adapted to the conditions and was rewarded with an eight fish catch limit while fishing near the ramp. Mr. Cammeron visited Grassholme and was delighted with his eight fish catch limit while fishing near the Witch’s Hat. He was using ledgered PowerBait then switching to float fished bait when the wind eased and allowed the float fished bait to drift slowly down the margins where the feeding trout were patrolling. Mr. S Lindsay had a memorable day fly fishing taking five fish for the table and returning another four fish to fight another day. Mr. T Woolridge had a good day whilst fishing with his family netting a 12 fish couples permit limit. Biggest fish of the week goes to Mr. K Lee with a 4lb fully finned pristine rainbow. This is just a few of the excellent catch returns recorded. With westerly winds the majority of the week fishing was exceptional at the Dam end of the reservoir, producing a lot of quality fish and when the winds eased fly anglers were able to locate the feeding fish by the abundance of hatching terrestrials and wind blown heather flies. This helped contribute to a very healthy rod average of over three fish per angler. Fishing the spinner (small Mepps) or Toby while travelling light allowing the angler to cover a lot of ground and is producing some really memorable sport as the fish gauge on minnows

 

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Daddies, Heather Fly, small black dries on an evening

 

Best baits: Orange PowerBait eggs, orange Mice-tails, rainbow PowerBait Paste, float fished worm, Mepps and Toby spinners,

 

Best areas: Dam Wall, disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore, white post, in front of the Lodge

 

Ranger: Paul Perryman

 Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 20 August 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

139

Number of trout taken - week

469

Number of trout returned - week

0

Total number of trout caught - week

469

Rod average - week

3.4

Best trout - week

4lb

Number of fish re-stocked

600

Total number of anglers to date

3,448

Total number of fish caught to date

10,982

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.2

 

Fishery Headline:                              Spinning Bonanza

             

With blustery conditions this week anglers who had knowledge of the reservoir had a good idea where the fish would be feeding and good catch returns ensued. Mr. J Pearson used a spinner (small Mepps) walking the full length of the Dam Wall and casting every ten yards located the feeding trout by the Tower and within an hour had netted his eight fish catch limit. Mr. P Davies also fished the Dam Wall but with a different tactic swapping between ledgered bait and float fished bait also took his eight fish catch limit. Mr. P Pierce recorded an eight fish catch limit as did his fishing colleague Mr. G King who also recorded an eight fish catch limit and amongst Mr Kings fish was the biggest fish of the week; a pristine 4lb quality rainbow. Jeff Walsh recorded an eight fish catch limit while fishing the beach near the boat ramp using a hook bait of PowerBait in conjunction with a swim feeder and this was achieved within three hours of setting up. Mr. RH Crossling also landed an eight fish catch limit fly fishing achieved by covering the water then moving and repeating the tactic. Anglers have reported fish feeding very close to the margins, thus coming in to range of even the most novices of anglers. Lures fished in the morning produced some quality sport then changing tactics in the afternoon when things warmed up and hatches started to appear when dries come in to their own allowing anglers to locate the feeding fish.

 

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Daddies, small black dries on an evening

 

Best baits: Orange PowerBait eggs, orange Mice-tails, silver spinners, yellow PowerBait eggs, float fished worm, Mepps spinner

 

Best areas: Dam Wall, disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore, white post

 

Ranger: Paul Perryman

 

 

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 13 August 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

165

Number of trout taken - week

437

Number of trout returned - week

12

Total number of trout caught - week

449

Rod average - week

2.72

Best trout - week

12lb

Number of fish re-stocked

600

Total number of anglers to date

3,309

Total number of fish caught to date

10,513

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.2

 

Fishery Headline:                              Big fish keep biting!

             

With a mixed offering of weather conditions this week some may be forgiven to think fishing would be hard, but quite the opposite. Whilst on a days fishing trip with his dad Gary Hall, five year old Charlie Hall landed a fish of a lifetime; a whopping 12lb rainbow and this was one of an eight fish catch limit with a combined weight 25lb 8oz. Mr. J Temple was delighted with his eight fish catch limit which he achieved by 9am while fishing Easter Bay. Not to be out done fishing comrade Billy Mckenna also landed an eight fish catch limit as did Mr. R Watson whilst fishing the Dam Wall. Mr. E Butterfield enjoyed his visit to Grassholme with a superb eight fish catch limit. Mr. D Hetherington had a superb days sport landing seven fish with one rainbow weighing in at a very respectable 4lb. Many of the fish taken have been attracted by PowerBait ledgered in conjunction with a swim feeder filled with Magic Dust. Fly anglers have come in to their own, especially on an evening as the weather eased and hatches began to appear all around the margins thus helping the fly anglers locate the risng fish. Anglers who like to spin have also had some exceptional sport as the fish appear to be feeding in the shallow margins when over cast conditions allow on terrestrial life and minnows thus coming into range for the angler opting to use small Mepps and Toby spinners

 

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, small black dries on an evening

 

Best baits: Yellow PowerBait eggs, brown Mice-tails, white Gulp eggs, Float fished worm, Mepps spinner

 

Best areas: Dam Wall, Disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore, white post

 

Ranger: Paul Perryman

 

 

 

 

 Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 30 July 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

120

Number of trout taken - week

539

Number of trout returned - week

0

Total number of trout caught - week

539

Rod average - week

4.5

Best trout - week

4lb 0oz

Number of fish re-stocked

500

Total number of anglers to date

3,021

Total number of fish caught to date

9,732

Largest trout of the season so far

12lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.2

 

Fishery Headline:                   No Hindsight for David

 

Grassholme’s rod average of 4.5 for the week is excellent for this time of year as water temperatures continue to rise into the summer the fish have moved away from the margins and into the cooler deeper waters and feeding less frequently. That said, we have had some excellent spells of fishing this week but at times it has been very challenging with the sport changing on a daily basis. Those who have posted good numbers have very often had to change methods and locations several times during the day to keep steadily catching. Fish stocked from the west end of the reservoir have quickly migrated along the north shore banks with east close bay and Stake Hill, along to the white post holding good numbers of fish. Anglers have had some brilliant returns from these spots with 10g -15g Toby lures fished deep. Bait anglers found success fishing smaller tactics this week with some good catches on chartreuse PowerBait ‘Fish Fry’ popped up from the bottom. David Hind found this method to work well taking seven rainbow and two wild brown trout which he returned. He noted dropping down to a smaller hook size helped when fish became tentative to feed. Fly anglers have also posted some good catches this week, slow retrieve tactics with traditional wets have brought plenty of fish to the net. Gordon Blake caught the biggest fish of the week; a 4lb Rainbow on a bushy Kate McLaren he took three more on his point fly; a Bibio tied on a size 10 hook during a good spell in Easter Bay. The weekend brought a flurry of limit catches from the Dam Wall and the Witch’s Hat as fish fed in shoals along the spill way wall. Sunday saw this action slow with most fish caught close to the jetty but as I write there has been some good catches from various spots so hopefully this will continue all week.       

 

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Best flies: Bibio, Kate McLaren, Black Hopper, small Cat’s Whisker

Best bait: Chartreuse fish fry, Natural Worm, white Mice-tails

Best areas: North shore, Easter Bay, Pebble Beach, Dam Wall, west end car park

Ranger office: 01833 641121

 

Ranger: Simon Lee

 

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)
                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending:  16 July 2017
       
Number of anglers - week
136
Number of trout taken - week
372
Number of trout returned - week
2
Total number of trout caught - week
374
Rod average - week
2.75
Best trout - week
3lb
Number of fish re-stocked
420
Total number of anglers to date
2,756
Total number of fish caught to date
8,813
Largest trout of the season so far
12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average
3.1

Fishery Headline:    Simon in Hopper Heaven

This week the wind changed back to a more favourable westerly direction and sport really started to take off. Anglers who chose the option of fishing light and trying different methods reaped the rewards. James Fletcher from Durham walked to Brock Scar and caught 5 fish using Orange PowerBait eggs on a ledger. James then caught a further 3 fish on a 15gram Toby spinner in Easter Bay as he walked back down the reservoir, his best weighed in at 3lb. Michael Smith had a successful day on the north bank fishing with White Mice-tails under a Bubble float on the drift. Michael caught his 8 fish limit in four hours for a total weight of 15lb 8oz. There have also been number of catch limits taking from the West end car park down to Pebble Beach on the North side of the reservoir on a variety of methods. Simon Sheldon visiting from London caught 4 fish on a Credit Cruncher and returned a further two fish. Simon fished well into the evening and had great sport on the surface using a Black Hopper; he also reported loosing more fish at the net and thoroughly enjoyed a great evenings sport.

NEWSFLASH – More double figure rainbows released but yet to be caught!

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Black Hopper

Best baits: White Mice-tails, worm, Magic Dust, Mepps and Toby spinners

Best areas: North shore, Easter Bay, Pebble Beach

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Ranger:

Trevor Wright

 

 Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)
                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending:    09 July 2017

Number of anglers - week
133
Number of trout taken - week
388
Number of trout returned - week
12
Total number of trout caught - week
400
Rod average - week
3
Best trout - week
4lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked
500
Total number of anglers to date
2,620
Total number of fish caught to date
8,441
Largest trout of the season so far
12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average
3.2

Fishery Headline:                    Emerson family day to remember!

With unsettled weather again this week sport has been challenging at times but rewarding for the angler who adapts his tactics and location when required. In te brightest conditions it’s anglers who seek deeper water (north bank /dam wall) who have had some fantastic sport, but when there is cloud cover the more common locations such as the Witch’s Hat, ramp area, Easter Bay and the west end have all produced some quality sport. Colin Parnaby was delighted with his visit when he caught his first rainbow on ledgered PowerBait, however, when the cloud cover arrived Colin resorted to a float fished bait and landed another seven quality rainbows. The Emerson family had one of the best stories of the week with Mr. A Emerson landing a full eight fish catch limit as did Mr. B Emmerson and not far behind was Mr. L Emmerson with six quality rainbows. Jeff Walsh was delighted with his visit with an eight fish catch limit caught on ledgered PowerBait in conjunction with Magic Dust in a swim feeder. Top tip from some regular anglers is to fill your swim feeder every cast so you bait your swim to a point fish can not resist the scent in the water and follow the source back to where your hook bait is positioned! Simple but effective! Roaming fly anglers also had some fantastic sport covering as much water as possible as Mr. S Billbrough did successfully resulting in three fish for the table and returning seven rainbows to fight another day. Anglers who decided to spin reported some quality sport on the Dam Wall where fish have been chasing fry, stealth is a must when spinning for trout on the Dam Wall as the fish are very close to the block work.

NEWSFLASH – More double figure rainbows released but yet to be caught!

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker
Best baits: White Mice-tails, worm, Magic Dust, Mepps/Toby spinner
Best areas: North shore, Easter Bay, Dam Wall

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Paul Perryman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)
                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)
 
Weekending:    02 July 2017
 
Number of anglers - week
126
Number of trout taken - week
358
Number of trout returned - week
1
Total number of trout caught - week
359
Rod average - week
2.9
Best trout - week
5lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked
500
Total number of anglers to date
2,487
Total number of fish caught to date
8,041
Largest trout of the season so far
12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average
3.2
 
Fishery Headline:                    Jackson five - pounder!
 
Unsettled weather at the beginning of the week pushed fish into deeper water which made fishing challenging. However, once the weather settled down the feeding trout came back into there more common feeding grounds in large numbers. The Dam Wall was full of activity as the fish seemed to patrol along it continuously which gave anglers plenty of sport and this was more evident when anglers switched to spinning to attract the larger feeding fish. The north bank also fished really well as Ronnie Jackson from Morecambe found out to his delight as he landed eight pristine rainbows and one of the fish was the biggest fish of the week at a superb 5lb 8oz. Yet again the Teasdale ranger team introduced double figured fish in to Grassholme reservoir along with there weekly stocked of home grown Lartington fish. Gordon Winn was delighted with his eight fish catch limit as was Paul Davies who also landed eight pristine rainbows. Mr. G Ferguson landed eight quality rainbows and was on his way home by 11.30am - just in time for lunch. Regular visitor Jeff Walsh took his eight fish catch limit within four hours fishing PowerBait eggs in conjunction with a swim feeder filled with Magic Dust. Anglers reported at the end of the week fish had moved back in to the margins and this was evident as the catch limits recorded increased dramatically. Fly anglers also reported more activity from the feeding fish later in the week, especially with a well placed lure retrieved adjacent to the bank.
 
NEWSFLASH – More double figure rainbows released but yet to be caught!
 
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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker
Best baits: White Mice-tails, worm, Magic Dust, Mepps/Toby spinner
Best areas: North shore, Easter Bay, Dam Wall
 
Ranger office: 01833 641121
 
Ranger: Paul Perryman

 

 

 

 Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)
                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)
 
Weekending:    25 June 2017
 
Number of anglers - week
129
Number of trout taken - week
322
Number of trout returned - week
4
Total number of trout caught - week
326
Rod average - week
2.5
Best trout - week
3lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked
500
Total number of anglers to date
2,361
Total number of fish caught to date
7,682
Largest trout of the season so far
12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average
3.2
 
Fishery Headline:            “Dam Buster” winds bring shoaling fish into feed
 
Fish again seemed reluctant to return to the margins to feed this week. Anglers found fish in the same spots as last week, in the deeper water around the north bank. Small silver Mepps brought good numbers to the net with anglers commenting on getting good numbers in brief spells which indicates fish are tending to feed in shoals. Thursday saw the focus move over to the south shore with plenty of fish caught around the platform area and towards the Witch’s Hat. This excellent sport continued into Friday with a 5.7 rod average for the day in some terrible conditions with fierce winds lashing waves onto the Dam Wall. Saturday’s visitors took full advantage of the winds from the previous day with fish holding well into the corner of the Dam Wall and it was rich pickings. Paul Davies ledgering orange Powerbait eggs and took his limit catch in super quick time signing out along with a few others before the morning had really got started. Anglers flocked to this area hoping for similar rewards but just as quick as the sport had started it was over with the shoal moving away from the area. Sunday saw a similar pattern to most of the week with the north bank producing fish early but on the whole it was a challenging day for most. Although Chris Randell did stand out returning four and taking four, along with the biggest fish of the week, a nice blue trout weighing in at 3lb 8oz, caught on a Cormorant fished on an intermediate line, which stripped him right back to his backing line!
 
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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker
Best baits: White Mice-tails, worm, Magic Dust, Mepps/Toby spinner
Best areas: North shore, Witch’s Hat, Dam Wall
 
Ranger office: 01833 641121
 
Ranger: Simon Lee

 

 

 

 

 Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)
                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)
 
Weekending: 18 June 2017
        
Number of anglers - week
208
Number of trout taken - week
466
Number of trout returned - week
7
Total number of trout caught - week
473
Rod average - week
2.2
Best trout - week
4lb 2oz
Number of fish re-stocked
500
Total number of anglers to date
2,232
Total number of fish caught to date
7356
Largest trout of the season so far
12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average
3.2
 
Fishery Headline:           North shore path leads anglers to the fish
 
There were some testing conditions this week for visiting anglers with bright baking sun for most of the week making for some hard days fishing. Fortunately the heavy rainfall in recent weeks has brought the water levels higher and reduced the water temperature a little. This has occasionally encouraged the fish to feed in the margins and out of the deeper water but most of the fish this week have been caught in areas where the water deepens, such as Pebble Beach with anglers finding good pockets of fish further out. The reopening of the north shore footpath meant anglers had easier access to these deeper spots with some anglers posting good numbers on days when other spots produced very little. Key to fishing in hot conditions at this time of year is to travel light and cover as much water as possible. Keith Holden found this to his advantage during the week after walking much of the north bank he picked up six fish in quick succession in the mouth of the bay close to Pebble Beach on a fast sink line fished with a single olive fritz pattern. Even after a fresh stocking at the north bank Wednesday and then a stocking at the west end and jetty Friday the usual areas where you are often guaranteed to pick a few fish struggled. The north bank close to the white post produced some decent returns and Tom Davies took eight fish in a six hours spell with ledgered white Mice-tails fishing around 20ft from the shore just above the white post. Sunday saw an excellent turnout for the popular Father’s Day competition with the bank awash with anglers of all ages. David Burton of Peterlee took the First prize of £100 NWL voucher for the heaviest fish weighing in at 2lb 11oz, his son Adam aged six helped dad secure the heaviest catch prize, with a combined weight of 10lb 1oz. The week ahead looks promising with good cloud cover and light wind which hopefully will bring fish back to the margins.
 
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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker
Best baits: White Mice-tails, worm, Magic Dust, Mepps/Toby spinner
Best areas: North shore, Witch’s Hat, Dam Wall
 
Ranger office: 01833 641121
Ranger: Simon Lee

 

 

 

 

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)
                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending: 28 May 2017
        
Number of anglers - week    178
Number of trout taken - week    467
Number of trout returned - week    12
Total number of trout caught - week    479
Rod average - week    2.7
Best trout - week    9lb 12oz
Number of fish re-stocked    600
Total number of anglers to date     1,735
Total number of fish caught to date    6,140
Largest trout of the season so far    12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average     3.5

Fishery Headline:                        Armstrong family get best start ever?    

With a more settled weather at the beginning of the week fish were quite predictable, venturing into shallow water when cloud cover allowed and moving back into deeper water when the sun was at it’s height. Regular anglers used this knowledge to their advantage targeting deep areas near the Dam in the heat of the day and shallower bay and banks on an evening when fish came to the surface to feed. Indeed, it has been noticeable at the number of evening hatches which allowed anglers to locate feeding fish. The Armstrong family visited Grassholme and dad Lee bought a starter kit for five year old Jorja and with her six year old brother the family landed eight quality rainbows but the icing on the cake was Jorja’s 9lb 12oz superb rainbow, one of the biggest of the season to date! Colin Parnaby was delighted with his limit catch as one of the trout had a tag and was rewarded with £200. Ronald Barker had a memorable day with a superb eight fish limit catch for a total weight of 17lb. Mr M Abbott was delighted with his eight fish catch limit, as was Mr. P Davies to mention just a few! Anglers who choose to spin and roam the banks were rewarded with some brilliant sport, especially fishing the middle section of the reservoir where very few anglers venture. Roving fly anglers came into there own on an evening as there were plenty of hatches allowing fly anglers to locate the fish and imitate hatches resulting in some memorable sport.

NEWSFLASH – Double stocking for half term week!    

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Best flies: Hawthorn, Bibio, Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker
Best baits: White Mice-tails, worm, Mepps/Toby spinner
Best areas: Easter Bay, north shore, Witch’s Hat, Dam Wall

Ranger office: 01833 641121
Ranger: Paul Perryman

 

 

 

 Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)
                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending: 14 May 2017
        
Number of anglers - week    178
Number of trout taken - week    586
Number of trout returned - week    1
Total number of trout caught - week    587
Rod average - week    3.2
Best trout - week    11lb 12oz
Number of fish re-stocked    600
Total number of anglers to date     1,401
Total number of fish caught to date    5,141
Largest trout of the season so far    11lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average     3.6

Fishery Headline:         Dave Almighty    

Inconsistent winds and weather conditions last week made fishing unpredictable as fish seemed to spread out across the reservoir. Dave Gallimore from Trimdon used his experience and fished in Easter Bay whilst the wind was blowing east and landed a fish of a lifetime. Dave caught a beautiful 11lb 12oz rainbow trout using orange PowerBait eggs on a ledgered rig. Dave finally landed the fish after 20 minutes of pulse racing action. Ian Doherty and Jamie Peacock from Sunderland both caught their eight fish limits in just a few hours on the north bank, fishing by the white post using pink PowerBait eggs and white Mice-tails, both limit catches weighed in at the 16lb mark. There have been some notable hatches of hawthorn flies which the fish were only to happy feed on. Bishop Auckland Angler Jeff Robinson was on hand to take advantage of this catching his eight fish limit on a hawthorn imitation and loosing many more fish. Mark Scott caught four fish using a Mepps spinner on a credit cruncher fishing at the west end of the reservoir with all of his fish weighing between 3lb and 4lb.

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Best flies: Hawthorns, Dawson’s Olive, Orange Blob, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker

Best baits: White Mice-tails, white gulp eggs, worm, Mepps spinner

Best areas: Brock Scar, Easter Bay, north shore

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Trevor Wright

 

 Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)
                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending: 07 May 2017
        
Number of anglers - week    165
Number of trout taken - week    764
Number of trout returned - week    4
Total number of trout caught - week    768
Rod average - week                   4.6
Best trout - week                8lb 4oz
Number of fish re-stocked    600
Total number of anglers to date     1,223
Total number of fish caught to date    4,554
Largest trout of the season so far    11lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average     3.7

Fishery Headline:         A Nod to Mr Todd    

Grassholme continues its high rod average with an excellent 4.6 fish per rod for the week. Anglers are finding fish in all areas of the reservoir, with the jetty and the platform especially producing limit catches. Alan Todd got the week off to a flyer on Tuesday fishing from the Witch’s Hat with pink PowerBait eggs. Alan took eight fish including a beautiful fin perfect rainbow tipping the scales at 8lb 4oz topping off his day. Some of Lartington’s finest fish entered the water Wednesday with the biggest weighing in at 15lb, so we should see anglers getting some personal bests just like Mr Todd in the coming weeks. Peter Doddsworth and his wife Susan had another week to remember taking 12 fish on their couples permit which they also did last week. Their smiles were a little wider on Friday as one of the fish was adorned with a little yellow tag, netting the couple £200. Float fishing is starting to produce good numbers of fish when the wind allows, our yearly hatch of hawthorns have brought fish to the surface and hopefully we will see some on the water this week making for some brilliant dry fly fishing. White Mice-tails have probably been the best bait this week fished ledgered or on the float. Fish have tended to be caught close into the margins as feeding fish take advantage of the active fly life being blown onto the surface. With easterly winds over the weekend, we would expect areas such as Brock Scar and Wester Bay to be good areas to start your visit this week as fish migrate from the usual hotspots close to the Dam Wall.

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Best flies: Hawthorns, Dawson’s Olive, Orange blob, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker

Best baits: White Mice-tails, white Gulp eggs, worm

Best areas: Brock Scar, Wester Bay, north shore

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Simon Lee

 

 

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)
                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending: 23 April 2017
       
Number of anglers - week    170
Number of trout taken - week    324
Number of trout returned - week    65
Total number of trout caught - week    389
Rod average - week                   2.2
Best trout - week    3lb
Number of fish re-stocked    510
Total number of anglers to date     962
Total number of fish caught to date    3,356
Largest trout of the season so far    11lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average     3.4

Fishery Headline:         Success for Newby

With over night frosts and a cool east breeze returning to the region the fishing was a little more challenging than expected for this time of year. With the change in wind direction the fish were more wide spread across the reservoir rather than been shoaled up in the usual hotspots. Anglers who were travelling to try and find the fish were doing so with greatest success. John White from Newton Aycliffe travelled light with his spinning rod and caught eight fish using a 12 gram blue and silver Toby. John walked the length of the south shore and picked a couple of fish up in various spots but landed most of his rainbows in Easter Bay with the heaviest weighing in at 2lb 12oz. Josh Newby found a shoal of fish by the white post on the north bank and found white Mice-tails too much to resist for the fish. Josh started on orange PowerBait eggs and caught three fish early in the morning, switching to white Mice-tails to catch five fish in quick succession. Fly angler James Wilson caught and released 11 fish on the north bank fishing with a Black Fritz on the point and a Kate McLaren on the dropper. James estimated all of his fish to be between 2-3lb.

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Orange blob, Black Fritz, Kate McLaren

Best baits: White Mice-tails, white Gulp eggs, worm

Best areas: Dam Wall, disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore

Ranger office: 01833 641121
   
Ranger: Trevor Wright

 

 

 Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)
                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending: 16 April 2017
        
Number of anglers - week    141
Number of trout taken - week    494
Number of trout returned - week    3
Total number of trout caught - week    497
Rod average - week    3.5
Best trout - week    5lb 12oz
Number of fish re-stocked    600
Total number of anglers to date     792
Total number of fish caught to date    2,967
Largest trout of the season so far    11lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average     3.7

Fishery Headline:        Eggs work best in Easter Bay

The east end of Grassholme was again the place to be this week with the vast majority of fish congregating around the Dam and Witch’s Hat area due to the westerly winds. John Harris made the journey over the Pennines from Kendal and was rewarded with the heaviest catch limit of the week which weighing in at 21lb 7oz and included a cracking 5lb 12oz rainbow and another of 4lb 4oz. John used orange Comet Gulp eggs tipped with worm and took all of his fish from the north side of the Dam Wall near the Tower. Both ledgered and float fished worm has fished very well for a good number of anglers this week and is one of the most underused baits at Grassholme. Lee Jacques took a nice seven fish catch from Easter Bay during the week on the float and worm with a four foot trace. Anglers have brought good numbers of fish to the net this week on white Gulp Alive eggs and white Mice-tails. It’s always best to keep changing your baits on a regular basis as Tom Doran found to his advantage on Saturday, after fishing for five hours without a bite, he decided to hook up with white Mice-tails and had six fish in a crack out of Easter Bay. Fish continue to be found close in drifting up and down the margins, so short casting should be key to success for the week ahead.

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Orange blob, Black Fritz

Best baits: White Mice-tails, White Gulp eggs, worm

Best areas: Dam Wall, disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore

Ranger office: 01833 641121
    
Ranger: Simon Lee

 

 

 

 

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)

                                                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending: 09 April 2017

                       

Number of anglers - week

147

Number of trout taken - week

632

Number of trout returned - week

10

Total number of trout caught - week

642

Rod average - week

4.3

Best trout - week

11lb 8oz

Number of fish re-stocked

600

Total number of anglers to date

651

Total number of fish caught to date

2,470

Largest trout of the season so far

11lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.7

 

Fishery Headline:                  Chester and Shaw net Jumbo twins!

 

A big fish bonanza at Grassholme this week as anglers had some tremendous sport with our jumbo trout. Keith Marshall got the ball rolling mid week taking a very nice 7lb 13oz fish on orange PowerBait eggs from the lodge frontage as part of his eight fish catch limit, this was the biggest fish of the season at the time...! Toft Hill angler and Grassholme regular William Currie also used orange PowerBait eggs to very good effect, this time from the Witch’s Hat. He landed seven nice rainbows by 2pm including a cracker of 9lb 4oz which looked certain to be the biggest fish of the week, however Michael Shaw had other ideas. Fishing from the south shore between the platform and Easter bay using chartreuse and orange Mice-tails with Magic Dust in a feeder Michael hooked into something very substantial mid afternoon. After an arm wrenching 20 minute battle he was finally able to slip the net under a whopping 11lb 8oz fish. Saturday morning was a tale of lost fish with three anglers coming to the lodge reporting being snapped by very big fish, all were avoidable too as the drag setting on their reels hadn’t been adjusted to allow them to give line out. One angler who did have his drag set correctly was Mark Chester from Twickenham. Up on holiday for a few days Mark decided to give Grassholme a go for the first time and was not disappointed. Using a float set up with an orange PowerBait egg and worm cocktail he hooked into a brute of a rainbow on the north shore near the spillway and some time later eventually landed his biggest ever fish. This is also our joint biggest fish of the season so far as it weighed in at 11lb 8oz, exactly the same as Michael’s fish from earlier in the week!

 

NEWSFLASH – Double stocking for the Bank Holiday weekend

 

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Orange Blob, Black Fritz

 

Best baits: Orange eggs, pink Mice-tails, white Gulp eggs, worm

 

Best areas: Dam Wall, Disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore

 

Ranger office: 01833 641121

    

Ranger: Andrew Scott

 

 

 

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir    Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)
                     Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending:  26 March 2017
        
Number of anglers - week    106
Number of trout taken - week    316
Number of trout returned - week    12
Total number of trout caught - week    328
Rod average - week    3.1
Best trout - week    5lb
Number of fish re-stocked    600
Total number of anglers to date     361
Total number of fish caught to date    1,423
Largest trout of the season so far    6lb
Seasonal rod average     4.0

Fishery Headline:  Quality fish come to the net

At the beginning of the week the Witches Hat, in front of the lodge and along the dam wall produced the best catches. However after a spell of heavy snow midweek the wind changed direction and the west end of the reservoir came into its own.
Over the period anglers have recorded good numbers of rainbows in the 3 – 5lb range with many 8 fish limits weighing in at 20lbs or more. Mr R.Jackson from the west coast was delighted when he landed 8 pristine rainbows for a combined weight of 24lb. Fly anglers continue to do well with lures fished slowly on intermediate lines. A long cast has paid dividends on cooler days however a short cast along the margins has also worked well when the spring sunshine warms the shallower areas. Anglers using small Mepps spinners and Toby lures fished slowly near the bottom are also enjoying some quality sport by covering more water and keeping on the move.

NEWSFLASH – bumper stocking of Lartington rainbows in anticipation of some fine weather at the weekend!

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Orange Blob, Black Fritz

Best baits: Various Mice-tails, Yellow PowerBait eggs, Sherbet Blast Gulp eggs.

Best areas: Dam Wall, disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter bay, north shore and the West end car park

Ranger office: 01833 641121
    
Ranger: Paul Perryman

 

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 04 December 2017 14:55