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 Fishery:  Derwent reservoir

Ranger office: 01207 255250

 
 
 
2017
 
 

 

 Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 30 November 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

34

Number of trout taken - week

41

Number of trout returned - week

0

Total number of trout caught - week

41

Rod average - week

1.2

Best trout - week

2lb 12oz

Number of fish re-stocked

0

Total number of anglers to date

6,922

Total number of fish caught to date

20,662

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

2.98

 

Fishery Headline:                             

 

The season ended on a wintery note with anglers finding it hard to locate fish in numbers. However, our end of season competition saw some excellent catches with First prize for a fish of 2lb 12oz.Doug Pearson took Second with a fish of 2lb and was one of seven fish he netted from the meadow using a variety of PowerBait and attractants. David Wafer was Third with a fish just under the 2lb mark. A rod average of two fish per angler was achieved on the day which is testament to the persistence and skill of the anglers in attendance on what was a very cold and blustery day.

 

The season has seen some great catches and fish caught with Mr. F Birnie taking eight fish for a whopping 28lb with dozens of fish caught between 5lb and 10lb. We’ve also seen 24 tagged fish caught, however not all have been in the sweep although we have still given away prize money of almost £4,000.

 

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, Black Fritz

 

Best baits: Ledgered baits with a strongly scented swim feeder

 

Best areas: North shore -The meadow, west of the sailing club. South shore - first fence 

 

Ranger office: 01207 255250

 

Ranger: Steven Bisset

 

Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 12 November 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

50

Number of trout taken - week

64

Number of trout returned - week

0

Total number of trout caught - week

64

Rod average - week

1.3

Best trout - week

2lb

Number of fish re-stocked

0

Total number of anglers to date

6,856

Total number of fish caught to date

20,587

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3.0

 

Fishery Headline:                             

 

The first real cold snap of the season has had anglers scratching their heads as fish have definitely changed feeding habits and areas. The meadow on the north shore and around the first fence on the south shore are still producing a few fish to keep the interest going but anglers are still to workout the winning combination. The standard tactics of ledgered PowerBait and swim feeder will always put one or two fish in the net from the usual areas but finding at what distance and depth the fish are feeding is the key to unlocking a decent catch and as always adding extra scent to the feeder is a must do. Fly anglers are having the same dilemma and using various line densities to search all water layers is a must to put a fish or two in the net. Larger, mobile lures should give anglers the best chance of enticing a reaction from the fish as water temperatures fall.

 

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 until 30 November.

 

Safety notice: Pow Hill to Hunter House is closed due to low water levels. All the reservoir is ‘any method’ whilst we endure low water conditions.

 

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Best flies: Silver or gold humungous, black or white Zonker, Minky

 

Best baits: Ledgered PowerBait eggs and worm cocktail and swim feeder

 

Best areas: The meadow, first or second fence

 

Ranger office: 01207 255250

 

 

Ranger:  Steven Bisset

 

 

Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 5 November 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

73

Number of trout taken - week

127

Number of trout returned - week

11

Total number of trout caught - week

138

Rod average - week

1.9

Best trout - week

3lb

Number of fish re-stocked

-

Total number of anglers to date

6,574

Total number of fish caught to date

20,523

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3.1

 

Fishery Headline:                             

 

The meadow area on the north shore and the old favourite marks on the south shore around the first fence have produced more consistently, although no two days are quite the same. The spillway has also started to produce more fish in the last week, but wherever you choose to fish using a strong scent in a swim feeder greatly increases the chance of fish finding your bait. Magic Dust or pellets mixed with the new liquid PowerBait trout dip is a great combination to fill your feeder with, producing a long lasting scent trail in the water. Ray Whaley, one of Derwent’s most consistent anglers, always uses a swim feeder and was the only angler to take a 10 fish limit. It cannot be stated enough that the angler who regularly changes tactics, this may just be distances or trace length, will almost always catch more at this time of year. Fly anglers really need to search through the water column, often changing lines several times through the day as conditions change.

                       

NOVEMBER OPENING - Fishing during November is 9am until 4pm and cost for a day permit will be £17 for a 10 fish limit

 

Safety notice: Pow Hill to Hunter House is closed due to low water levels. All the reservoir is ‘any method’ whilst we endure low water conditions.

 

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Zonker, White Snake

 

Best baits: Ledgered white or chartreuse PowerBait eggs with swim feeder, spinning

 

Best areas: The meadow, spillway, first fence

 

Ranger office:

01207 255250

 

 

Ranger:  Steven Bisset

 Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 29 October 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

138

Number of trout taken - week

350

Number of trout returned - week

15

Total number of trout caught - week

365

Rod average - week

2.6

Best trout - week

3lb

Number of fish re-stocked

250

Total number of anglers to date

6,733

Total number of fish caught to date

20.385

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3.0

 

Fishery Headline:                              Reg registers quality catch limit!

 

Catches are varying from day to day according to wind and weather with Thursday the best day of the week with a rod average of over five fish per angler. The favourite south shore marks, such as beside the stream are still providing some of the best sport with a number of limit catches taken from around this area. Ledgering PowerBait with a highly scented feeder is by far the most popular, although some anglers have dabbled with float fishing methods and had some success, such as six year old Matthew Thompson who caught three nice rainbows float fishing chartreuse and orange PowerBait eggs next to the stream, part of a seven fish haul. Reg Batty, from Chester-le-Street, also had his limit in the same area as fish seemed to be attracted by the influx of flood water from the stream, a point well worth remembering as fish try to build fat stores for the coming winter. Spinning can be very good through November and the key to success is fishing through different depths using the countdown method and varying speed of retrieve until fish are located and positive takes are registered. Silver or copper Toby type lures are one of the best for this. Fly angling has been a little less consistent as strong winds stir up the sand and longer casts are required to put the fly in clear water. However, where fish are taking an interest in roach fry, lures such as a silver Humongous or Minkie can be excellent. As with spinning, correct depth is essential and an anglers’ best weapon is an intermediate line used to carefully fish different depths.

                       

NOVEMBER OPENING - Fishing during November is 9am until 4pm and cost for a day permit will be £17 for a 10 fish limit

 

Safety notice: Pow Hill to Hunter House is closed due to low water levels. All the reservoir is ‘any method’ whilst we endure low water conditions.

 

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Best flies: Various colour blobs, minkies and snakes

Best baits: Chartreuse PowerBait eggs and swim feeder, Toby

Best areas: First fence to stream / second fence on the south, meadow on the north

 

Ranger office: 01207 255250

Ranger:  Steven Bisset

 

 

 

 

Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 22 October 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

55

Number of trout taken - week

190

Number of trout returned - week

0

Total number of trout caught - week

190

Rod average - week

3.5

Best trout - week

3lb

Number of fish re-stocked

300

Total number of anglers to date

6,595

Total number of fish caught to date

20,020

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3.0

 

Fishery Headline:                             Ray of light!

 

Daytime temperatures have been unseasonably mild and despite the odd storm blowing in, the fish have responded, feeding well and giving catch returns well above the seasonal rod average here at Derwent. Using a swim feeder when ledgering filled with a strong scent is what sets some anglers apart and seasoned veteran Rod Whaley demonstrated this to good effect, taking a double limit from the Meadow. Fly anglers are again reporting that the fish are fairly close to the margins and wading should be done only after the shallows have been thoroughly explored. Lures and minkies are proving popular, as are snakes, fished on intermediate lines, counting down the depths until fish are located. For the more active angler, travelling light with a spinning rod coupled with different sized Toby lures is a great way to seek out the shoals and possibly some of the better sized fish.

 

Safety notice: Pow Hill to Hunter House is closed due to low water levels. All the reservoir is ‘any method’ whilst we endure low water conditions.

 

For more information, images and video visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nwwatersideparksandfishing/

Best flies: Various colour blobs, minkies and snakes, Sedge

 

Best baits: Chartreuse PowerBait eggs and swim feeder, Silver Toby

 

Best areas: West of the sailing club, meadow, second fence

 

Ranger office:

01207 255250

 

Ranger:  Steven Bisset

 Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 15 October 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

89

Number of trout taken - week

297

Number of trout returned - week

5

Total number of trout caught - week

302

Rod average - week

3.4

Best trout - week

3lb

Number of fish re-stocked

300

Total number of anglers to date

6,540

Total number of fish caught to date

19,830

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3.0

 

Fishery Headline:                             Fish appear close to bank!

 

Another excellent week as fish continue to feed well in most areas around the reservoir. As water temperatures continue to fall fish can again be found following shoreline contours, taking bait and fly only meters from the waters’ edge. The popular marks along the south shore continue producing good catches with several limit catches taken around the stream and the Dam Wall. Mr. D Wilson and son bought a second permit after a quick limit on Sunday morning whilst Ray Whaley netted another double limit catch west of the sailing club. Ledgering tactics have reigned supreme with the majority of fish caught on various PowerBait eggs and Mice-tails. The secret to success being a short trace length in shallow water and lengthening it as cast are made into deeper water. A well filled feeder is always a great addition for attracting fish and should never be overlooked. Fly anglers have had a varied week as wind strength often impairs casting. However this week has seen a return to lures as fish have tended to be deeper in the water, although Mr. P Robinson took a couple of nice rainbows on buzzers. Spinning silver Mepps or Toby lures should start to come into its own as day length shortens and fish become more predatory.

 

Safety notice: Pow Hill to Hunter House is closed due to low water levels. All the reservoir is ‘any method’ whilst we endure low water conditions.

 

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Best flies: Black Fritz, orange Blob, Natural Zonker, Silver Invicta

 

Best baits: Ledgered PowerBait half white or chartreuse eggs or chartreuse/orange Mice-tails, silver Toby

 

Best areas: Millshield point, west of the sailing club, Dam to first fence

 

Ranger office:

01207 255250

 

Ranger:  Steven Bisset

 

 

Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 08 October 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

121

Number of trout taken - week

463

Number of trout returned - week

12

Total number of trout caught - week

475

Rod average - week

3.9

Best trout - week

3lb

Number of fish re-stocked

500

Total number of anglers to date

6,451

Total number of fish caught to date

19,528

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3.0

 

Fishery Headline:                             Ray has red letter day!

 

What an end to the week here at Derwent with glorious autumn sunshine and plenty of fish feeding well transpiring in a rod average of almost four fish per angler. With the decision taken to close Pow Hill on safety grounds and open the north bank to multi bait, anglers were spoilt for choice on where to fish. Whilst limit catches were still taken from the south shore between the Dam and first fence, the fields west of the sailing club were without doubt the hotspot with Ray Whaley taking double limits at close range with a short trace and PowerBait. On the south shore Mr. M Shepherd had the heaviest limit catch of the week with eight fish weighing a total of 16lb 12oz, this also included a nice 3lb rainbow. With large hatches of small buzzers around midday, fly anglers have had some memorable sport on dries. However, the majority of time an intermediate line two or three feet below the surface has attracted fish. All anglers should note that fish can be very close to the shore and wading is not recommended as it spooks the fish and simply pushed them further out. Perseverance with a foam Daddy or greased up Sedgehog when there is a light ripple should get a heart stopping response as we move into the penultimate month of the season.

 

Safety notice: Pow Hill to Hunter House is closed due to low water levels. All the reservoir is ‘any method’ whilst we endure draw down conditions.

 

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Best flies: Black Fritz, White Zonker, Daddy-long-legs, Sedgehog

 

Best baits: Ledgered PowerBait eggs in all colours with a strong scented bait in a swim feeder, Silver Toby

 

Best areas: West of the sailing club, Millshields, Dam to first fence

 

Ranger office: 01207 255250

 

 

Ranger: Steven Bisset

 Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 01 October 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

137

Number of trout taken - week

361

Number of trout returned - week

11

Total number of trout caught - week

372

Rod average - week

2.7

Best trout - week

4lb

Number of fish re-stocked

600

Total number of anglers to date

6,330

Total number of fish caught to date

19,053

Largest trout of the season so far

9lb 4oz

Seasonal rod average

3.0

 

Fishery Headline:                             Tagged fish make Jake and Alan’s day

 

The south bank of the reservoir fished extremely well at times along its full length, apart from the shallows between Pow Hill and Hunter House. Rod averages spiked to almost five fish per angler over the weekend with 12 anglers taking their limit catch over the week.  After taking a fine limit catch last week Mr. S Williams returned to Pow Hill and netted one of the best fish this week at 4lb, part of a five fish catch. Pow Hill was also the hot spot for Jake Carr as his catch included the second tagged fish to be claimed this week. The first tagged fish was claimed by Alan Guthery float fishing with a Mice-tail next to the Dam Wall. Alan, from Stanley, thought he must be cursed as anglers either side were catching whilst he had nothing, then finally he hooked a fish which turned out to be the fish all anglers wanted, as it was wearing a blue £200 tag. Fly anglers are turning to traditional patterns to outwit the fish and both wet and dry daddy patterns are working well, especially in a wave. Mr. C Jones returned seven on a Peter Ross with several anglers commenting on the success of this fly. There has been occasional evening rises in the last hour when conditions have been favourable and Hilary Pegum returned a nice couple of fish taken from the Dam Wall on a small cdc.

 

Safety notice: Water levels are continuing to fall so please be careful when wading and avoid boggy and muddy areas.

 

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Best flies: Daddy-long-legs, Black Buzzer, Black Pennell, Heather Fly, Muddler, Peter Ross

 

Best baits: Mice-tails, copper or silver Mepps and Toby spinners

 

Best areas: Oak tree, first fence, Murray’s Point, west of the sailing club, Tower

 

Ranger office: 01207 255250

 

Ranger:  Steven Bisset

 

Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 24 September 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

158

Number of trout taken - week

445

Number of trout returned - week

12

Total number of trout caught - week

457

Rod average - week

2.9

Best trout - week

3lb

Number of fish re-stocked

250

Total number of anglers to date

6,193

Total number of fish caught to date

18,681

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3

 

Fishery Headline:                             Derwent invaded by Daddies!        

 

Catches continue to recover from the summer lethargy with just the occasional difficult day. This recovery should build as we head towards the end of the season as water temperatures continue to ease and fish move into the margins for the pre winter gorge. It is never to late in the season to come and learn to fish and 10 year old Lochlan Allan finally managed to persuade his dad to bring him for his first day and he promptly landed a lovely 2lb rainbow trout using a ledgered chartreuse / orange PowerBait Mice-tails. The best of the bait fishing appears to be centred around Pow Hill at the moment with both Allan Armitage and Mr. S Williams taking their limit catches in this location. On the north shore the best of the fishing is also towards the west end of the reservoir with the fields west of the sailing club producing decent catches on a regular basis, Malcolm Storey took six nice fish there in a short space of time midweek. Daddy-long-legs are visible in large numbers and should not be overlooked and both wet and dry patterns producing results. The last hour on evenings when the breeze drops has seen fish rising and anglers have caught using size 16 cdc’s. Bait anglers are again finding fish returning to shallower water and shorter casts have been effective, especially using Mepps.

 

NEWSFLASH – Double stocking on two separate days this week.

 

Safety notice: Water levels are continuing to fall so please be careful when wading and avoid boggy and muddy areas.

 

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Best flies: Black Fritz, Dawson’s Olive, Daddy-long-legs, Black Buzzer, Black Pennell, Heather Fly, Muddler, Peter Ross

 

Best baits: Ledgered Mice-tails, copper or silver Mepps and Toby spinners

 

Best areas: Pow Hill, Oak tree, West of the sailing club

 

Ranger office: 01207 255250

 

Ranger:  Chris Hodgson

 

 

Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 17 September 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

103

Number of trout taken - week

372

Number of trout returned - week

4

Total number of trout caught - week

376

Rod average - week

3.7

Best trout - week

3lb

Number of fish re-stocked

600

Total number of anglers to date

6,035

Total number of fish caught to date

18,224

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3.02

 

Fishery Headline:                             Good Abbotts!

 

Derwent continued on from last week with excellent sport in most areas and a rod average heading towards four fish per angler. Anglers have been impressed by the size and quality of the fish with many fish weighed in at around the 3lb mark with some excellent catch limits around the 17lb/18lb mark which included Richard Abbott and Ray Whaley. Bait anglers found fish spread up the south shore from the corner of the Dam to the second fence. Ledgered PowerBait eggs continue to work well in combination with Magic Dust in a feeder. Fly anglers have found west to be best with Millshields and the bank west of the Sailing club offering excellent sport with a huge variety of tactics working well, it’s just a matter of marrying these with the conditions. Water levels have begun to rise from the summer low so access is beginning to improve to some of the favoured areas.

 

NEWSFLASH – Five tagged fish were stocked two weeks ago with two yet to be caught!!

 

Safety notice: Water levels are continuing to fall so please be careful when wading and avoid boggy and muddy areas.

 

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Best flies: Black Fritz, Dawson’s Olive, Daddy-long-legs, White Zonker, Black Buzzer, Bibio, Black Pennell, Heather Fly, Muddler, Peter Ross

 

Best baits: Ledgered PowerBait eggs, copper or silver Mepps and Toby spinners.

 

Best areas: Dam Wall beach, Oak Tree, west of sailing club, Millshield

 

Ranger office: 01207 255250

 

 

Ranger:  Chris Hodgson

 

 

 

Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 10 September 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

142

Number of trout taken - week

458

Number of trout returned - week

3

Total number of trout caught - week

461

Rod average - week

3.2

Best trout - week

5lb 8oz

Number of fish re-stocked

600

Total number of anglers to date

5,790

Total number of fish caught to date

17,387

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3.00

 

Fishery Headline:                  Derwent returns to form after summer lull!

 

As we see every year, summer anglers become frustrated with high water temperatures and lethargic fish very reluctant to feed. However, as cooler nights begin to lower water temperatures the fish are triggered back into feeding mode and most seasons see an excellent September and October at Derwent. This year looks to be following the same trend with a big surge in catches and the resultant rod average with most areas providing excellent sport! Saturday saw over a dozen catch limits from all around the reservoir with fly anglers taking fish from Millshields and the sailing club area and bait anglers locating fish in large quantities near the Dam Wall. Doug Pearson netted a cracking eight fish limit taking five on PowerBait and three on Toby spinners including fish up to 3lb. Richard Abbott continued his great form with more catch limits from the beach area now exposed in the south corner of the Dam Wall. His trick to success was a short trace and yellow and clear PowerBait eggs fished approximately 30 metres from the bank. With fish caught from all the favourite locations we look set to see a great end to season as the large head of fish built up over the summer months begin to feed and offer themselves to the persistent angler!

 

NEWSFLASH – Five tagged fish were stocked last week with four yet to be caught!!

 

Safety notice: Water levels are continuing to fall so please be careful when wading and avoid boggy and muddy areas.

 

For more information, images and video visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nwwatersideparksandfishing/

Best flies: Black Fritz, Dawson’s Olive, Daddy-long-legs, White Zonker, Black Buzzer, Bibio, Black Pennell, Heather Fly, Muddler, Peter Ross

 

Best baits: Ledgered yellow/clear or pink/clear PowerBait eggs, copper or silver Mepps and Toby spinners.

 

Best areas: Dam Wall beach, Oak Tree, west of sailing club, Millshield

Ranger office: 01207 255250

 

Ranger:  Chris Hodgson

 

 

Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 03 September 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

256

Number of trout taken - week

536

Number of trout returned - week

14

Total number of trout caught - week

550

Rod average - week

2.1

Best trout - week

3 lb

Number of fish re-stocked

600

Total number of anglers to date

5,790

Total number of fish caught to date

17,387

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3.00

 

Fishery Headline:                              Magic Micky!

 

Sport continues to gradually improve after the inevitable summer lull with fish caught from most areas and signs that they are beginning to move back into the margins to feed. 14 year old Coby McLeod was busy showing dad Colin how to catch fish! Coby, from Kirk Merrington, found that ledgered chartreuse PowerBait eggs cast out about 40 metres and fished on a short leader was the perfect method and caught six of the their seven fish catch Saturday. The Wright family had an excellent day early in the week after taking advice from the ranger team and heading to Hunter House. They were rewarded for their walk with a catch limit with Lilly and Ella netting the majority of their eight fish. Yet another tagged fish was caught by Mick Smith from Birtley who netted the £200 on the fly using a black and green lure! Well done Mick!

 

NEWSFLASH – we will be stocking five tagged fish this week!!

 

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free    

 

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Best flies: Black Fritz, Soldier Muddler, Daddy-long-legs, White Zonker

 

Best baits: Ledgered PowerBait in various colours, spinning with silver/gold Mepps

 

Best areas: Hunter House, Dam Wall beach, west of sailing club, meadow

 

Ranger office: 01207 255250

 

Ranger:  Steven Bisset

 

 

 Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 27 August 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

251

Number of trout taken - week

674

Number of trout returned - week

21

Total number of trout caught - week

695

Rod average - week

2.8

Best trout - week

3lb

Number of fish re-stocked

900

Total number of anglers to date

5,534

Total number of fish caught to date

16,837

Largest trout of the season so far

9lb 4oz

Seasonal rod average

3

 

Fishery Headline:                              That’s Moore like it!

 

Angling continues in a similar vein to last week with some days fishing better than others. Anglers who constantly make the changes to their tactics and techniques by altering trace length, casting distances or method are the ones most likely to be successful during August conditions. That said, the rod average continues to inch higher as colder nights help pin back the water temperature and encourage the fish to feed. Fly anglers are having a little more success as regular visitor Paul Bradley returned and took a nice eight fish limit for a total weight of 13lb 8oz, whilst Paul Dunn used a Beamish killer pattern to great effect taking his limit catch weighing in at 14lb 8oz. Paul also returned several more fishing right on the boundary above the sailing club. After last weeks success Richard Abbott and son fished on the exposed beach in the corner of the Dam to net another limit catch by lunch time. Richard used ledgered pink and chartreuse PowerBait eggs and says success was down to using a longer trace. In front of Hunter House is still one of the hotspots and anglers should find the walk well worth the effort as Jim Sherriff found catching his eight fish from that spot. Paul Moore from Sunniside also fished this spot Saturday taking the latest tagged fish and £200 cash prize with orange PowerBait eggs proving the ideal combination with his ledgered rig.

 

PLEASE NOTE – we have an outstanding balance of 8 tagged fish in the reservoir at the moment! Good luck

 

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free    

 

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Best flies: Black Fritz, Soldier Muddler, Daddy-long-legs, White Zonker

 

Best baits: Ledgered PowerBait in various colours, spinning with silver/gold Mepps

 

Best areas: Hunter House, Dam Wall beach, west of sailing club, meadow

 

Ranger office: 01207 255250

 

Ranger:  Steven Bisset

 Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 20 August 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

209

Number of trout taken - week

494

Number of trout returned - week

5

Total number of trout caught - week

499

Rod average - week

2.4

Best trout - week

9lb 8oz 

Number of fish re-stocked

900

Total number of anglers to date

5,283

Total number of fish caught to date

16,142

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3.05

 

Fishery Headline:                              Good Abbotts!

 

Two days are never the same during the summer months at Derwent reservoir. One day anglers will struggle to record a single fish, however the following day can see exceptional sport. Richard Abbott enjoyed a week to remember taking three catch limits near the disabled platform on the newly exposed beach using ledgered PowerBait of various colours. Lighted winds have seen fish rising across the reservoir with huge hatches of heather fly and midge on the menu. Is has been noticeably cooler on a night of late and this has resulted in a fall in water temperature and sport, as a result, has improved throughout the week. Even Pow Hill, which has struggled of late, has seen some much better action with Hunter House continuing to be the number one destination for bait anglers. Fly angler found fish well spread and anglers have located some large shoals at both Millshields and on the meadow. With continuing stocking of around 900 fish per week we have seen a large head of fish build up over the summer months which at some point will lead to a big spike in road averages. It’s all set up for an exciting autumn!

 

PLEASE NOTE – we have an outstanding balance of nine tagged fish in the reservoir at the moment! Good luck

 

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free    

 

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Best flies: Daddy, Muddler, Humungus, Bibio, hoppers, small dry flies

 

Best baits: Yellow Mice-tails with Magic Dust/Garlic Trout Dip, copper or sliver Toby

 

Best areas: Dam Wall, Murray’s Point, Meadow, Millshields, first fence

 

Ranger office: 01207 255 250

 

Ranger: Christopher Hodgson

 

Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 13 August 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

249

Number of trout taken - week

555

Number of trout returned - week

13

Total number of trout caught - week

568

Rod average - week

2.3

Best trout - week

3lb 

Number of fish re-stocked

600

Total number of anglers to date

5,074

Total number of fish caught to date

15,643

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3.08

 

Fishery Headline:                              Rae of light!

 

Another unpredictable week although the sport has began to slowly improve as cooler nights signify the beckoning autumn. The Dam Wall is one area which produced some consistent catches throughout the week as the deeper water continues to harbour larger quantities of much bigger fish. This is especially the case on an evening when the Dam area has come alive with hatching flies from the block work and a feeding frenzy has ensued. Any anglers targeting these rising fish had success on both fly and multi bait as Chris Munro and his son can vouch taking four fish on a credit cruncher permit in quick succession late in the evening midweek. Weekend anglers also saw better catches with the south shore from the Dam to the second fence producing good sport. The youngsters have been in top form with eight year old Steven Rae from Hamsterly Mill landing a cracking 3lb rainbow from this area using ledgered rainbow PowerBait paste. Six year old Ava and 10 year old Ben Fletcher from Consett shared four between them fishing next to the second fence Saturday as heavy showers seemed to encourage the fish into shallower water to feed. It’s brilliant to see the next generation getting stuck in, well done from Derwent Ranger team!

 

PLEASE NOTE – we have an outstanding balance of nine tagged fish in the reservoir at the moment! Good luck

 

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free    

 

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Best flies: Daddy, Muddler, Humungus, Bibio, hoppers, small dry flies

 

Best baits: Orange Mice-tails with Magic Dust/Garlic Trout Dip, copper or sliver Toby

 

Best areas: Dam Wall, Murray’s Point, Meadow, Millshields, first fence

 

Ranger office:

01207 255 250

 

 

Ranger: Christopher Hodgson

 Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 06 August 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

209

Number of trout taken - week

413

Number of trout returned - week

25

Total number of trout caught - week

438

Rod average - week

2.1

Best trout - week

3lb 8oz

Number of fish re-stocked

900

Total number of anglers to date

4,825

Total number of fish caught to date

15,075

Largest trout of the season so far

10 lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3.12

 

Fishery Headline:                             Points and Peninsulas key to success

 

Fishing has been very unpredictable with some days seeing very few fish caught where as the following day sport would drastically improve. This is the case every year and July and August continue to live up to their reputation as very difficult months to fish. However, anglers who are willing to fish light, keep on the move and hunt out the fish are having most success. Fishing from peninsulas where anglers can access deeper, more oxygenated water are also having success with Hunter House, Murray’s Point, Millshields and the meadow all offering fish. With another 900 fish stocked including dozens of blues, we expect at some point soon we will have a bumper week and see a big spike in rod averages as autumn begins and the large head of fish built up over the summer begin to appear.  

 

PLEASE NOTE – we have an outstanding balance of nine tagged fish in the reservoir at the moment! Good luck

 

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free    

 

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Best flies: Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, Daddy, Muddler, Humungus

 

Best baits: Orange Mice-tails with Magic Dust/Garlic Trout Dip mixture, copper or sliver Toby

 

Best areas: Hunter House, Murray’s Point, Meadow, Millshields

 

Ranger office:

01207 255 250

 

Ranger: Christopher Hodgson

 

 

Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 30 July 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

203

Number of trout taken - week

424

Number of trout returned - week

9

Total number of trout caught - week

433

Rod average - week

2.1

Best trout - week

9lb 12oz

Number of fish re-stocked

900

Total number of anglers to date

4,616

Total number of fish caught to date

14,637

Largest trout of the season so far

10lb 3oz

Seasonal rod average

3.10

 

Fishery Headline:                             Magic Mark

 


 

 

 

It’s been another week of mixed fortunes with some anglers catching their limits in hours whilst other groups catching very little. This typifies summer trout fishing and is why we highlight the importance of trying to move around and search out fish rather than remaining stationery. Due to high water temperatures fish become lethargic and will remain very stationery most days and normally more active early and late in the day. Some good catches were recorded from deeper areas especially although on wet and windy day fish are being caught in most areas as the water is stirred up and fish become more active.

 

 

 

Mark Teasdale and the family caught one of the best fish of the season Saturday near the disabled platform. This cracker pushed the scales to 9lb 12oz and was caught on PowerBait and was one of the best conditioned fish we’ve seen this season. Jonny Croker from Crook also had a good session near Hunter House taking six fish in quick succession for 13lb. We continue to stock 900 fish per week over the summer months and with only half this number caught this week we continue to build a large head of fish in the reservoir which at some tipping point will create some brilliant sport for those that persevere and utilise all the tactics and techniques available!

 

PLEASE NOTE – we have an outstanding balance of nine tagged fish in the reservoir at the moment! Good luck

 

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free    

 

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Best flies: Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, Daddy, Muddler, Humungus

Best baits: Orange PowerBait eggs with Magic Dust/ Trout Dip mixture, copper or sliver Toby

 

Best areas: Hunter House, first fence to the dam corner, Meadow, Millshields

 

Ranger office:

01207 255 250

 

Ranger: Christopher Hodgson

 
 
Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)
                                            Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

Weekending: 16 July 2017

Number of anglers - week
185
Number of trout taken - week
552
Number of trout returned - week
31
Total number of trout caught - week
583
Rod average - week
3.0
Best trout - week
7lb  3oz
Number of fish re-stocked
750
Total number of anglers to date
4,255
Total number of fish caught to date
13,734
Largest trout of the season so far
10 lb 3oz
Seasonal rod average
3.2

Fishery Headline:  Gary lands £200 trout

After a wet start to the week the fishing really took off mid week with Mr S McMurray netting the best fish of the week at 7lb 3oz taken on fly from Cronkley. Other fly anglers reported seeing fish rising in large numbers at times and regular Paul Bradley took full advantage netting 19 quality rainbows in a session. Paul returned later in the week landing 8 fish for 17lb 8oz, he also returned a further 5. Another fly angler taking advantage of the moment caught and returned 24 using a home tied mini Zonker from the North bank. Garry Thompson from Stanley hooked and landed a fish on his second cast on Sunday on a cut throat Zonker from the spillway. The rainbow was one our blue tagged rainbows winning a delighted Gary £200. Fishing friends W Carr and L Wilkin fished together beside the stream on the south side with Mr Carr recording an 8 fish limit for 16lb 8oz whilst his friend only managed a single fish, proving it can be a funny old game. Ledgering remains the top bait method although more fish are starting to be caught in the upper water layers using float fished worm with a single pink PowerBait egg, as long as the cloud cover remains. A few more fish have been caught in the Pow Hill area this week although the shallows to the left remain quiet. This week sees the first of five lorry loads of quality spring water reared rainbows from one of the very best suppliers in the country so the current excellent sport should continue over the summer holiday period.

Please note: Parking for anglers is free     

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Best flies: Small Olive or Black Zonker, Goldhead Fritz patterns
Best baits: Ledgered Powerbait Eggs, Float Fished Worm and PowerBait egg Cocktail, Silver Toby
Best areas: Bait – Either side of the stream, Second Fence to the Oak Tree Cronkley, North shore

Ranger office: 01207 255250

Ranger:  
Steven Bisset
 
Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)
                                            Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

Weekending: 09 July 2017

Number of anglers - week
203
Number of trout taken - week
496
Number of trout returned - week
19
Total number of trout caught - week
515
Rod average - week
2.5
Best trout - week
3lb
Number of fish re-stocked
600
Total number of anglers to date
4,063
Total number of fish caught to date
13,151
Largest trout of the season so far
9lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average
3.2

Fishery Headline:         Ernest earns catch of the week!

A mixed week saw a slow start give way to good fishing from midweek only to quieten down again with brighter weather at the weekend. Fly anglers again faired well with regular angler Ernest Mosey winkling out another 14 fish, taking eight and returning six, this time from the meadow using a home tied Olive Fritz with an amber tail. Another fly angler amongst the fish was Brian Hardy who also took an eight fish limit catch from the same area using a orange tailed Black Fritz. Both gents found the fish in the top metre of water using a slow retrieve. With little fly life about at the moment lures are producing best returns but throughout July anglers need to look out for a sudden fall of flying ants which can produce explosive but short lived action and a suitable flying ant pattern should be in every anglers box. Bait anglers are finding the fish prefer to stay around the deeper water towards the Dam end of the reservoir whilst the shallow areas around Pow Hill are only producing an odd fish or two with the exception at Hunter House where Jim Sherriff had his limit catch by lunch time using ledgered PowerBait eggs. The majority of fish are falling to various ledger methods using PowerBait with a swim feeder to add extra scent around the bait, although on an overcast day float fished worm or spinning, using a Toby type lure, has produced a number of nice fish. Following the inclusion of five tagged fish in a recent stocking we have yet to see any caught so ensure you enter the sweep!

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free     

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Best flies: Olive or black fritz variants, Cat’s Whisker, Muddler

Best baits: ledgered PowerBait sparkle eggs with Magic Dust/ Trout Dip mixture, copper or sliver Toby

Best areas: Oak tree, first fence to the dam corner, Meadow, Millshields

Ranger office:
01207 255 250

Ranger: Steven Bisset
 
Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)
                                            Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing
 
Weekending: 02 July 2017
 
Number of anglers - week
139
Number of trout taken - week
364
Number of trout returned - week
19
Total number of trout caught - week
383
Rod average - week
2.8
Best trout - week
3 lb  
Number of fish re-stocked
500
Total number of anglers to date
3,860
Total number of fish caught to date
12,636
Largest trout of the season so far
9lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average
3.27
 
Fishery Headline:             Bob equals season best!
 
Fortune favours the brave as they say and despite the foul weather Paul Bradley from Shotley Bridge braved the conditions on Tuesday and had a fantastic day on the fly. Paul managed to catch all species in the reservoir. In a truly mixed catch he netted a total of 12 rainbows, returning four, three roach, one perch and one brown trout! Paul took his fish from the Meadow along to the Dam. Millshields point is still holding a lot of fish and Mr. E Mosey took his limit from here as did Paul Bradley also returning a further four fish. Bait anglers are finding that the best catches are coming from the Oak Tree to the Dam while Pow Hill and the shallows west of there are only producing a few fish. That said, the biggest of the season was landed there at the weekend by Bob Stewart, from Ferryhill, using ledgered orange and chartreuse PowerBait Mice-tails to net a fully finned 9lb 4oz rainbow. Well done Bob!
 
NEWSFLASH – Five tagged fish will be added this week
 
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Best flies: Olive Nomad, Cat’s Whisker, White Zonker, Soldier Palmer Muddler
 
Best baits: Ledgered pink or chartreuse and orange mixed PowerBait eggs, orange/chartreuse PowerBait Mice-tail always with a swim feeder and Magic Dust for added scent and attraction        
 
Best areas:           Bait – Oak tree, either side of the first fence, Hunter House
     Fly – Millshield point, Meadow to Cronkley
 
Ranger office:
01207 255 250
 
Ranger: Steven Bisset
 
 
 
Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)
                                            Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing
 
Weekending: 25 June 2017
 
Number of anglers - week
183
Number of trout taken - week
417
Number of trout returned - week
43
Total number of trout caught - week
460
Rod average - week
2.5
Best trout - week
3 lb  
Number of fish re-stocked
600
Total number of anglers to date
3,721
Total number of fish caught to date
12,253
Largest trout of the season so far
8lb 11oz
Seasonal rod average
3.29
 
Fishery Headline:             Doug nets Percy Hedley prize
 
Inclement summer weather yet again dominated proceeding, however when the wind dropped some great sport was on offer in the much cooler conditions. Michael Cottrell from Blaydon was lucky enough to catch a tagged fish on his very first visit. He netted the £200 prize money using a copper Mepps spinner and was one of a seven fish catch Friday. Areas near the Dam have fished very well all week as the strong westerly winds have forced fish in these eastern extremities of the reservoir. Derwent held a charity competition Saturday with over £500 raised for The Percy Hedley Foundation. Conditions were a challenge but lots of fish were caught and a rod average over 3.6 fish per angler was recorded. The full results from the charity competition were: 1st Doug Pearson 14lb 3oz, 2nd Derek Hodgson 12lb 7oz and 3rd Wayne Ferguson 11lb 13oz. Doug Pearson had the heaviest fish at 2lb 8oz. A big thank you goes to all those who entered and made the day a great success.
 
NEWSFLASH – Due to the Tour of the Reservoir cycle race the Dam Wall car parks will be closed for anglers at the weekend. All other areas are open as usual.
 
Please note: Parking for all anglers is free     
 
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Best flies: Black Fritz, Orange blob, Shuttlecock Buzzer, Bibio, Black Pennell, Zulu
 
Best baits: Orange PowerBait eggs or chartreuse/orange Mice-tails. Small Toby and Mepps spinners.
 
Best areas: From the Dam to the second fence; north shore, Meadow
 
Ranger office:
01207 255250
 
Ranger:
Chris Hodgson
 
 
 
 
Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)
                                            Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing
 
Weekending: 18 June 2017
 
Number of anglers - week
228
Number of trout taken - week
587
Number of trout returned - week
24
Total number of trout caught - week
611
Rod average - week
2.7
Best trout - week
3lb
Number of fish re-stocked
600
Total number of anglers to date
3,538
Total number of fish caught to date
11,793
Largest trout of the season so far
8lb 11oz
Seasonal rod average
3.3
 
Fishery Headline:         Derek the King Fisher
 
Sport was rather unpredictable and despite the hot sunshine we have seen some excellent catches. We were visited Saturday by Ashington Kingfishers who held their annual competition and fished various locations in the beating sun! They eventually focused their attention on the south corner of the Dam Wall where several of the group located a shoal and around 35 fish were netted in quick succession. Indeed, this was where the First and Second place anglers Derek Johnstone (First) and Scott Nellins (Second) both took their limit catches. Fly anglers have focused on two hotspots, one at Millshields point and the other on the north banks along from the Tower. A variety of flies have worked well depending entirely on the conditions, time of day and wind direction. Fish have been caught pulling lures, drifting nymphs, sub surface wets and dry flies – so a little in their for every angler! Bait anglers found deeper areas a must with Pow Hill too shallow for bright, hot days. With several tagged fish still up for grabs we should see some jackpot hunters on the banks in the next few days looking for those £200 bounties.
 
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Best flies: Black Fritz, Orange blob, Shuttlecock Buzzer, Brown Hopper, Daddy Long Legs, Bibio, Black Pennell, Zulu
 
Best baits: Orange PowerBait eggs or chartreuse/orange Mice-tails. Small Toby and Mepps spinners.
 
Best areas: From the Dam to the second fence; north shore, Millshields Point
 
Ranger office:
01207 255250
 
Ranger:
Chris Hodgson
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)
                                            Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

Weekending: 28 May 2017

Number of anglers - week    315
Number of trout taken - week    1,098
Number of trout returned - week    47
Total number of trout caught - week    1,145
Rod average - week    3.6
Best trout - week    8lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked    1,000
Total number of anglers to date    2,904
Total number of fish caught to date    9,763
Largest trout of the season so far    8lb 11oz
Seasonal rod average    3.4

Fishery Headline:             East is now best!

Angling took off this week with the rod average reaching a staggering seven fish per angler at the beginning of the week! The rising thermometer encouraged insect life to hatch and the trout responded accordingly with fish seen rising in all areas of the reservoir. The rising temperature also served to warm the shallows around the Pow Hill area which have been so productive so far this season. This resulted in fish moving towards deeper water at the Dam and providing excellent sport near the first fence and disabled platform. This was reflected in the weekly rod average with 32 anglers taking a full limit catch. John Ackerman netted the fish of the week in the heat Friday taking a cracking 8lb 8oz rainbow next to the Tower on a Black Fritz, just 3oz short of the seasons’ best fish. Mr Ackerman also reported losing an even bigger fish in the same area before completing his eight fish catch limit. Multi bait anglers had great sport ledgering various PowerBait and spinning tactics with fish also reported taking float fished baits, which bodes well for the coming weeks.

NEWSFLASH – Double stocking this week including three more tagged fish!

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Best flies: Black fritz, Orange blob, Shuttlecock Buzzer

Best baits: Ledgered orange PowerBait eggs or chartreuse/orange Mice-tails. Small Toby and Mepps spinners.

Best areas: From the Dam to the second fence; north shore, the Meadow and Millshield

Ranger office:
01207 255250

Ranger:
Steven Bisset
 
 
 
 
 
Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)
                                            Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

Weekending: 14 May 2017

Number of anglers - week    227
Number of trout taken - week    661
Number of trout returned - week    37
Total number of trout caught - week    698
Rod average - week    3.1
Best trout - week     4lb 12oz
Number of fish re-stocked    810
Total number of anglers to date    2,378
Total number of fish caught to date    7,750
Largest trout of the season so far    8lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average    3.25

Fishery Headline:             Big fish beat anglers – so far!

The first notable fly hatch of the year started this week with the appearance of the hawthorn fly along with huge numbers of a black gnat type fly which had the trout splashing with excitement on the surface. This was most noticeable when the winds eased and a near flat calm descended on the reservoir early in the week and large splashy rises indicated fish gulping down this early season bonanza. The correct dry fly pattern was bringing instant results whilst traditional wet flies such as a Kate McLaren drifted round on breezier days usually resulted in a tight line. This should continue well into this week so why not try an afternoon permit and ensure you don’t miss this annual event! Multi bait anglers are still returning limit catches from the Hunter House area, mostly to ledger methods, although catches to float fished worm are increasing. The marks either side of the first fence remain as popular as ever and have also fished well this week. Keith Maxwell from Ovingham used ledgered tactics and chartreuse and orange PowerBait eggs with a feeder full of Magic Dust in this area and took a fine eight fish limit catch topped off with the latest £200 tagged fish, Keith’s smile was nearly as wide as the Dam Wall! This week saw the introduction of some muscular double figure fish which, at the time of writing, still remain uncaught. Could you land one?

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Best flies: Hawthorn patterns both dry & wet, Black Gnat, Kate McLaren, Black Pennell, Cat’s Whisker

Best baits: Ledgered mixed colours PowerBait eggs and feeder method, float fished worm and PowerBait cocktail   

Best areas:       Bait –    Pow Hill to Hunter House, first to second fence
Fly –     Millshield to Henry’s Plantation, west of the sailing club

Ranger office: 01207 255250

Ranger: Steven Bisset
 
 
Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)
                                            Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

Weekending: 07 May 2017

Number of anglers - week    255
Number of trout taken - week    653
Number of trout returned - week    33
Total number of trout caught - week    686
Rod average - week    2.7
Best trout - week     5lb
Number of fish re-stocked    700
Total number of anglers to date    2,151
Total number of fish caught to date    7,052
Largest trout of the season so far    8lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average    3.20

Fishery Headline:            Hunter House hotspot   

The cold east wind dominated proceedings for much of the week and reinforced the continued ‘west is best’ sport of recent weeks. Despite this, a healthy rod average of almost three fish per angler was achieved with Saturday the stand out day with lighter winds and good action in most areas. This included the first fence area where almost all anglers took limit catches of up to 18lb with ledgered Mice-tails continuing to be the most consistent bait. However, Hunter House is the must go to place at the moment with almost every angler taking a limit catch from the point throughout the week. Fly anglers were few and far between in such cold conditions although those who did venture out found fish keen to take on the shoulders of the Bay of Plenty and west of the Sailing club. A variety of methods have been working and anglers obviously need to adapt to the conditions, that said, the trustee intermediate line and black or orange Fritz does seem the most consistent. 

NEWSFLASH – More double figure fish being introduced this week!

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Orange Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, Black Fritz, Bibio, Black and Peacock, Black Pennell, Black Midge, Black Buzzer

Best baits: Mice-tails in orange/white and chartreuse/red with Trout Dip

Best areas: Hunter House, Pow Hill, Sailing club, Bay of Plenty

Ranger office: 01207 255250

Ranger: Chris Hodgson
 
 
 
 Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)
                                            Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

Weekending: 30 April 2017

Number of anglers - week    151
Number of trout taken - week    404
Number of trout returned - week    32
Total number of trout caught - week    436
Rod average - week    2.7
Best trout - week     3lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked    900
Total number of anglers to date    1,896
Total number of fish caught to date    6,366
Largest trout of the season so far    8lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average    3.55

Fishery Headline:            West is best!

Fish continue to defy the ranger’s efforts and insist on swimming west onto the shallow banks at Hunter House and west of the Sailing club. This is despite 900 fish being stocked near the Dam Wall and shows the powerful draw of the warmer, shallow areas where fish can feed in more comfort. Anglers who took the advice from the ranger team were not disappointed with some catches of up to 20lb taken off Hunter House point and from in front of the house. Ledgered Mice-tails has been the top bait all week and would appear that the extra movement of this bait is attracting more fish. Wayne Jobling took the heaviest fish of the week at just under 4lb. However, it was the tail of lost big fish over the weekend. Several anglers were snapped and one was lost at the net at Hunter House estimated to be in double figures. These big fish are proving quite a challenge to land and anglers must be prepared with a well set rig, strong knots and a well set reel clutch. Fly anglers again found most fish around Millshields and the sailing club although at the weekend the meadow fished well with intermediate lines and a bright lure an ideal offering. Paul Dunn from Shotley Bridge combined these methods perfectly to net a nice eight fish catch for 17lb. As water temperatures gradually rise we expect this fish to spread more evenly around the reservoir but until then, remember; west is best!

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Orange Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, Black Fritz, Bibio, Black and Peacock, Black Pennell, Black Midge, Black Buzzer

Best baits: Mice-tails in orange/white and chartreuse/red with Trout Dip

Best areas: Hunter House, Pow Hill, Sailing club, Bay of Plenty, meadow

Ranger office: 01207 255250

Ranger: Chris Hodgson

 
 
 
 
Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)
                                            Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

Weekending: 23 April 2017

Number of anglers - week    250
Number of trout taken - week    902
Number of trout returned - week    36
Total number of trout caught - week    938
Rod average - week    3.2
Best trout - week     8lb 4oz
Number of fish re-stocked    900
Total number of anglers to date    1,736
Total number of fish caught to date    5,930
Largest trout of the season so far    9lb
Seasonal rod average    3.41

Fishery Headline:            Reid nets corker!

It was a week of west is best at Derwent with the shallow areas of the reservoir continuing to see fish congregate. As a result the bank from Pow Hill to Hunter House and west of the Sailing club was particularly successful. David Reid caught the best fish of the week with a cracking 8lb 4oz rainbow from Hunter House point. The fish took orange PowerBait eggs and maggot in a feeder and is one of about 10 this size stocked so far this season. David was only 12oz from breaking the record for the season with 9lb still to beat! On the fly Richard Abbott had a good day around Millshields and the Sailing club with fish taking a Cat’s Whisker on an intermediate line. With fish now well spread we are seeing more consistent sport from most areas with bait anglers finding Mice-tails on the ledger the best bait, especially when dipped in garlic Trout Dip! Fly anglers are finding fish taking a variety of flies, especially considering we have seen a massive buzzer and midge hatch this week which should start to bring fish to the surface.

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Montana, Black Pennell, Black Midge, Black Buzzer

Best baits: Mice-tails in orange/white and chartreuse/red with Trout Dip

Best areas: Hunter House, Pow Hill, Oak Tree; Sailing club, Bay of Plenty

Ranger office: 01207 255250

Ranger: Chris Hodgson
 
 
Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)
                                            Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

Weekending: 16 April 2017

Number of anglers - week    227
Number of trout taken - week    788
Number of trout returned - week    48
Total number of trout caught - week    836
Rod average - week    3.7
Best trout - week    9lb
Number of fish re-stocked    1,350
Total number of anglers to date    1,444
Total number of fish caught to date    4,992
Largest trout of the season so far    9lb
Seasonal rod average    3.5

Fishery Headline:            Lucky Doug

Strong winds have hampered fishing effort at times, especially mid week but this has not deterred our hardy customers who returned some excellent catches including the season’s heaviest rainbow trout at 9lb. Mr. J Hall used ledgered pink PowerBait eggs to land the fish and set the target for the season. Another angler in the pink was Douglas Pearson who used ledgered PowerBait eggs to net his second fish of the day which also carried a blue tag worth a very nice £200. The point at Hunter House remains the number one bait fishing mark as anglers constantly return eight fish limits with Pow Hill fence and the second fence to Murray’s Point a close second. Ledgering Mice-tails is still the favoured method with spinning just starting to return occasional good catches. This will improve as water temperatures rise and fish are more inclined to chase. Mixing Magic Dust with one of the PowerBait Trout Dips is a great tip to attract fish to your bait. Fly anglers are reporting large numbers of fish west of the sailing club and in and around the Bay of Plenty. Mr. P Emerson had the wind limiting the distance he could cast but still managed to return 12 good rainbows on a chain bead Viva, whilst Mr. D Storey caught and returned 27 from the Bay of Plenty.

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Best flies: Viva Fritz Goldhead, Cat’s Whisker, Black Pennell, Black buzzer

Best baits: Ledgered pink or chartreuse PowerBait eggs and Magic Dust in a feeder. Yellow/Orange Mice-tails on ledger. Spinning using a copper or silver Toby type lure

Best areas: Hunter House, Pow Hill, west of the sailing club

Ranger office:
01207 255250

Ranger:  Steven Bisset

 
 
 

Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)

                                                  Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

 

Weekending: 09 April 2017

 

Number of anglers - week

290

Number of trout taken - week

866

Number of trout returned - week

56

Total number of trout caught - week

922

Rod average - week

3.2

Best trout - week

5lb 8oz

Number of fish re-stocked

750

Total number of anglers to date

1,217

Total number of fish caught to date

4,156

Largest trout of the season so far

6lb 12oz

Seasonal rod average

3.4

 

Fishery Headline:      Simmond’s persistence pays!

 

We have seen yet another productive week at the fishery, which enjoyed some fine spring weather and good returns. Large shoals of fish are regularly patrolling the shore line and are tending to stay in the shallower areas warmed by the sun. This can mean a wait of several hours until the shoal passes your swim; but when it does be prepared for quick fire action. One dad, fishing alongside his two young sons had landed just the one fish through the morning but then managed seven in 45 minutes in the afternoon as a large shoal moved into his swim. The more adventurous angler might want to go in search of the fish which is just what Mr Simmonds did very successfully. Commenting afterwards, he said it was one of the best days he’d had as after a fruitless morning, netting just one at Millshields. However, he kept on the move, trying Henry’s Plantation and the Meadow, before hitting on a large shoal above the sailing club where he was getting a fish every other cast. Hunter House point continues to produce limit catches for those prepared to walk, along with the Oak tree these are two must visit areas. Massive hatches of small midges mid week had the fish on or near the surface and many bottom fishing anglers failed to read the signs and switch to a float consequently missing out on some potential explosive action.

Best trout of the week was netted by Ian Dufferniel on ledgered PowerBait.

 

NEWSFLASH – Treble stocking of well over 1,000 fish for the Easter weekend!

 

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Red Montana, mini fritz/blobs in various colours, Black Pennell

 

Best baits: Ledgered PowerBait pink eggs, Mice-tails in orange/white and chartreuse/red

 

Best areas: Hunter House, Pow Hill, Oak Tree; Sailing club, Bay of Plenty

 

Ranger office: 01207 255250

 

Ranger: Steven Bisset

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Fishery:  Derwent reservoir   Size:  1000 acres (405h), Max Depth 100 feet (31m)
                                            Grid Ref: NZ029 518 (For Internet Satellite Viewing

Weekending: 26 March 2017

Number of anglers - week    215
Number of trout taken - week    621
Number of trout returned - week    51
Total number of trout caught - week    672
Rod average - week    3.1
Best trout - week    4lb
Number of fish re-stocked    900
Total number of anglers to date    649
Total number of fish caught to date    2,224
Largest trout of the season so far    6lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average    3.4

Fishery Headline:      Mixed Fortunes
            
It’s been a period of mixed fortunes with the early part of the week seeing fish regularly netted from all around the reservoir. A return to winter midweek saw several inches of snow fall and the fishery close however spring returned for the weekend and by Saturday shirt sleeves were the order of the day. The fish are still seeking out sun warmed shallow water and those anglers that stay out of the water and cast short cast are enjoying the best of the sport. The South shore is producing limit catches on a regular basis from Pow Hill through the shallows to Hunters Point. Fishing in this area all three members of the Chilvers family each recorded 8 fish limit catches to 18lb. On the North shore, the Bay of Plenty, including the points at either side has seen a good early season buzzer hatch which is concentrating the fish in this area. The top fly tactics was to use mini lures on an intermediate line or a team of buzzers on a floating line with a long leader. Josh Fenton used these tactics to record a fine 8 fish limit returning four more. One other angler amongst the fish was Jim Cutmore, from West Cornforth, who was delighted to net a £200 tagged rainbow using worm and Blue PowerBait paste next to the first fence.

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Best flies: Mini beaded fritz in black or white, Cats whiskers, Dawson’s olive, Bibio

Best baits: Ledgered PowerBait eggs in chartreuse or orange, PowerBait Mice Tails in orange silver/chartreuse and magic dust in a feeder

Best areas: South shore first and second fences, and Pow Hill to Hunters Point. North shore, Bay of Plenty, Millshield point

Ranger office:
01207 255250

Ranger:  Steven Bisset

 

Last Updated on Monday, 04 December 2017 14:53