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Fontburn

2017

                                                                                                          01669 621368 

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                                                        Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 15 October 2017

                       

Number of anglers – week

95

Number of trout taken – week

173

Number of trout returned – week

0

Total number of trout caught - week

173

Rod average – week

1.82

Best trout – week

4lb

Number of fish re-stocked

250

Total number of anglers to date

3,607

Total number of fish caught to date

10,076

Largest trout of the season so far

6lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

2.79

 

Fishery Headline:                               Geordie Clark steals the show

 

Excellent autumn conditions prevailed this week interspersed with occasional blustery showers. Water levels remain around 10 feet below top water with water temperatures hovering around the 12 degree mark. Fish for the most part have followed any prevailing breezes and anglers fishing into the wind have seen the most productive sessions. Best areas could change rapidly as wind directions varied day by day with the south shore bay productive as north westerly breezes pushed down the reservoir whilst the north bank benefitted in the more frequent southerly and south westerly winds. Off the bottom was the optimal tactic with a feeder rig assisting to keep active fish within range. Fish of the week was a 4lb beauty landed by Mr. M Ross, the best of his limit catch of rainbows, totalling 14lb 8oz. Geordie Clark fished a feeder set up with PowerBait egg hook-bait in the north shore bay to claim honours for the heaviest catch of the week with eight rainbows totalling 15lb 12oz. Mr. R Lansbury and Mr. P Sloan also read the conditions and got tactics spot on to each record limit catches rainbows weighing in at 14lb 1oz and 12lb respectively.

 

NEWS FLASH: The next two tagged fish caught at Fontburn will earn a £400 prize each, provided the lucky angler has entered the sweep and paid their £1 stake.

 

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free

 

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Best flies: Claret Hopper, Grey Mini Wulff, Hare’s Ear Depth Charge, Silver Invicta

 

Best Baits: Chartreuse PowerBait eggs, swim feeder with Magic Dust

 

Best areas: North shore bay, South shore bay

 

Ranger office: 01669 621368

 

 

Ranger: Steve Catlin

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                                                        Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 08 October 2017

                       

Number of anglers – week

74

Number of trout taken – week

162

Number of trout returned – week

33

Total number of trout caught - week

195

Rod average – week

2.6

Best trout – week

4lb 2oz

Number of fish re-stocked

300

Total number of anglers to date

3,512

Total number of fish caught to date

9,903

Largest trout of the season so far

6lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

2.8

 

Fishery Headline:                              Tony Leads the Weigh!

 

Another week of mild yet at times blustery autumnal weather saw water temperatures remain at optimum levels. As a result large shoals of fish were seemingly content to feed for prolonged periods and overall it was a superb week for our anglers. As ever it was those who fished the conditions, often braving strong westerly winds that reaped the rewards. The weekend indefinitely saw some ‘reel’ highlights with a well attended Sunday seeing a host of limit catches along with one or two juniors stealing the show. Indeed, recent headline maker and junior bait angler Kacy Halliwell was at it again on Sunday, weighing in four fish with a 3lb 2oz top trout. Kacy moved banks to fish into the wind from the Dam Wall and immediately struck her best fish much to her delight. She opted for a simple ledger rig and made things look all too easy to those around her. John Hunter also enjoyed his Sunday as the experienced bait angler had seven fish by 9:30am and went on to weigh in nine fish during a memorable double permit session. Tony Middleton certainly had a day to remember during some unsettled conditions on Saturday. Tony recorded four fish with the standout and week’s best a 4lb 2oz Fontburn reared rainbow trout. The early part of the week also saw some brilliant sport with last weeks tagged trout winner Sin (Jimmy) Hui back for more along with fishing partner Steven Vivian. Both eventually weighed in their eight fish catch limits, making light of the strong westerly winds that dominated proceedings throughout the week.

 

NEWS FLASH: The next two tagged fish caught at Fontburn will earn a £400 prize each, provided the lucky angler has entered the sweep and paid their £1 stake.

 

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free

 

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Best flies: Daddy, orange fritz and white muddler

Best Baits: Pink PowerBait eggs and garlic trout dip

Best areas: North shore bay

 

Ranger office: 01669 621368

 

 

Ranger: Steve Gillott

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                                                        Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 01 October 2017

                       

Number of anglers – week

104

Number of trout taken – week

271

Number of trout returned – week

4

Total number of trout caught - week

275

Rod average – week

2.64

Best trout – week

4lb

Number of fish re-stocked

280

Total number of anglers to date

3,438

Total number of fish caught to date

9,708

Largest trout of the season so far

6lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

2.82

 

Fishery Headline:      Sin Yeun Hui lands tagged fish on lucky last cast!

 

Optimal autumn conditions continued to see excellent sport with fish actively feeding for the majority of the week with limit catches recorded most days. However, as the end of the week brought wetter and windier conditions rod averages dropped as the stormy conditions set in. Feeder and Magic Dust rigs with PowerBait hook-baits were the most productive tactics whilst the north shore middle section and bay witnessed feeding shoals following the south westerly breezes. Regulars Mick Keen and Jon Robinson signed out respectable catches of eight rainbows apiece totalling 13lb 8oz from the north shore burn and bay respectively. However, both were topped by Mr. D Briggs whose limit catch of rainbows weighing in at 14lb 12oz was the heaviest catch of the week. Fly angler John Brennand landed the ‘Fish of the Week’, a 4lb rainbow taken on an Orange Fritz pattern from the corner of the Dam Wall. Another tagged fish prize of £200 was paid out to Mr. SY Hui who, with six already brought to the net, called “last cast” around 4pm on Tuesday and was delighted to land lucky number seven carrying a tag to end the day on a high note. The prize winning fish was caught on a feeder set up with pink and white Mice-tail hook bait in the north shore bay.

 

NEWS FLASH: The next two tagged fish caught at Fontburn will earn a £400 prize each, provided the lucky angler has entered the sweep and paid their £1 stake.

 

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free

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Best flies: Orange Fritz, Grey Duster, GR Hares Ear

 

Best Baits: White and pink PowerBait Mice-tail

 

Best areas: North shore bay and middle section

 

Ranger office: 01669 621368

 

Ranger: Steve Catlin 

 

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                                                        Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 24 September 2017

                       

Number of anglers – week

80

Number of trout taken – week

257

Number of trout returned – week

5

Total number of trout caught - week

262

Rod average – week

3.3

Best trout – week

3lb 8oz

Number of fish re-stocked

350

Total number of anglers to date

3,334

Total number of fish caught to date

9,433

Largest trout of the season so far

6lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

2.83

 

Fishery Headline:                              Bright Spark

 

A mild September week saw the recent improved sport continue as fly and bait anglers made hay in some near perfect conditions. Shoals of fish continued to feed close in, chasing plentiful minnows and rising for some spectacular fly hatches. It was therefore no surprise that our fly anglers had such a good week, especially those matching patterns to the abundant insect life. It was regular angler Kenneth Spark who stole the show Friday, recording a total of 13 fish during a frenetic session in and around the north shore bay. Ken chose to fly and bait fish with his fly rod the most successful. His top eight trout eventually made their way to the scales and pushed the dial to the 16lb mark – superb stuff. Fellow fly enthusiast, John Lawton, also enjoyed the sport working hard on Wednesday to take home seven quality trout. John likes to mix and match his point fly but found his trusty Black Muddler was all he needed to reap the rewards.  Regular bait anglers John Robinson and Micky Martin both took advantage of some hungry shoals Saturday morning, recording eight fish limits by 2:30pm! Ledger rigs and trusty PowerBait combinations proved the winning formula. Mr. D Bell claimed the week’s heaviest fish again on Saturday, a 3lb 8oz specimen and part of a five fish haul. Overall the brilliant form looks set to continue as the incumbent mild air dominates the forecast over the coming seven days.  

 

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Best flies: Black Muddler and Daddy

 

Best Baits: Orange and pink PowerBait eggs

 

Best areas: North shore bay

 

Ranger office: 01669 621368

 

Ranger: Steve Gillott

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                                                        Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 17 September 2017

                       

Number of anglers – week

62

Number of trout taken – week

243

Number of trout returned – week

13

Total number of trout caught - week

256

Rod average – week

4.13

Best trout – week

3lb 8oz

Number of fish re-stocked

350

Total number of anglers to date

3,254

Total number of fish caught to date

9,171

Largest trout of the season so far

6lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

2.82

 

Fishery Headline:      John Lawton’s Damsel is not distressed!

 

Cooler nights kept water temperatures on the decline whilst sporadic showers maintained the reservoir level around 10 feet below top water. Sport improved consistently midweek with rod averages peaking above five fish per angler until a switch in wind direction to a north easterly as the weekend arrived. Those who fished the conditions continued to catch steadily, as demonstrated by the Halliwell family who set up in the south shore bay, fishing into the light breeze. All fish were caught following the currents and sisters Kacy and Miley used a wide variety of PowerBait to help the team make a catch of 11 rainbows totalling 17lb 1oz and a great day out for the whole family. Prior to the weekend it was the north shore which saw the bulk of the action with regulars Alan Bate and Sid Barnes both signing out limit catches of eight rainbows apiece weighing in at 14lb 8oz and 14lb respectively. Fish of the week was a 3lb 8oz beauty landed by Gareth Rickerton but it was John Lawton from Dinnington who made the outstanding catch of the week with a limit catch of eight rainbows totalling 10lb 4oz with a further 12 fish carefully returned. He was using a perfectly presented Olive Damsel wet fly and John’s catch also included a coveted tagged fish earning him a £200 payout. There are still ten tagged fish awaiting lucky anglers who are in it to win it, with guaranteed pay outs of £200 for those who land these highly prized fish!

 

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Best flies: Olive Damsel, Daddy, Gold Rib Hares’ Ear, Dunkeld

 

Best Baits: Ledgered orange PowerBait eggs, pink & white Mice-tail

 

Best areas: South shore bay and north shore mid-section

 

Ranger office: 01669 621368

 

 

Ranger: Steve Catlin

 

 

 

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                                                        Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 10 September 2017

                       

Number of anglers – week

62

Number of trout taken – week

217

Number of trout returned – week

9

Total number of trout caught - week

226

Rod average – week

3.64

Best trout – week

2lb 8oz

Number of fish re-stocked

350

Total number of anglers to date

3,192

Total number of fish caught to date

8,915

Largest trout of the season so far

6lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

2.79

 

Fishery Headline:      Rod average surges as fish move back into margins!

 

The reservoir has continued to drop steadily to around six feet below top water, opening up access to additional swims and providing more back-casting space for fly anglers. Similarly, cooler nights have lowered water temperatures and consequently fish are emerging in great numbers from the depths and are far more active in the margins as they seek available prey before the winter months set in. Specimen fish, which have been stocked continuously during the holidays, are taking a little longer to emerge. They may also be more wary of hook baits, so subtle tactics may be required to tempt these trophy fish! The return to form saw many anglers signing out limit catches as well as an increase in fly caught fish such as Simon Glover who made his catch of eight rainbows totalling 10lb 8oz with a further two fish released from a Black Nomad. Regular visitors and cousins Mick Keen and Rob Henderson had a tight competition between themselves as the scales judged a mere three ounce advantage in Rob’s limit catch of eight rainbows totalling 11lb 5oz compared to Mick’s 11lb 2oz limit catch, both made using feeder and PowerBait tactics. Other notable limit catches were recorded by Mr. R Batey and Alan Musgrave with total weights of 11lb 4oz and 11lb 8oz respectively.

 

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Best flies: Black Nomad, Daddies, Black Buzzer

 

Best Baits: Ledgered orange PowerBait eggs, float fished worm

 

Best areas: North shore bay and mid-section

 

Ranger office: 01669 621368

 

Ranger: Steve Catlin 

 

 

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                                                        Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 03 September 2017

                       

Number of anglers – week

141

Number of trout taken – week

217

Number of trout returned – week

0

Total number of trout caught - week

217

Rod average – week

1.54

Best trout – week

5lb

Number of fish re-stocked

350

Total number of anglers to date

3,130

Total number of fish caught to date

8,689

Largest trout of the season so far

6lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

2.78

 

Fishery Headline:                                           Gerry Leads the ‘Weigh’

 

A second consecutive week of improved sport as water temperatures continued to drop away on the back of prolonged cooler nights. Shoals of fish responded by moving back towards the margins and were happier to feed throughout the day. As a consequence rod averages were healthier over the course of the last seven days and this from a bumper attendance. Both Friday and Saturday proved to be the pick of the days with averages peaking at around three fish per angler. Both fly and bait anglers benefited from the improved conditions with lure patterns and those opting for a ledger rig tipped with a bright PowerBait recording the standout returns. It was regular fly angler Gerry McKever who weighed in the standalone fish of the week, a superb 5lb Fontburn reared specimen rainbow trout. Gerry alongside his wife Irene, who also recorded a 3lb 8oz beauty, were fishing the north shore mid-section. The dynamic duo found the going good, with the pair eventually taking seven fish home for a total weight exceeding the 16lb mark. Limit catches were back on the menu, with Simon Glover, Mr. M Keen and Mr. B Hall all maxing out their eight fish permits as the week progressed.   

 

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Best flies: Black Fritz.

 

Best Baits: Ledgered pink PowerBait eggs and bubble float fished worm

 

Best areas: North shore bay and mid-section

 

Ranger office: 01669 621368

 

Ranger: Steve Gillott

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                                                        Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 27 August 2017

                       

Number of anglers – week

101

Number of trout taken – week

110

Number of trout returned – week

18

Total number of trout caught - week

128

Rod average – week

1.27

Best trout – week

4lb 8oz

Number of fish re-stocked

350

Total number of anglers to date

2,989

Total number of fish caught to date

8,472

Largest trout of the season so far

6lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

2.83

 

Fishery Headline:                                          On the Up!

 

After several weeks of undeniably challenging sport, things began to pick up during the past seven days. Margin water temperatures dipped slightly, and consequently shoals of fish began to margin feed during some long summer days. As ever it was those anglers who heeded the prevailing conditions who had the most joy, and recorded the standout catches. Thursday was certainly a day to remember with rod averages spiking at over three fish per angler. Both Mr. J Pattinson and Mr. J Blake weighed in superb limit catches with the latter returning a further six fish to the reservoir from his trusty fly rod. Sunday bore witness to the individual catch of the week, a 4lb 8oz corker weighed in by a delighted Mr. M Robinson. He was fishing the north shore mid-section and his persistence and faith in his ledger rig paid off in quite some style. He was not alone: throughout the week a host of anglers, including regular bait angler Roy Athey, reported fish tipping the scales to beyond the 3lb mark - encouraging stuff! As we look forward to next week, water temperatures are expected to continue to fall in line with a cooler period of weather. This will undoubtedly encourage fish to move back into the margins, further improving the sport for our fly and bait anglers.  

 

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Best flies: Buzzers

 

Best Baits: Ledgered pink and orange PowerBait eggs

 

Best areas: North shore mid-section

 

Ranger office: 01669 621368

 

 

Ranger: Steve Gillott

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                                                        Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 20 August 2017

                       

Number of anglers – week

93

Number of trout taken – week

70

Number of trout returned – week

2

Total number of trout caught - week

102

Rod average – week

1.12

Best trout – week

3lb 8oz

Number of fish re-stocked

350

Total number of anglers to date

2,888

Total number of fish caught to date

8,374

Largest trout of the season so far

6lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

2.9

 

Fishery Headline:                  The boys are back in town

 

As water temperatures remained elevated and the reservoir at top water, locating shoals of feeding fish was a tricky prospect with the majority of the trout seemingly content to seek out cooler thermals and deeper water. As the week progressed, it was the anglers who regularly changed location and were prepared to regularly change tactic as well as setup who had the majority of the success. Tuesday saw rod averages spike to around three fish per angler and was the standout day of the week. Regular bait angler Ryan Mullen stole the show as he made hay ledgering in the north shore bay; Ryan recorded four top quality rainbow trout during a testing but rewarding session. Sunday also provided some noteworthy highlights and it was the bait angling boys who once again took the plaudits. Ashley Mortimer fishing alongside Tony Pattison, Steven McCredie and Dale Davison made it look easy during their short session, as they recorded eight decent trout between them. The gents all opted to ledger, with pink and orange PowerBait eggs the winning hook baits. Families too took advantage of the more settled conditions and it was fantastic to see juniors enjoying the thrill of landing some quality Fontburn reared beauties!  

 

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, daddies, White Muddler

 

Best Baits: Ledgered pink and orange PowerBait eggs

 

Best areas: North shore bay and platform

 

Ranger office: 01669 621368

 

 

Ranger: Stephen Gillott

 

 

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                                                        Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 13 August 2017

                       

Number of anglers – week

147

Number of trout taken – week

218

Number of trout returned – week

2

Total number of trout caught - week

220

Rod average – week

1.49

Best trout – week

4lb

Number of fish re-stocked

660

Total number of anglers to date

2,795

Total number of fish caught to date

8,272

Largest trout of the season so far

6lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

2.99

 

Fishery Headline:                  Rising star Kacy Triumphs in tough conditions

 

Sunshine and showers were again the predominant conditions keeping water temperatures high and levels close to the top-water mark. Evening hatches were prolific this week providing awesome sport for any anglers staying back after 6pm, when the reservoir truly comes to life at this time of year as fish feed aggressively on the surface or begin preying on fry and minnows in the margins. Regulars Gerry and Irene McKever were enjoying the impressive spectacle from the north shore burn, with five rainbows totalling 9lb 12oz already brought to the net, when the breeze dropped and an onslaught of midgies ended play on Sunday. William Anderson fishing opposite on the south shore bay topped off a six fish catch with the Fish Of The Week – a 4lb rainbow taken on ledgered green PowerBait. Eleven year old Kacy Halliwell earns a special mention for her catch of five rainbows totalling 9lb 4oz caught near the north shore point during warm sunny conditions while many, far more experienced anglers, struggled to locate the fish. Kacy got her tactics spot on and was rewarded with a 3lb 2oz beauty to top off her catch. Other notable catches this week were recorded by Mr. E Metcalfe and Mr. L Ellis with six rainbows totalling 9lb and seven rainbows for 9lb 8oz respectively.

 

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Best flies: Kate McLaren, Soldier Palmer, Blue Dun, Daddies, Claret Hopper

 

Best Baits: Ledgered chartreuse or orange PowerBait Eggs

 

Best areas: Middle section of north shore, feeder streams and Dam Wall

 

Ranger office: 01669 621368

 

Ranger: Steve Catlin

 

 

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                                                        Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 06 August 2017

                       

Number of anglers – week

112

Number of trout taken – week

164

Number of trout returned – week

2

Total number of trout caught - week

166

Rod average – week

1.48

Best trout – week

4lb x6

Number of fish re-stocked

160

Total number of anglers to date

2,648

Total number of fish caught to date

8,052

Largest trout of the season so far

6lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.04

 

Fishery Headline:                  Dave Loumgair gets six of the best

 

Unsettled conditions dominated the week with heavy showers keeping the reservoir near the top water mark and resultant water stratification meant locating fish was hard work for many anglers. Location and depth combined with the right tactics, techniques and sometimes a little luck are the ideal combination for success. Those who found the mark were being well rewarded, such as Dave Loumgair from Berwick who opted to fish ledgered PowerBait near the north shore burn following a spate of persistent rain and soon found a shoal of specimens leading to a 24lb haul of six rainbows all in the region of 4lb. John Stobbart and seven year old grandson Jack headed to the hawthorne tree mid north shore and found the fish reasonably close in and willing to take ledgered orange or chartreuse PowerBait eggs earning Jack his first fish and a final tally of eight rainbows totalling 12lb 12oz including a 3lb 12oz beauty. Jamie Miller of Bedlington brought boys Kaiden (five) and Bailey (11), fishing the north shore bay with ledgered PowerBait and within three hours had a limit catch of rainbows weighing 14lb including a first ever trout for Bailey. Other notable catches were recorded by Mr. K Mallaby and Mr. P Mallaby who made almost identical limit catches of eight rainbows totalling 12lb 8oz respectively.

 

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Best flies: Bibio, Orange Gladiator, Black Pennell, White Muddler

 

Best Baits: Ledgered chartreuse or orange PowerBait eggs

 

Best areas: Middle section of north shore, feeder streams and Dam Wall

 

Ranger office: 01669 621368

 

Ranger: Steve Catlin 

 Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                                                        Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 30 July 2017

                       

Number of anglers – week

196

Number of trout taken – week

253

Number of trout returned – week

2

Total number of trout caught - week

255

Rod average – week

1.3

Best trout – week

4lb x2

Number of fish re-stocked

700

Total number of anglers to date

2,536

Total number of fish caught to date

7,886

Largest trout of the season so far

6lb 8oz

Seasonal rod average

3.11

 

Fishery Headline:                  MacKay takes 8lb brace

 

Sunshine and showers prevailed for the majority of the week and consequently water temperatures and levels have remained steady with the fish continuing to lie up in deeper areas during the middle of the day. Feeder streams flushing naturals into the reservoir were also good spots following heavy showers and spinning tactics are also becoming increasingly productive as fry and minnow numbers build up as summer sets in. Friday saw our annual Northumberland County Blind Association charity match (results below) which was well attended by 51 adult and 9 junior anglers. The deep water of the Dam Wall produced the most consistent catches with the winners of both junior and senior events fishing this area. Fish of the week was a brace of 4lb rainbows caught by Mr. R MacKay taken on PowerBait in the north shore bay with the best limit catch being eight rainbows totalling 17lb 3oz caught by Mr. L Scott.

 

NCBA results:             Adults  1st  J. Derbyshire         9lb 14oz

                                                2nd  S. Langley            6lb 12oz

                               Heaviest Fish  C. Turnbull           3lb 5oz

 

                                 Juniors   1st  L. McMutrie           9lb 4oz

                                                2nd  A. Robson            5lb 14oz

                               Heaviest Fish K. Halliwell            2lb 12oz

 

Golden Raffle Ticket winner; Mr. J Richardson collects seven free days fishing.

 

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Best flies: Cats Whisker, Orange Blob, Dunkeld

Best Baits: Ledgered Chartreuse PowerBait eggs

 

Best areas: Middle section, feeder streams and Dam Wall

 

Ranger office: 01669 621368

 

Ranger: Steve Catlin

 

 

 Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir   Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                           Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending:  16 July 2017
        
Number of anglers – week
118
Number of trout taken – week
211
Number of trout returned – week
0
Total number of trout caught - week
211
Rod average – week
1.79
Best trout – week
4lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked
350
Total number of anglers to date
2,223
Total number of fish caught to date
7,496
Largest trout of the season so far
6lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average
3.37

Fishery Headline:  Charlie steals the show

It has been another week of mixed weather with wetter cooler days interspersed with fine summer days. Persistent and at times blustery winds gave challenging conditions however; those fishing into the westerly’s from the dam wall in particular recording the standout catches. Quality featured in the returns this week with 18 anglers recording specimen fish above 3lbs at the scales. Bait angler’s Josh Derbyshire and Albert Hall recorded the week’s top two individual catches. Both limit catches were taken from the dam wall with ledger rigs and trout of 4lb 8oz and 4lb 2oz featured in their catch. Star of the week is 6 year old Charlie Swinney from Thropton fishing with his guardian Paul Forster near to the north shore bay. Charlie recorded his first ever catch weighing in 5 quality rainbows the best being a fully finned 3lb 8oz beauty. A great catch from a first time angler that was tempted to the hook with a ledger rig and orange PowerBait eggs. As we near the start of the school summer holidays we look forward to many more of these headline catches featuring delighted young anglers.  

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Buzzer’s, Hawthorn and Hoppers

Best Baits: Orange PowerBait, Paste and Eggs.

Best areas: North shore Bay and Burn, the Dam Wall.

Ranger:

Steve Gillott

 

 

 

 

 Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                         Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)
 
Weekending: 02 July 2017
        
Number of anglers – week
82
Number of trout taken – week
192
Number of trout returned – week
6
Total number of trout caught - week
198
Rod average – week
2.42
Best trout – week
5lb 2oz
Number of fish re-stocked
350
Total number of anglers to date
2,009
Total number of fish caught to date
7,064
Largest trout of the season so far
6lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average
3.52
 
Fishery Headline:           That’s ‘Muir’ like It!
 
Another week where the weather provided the biggest challenge, long wet days and blustery conditions tested both angler’s patience and perseverance. It’s often during these testing times that Fontburn finds a way to shine and through the week that was certainly the case. Monday got off to a flyer when young Morgan Lumsdon aged eight from Cramlington stole the show. Morgan was fishing with her Grandparents: Leanne and David and she recorded her first ever trio with the family eventually weighing in eight fish between them. Morgan opted for a rustic bubble float and worm setup, targeting the reed beds close in around the south shore and as ever, fishing the conditions proved successful. The weekend also provided some ‘reel’ highlights, in particular Sunday. Regular bait angler David Muir fishing with his brother Robert, had a spectacular day as they ledgered their way to a monumental 22 fish during their mesmeric north shore bay session. The Muir brothers opted to short cast into the prevailing westerly wind and found the fish to be only feet from the bank side, bottom feeding in large numbers. Sunday was also the day the fish of the week headed to the scales. Bait angler Paul Maddison was utterly delighted with his 5lb 2oz beauty, as a ledger rig and PowerBait hook bait once again proved decisive.    
 
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Best flies: Hawthorn, Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker
 
Best Baits: Spinners (various), pink PowerBait eggs and Neon Blue Paste
 
Best areas: North and south shore bays
 
Ranger office: 01669 621368
 
Ranger: Steve Gillott

 

 Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                         Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)
 
Weekending: 25 June 2017
        
Number of anglers – week
108
Number of trout taken – week
137
Number of trout returned – week
1
Total number of trout caught - week
138
Rod average – week
1.28
Best trout – week
3lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked
510
Total number of anglers to date
1927
Total number of fish caught to date
6866
Largest trout of the season so far
6lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average
3.57
 
Fishery Headline:            Fishing the Conditions
 
A challenging week as fish moved into deeper, cooler water and fed sporadically throughout some testing days. As ever it was those anglers who were prepared to keep on the move and fish the conditions that had the most joy. Indeed, it was a week where fishing the margins proved a folly, it was therefore unsurprising that the long casting bait anglers reported the standout catches. Fishing into the prevailing wind also proved vital to success. Mr. M Brown recorded the trout of the week, another 3lb 8oz Fontburn reared beauty, part of a trio of fine fish weighed in during a short session on Friday. The weekend saw the two standout overall catches; Mr. P James worked hard on Saturday from the Dam Wall in blustery conditions, to eventually weigh in his eight fish limit for a superb total weight of 15lb 4oz. Sunday provided a real highlight when Mr. C Morton, fishing with his nephew and fellow anger Mr. K Marshall, recorded 15 fish between them for an unsurpassed total weight of over 30lb. The trio chose to fish the south shore bay directly into some strong and cool winds with long casts and ledger rigs which proved too tempting for a shoal of bottom feeding fish.
 
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Best flies: White Muddler and Zulu
 
Best Baits: Green worms, chartreuse PowerBait eggs
 
Best areas: South shore bay and Dam Wall
 
Ranger office: 01669 621368
 
Ranger: Steve Gillott

 

 

 Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                         Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)
 
Weekending: 18 June 2017
        
Number of anglers – week
108
Number of trout taken – week
308
Number of trout returned – week
18
Total number of trout caught - week
326
Rod average – week
3.02
Best trout – week
3lb 2oz
Number of fish re-stocked
500
Total number of anglers to date
1819
Total number of fish caught to date
6728
Largest trout of the season so far
6lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average
3.70
 
Fishery Headline:            Schooling the Trout
 
Conditions through the majority of the week were near perfect with mild air and overcast skies seeing fish on the move and feeding freely throughout those long June days we all relish. The weekend saw some blistering heat, but this was matched by the sport which continued apace. Yet again the talk on the banks was of quality, especially the average size of our stocked fish with barely a trout under the 2lb mark rearing its head. The undisputed highlight of the week was a visit on Wednesday from Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington: The Josephine Butler Primary Campus. Boy did we see some top sport with the children eventually weighing in 10 fish between them with some crackers above the 3lb mark. All the children were new to angling and were set up with a simple traditional bubble float rig and the south shore bay came alive for them. Top stuff and here’s to more of these events moving forward! The juniors continued to steal the show throughout the weekend too: First up eight year old Summer Welford from Dinnington who caught a stunning 3lb rainbow trout on her first ever fishing trip. Fishing with dad Steven, they left with four other trout and big, big smiles! Summer was not alone; Ethan Bottomley from Rothbury was also over the moon with his awesome 2lb 8oz rainbow trout caught off the south shore car park on Saturday. Fishing with dad Craig, the pair eventually weighed in three superb fish. Our established anglers also had some serious joy with Sid Barnes again drawing the plaudits on the fly with his lure patterns claiming 12 fish during another glorious session on Thursday. Bait angler Raymond Whaley from Middlesbrough had a tremendous couple of days recording a staggering 30 fish across four permits on both Thursday and Friday. Raymond utterly stole the show with his combined catch, pushing the scales to an unsurpassed total weight in excess of 61lb - simply undeniable!  
 
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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker.
Best Baits: Green Worms and Pink PowerBait eggs.
Best areas: North and south shore bays.
Ranger office: 01669 621368
Ranger: Steve Gillott

 

 

 

 

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                         Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending: 28 May 2017
        
Number of anglers – week    199
Number of trout taken – week    580
Number of trout returned – week    11
Total number of trout caught - week    591
Rod average – week    2.97
Best trout – week    4lb
Number of fish re-stocked    600
Total number of anglers to date     1,506
Total number of fish caught to date    5,325
Largest trout of the season so far    6lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average     3.54

Fishery Headline:            Summerbell shines in heat-wave  

Northumberland National Park has been bathed in glorious spring sunshine this week but despite the mini heat-wave the sport remained consistent. Actively feeding fish took advantage of terrestrial and aquatic hatches and the surface was alive with fish after three separate stockings of fresh, quality Fontburn reared rainbows and blues. Water levels have dropped steadily allowing easier back-casting for fly anglers like John Summerbell who despite fishing under bright sunshine tempted the ‘Fish Of The Week’, a 4lb rainbow with a Cat’s Whisker pattern, caught from the Dam Wall. Les Little was another angler who fished the conditions, moving from shallower swims to the depths of the Dam Wall as the mid day temperature soared and recorded a limit catch of eight rainbows totalling 15lb 12oz with a 3lb 8oz best fish. Heaviest catch honours were shared this week as both Mr. J Dickson and Mr. C Robson took limit catches of rainbows weighing in at 18lb whilst Jim Trefry, slightly apprehensive at having a permit number ending 666, had the luck of the devil - finding success on float fished PowerBait to take three rainbows each over 3lb in weight from the north shore bay.

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Best flies: Dries: Hawthorne, Blue Dunn, Black Gnat. Wets: Cat’s Whisker, Black Pennell, Dunkeld     

Best Baits: Float fished rainbow PowerBait

Best areas: North shore bay, Dam Wall

Ranger office: 01669 621368

Ranger: Steve Catlin

 

 

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                         Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending: 14 May 2017
        
Number of anglers – week    124
Number of trout taken – week    500
Number of trout returned – week    15
Total number of trout caught - week    515
Rod average – week    4.16
Best trout – week    5lb
Number of fish re-stocked    550
Total number of anglers to date     1,226
Total number of fish caught to date    4,396
Largest trout of the season so far    6lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average     3.59

Fishery Headline:               Jonathan Leads the ‘Weigh’  

A stunning week of sport as the weather improved and led to periods of frenzied feeding throughout some tiptop sporting days. Large shoals hunted margin feeding minnows and were ready to rise in the face of some monumental fly hatches. Perfect conditions for both the fish and savvy angler, borne out by the numbers: 515 fish declared, from 124 anglers culminating in an exceptional rod average of over four fish! Jonathan Caisley stole the show as early as Monday with a truly headline grabbing session. Bait angler Jonathan, a Fontburn devotee, opted to fish the south shore bay on a blustery Monday and this sheltered area was the ideal retreat for some great sport. Jonathan weighed in a total of 16 fish (after purchasing a second eight fish permit), including the weeks best trout; a 5lb specimen, for an unbeatable total weight of 38lb 5oz. A simple ledger rig was all it required along with finding exactly where the fish were shoaling up. Fly anglers took advantage of the widespread fly hatches on warmer days with hawthorn flies in particular causing some frantic surface activity. Indeed, Peter Gray enjoyed his session Friday, reporting fine sport as he weighed in four fish and returned a further nine to the reservoir. Once again the overall picture was one of both quantity and quality as the fishery hits a real purple patch with May always one of the best months of the season. As a result the talk on the banks centred around the number of fish in and around the 3lb mark, with anglers comparing catches and filling the ‘big fish’ sheet with a host of quality Fontburn reared specimen trout.

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Best flies: Hawthorn    

Best Baits: Orange, pink and chartreuse PowerBait eggs

Best areas: South shore bay and north shore mid-section

Ranger office: 01669 621368

Ranger: Steve Gillott

 

 Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                         Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending: 07 May 2017
        
Number of anglers – week    177
Number of trout taken – week    523
Number of trout returned – week    5
Total number of trout caught - week    528
Rod average – week    2.99
Best trout – week    4lb 9oz
Number of fish re-stocked    600
Total number of anglers to date     1,102
Total number of fish caught to date    3,881
Largest trout of the season so far    6lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average     3.53

Fishery Headline:               Lions Roar!

The ongoing testing weather served up a challenge to our fly and bait anglers but it was one they proved equal to. An outstanding 528 fish were eventually weighed in from 177 anglers. It was a well attended week, topped with the May Day bank holiday and tailed with a weekend which saw the annual Morpeth Lions Charity competition take place. 52 adult and junior competitors battled it out for honours with bait angler Les Little claiming the heaviest catch in the adult category. His winning eight fish limit came in at a whopping 17lb 7oz! Les weighed in his prize winning haul prior to midday and continues his great form in various Northumbrian Water sponsored competitions! The heaviest fish belonged to Fontburn regular George Clark from Morpeth who was delighted with his 3lb 8oz specimen rainbow trout. The junior section saw Shay Gofton take first place with his 7lb heaviest catch with Jake McCormack taking the heaviest fish prize with his 2lb 2oz rainbow trout. Well done and thank you to all who supported the event on the day. The best of the rest saw fly angler Michael Lawery from Blyth record the weeks best fish and overall catch with a magnificent 4lb 9oz specimen, one of 12 fish (with four returned) for a combined weight total of 30lb. Michael was not alone, with numerous anglers delighted at the calibre of the sport and quantity of fish weighing in at 2lb 8oz or above mark.  

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Best flies: Hawthorne, Dawson’s Olive, White Muddler    

Best Baits: Rainbow PowerBait paste and worm

Best areas: South shore bay

Ranger office: 01669 621368

Ranger: Steve Gillott

 

 

 

 

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                         Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending: 30 April 2017
        
Number of anglers – week    75
Number of trout taken – week    335
Number of trout returned – week    12
Total number of trout caught - week    347
Rod average – week    4.62
Best trout – week    5lb
Number of fish re-stocked    200
Total number of anglers to date     925
Total number of fish caught to date    3,353
Largest trout of the season so far    6lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average     3.63

Fishery Headline:            Specimens push catch weights to over 20lb

Mild, dry weather saw water levels drop slightly with temperatures hovering around the optimal 10 degrees mark and fish continue to actively feed in the ideal spring conditions. Ledgered bait or feeder tactics continue to be most productive, particularly in the shallow bays, whilst fishing the leeward bank in a light breeze will generally provide more consistent sport. It was the catches which included a specimen or two which made the most notable catch returns such as that from M and J. Longstaff. They netted 12 fish on a family permit with a total of eight rainbows and four blues totalling 22lb 8oz and included beauties of 4lb 8oz and 5lb. These were taken on ledgered PowerBait from the south shore bay. Meanwhile Mr. J Richardson opted for the north shore to make a limit catch of eight rainbows totalling 20lb 12oz which was the heaviest eight fish catch of the week. This included two fish over 4lb also taken on ledgered PowerBait, a ‘must use’ so far this season and a vital part of the anglers’ armoury. Mr. S Balory signed out a 19lb 8oz limit catch of eight rainbows whilst regulars Ian Salmon and Paul Dodds fished the north shore bay using feeder tactics to record eight fish limit catches totalling 14lb 8oz and 16lb 8oz respectively.         

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Grey Duster, Grey Wulf, Black Buzzer    

Best Baits:  Purple nymph and neon blue PowerBait

Best areas: South shore bay

Ranger office: 01669 621368

Ranger: Steve Catlin

 

 

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                         Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending: 23 April 2017
       
Number of anglers – week    216
Number of trout taken – week    831
Number of trout returned – week    4
Total number of trout caught - week    835
Rod average – week    3.87
Best trout – week    6lb 4oz
Number of fish re-stocked    800
Total number of anglers to date     850
Total number of fish caught to date    3,006
Largest trout of the season so far    6lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average     3.54

Fishery Headline:            Taking it to the limit

Another fantastic week of sport at Fontburn with many anglers taking home limit catches with anglers commenting on the great quality trout. Mr. J Harland recorded the best fish and best collective catch of the week with a cracking fully finned 6lb 4oz rainbow along with seven others tipping the scale at 22lb! The south shore has again provided the best of the sport and Mr. J Black was one of many who heeded the Ranger’s advice and was well rewarded catching his limit which included a 4lb 10oz beauty, then going on to net a further four fish on a second permit. Only two of his fish were less than 2lb in weight! Mr. J Coxford was one of many taking catch limits home, his total weight tipped the scales at 19lb 4oz. As temperatures slowly rise we should soon see some cracking top water sport developing. Best areas to watch for are the south shore bay and around the north shore point. Multi stockings of our quality trout will continue throughout the week to ensure the sport and fish are as equally spread out to all visitors as possible.

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Orange Fritz   

Best Baits: Floated worm and garlic glitter PowerBait, pink and neon blue PowerBait

Best areas: South shore bay

Ranger office: 01669 621368

Ranger: William Lovat

 

 

 

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                         Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending: 16 April 2017
       
Number of anglers – week    113
Number of trout taken – week    543
Number of trout returned – week    5
Total number of trout caught - week    548
Rod average – week    4.85
Best trout – week    4lb
Number of fish re-stocked    800
Total number of anglers to date     634
Total number of fish caught to date    2,171
Largest trout of the season so far    4lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average     3.43

Fishery Headline:            ‘Devine’ week as rod averages rocket!

For the second consecutive week Fontburn bore witness to a truly exceptional rod average pushing five fish per angler with 548 fish weighed in by our delighted anglers. Another week of countless highlights saw the latest tagged fish success and a number of anglers purchasing second permits whilst they relished the superb sport on offer. The headline makers were undoubtedly the Bough family from Cramlington. Dad Dean and mum Ashley along with seven year old Archie eventually weighed in a stunning 22 fish after opting to purchase a second family permit, for a total weight of 34lb. The family made hay in the south shore bay, fishing into the cold Easter Sunday wind. It was Archie who claimed the majority of the haul with his simple yet effective bubble float and PowerBait setup with a short cast into the margins, which proved to be so successful! Earlier in the week the fishery recorded its latest tagged fish success with Matthew Devine the angler who went home £200 better off. Matthew was yet another angler who opted to purchase a second permit, eventually weighing in his maximum 16 fish on what proved to be a day to remember. It was regular bait angler Albert Hall who weighed in the fish of the week; another Fontburn reared beauty which tipped the scales to the 4lb mark. The first of the Fontburn specimen trout at 8lb and above were stocked on Easter Saturday and with one of the four a stunning 7lb brown trout - they’re sure to test our anglers to the max! Good luck!   

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker   

Best Baits: Bubble float and worm, pink and neon blue PowerBait

Best areas: South shore bay

Ranger office: 01669 621368

Ranger: Steve Gillott

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                                                       Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

 

Weekending: 09 April 2017

                       

Number of anglers – week

156

Number of trout taken – week

378

Number of trout returned – week

13

Total number of trout caught - week

391

Rod average – week

2.51

Best trout – week

3lb 1oz

Number of fish re-stocked

2,000

Total number of anglers to date

156

Total number of fish caught to date

391

Largest trout of the season so far

3lb 1oz

Seasonal rod average

2.51

 

Fishery Headline:                   Week of Wonder!

 

An exceptional week of sport with some truly amazing angling as the warm weather and rising water temperatures brought the reservoir to life. Overall it was a week of quantity and quality with limit catches galore and ecstatic anglers were the rule rather than the exception. Some 572 fish were weighed in by 138 delighted anglers, representing over a third of the total return for the 2017 season! As such it was very difficult to pick out the highlights. Nonetheless, regular bait angler David Mould did his best to steal the show, recording a stunning 16 fish from two eight fish permits on a sultry Saturday. David chose to fish the south shore bay and was amazed by the frantic sport throughout his session, as his bubble float rig was perfect foil for the stocks gathered in the margins. The rod average over the weekend spiked at just under five fish per angler, as the reservoir delivered on its early season promise and set up everything for a glorious sporting Easter. The early part of the week too saw some significant sport, not least for fly angler William Gordon from North Shields. Mr Gordon recorded the week’s top trout; a 4lb 8oz beauty. He opted for the ever popular Cat’s Whisker lure pattern and the trout were powerless to resist - with William eventually recording seven fish for a superb 16lb total weight.    

 

NEWSFLASH – Bumper stocking for Bank Holiday weekend

 

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Best flies: Spider, White Muddler, Cat’s Whisker    

 

Best Baits: Bubble float and worm, various PowerBait cocktails on a ledger rig

 

Best areas: North and south shore bays

 

Ranger office: 01669 621368

 

Ranger: Steve Gillott

 

 

 

Fishery:  Fontburn reservoir Size:  87 acres (35h), Max Depth 80 feet (25m)                                                                         Grid Ref:  NZ040 935 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending:  26 March 2017
        
Number of anglers – week    141
Number of trout taken – week    330
Number of trout returned – week    4
Total number of trout caught - week    334
Rod average – week    2.37
Best trout – week    3lb 5oz
Number of fish re-stocked    250
Total number of anglers to date     297
Total number of fish caught to date    725
Largest trout of the season so far    3lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average     2.45

Fishery Headline:  Couple land top catch

This week Fontburn experienced conditions from all four seasons and those anglers who adapted to the changing conditions landed some fine fish. On the colder breezy days ledgered PowerBait or Swim feeder rigs produced the better catches from deeper water. In the spring-like conditions toward the end of the week the trout moved closer in to the margins and float fished baits came into their own.
Regulars Gerry and Irene McKever had no difficulty in catching their 12 fish catch limit weighing in at 23lb from the North Shore middle section. All of their fish were taken on ledgered Pink PowerBait eggs. Trevor Gould also fishing from the North shore recorded the best 8 fish catch of the week at 18lb 2oz which included a stunning conditioned 3lb 4oz rainbow. The heaviest rainbow of the week weighed in at 3lb 5oz and was caught by Mr D. Mould.

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Black Gladiator, Zulu and Bibio    

Best Baits: Swim feeder with magic dust, Pink PowerBait eggs.

Best areas: North shore middle section, south shore Bay and the Dam Wall.

Ranger office: 01669 621368

Ranger: Steve Catlin

 

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 16 October 2017 18:05