Northumbrian Water – Ready for the New Season
Some 80,000 fish will be stocked into Northumbrian Water reservoirs for the new angling season.
The new season on Northumbrian Water’s reservoirs opens from 7am on Saturday March 12 and the company advise that there will be at least 12,000 fish stocked at the six fisheries waiting for anglers on opening day at Derwent in County Durham; Fontburn and Kielder in Northumberland; Grassholme and fly-only Hury in Teesdale and Scaling on the edge of the North York Moors.
Of the 80,000 fish which will be stocked into the reservoirs this season, more than half will be provided from Northumbrian Water’s own fish farms in Northumberland and the Tees Valley and it follows North East rivers benefiting from a record-breaking year at the Environment Agency’s Calverton fish farm.
Paul Frear, Fisheries Officer in the North East, said:
“Rivers in the North East have improved significantly over the past 30 years, and concerted restocking using fish bred at Calverton has accelerated the restoration of natural fish stocks and viable fisheries.
We’ve stocked tens of thousands of fish from Calverton right across our North East rivers and stillwaters over the past year, but we’re not complacent. We’ll continue to target our restocking to ensure the continued restoration and ongoing health of our rivers.”
For the Northumbrian Water season, anglers will still be able to take eight fish this season for a permit increase of £1.
The company ran a social media vote to sound out anglers and the majority opted to keep an eight fish limit by paying an extra £2. The other option was to keep permit prices the same as last year and reduce the bag limit to six fish, but after a close look at budgets the company has decided it can still continue to offer the eight fish catch limit a permit increase of just £1.
Don Coe, operations manager waterside parks and fisheries said:
“We have been able to avoid any price increases for the past three seasons and this small £1 rise means we can maintain the quality of stocked fish and allow anglers to continue to take up to eight trout this season too.
During 2015 we asked our customers their views and ran a Facebook poll about prices and catch limits and the majority preferred an increase to sustain the eight fish limit.”
By popular demand the new all-day sporting ticket introduced after fly anglers’ requests last season will also be continued in 2016.
A full eight-fish day permit cost £24 with concessions at £22, the four fish Credit Cruncher from 2pm is £17 and the family and couples 12-fish ticket is £36.
The barbless fly-only sporting ticket costs the same as last season at £15. Full day boat hire charges for Kielder Water have also been frozen the same as last season at £15 midweek and £19 for weekends.
Anglers can also experience a guided fishing day with England international and Northumbrian Water ranger Andrew Scott on a one-to-one basis or with a friend for £250.
Mr Coe said:
“An opportunity to spend a day on the water with an expert like Andrew is really special and would make a fantastic present for an angler keen to learn and help unlock the secrets of one of our reservoirs.
We are really pleased to be able to continue the sporting ticket that so many fly anglers had asked for - and at just £15 for a full day there probably isn’t a better value permit in the country.”
‘Try it’ teaching sessions will be held at Derwent Reservoir on Tuesdays and Saturdays and alternate between any method and fly.
Day permits for Northumbrian Water’s reservoirs can be bought in advance online from www.fishpal.com or are available on the day from the fishery.
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