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Old 23-02-2010, 05:38 PM  
Derwent Reservoir, Durham. Fishing Reports
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Read weekly Derwent Reservoir Reports.

Derwent located five miles west of Consett once again kept up its reputation for being one of the most attended game fisheries in the country, attracting over 10,000 angler visits last year.

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Default Derwent Reservoir, Durham. Fishing Report April 30, 2017

Weekending: 30 April 2017

Number of anglers - week151
Number of trout taken - week404
Number of trout returned - week32
Total number of trout caught - week436
Rod average - week2.7
Best trout - week 3lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked900
Total number of anglers to date1,896
Total number of fish caught to date6,366
Largest trout of the season so far8lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average3.55

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!

For more information, images and video visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nwwatersideparksandfishing/
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
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Old 09-05-2017, 08:11 AM
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Default Derwent Reservoir Fishing Report May 7, 2017

Weekending: 07 May 2017

Number of anglers - week255
Number of trout taken - week653
Number of trout returned - week33
Total number of trout caught - week686
Rod average - week2.7
Best trout - week 5lb
Number of fish re-stocked700
Total number of anglers to date2,151
Total number of fish caught to date7,052
Largest trout of the season so far8lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average3.20

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!

For more information, images and video visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nwwatersideparksandfishing/
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
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Old 18-05-2017, 08:47 AM
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Default Derwent Reservoir, Durham. Fishing Report May 14, 2017

Weekending: 14 May 2017

Number of anglers - week227
Number of trout taken - week661
Number of trout returned - week37
Total number of trout caught - week698
Rod average - week3.1
Best trout - week 4lb 12oz
Number of fish re-stocked810
Total number of anglers to date2,378
Total number of fish caught to date7,750
Largest trout of the season so far8lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average3.25


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?

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free

For more information, images and video visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nwwatersideparksandfishing/
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
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Old 24-05-2017, 11:18 AM
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Default Derwent Reservoir Fishing Report May 21, 2017

Weekending: 21 May 2017

Number of anglers - week204
Number of trout taken - week802
Number of trout returned - week66
Total number of trout caught - week868
Rod average - week4.3
Best trout - week 8lb 11oz
Number of fish re-stocked900
Total number of anglers to date2,582
Total number of fish caught to date8,618
Largest trout of the season so far8lb 11oz
Seasonal rod average3.33

Fishery Headline: Bigger fish finally show up!

At long last we began to see some bigger fish finally hit the nets after some 20 large rainbows stocked so far this season up to around 12lb. Mr. J Aittis took the biggest fish of the season Monday weighing in at 8lb 11oz to be followed by Mr A Rutherford who netted a whopper at the weekend of 7lb 2oz on worm and red PowerBait eggs. Sean Kane also weighed in with a cracking 7lb 12oz rainbow Saturday on the fly fishing at Cronkley using an Olive Zonker. There were also some heavier eight fish catches recorded as bigger fish begin to react to the warmer water. Mr D Pearcy netted an eight fish 23lb catch to top an outstanding week with the rod average well over four fish per angler. It was noticeable that fish were caught in larger quantities all around the reservoir this week following a change in wind direction and much warmer conditions. Fly anglers are finding fish on the meadow and Cronkley using a variety of traditional techniques to great effect and bait anglers found all areas of the south side offering good sport with the first fence area fishing particularly well.

NEWSFLASH – Double stocking of over 1,000 fish this week!

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free

For more information, images and video visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nwwatersideparksandfishing/
Best flies: Hawthorn, Black Gnat, Kate McLaren, Black Pennell, Olive Nymph

Best baits: Ledgered PowerBait eggs, float fished worm, Orange Mice-tails

Best areas: Bait – First Fence, Oak Tree, Hunter House
Fly – Meadow, Cronkley, north bank

Ranger office: 01207 255250

Ranger: Christopher Hodgson
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Old 31-05-2017, 09:39 AM
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Default Derwent Reservoir, Durham. Fishing Report May 28, 2017

Weekending: 28 May 2017

Number of anglers - week315
Number of trout taken - week1,098
Number of trout returned - week47
Total number of trout caught - week1,145
Rod average - week3.6
Best trout - week8lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked1,000
Total number of anglers to date2,904
Total number of fish caught to date9,763
Largest trout of the season so far8lb 11oz
Seasonal rod average3.4

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!

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free

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

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01207 255250

Ranger:
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Old 09-06-2017, 09:24 AM
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Default Derwent Reservoir Fishing Report June 4, 2017

Weekending: 4 June 2017

Number of anglers - week288
Number of trout taken - week908
Number of trout returned - week105
Total number of trout caught - week1013
Rod average - week3.5
Best trout - week5lb
Number of fish re-stocked750
Total number of anglers to date3,192
Total number of fish caught to date10,776
Largest trout of the season so far8lb 11oz
Seasonal rod average3.4

Fishery Headline: Trout Feast in the East

The Eastern half of the reservoir continues to provide the bulk of the sport both to fly and bait as the trout leave the warmer shallows and follow the prevailing Westerly breeze towards the dam. Successful bait anglers are continually varying the distance they cast until the correct range is found, usually very close to shore in the morning and moving out as the day progresses or angling pressure increases. Ledgered PowerBait Mice Tails and Eggs are still the number one tactic as Mr G Carr used to good effect to net the best rainbow of the week at 5lb, part of his bass busting 8 fish catch for a total weight of 19lb. A top tactic of regular anglers that is well worth a try is adding a mixture of Magic Dust or trout pellets and Garlic Dip to a swim feeder and fishing a short hook length. The first mayfly have been hatching of recently and mini white lures fished just under the surface have taken fish, only time will tell if this develops into a good hatch so fly anglers need to watch out for these large, pale up winged flies dancing above the surface.

Please Note: The WaterAid charity fishing competition will be held this Saturday 10 June. Multi bait anglers not in the competition will be restricted to fishing between Pow Hill and Hunter House until 16:30. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

For more information, images and video visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nwwatersideparksandfishing/
Best flies: Mini Cats Whisker, Cut-Throat Cat, Black & Peacock Spider
Best baits: Ledgered PowerBait Orange or White Eggs, Mice Tails with a strongly scented feeder.
Best areas: From the Dam West to the second fence on the South shore, The Meadow and Spillway on the North shore

Ranger office: 01207 255250

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Default Derwent Reservoir, Durham. Fishing Report June 18, 2017

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.

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free

For more information, images and video visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nwwatersideparksandfishing/
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:
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Default Derwent Reservoir, Durham. Fishing Report June 25, 2017

Weekending: 25 June 2017

Number of anglers - week183
Number of trout taken - week417
Number of trout returned - week43
Total number of trout caught - week460
Rod average - week2.5
Best trout - week3 lb
Number of fish re-stocked600
Total number of anglers to date3,721
Total number of fish caught to date12,253
Largest trout of the season so far8lb 11oz
Seasonal rod average3.29

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

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

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Ranger:
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Default Derwent Reservoir, Durham. Fishing Report July 2, 2017

Weekending: 02 July 2017

Number of anglers - week139
Number of trout taken - week364
Number of trout returned - week19
Total number of trout caught - week383
Rod average - week2.8
Best trout - week3 lb
Number of fish re-stocked500
Total number of anglers to date3,860
Total number of fish caught to date12,636
Largest trout of the season so far9lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average3.27

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

Please note: Parking for all anglers is free

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

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Ranger: Steven Bisset
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:25 AM
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Default Derwent Reservoir Fishing Report July 9, 2017

Weekending: 09 July 2017

Number of anglers - week203
Number of trout taken - week496
Number of trout returned - week19
Total number of trout caught - week515
Rod average - week2.5
Best trout - week3lb
Number of fish re-stocked600
Total number of anglers to date4,063
Total number of fish caught to date13,151
Largest trout of the season so far9lb 4oz
Seasonal rod average3.2

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

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