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Old 23-02-2010, 05:38 PM   #1
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.

The Derwent, with its easy access and gently sloping banks, is ideal for all the family to enjoy a great day out and a spot of fishing.

The reservoir is conveniently split into two, there is around six miles of bank, of which three miles along the south shore is available for both multi-bait and fly fishing, whilst the north shore is fly fishing only.

Shop & Visitor Centre, Ebchester, County Durham DH8 9TT. Tel: 01207 255 250


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





The Meadow


Bay of Plenty

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Old 16-03-2010, 12:20 PM
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Default Derwent Reservoir Northumbrian Water Report 14th March 2010

Derwent Reservoir fishing report week ending: 14th March 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Number of anglers - week 242
Number of trout taken - week 871
Number of trout returned - week 256
Total number of trout caught - week 1113
Rod average - week 4.6
Best trout - week 6lb 10oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 6000
Total number of anglers to date 242
Total number of fish caught to date 1113
Largest trout of the season so far 6lb 10oz
Seasonal rod average 4.6

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: BAYS OF PLENTLY!

A much anticipated season got off to a decent start with a tremendous rod average boosted by the hundreds of fish caught and returned by highly impressed fly anglers. The very low water temperatures forced many fish into shallow bays where the water is slightly warmer. This has meant that the Bay of Plenty, Cronkley Bay and the bay next to the Oak Tree on the South Side have fished particularly well.

Bait anglers have located large shoals of fish in shallow water between the second fence and the Oak Tree. These fish have been taking Powerbait with Magic Dust in a swim feeder proving an excellent attractant. Other areas on the bait have fished less well with the icy water in the deeper areas not holding as many fish at present.

Fly anglers have had an excellent start to the season with most anglers taking eight fish home and returning dozens more. One angler reported returning 59 fish in a frantic arm wrenching session. The Bay of Plenty has fished particularly well with spring like conditions prevailing when out of the wind on the west side of the bay. Cronkley Bay has also attracted a huge shoal of settled fish with reports of anglers hooking fish on all three droppers at the same time.

Intermediate lines and a Black Fritz or Dawson’s Olive can’t be beaten as Michael Barnes from Whickham can vouch. He caught the first Tiger of the season using this method. This fish was fin perfect over wintered specimen weighing in at over 2lb (not to mention the £400 he pocketed!). The fish of the weekend went to Geordie Samms at 6lb 10oz, although with many larger fish stocked we expect this season record to be short lived.

Best flies:
Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Orange Fritz and Sunburst Blob

Best baits:
Orange Powerbait Eggs and Magic Dust in a swim-feeder

Best areas:
From the Oak tree to the second fence on bait. West side of the Bay of Plenty on fly

Ranger:
Christopher Hodgson

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Old 23-03-2010, 10:12 AM
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Default Derwent Reservoir Northumbrian Water Report. Week ending: 21st March 2010

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Doug tames two tigers!

It was the turn of the bait anglers to take the lime light this week with Consett resident Doug Pearson amazingly catching two Tigers in just half an hour! These fish were both taken on a spinner from the South Side of the reservoir next to the stream.

The bait fishing improved dramatically from midweek with a change in the wind direction bringing large quantities of fish onto the South side of the reservoir. Areas such as the point between the first and second fence have fished particularly well with a large shoal of fish just over the second fence. Hunwick angler Jonathan Croaker took advantage of this catching 31 fish in this location during the week.

Bait anglers have caught fish using a variety of methods including float fished worm, a popular method with the more traditional bait anglers. Ledgered Powerbait has also caught well, especially in windy conditions when the scent from the bait drifts down wind.

Fly anglers are continuing to have tremendous sport in the Bay of Plenty and in Cronkley Bay. David Middlemast had one of the best catches with fish weighing 10lb, 7lb and 6lb all returned.

Martin Corner landed the biggest fish of the season so far with a cracking 12lb trout caught from the Bay of Plenty on a Black Fritz.

Best flies:
Viva Fritz, Viva Cat, Humungas, Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz and Sunburst Blob.

Best baits:
Orange Powerbait Eggs and Magic Dust in a swimfeeder.

Best areas:
Between the first and second fence West Side of the Bay of Plenty on fly.

Ranger:
Christopher Hodgson

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Old 29-03-2010, 04:26 PM
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Default Derwent Reservoir Northumbrian Water Report. Week ending: 28th March 2010

Number of anglers - week 369
Number of trout taken - week 1212
Number of trout returned - week 58
Total number of trout caught - week 1270
Rod average - week 3.44
Best trout - week 8lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 1800
Total number of anglers to date 968
Total number of fish caught to date 3632
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average 3.75

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: “Fortune favours the brave”

Those anglers who have braved the at times dreadful weather this week have enjoyed some exciting sport and were rewarded with some larger fish coming to the net. This week anglers have weighed in eleven fish weighing over 6lb.

Mr Simm took the heaviest fish of the week weighing in a fabulous 8lb 8oz rainbow while youngster Dillon Elteridge from Dipton was not far behind with a 8lb 6oz fish caught on Powerbait between the first and second fence on the newly named “Murray’s Point.”

The forth Tiger trout pool of the season was claimed by Ian Cranswich from Chilton this was the seasons third Tiger and it was caught with a small spinner. Small Mepps are proving a very popular lure for the Tiger trout that seem to prefer tacking a moving lure or fly rather than static bait.

Fly anglers are finding the wind a real challenge so have continued to persevere in the two sheltered bays where the fish have become more challenging to catch. Buzzers and small imitation flies have been working well in these areas as many of these fish are now wise to the standard lures. When the wind allows, other areas such as Millshields and The Meadow are fishing well with two large shoals of fish in these areas providing some great sport.

Bait anglers have had some excellent catches although localised shoals of fish continue to leave some anglers frustrated. Magic dust continues to impress anglers with its effectiveness when used in a swimfeeder.

Best flies:
Viva Fritz, Viva Cat, Humungas, Black Buzzer and Black Fritz.

Best baits:
Orange Powerbait Eggs and Magic Dust in a swimfeeder.

Best areas:
Between the first and second fence and East side of the Bay of Plently on fly

Ranger:
Christopher Hodgson

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Old 06-04-2010, 06:18 PM
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Default Derwent Reservoir fishing report week ending: 4th April 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Number of anglers - week 325
Number of trout taken - week 1058
Number of trout returned - week 8
Total number of trout caught - week 1050
Rod average - week 3.26
Best trout - week 7lb 13oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 1800
Total number of anglers to date 1293
Total number of fish caught to date 4690
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average 3.62

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: “MIXED BAG”
Those anglers who have braved the at times dreadful weather this week have enjoyed some exciting sport and were rewarded. However anglers that kept on the move were able to pick up fish close in.

Fly anglers struggled in the Bay of Plently, however fish were eventually tracked down in Cronkley Bay, with fish weighing up to 7lb being caught and released.

Bait anglers have had some excellent catches especially around the second fence and beside the stream, with the trick being to keep on the move.

The Easter weather didn’t deter anglers with Dave Middlemass fishing his own creation the Beamish Killer caught fishing weighing 7lb 4oz and 5lb. While Becky Steel from Hexham caught a 4lb Rainbow using Worm and fishing near the Dam Wall.


Best flies:
Fritz Dawson Oliver, Viva Cat, Humungus, Black Buzzer and Black Fritz.

Best baits:
Worm, Orange Powerbait Eggs and Magic Dust in a swimfeeder.

Best areas:
South side towards the second fence, Cronkley Bay and Fence down the road at Millshields.

Ranger:
Christopher Hodgson

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Old 13-04-2010, 11:08 AM
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Default Derwent Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending April 11, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Number of anglers - week 471
Number of trout taken - week 2,003
Number of trout returned - week 40
Total number of trout caught - week 2,043
Rod average - week 4.3
Best trout - week 10lb 10oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 1,800
Total number of anglers to date 1,764
Total number of fish caught to date 6,733
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average 3.8

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Another Tiger tamed and claimed by Len.

The improving spring like weather conditions have seen a gradual rise in the water temperature which has encouraged the fish to feed and become more active.
This has lead to another exciting weeks sport with some excellent catches and fine fish brought to the net this week. In addition those anglers who enter our popular Tiger trout sweep have been rewarded with three coming to the scales this week.
Len Broxson caught the first of the week on a spinner at the second fence. This is Len’s second Tiger and his tactics are ideal to tempt these often shy and elusive trout. Len will fish the entire south bank in one session using the cast and step tactic with a spinner proving that keeping mobile is often the key to success.

Fly anglers are finding fish on all banks with The Meadow and The North bank beginning to fish particularly well, Intermediate lines and lures are still producing well with aggressive takes form the fish as they chase down the retrieved lures.

Bait anglers have had their best week of the season with 13 year old Oliver Shears from Stockton catching a fine 8lb rainbow next to the first fence using yellow Powerbait. Benn MacLennan, aged 9, also caught a tremendous 9lb fish on the trusty worm between the first and second fence.


Best flies:
Viva Fritz, Viva Cat, Humungas, Black , Black Fritz

Best baits:
Chartreuse Powerbait eggs and Magic Dust in a swimfeeder

Best areas:
Bait - Between the first and second fence

Fly - The Meadow and around into Cronkley bay

Ranger:
Christopher Hodgson

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Old 17-04-2010, 10:01 AM
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I am fortunate to live only 20 minutes drive from the reservoir. It caters for all aspects of fishing methods, is well stocked and has fantastic scenery. My pb rainbow of 12lb 8 oz came from there and it is a very rare occasion when I blank. The staff and rangers are so helpful with nothing being a problem. Whether you are an individual angler of a group of novices just learning, there is somthing to offer. Their tuition days are brilliant and having fished a vast number of venues, (Much to my wifes dismay) the quality of the fishing in my opinion is second to none.

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Im the same Len not to far away myself, do not get there as often as I would like, but I have only ever blanked twice, mainly because these were my first times there. Our fishing club has a few competitions up there every year and we have some good bags, I mean eight anglers with 20lb+ bags is good.
I never seem to fail when using a Dawsons Olive, Orange Fritz or Black Fritz on an intermediate line (famous last words).
Hope to get up there in the next couple of weeks.

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Old 20-04-2010, 05:52 PM
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Default Derwent Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending April 18, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Weekending: 18/04/10

Number of anglers - week 462
Number of trout taken - week 1,937
Number of trout returned - week 42
Total number of trout caught - week 1,979
Rod average - week 4.28
Best trout - week 9lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 900
Total number of anglers to date 2,226
Total number of fish caught to date 8,712
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average 3.91

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Angela shows how it’s done!

The tremendous sport continues with anglers enjoying one of the best starts to the season for years. This season we have been double stocking with 1,800 fish much more frequently. This is set to continue as we have an additional 6,000 fish to stock on top our usual quota.

The rod average has again been over four fish per rod all week and we have also seen a good number of larger fish come to the net in the 6 to 10lb range.
Angela Lawery took the fish of the week on Powerbait, a good deep fish weighing in at 9lb 8oz. This was part of a 31lb twelve fish catch which she shared with her husband on our new couples permit.

Fly anglers have again enjoyed some tremendous sport on The Meadow, a popular area which is one of the most consistent spots throughout the 9 month season. A Black Fritz continues to be unbeatable as the newly stocked fish seem to find this lure irresistible.

The more established fish are starting to establish their feeding habits so anglers need to drop down in size and move onto black imitation flies to tempt these more cautious fish.

A Bibio or Black and Peacock Spider are ideal flies for this.

Bait anglers have had another great week, taking more than their fair share of the bigger fish. Powerbait is still working well but a float fished worm should never be overlooked at this time of year as the fish begin to move nearer the surface.



Best flies:
Black Fritz, Viva Cat, Humungas, Black and Peackock
Best baits:
Chartreuse Powerbait eggs and Magic Dust in a swim feeder
Best areas:
Bait - Between the first and second fence
Fly - The Meadow and around into Cronkley

Ranger:
Christopher Hodgson

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Hi Jon
I am back up there on wed with my fly gear. I will be starting at cronkley and work my way to the bay of plenty. I will be giving the zonkers and blobs a go. Will drop a line on how I get on.
Cheers
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