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).
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Derwent Reservoir fishing report week ending: April 25, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Number of anglers - week |433
Number of trout taken - week |1,522
Number of trout returned - week |63
Total number of trout caught - week |1,585
Rod average - week |3.66
Best trout - week |10lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week |1,800
Total number of anglers to date |2,659
Total number of fish caught to date |10,297
Largest trout of the season so far |12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average |3.87

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Loyalty pays

The fishing on the reservoir this week has been tremendous and the fish have been found close in to the margins feeding very aggressively. A sudden change was experienced on Sunday when angling became challenging when the fish moved much further out into deeper water. This coincided with a change in weather conditions with warmer southerly winds having an impact on the feeding habits of the fish.

Fly anglers have continued to see most banks fishing well as the fish begin to break up from their early season shoals. Mr Denis Jacob fishing on The Meadow on Saturday took a fine catch which included another Tiger trout. Mr Jacobs who was fishing on his free ‘loyalty day’ was further rewarded as he had chosen to enter the sweep winning £380.
Not to be outdone bait angler Scott Bedlington also tracked down a Tiger trout at Pow Hill with the trusty spinner.

For the fly angler a Black Fritz and an intermediate line can not be beaten although a faster retrieve is now required as the water temperatures begin to rise.

Bait anglers are finding Powerbait eggs on the ledger are the most effective method at the moment with Magic dust in a feeder.
Mr Ravin typified the weeks sport by taking eight fish for 24lb with a fine 10lb fish amongst his catch. Once again we are seeing a very high turnover of the larger fish we are stocking with another 7 caught during this week between 8-10lb.

Prospects remain excellent with a double stocking of fish planned for this week.

Best flies:
Black Fritz, Viva Cat, Black and Peackock, Bibio, Olive Nymph
Best baits:
Chartreuse Powerbait eggs and Magic Dust in a swimfeeder
Best areas:
Bait – The Oak tree (Pow Hill)
Fly – The Meadow

Ranger:
Christopher Hodgson
 
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Derwent Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending May 2, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Number of anglers - week |424
Number of trout taken - week |1,767
Number of trout returned - week |135
Total number of trout caught - week |1,902
Rod average - week |4.49
Best trout - week |2x 9lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week |1,800
Total number of anglers to date |3,083
Total number of fish caught to date |12,199
Largest trout of the season so far |12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average |3.96

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Climbing to new heights as Murray points the way

An amazing rod average of 4.5 fish per angler has been reached this week which is the highest rod average so far this season.

After a recent stocking of 25 fish between 8 and 12lb several have been taken over the weekend, the largest of these were two fish of 9lb 8oz. Both were caught on the fly fritz patterns in black and orange by Mr Metcalfe and Mr Carnall.

Mr Dawson contacted us on Friday to comment on the excellent day he had on Thursday when he caught and returned 60 fish on the fly at Cronkley. Tommy Stephenson from Rowlands Gill has also had an excellent week catching 24 fish and returning many more on the fly. Tommy had a particularly good day on Monday when he found a shoal of fish next to the Valve Tower.

Bait anglers found lots of fish around 30 metres out on the ledger with yellow Powerbait eggs catching the most fish. Edward Murray had a fish of 8lb on Friday using this method. He was fishing on the newly named ‘Murray Point,’ an area he frequents almost every day between the first and second fence. This area has fished well all week and is spot that the fish tend to congregate; this is due to merging currents and ideal feeding lanes especially when the wind is blowing towards the dam wall.


Best flies:
Black Fritz, Orange Fritz, Viva, Bibio, Olive Nymph

Best baits:
Chartreuse Powerbait eggs and Magic Dust in a swim feeder

Best areas:
Bait – Murray’s Point
Fly – Cronkley


Ranger:
Christopher Hodgson
 
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Derwent Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending May 16, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Weekending: 16/05/10

Number of anglers - week |472
Number of trout taken - week |1,917
Number of trout returned - week |73
Total number of trout caught - week |1,990
Rod average - week |4.22
Best trout - week |9lb 2oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week |1,800
Total number of anglers to date |3,985
Total number of fish caught to date |15,779
Largest trout of the season so far |12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average |3.96
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Water-aid winners

The Water Aid bank master’s charity competition was held this week end and some excellent catches were recorded. The 68 competitors produced a fine rod average of 4.2 fish per angler reflecting the consistent and quality sport anglers are enjoying at present.

The winner of the fly section was Steven Fletcher who had eight fish for 15lb 4oz the winner
Of the Multi bait section was William Murphy from Ayrshire with eight fish weighing 17lb 15oz.
Both anglers win a 2011 go fishing season permit and each received a £100.00 tackle voucher from Hardy Greys. Doug Pearson also received a £50 tackle voucher from Hardy Greys for the biggest fish at 5lb 9oz.

During this week Graeme Robbie caught the 15th Tiger trout of the season on the North bank on a Cats Whisker. This 2lber was in great condition and the Tigers are beginning to develop a reputation as great fighters! Fly anglers have caught consistently well on most banks with Cronkley bay the current hotspot with dozens of eight fish catches during the week. A fast retrieve seems to be the key using a bright lure such as an Orange Fritz. Jim Marchant caught the heaviest fish of the week a fine 9lb 2oz Rainbow at Pow Hill on the booby.
Brian Forest also caught an 8lber on the North bank with a Black Fritz, probably the most productive fly on the reservoir.

Bait anglers have had their best week of the season with a variety of methods catching fish depending on the wind direction and weather conditions. In calmer conditions a float fished worm has been hard to beat and in more turbulent conditions the scent from ledgered Powerbait has been very effective.

Best flies:
Black Fritz, Orange Fritz, Black Gnat, Viva, Damsel nymphs
Best baits:
Pink Powerbait eggs and Magic Dust in a swimfeeder
Best areas:
Bait- In front of Hunter House
Fly - Cronkley


Ranger:
Christopher Hodgson
 
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Derwent Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending May 23, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Weekending: 23/05/10

Number of anglers - week |509
Number of trout taken - week |1,846
Number of trout returned - week |30
Total number of trout caught - week |1,876
Rod average - week |3.69
Best trout - week| 9lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week |900
Total number of anglers to date |4,494
Total number of fish caught to date |17,655
Largest trout of the season so far |12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average |3.93

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Currie’s Hot!

Mr Currie caught the fish of the week taking a fine 9lb 8oz Rainbow from Cronkley. Mr Currie was using small Hawthorn dry flies which are ideal for the conditions at the moment with huge hatches of fly bringing the fish to the surface on an evening. Several anglers have commented on the number of fish seen rising on the warmer evenings with the reservoir ‘bubbling’ with fish.

We are beginning to see conditions change rapidly now which means a variety of tactics need to be adopted by both fly and multi-bait anglers. Fly anglers need to scale down the size of their tackle and fish smaller flies near or on the surface.

Fly anglers are locating fish near to any major hatch of flies. These have been near the dam wall in recent days but Millshield is also a hotspot due to the dense vegetation around the margins of the reservoir. For this reason dry flies are attracting most fish with flies such as the Black Hopper and May Fly working particularly well.

Bait anglers are finding the float fished worm much more successful than earlier in the season and a small spinner just under the surface should work a treat as we are seeing the bigger fish beginning to feed on small Roach. The stretch of bank from Pow Hill to Hunter House is now very productive, once the water warms this area come into its own with resident fish often shoaling in this area.

A double stocking will take place this week with 1,800 rainbows from 1lb 8oz up to 10lbs in weight. In addition we will also be introducing some more Tiger Trout so those anglers who enjoy entering the sweep should be prepared for some action.

Best flies:
Black Gnat, Hoppers, Black & Peacock Spider, Black Pennell
Best baits:
Pink Powerbait eggs and Magic Dust in a swim feeder
Best areas:
Bait- Between Pow Hill and Hunter House
Fly – Next to the Valve Tower


Ranger:
Christopher Hodgson
 
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Derwent Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending May 30, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Number of anglers - week |391
Number of trout taken - week |1,651
Number of trout returned - week |64
Total number of trout caught - week |1,715
Rod average - week |4.39
Best trout - week| 11lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week| 1,800
Total number of anglers to date| 4,885
Total number of fish caught to date| 19,370
Largest trout of the season so far |12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average |3.97

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Dean machine!

The exceptional sport continues at Derwent reservoir as anglers enjoy some tremendous fish with several doubles taken over the last week.
The best of which fell to 14 year old Dean Swinbank who caught a cracking 11lb fish on Saturday. Dean, from Stanley, was fishing at Pow Hill when the fish took his float fished Powerbait as he reeled in. Dean thought he was snagged with the shear weight of the fish until the huge fish jumped 6 feet out of the water. This was only his second visit and one he will never forget!
The fish have impressed all anglers with their size and quality the rod average this week approached five fish per angler ensuring we had some happy and content anglers throughout the week.

Fly anglers commented on a noted change in the feeding patterns and preferences as most fish are now feeding on or just under the surface. The trout are being attracted to the surface by some enormous hatches of flies, so remember to bring the dry flies with you!

An area of bank below Henries Plantation has seen particularly good hatches attracting large quantities of fish into this rarely fished area. Red buzzers are also one of the flies of the week, especially when drifted on the current under a bung.

Bait anglers are continuing to comment on the growing success of float fished worm and Powerbait. This method suspends the bait in the ‘feeding zone’ and only requires a trace of around 2 feet.

Best flies:
Black Gnat, Hoppers, Black & Peacock Spider, Black Pennell, Red buzzer, Ginger quill.

Best baits:
Float fished worm and Powerbait combination

Best areas:

Bait- Murry’s point

Fly – next to the Valve tower or Henry’s plantation


Ranger:
Christopher Hodgson
 

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Derwent Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending June 4, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Weekending: 04/06/10

Number of anglers - week 616
Number of trout taken - week 1,799
Number of trout returned - week 78
Total number of trout caught - week 1,877
Rod average - week 3.05
Best trout - week 8lb 4oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 900
Total number of anglers to date 5,501
Total number of fish caught to date 21,247
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average 3.86
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Large Tigers on the prowl

The warmer weather conditions have encouraged the fish to feed on the surface with anglers enjoying some tremendous rises on an evening. Darren Murgatroyd from Prudhoe had one of the catches of the week using a Daddy long legs imitation on Tuesday evening whilst fishing from the dam wall. Darren took five fish for 17lb 8oz including a fine rainbow of 7lbs.
This is one of the most exhilarating methods to enjoy when reservoir fishing as the trout swirl and engulf these large offerings with gusto.
George Jones from Consett caught the fish of the week from the north bank using a Cat’s Whisker. This fine 8lb 4oz fish was one of only a few fish caught using lures this week as those anglers choosing to match to hatch have faired better. The best method on the fly now is to use a floating lines and small black imitation flies such as a Black Gnat or a Black Hopper and a dry Daddy.
For the bait angler yellow Powerbait eggs continue to prove irresistible for fish on the south side of the reservoir with all the best fish and best catches taken on this popular bait.
Float fishing is becoming a much more effective alternative to ledger with some anglers taking their catch limits entirely on float fished baits. A worm combined with Powerbait eggs suspended two feet below a float has probably been the most effective during cloudy conditions. When the sun is out and the fish tend to head for the depths in the heat of the day those who alternated back to the ledger have also done well.

Several Tiger trout have been stocked some of which are up to 4lb in weight so this should provide some additional interest during the new week.


Best flies: Black Gnat, Hoppers, Black & Peacock Spider, Black Pennell, Daddy long legs
Best baits: Float fished worm and yellow Powerbait combination

Best areas: Bait – Murry’s point
Fly – North shore

Ranger:

Christopher Hodgson
 
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Derwent Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending June 13, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Weekending: 13/06/10

Number of anglers - week| 292
Number of trout taken - week |1,069
Number of trout returned - week| 91
Total number of trout caught - week| 1,160
Rod average - week| 3.97
Best trout - week| 6lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week| 1,800
Total number of anglers to date| 5,793
Total number of fish caught to date| 22,407
Largest trout of the season so far| 12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average |3.86

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Tommy’s tower tactics

On Sunday the 13th of June, Derwent reservoir hosted the 2010 MacMillan cancer support charity competition. A big thank you to all those who took part and raised over £1,500 for this popular charity. Despite less than favourable conditions the anglers still had a great day catching some fine fish. The winning team was Alan Bramfit’s team from Esh Winning with a tremendous catch of 34 fish between the five team members. All of the teams catch fell to the fly at Millshields.
We have seen some great catches during the last week with Mr Hamilton weighing in over 24lbs, one of which was 6lbs. Thursday, Saturday & Sunday also saw heavy fish come to the net.
Tommy Stephenson from Rowlands Gill has had an extremely successful start to the season with his tactics of fishing an intermediate line with a Dawson’s Olive next to the spill way. This tactic has rewarded him with some tremendous consistent sport. Fishing during the week Tommy returned 12 fish as well as taking his eight fish limit.
Murray’s point continues to be a hotspot with the multi bait anglers with many of the regulars commenting on productive this spot has been. As the water levels retreat the point at Hunter House is beginning to become exposed. This area is extremely popular during the summer months with ledgered Powerbait scoring well.

Best flies:

Black Gnat, Hoppers, Black & Peacock Spider, Black Pennell,
Daddy long legs, Dawson’s Olive

Best baits:

Float fished worm and yellow Powerbait combination
Best areas:

Bait – Hunter House

Fly – Above the Sailing Club
 
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Derwent Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending June 20, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Weekending: 20/06/10

Number of anglers - week 444
Number of trout taken - week 1,377
Number of trout returned - week 60
Total number of trout caught - week 1,437
Rod average - week 3.24
Best trout - week 10lb 2oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 900
Total number of anglers to date 6,237
Total number of fish caught to date 23,844
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average 3.82

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Youngster Meadows leads the field

More impressive catches continue to make the headlines at Derwent reservoir with the younger anglers showing the rest of us how it is done! 10 year old Joe Meadows was the pick of the youngsters with his 10lber caught from the south shore near the second fence on ledgered Powerbait.

As the water levels start to retreat the anglers are pleased to see some of the best areas come into play. These areas include a deep channel for fly anglers next to the fence on the north bank and for bait anglers the point at Hunter House. Both of these spots are probably the best areas on the reservoir for holding large quantities of fish.

Anglers are recording some quality catches with dozens of eight fish limits recorded over 20lbs in weight. Several of these heavier catches have come from Hunter House, both on the point and in front of the house. Ledger is by far the best method through the day although the fish can be tempted on a float fished worm on an evening as they come to the surface.

Fly anglers are catching fish on all banks and are finding it necessary to adjust their tactics in line with conditions. This may mean fishing deep with boobies and lures during the heat of the day and then switching to traditional wet flies and small dry flies on evenings when the fish return to the surface to feed.

A date for you diary is the 1st of July when 20 rainbows will be stocked between the 8-12lb range so be prepared for some arm wrenching sport.

Best flies:

Black Gnat, Hoppers, Black & Peacock Spider, Black Pennell, Daddy, Dawsons Olive
Best baits:

Pink Powerbait eggs

Best areas:
Bait – Hunter House
Fly – Meadow

Ranger:
Christopher Hodgson
 
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03.07.10

Weekending: 04/07/10

Number of anglers - week 367
Number of trout taken - week 811
Number of trout returned - week 5
Total number of trout caught - week 816
Rod average - week 2.22
Best trout - week 8lb 2oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 1,800
Total number of anglers to date 7,012
Total number of fish caught to date 25453
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average 3.63
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Dam wall impresses all!

As the heat subside sport improved and by the end of the week catches improved dramatically. This is a good sign with the weather set to be fresher during the coming period prospects remain excellent.

The recently stocked 8-12lb fish are starting to show with Don Coe taking the first of these whilst fishing in a competition on Sunday. This was taken on the dam wall using a fast sinking line with an orange Booby and weighed in at 8lb 2oz.

Another Tiger was taken this week by Peter Cunningham from Houghton-le- Spring who landed a £400 beauty, Mr Cunningham was fishing on the south side just past the second fence and caught the fish while fly fishing with nymphs.

The dam wall is proving to be a great place to fly fish at the moment with the deeper water harbouring many good fish. This area is often good in the summer months as the fish can find shelter in the depths and also feed on the fly hatches which frequent the dam wall.

The bank next to the first fence has been a multi bait hotspot this week with a shoal of fish sitting just off the edge of the fence providing some great sport. These fish are deep so ledger fished Powerbait has attracted most of the good quality trout to the net – a method that has worked well all week.

We are expecting some great sport over the next weeks with more double stockings to come.

Best flies:

Hoppers, Black & Peacock Spider, Muddlers, Daddy long legs, Dawson’s Olive

Best baits:

Pink Powerbait eggs

Best areas:

Bait – First fence

Fly – Dam wall
 

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Report 11.07.10

Weekending: 11/07/10

Number of anglers - week 343
Number of trout taken - week 962
Number of trout returned - week 5
Total number of trout caught - week 967
Rod average - week 2.82
Best trout - week 9lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 900
Total number of anglers to date 7,355
Total number of fish caught to date 26,420
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average 3.59
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Anderson and Gray have a cracking day!

Rod averages continue to improve as the conditions become more unsettled and the fish revert back to their more seasonal feeding patterns. This suggests fish will be feeding well early and late in the day and can be caught throughout the day in deeper areas, such as the dam wall, the Oak tree and the Meadow.
We are also beginning to see some of the big fish introduced recently settle into their feeding routines with two coming to the scales this week. Mr Anderson and Derek Gray both had fish around the 9lb weight, with Derek taking his on Murray’s point using ledger fished Powerbait. We have also had several reports of sightings of big fish breaking the surface on the dam wall, giving hints as to where these double fish may have settled.
Fly anglers are finding the wind challenging at the moment so a successful area, with shelter, is Hunter House on the south side. This bank, right in front of the house, is rarely fished and holds many seasoned fish in great condition. Traditional wets and dries are excellent in this area as the shelter allows any hatches of flies to stay in the location and on the surface. The overflow is also fishing very well on the north side when the wind allows, with large quantities of fish pushed in to this area by a week of strong south westerly winds.

Bait anglers need to find some deep water to have chance of taking an eight fish catch. This leaves the point at Hunter House and the Oak tree to the first fence as prime locations. The point between the two fences on the south bank has fished consistently well during the week. Six year old Bobby Smith caught one of the best fish this week in this area with the young man weighing in with a fine 6lb 5oz rainbow taken on Powerbait!

Best flies:

Hoppers, Black & Peacock Spider, Muddlers, Daddy long legs, Bobbies

Best baits:

Ledger fished Powerbait paste

Best areas:

Bait – Murray’s point – between the two fences
Fly – Over flow
 

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