Grassholme Reservoir, Durham

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Weekending: 05/10/14

Number of anglers - week 137
Number of trout taken-week 357
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 357
Rod average - week 2.6
Best trout - week 5lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 450
Total number of anglers to date 5,876
Total number of fish caught to date 18,287
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.1

Fishery Headline: Walsh with a 5lb 8oz beauty

With October well upon us, conditions stayed near perfect for some late season action. Fish continue to feed aggressively in the margins in an attempt to gain weight for the winter months and as a result anglers are being treated to some fantastic late season sport. Indeed, some days saw the rod average spike to a magnificent rod average of well over four fish per angler. Small Toby lures are still proving very affective when fished close to the margins where fry have shoaled. Fly anglers are taking advantage with small dark or silver lures presented amongst the shoals of fry with a Cat’s Whisker or Humungus an ideal fly for this tactic. Fritz patterns and a Dawson’s Olive are a must to attract attention from feeding fish with these bigger lures offering a much more tempting meal! Many bait anglers reported taking fish at no more than 10 yards from the shore on bait presented on a float or a ledger. The biggest fish of the week goes to Mr. J Walsh who landed a fully finned rainbow trout of 5lb 8oz. Mr. B Starforth netted himself a limit catch for a weight of 15lb 8oz along side Mr. G Parry who also had a combined weight of 15lb 8oz for eight fish. With many more catches in the region of six to seven fish, the remainder of the season looks set to continue to offer great sport as we continue to stock on a weekly basis.

Customer information
As we are now well into autumn for your comfort and safety during October we will now open from 7.30am.

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Best flies: Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive

Best baits: Worm, Orange PowerBait Eggs, Silver Tobix Lure

Best areas: Lodge bank, Dam Wall, white post

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Paul Perryman
 

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Weekending: 12/10/14

Number of anglers - week 106
Number of trout taken-week 315
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 315
Rod average - week 2.9
Best trout - week 3lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 350
Total number of anglers to date 5,983
Total number of fish caught to date 18,602
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.1

Fishery Headline: Star Catch Stacey!

With a mixture of weather conditions this week autumn has truly arrived in Teesdale. However, this onset of more unsettled conditions often sends a natural message to the fish to gorge themselves prior to winter. Charlie Wheatley and Keith Smith from Houghton le Spring braved the wet conditions at the beginning of the week and reaped the rewards for their efforts. Both anglers caught their eight fish catch limits weighing in 16lb each. Charlie and Keith caught their fish by the disabled area using a range of different PowerBait but seemed to be having most of their success on Pink and White PowerBait Micetails. John Stacey from Stanley caught the heaviest catch limit of the week weighing in at 18lb 8oz. John was fishing at the white post on the north bank using Orange PowerBait Eggs tipped with worm, John had two fish over 3lb, the heaviest of which was 3lb 8oz. On the fly this week Jim Urwin from Sunnyside caught four fish on a Credit Cruncher permit. Jim took advantage of the calmer conditions towards the end of the week and caught his fish on a Dawson’s Olive on a intermediate line fishing in Easter bay, the heaviest of Jim’s fish was 2lb 8oz.

Customer information
As we are now well into autumn for your comfort and safety during October we will now open from 7.30am.

For more images visit our Facebook Page Fishing with Northumbrian Water

Best flies: Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive

Best baits: Worm, PowerBait Micetails, Silver Tobix Lure

Best areas: Lodge bank, Dam Wall, white post

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Trevor Wright
 

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Weekending: 19/10/14

Number of anglers - week 97
Number of trout taken-week 270
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 270
Rod average - week 2.7
Best trout - week 4lb 9oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 400
Total number of anglers to date 6,080
Total number of fish caught to date 18,872
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.1


Fishery Headline: Magic Moment for Michael!

Coundon angler Michael McKimm was on fine form at Grassholme on Saturday fishing the south corner of the Dam Wall. Michael was using ledgered Orange PowerBait Eggs tipped with worm and caught two catch limits, going away with sixteen superb trout, several of which were over 3lb. Easter Bay continued to hold fish and angler John Buchanan took the biggest fish of the week with a very nice 4lb 9oz rainbow which was part of his eight fish catch limit. John caught all of his fish on fly using a combination of a Cat’s Whiskers and a Claret Dabbler on a slow glass intermediate line. The west end car park bank fished well in the early part of the week thanks to the easterly winds and some good catches were taken around the second bridge with spinners proving effective here.

Newsflash – Bumper stocking for the half term holidays!

Customer information
As we are now well into autumn for your comfort and safety during October we will now open from 7.30am.

For more images visit our Facebook Page Fishing with Northumbrian Water

Best flies:
Cat’s Whisker, various traditional wet flies, Orange Blob

Best baits:
Bubblegum White Micetails, Orange PowerBait Eggs, worm

Best areas:
Dam wall, Easter bay

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Andrew Scot
 

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Weekending: 02/11/14

Number of anglers - week 94
Number of trout taken-week 192
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 192
Rod average - week 2.0
Best trout - week 3lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 0
Total number of anglers to date 6,314
Total number of fish caught to date 19,204
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3.0

Fishery Headline: Derek has dam-tastic time!

Derek Story had a great day Tuesday with a double catch limit. Derek was fishing the south side of the Dam Wall using ledgered Orange PowerBait Eggs with many of his fish in excess of 2lb. Mr. A Smith also excelled by netting himself a limit catch of eight superb rainbow trout, again with some of these fish approaching the 3lb weight. Mr. P Lewis was not to be outdone and netted himself eight pristine rainbows with a combined weight of 16lb, the best catch of the week. The fish continue to keep feeding on the shoaling fry in the margins and this is giving roving anglers the chance of some exceptional sport using Mepps, Toby and large lures.

Customer information
Fishing times will be 9am until 3pm to reflect the shorter hours. As a result, we have reduced the price for a full permit to £16 for an increased catch limit of 10 fish and a family permit will also be reduced to £23 for 15 fish.


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Best flies:
Cat’s Whisker, Black Fritz, various large lures

Best baits:
Sunshine Yellow PowerBait, Orange Power Bait Eggs, worm

Best areas:
Dam Wall, Witch’s Hat, disabled platform, west end car park

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Paul Perryman
 

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Weekending: 16/11/14

Number of anglers - week 44
Number of trout taken-week 47
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 47
Rod average - week 1.1
Best trout - week 3lb 4oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 0
Total number of anglers to date 6,423
Total number of fish caught to date 19,319
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3

Fishery Headline:

Travelling light and covering water has been the key at Grassholme this week as the water temperature has now fallen below ten degrees which has resulted in the fish becoming more lethargic. However, those that have been prepared to walk to the middle reaches of the reservoir have been rewarded with some very nice fish. Pebble Beach and Rigg Bank on the north shore and Brock Scar, Wester Bay and Kelton Bank on the south shore have all produced fish consistently for both fly and bait anglers. Colin Parnaby was one angler who kept on the move at the weekend and took four good fish between two and three pound in weight. Colin fished along the north shore taking his fish from around Stake Hill and East Close Bay using a Consett Budgie on an intermediate line. Andrew Pattinson also had a nice four fish catch from the south shore fishing between Wester Bay and Kelton Bank. Andrew managed three rainbows on ledgered worm with the biggest fish of the week, a 3lb 4oz blue on a Silver Toby.

NEWSFLASH – There will be a sweep and prize for the best catch and heaviest fish last day of the season on Sunday 30 November.

Customer information
Fishing times will be 9am until 3pm to reflect the shorter hours. As a result, we have reduced the price for a full permit to £16 for an increased catch limit of 10 fish and a family permit will also be reduced to £23 for 15 fish.

For more images visit our Facebook Page Fishing with Northumbrian Water

Best flies:
Consett Budgie, Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker

Best baits:
Ledgered worm, Red/natural PowerBait Mousetails, various spinners

Best areas:
Middle reaches of north and south shore.

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Andrew Scott
 
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Weekending: 23/11/14

Number of anglers - week 28
Number of trout taken-week 18
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 18
Rod average - week 0.7
Best trout - week 2lb 4oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 0
Total number of anglers to date 6,451
Total number of fish caught to date 19,337
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 3

Fishery Headline: Reward for perseverance

As trout become well spread it is key for angler success to keep mobile and cover as much ground as possible. Those that have been prepared to walk to the middle reaches of the reservoir have been rewarded with some exceptional quality trout. Pebble Beach and Rigg Bank on the north shore and Brock Scar, Wester Bay and Kelton Bank on the south shore are still producing some great sport for this time of year for both the roving fly and bait angler. This was the case for Mr. R Ward who landed four good quality fish averaging around the 2lb mark.

NEWSFLASH – There will be a sweep and prize for the best catch and heaviest fish last day of the season on Sunday 30 November.

Customer information
Fishing times will be 9am until 3pm to reflect the shorter hours. As a result, we have reduced the price for a full permit to £16 for an increased catch limit of 10 fish and a family permit will also be reduced to £23 for 15 fish.


For more images visit our Facebook Page Fishing with Northumbrian Water

Best flies:
Consett Budgie, Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker

Best baits:
Ledgered worm, Red/Natural PowerBait Mousetails, various spinners

Best areas:
Middle reaches of north and south shore.

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Paul Perryman
 
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Weekending: 30/11/14

Number of anglers - week 49
Number of trout taken-week 27
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 27
Rod average - week 0.5
Best trout - week 2lb 12oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 0
Total number of anglers to date 6,500
Total number of fish caught to date 19,364
Largest trout of the season so far 10lb 5oz
Seasonal rod average 2.97

Fishery Headline: Colin nets end of season jackpot

A fine day on Sunday rounded off what has been an excellent season of sport at Grassholme reservoir. Anglers turned out in force for the final day heaviest fish competition to have a punt at the cash prize and to enjoy the end of season ‘banter’. Colin Parnaby from Durham was the lucky angler who took home the cash pot of £130. Colin caught two good sized rainbows, both of which weighed over 2lb with the heaviest weighing in at 2lb 12oz. Colin caught his fish using a Mepps spinner fishing around in Easter Bay.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all anglers for their support during the 2014 season and wish everyone an enjoyable and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Customer information
Grassholme reservoir is now closed for fishing until 14 March 2015.


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Best flies:
Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker

Best baits:
Worm, Red PowerBait Mousetails, various spinners

Best areas:
Middle reaches of north and south shore

Ranger office:
01833 641121

Ranger:
Trevor Wright
 

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Re: Grassholme Reservoir, Durham - 5/6/16

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir Size: 140 acres (57h), Max Depth 120 feet (38m)
Grid Ref: NY940 224 (For Internet Satellite Viewing)

Weekending: 05/06/16

Number of anglers - week 180
Number of trout taken - week 752
Number of trout returned - week 22
Total number of trout caught - week 774
Rod average - week 4.3
Best trout - week 6lb 4oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 500
Total number of anglers to date 2,016
Total number of fish caught to date 8,053
Largest trout of the season so far 8lb
Seasonal rod average 4.0


Fishery Headline: Mid section manic for roaming anglers!

Easterly winds dominated early week sport pushing fish away from the east end and the favoured Dam Wall, dispersing good numbers of shoaling fish across the full extent of the reservoir. Wester Bay and Easter Bay on the south bank fished extremely well all week with good numbers caught close to the bank on all methods. Alan Hardman and Paul Telford from Stanley took advantage of roaming fish Saturday; both taking their limits which including a pair of fish weighing in at 6lb and a 6lb 4oz taken on float fished Orange PowerBait Egg with worm. The white post on the north bank, another under fished area, produced good numbers with fly anglers taking advantage of the continued hawthorn hatch to target rising fish close to the bank with some good double digit numbers posted on catch and release tickets. Small fry can be found in large numbers currently making for some excellent spinning conditions late afternoon and early evening with medium sized Mepps attracting feeding fish high in the water. Fly lure patterns continue to reap rewards with fast retrieved Zonkers and Black Taddies taking fish when they are more reluctant to take dries. All in all a good week for all methods! The good weather is set to stay and with the continued double stocking policy we should see more high catch returns and the rod average sustained above four fish per angler!

NEWSFLASH – Double stocking this week including more brown trout!

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Best flies: Zonker, Dawson’s Olive, Black Tadpole

Best Baits: Mepps, Toby, Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs, various Mice-tails, Magic Dust

Best areas: Easter Bay, Wester Bay and Stake Hill

Ranger office:          
01833 641121

Ranger:
Simon Lee
 

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Grassholme Reservoir Fishing Report 26 March 2017

Fishery: Grassholme reservoir

Weekending: 26 March 2017

Number of anglers - week 106
Number of trout taken - week 316
Number of trout returned - week 12
Total number of trout caught - week 328
Rod average - week 3.1
Best trout - week 5lb
Number of fish re-stocked 600
Total number of anglers to date 361
Total number of fish caught to date 1,423
Largest trout of the season so far 6lb
Seasonal rod average 4.0

Fishery Headline: Quality fish come to the net

At the beginning of the week the Witches Hat, in front of the lodge and along the dam wall produced the best catches. However after a spell of heavy snow midweek the wind changed direction and the west end of the reservoir came into its own.
Over the period anglers have recorded good numbers of rainbows in the 3 – 5lb range with many 8 fish limits weighing in at 20lbs or more. Mr R.Jackson from the west coast was delighted when he landed 8 pristine rainbows for a combined weight of 24lb. Fly anglers continue to do well with lures fished slowly on intermediate lines. A long cast has paid dividends on cooler days however a short cast along the margins has also worked well when the spring sunshine warms the shallower areas. Anglers using small Mepps spinners and Toby lures fished slowly near the bottom are also enjoying some quality sport by covering more water and keeping on the move.

NEWSFLASH – bumper stocking of Lartington rainbows in anticipation of some fine weather at the weekend!

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Orange Blob, Black Fritz

Best baits: Various Mice-tails, Yellow PowerBait eggs, Sherbet Blast Gulp eggs.

Best areas: Dam Wall, disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter bay, north shore and the West end car park

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Paul Perryman
 

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Grassholme Reservoir Fishing Report April 2, 2017

Weekending: 2 April 2017

Number of anglers - week 143
Number of trout taken - week 401
Number of trout returned - week 4
Total number of trout caught - week 405
Rod average - week 5.6
Best trout - week 6lb 10oz
Number of fish re-stocked 600
Total number of anglers to date 504
Total number of fish caught to date 1,828
Largest trout of the season so far 6lb 10oz
Seasonal rod average 3.6


Fishery Headline: Family land £200 trout

Monday brought a welcome change in wind direction as the trout that were previously shoaled up at the west end travelled down the reservoir towards the main basin. Ledgered baits continue to fish well with orange and chartreuse mice- tails and orange eggs being the best baits at the moment. The twice weekly stocking is helping all areas of the reservoir fish well however strong winds midweek congregated the trout to the margins from Easter bay to the dam wall. During this period anglers fishing in these areas recorded some fine sport including several limit catches and trout over 3lbs in weight. Chris Chester and his family had an excellent day fishing in Easter bay on Sunday, taking a trout with one colour standing out from its rainbow a beautiful yellow tag worth £200.Scott Bell landed the biggest fish of the week tipping the scales at a respectable 6lb 10oz part of a fine 8 fish limit. On Friday we introduced several 12lb plus specimen rainbows into Grassholme so we expect to see some heavyweights brought to the scales soon.

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Orange Blob, Black Fritz

Best baits: Orange/chartreuse Mice-tails, Orange PowerBait eggs, Sherbet Blast Gulp eggs.

Best areas: Dam Wall, disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter bay, north shore and the West end car park

Ranger office: 01833 641 121

Ranger: Simon Lee
 

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Grassholme Reservoir Fishing Report April 9, 2017

Weekending: 09 April 2017

Number of anglers - week 147
Number of trout taken - week 632
Number of trout returned - week 10
Total number of trout caught - week 642
Rod average - week 4.3
Best trout - week 11lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked 600
Total number of anglers to date 651
Total number of fish caught to date 2,470
Largest trout of the season so far 11lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.7

Fishery Headline: Chester and Shaw net Jumbo twins!

A big fish bonanza at Grassholme this week as anglers had some tremendous sport with our jumbo trout. Keith Marshall got the ball rolling mid week taking a very nice 7lb 13oz fish on orange PowerBait eggs from the lodge frontage as part of his eight fish catch limit, this was the biggest fish of the season at the time...! Toft Hill angler and Grassholme regular William Currie also used orange PowerBait eggs to very good effect, this time from the Witch’s Hat. He landed seven nice rainbows by 2pm including a cracker of 9lb 4oz which looked certain to be the biggest fish of the week, however Michael Shaw had other ideas. Fishing from the south shore between the platform and Easter bay using chartreuse and orange Mice-tails with Magic Dust in a feeder Michael hooked into something very substantial mid afternoon. After an arm wrenching 20 minute battle he was finally able to slip the net under a whopping 11lb 8oz fish. Saturday morning was a tale of lost fish with three anglers coming to the lodge reporting being snapped by very big fish, all were avoidable too as the drag setting on their reels hadn’t been adjusted to allow them to give line out. One angler who did have his drag set correctly was Mark Chester from Twickenham. Up on holiday for a few days Mark decided to give Grassholme a go for the first time and was not disappointed. Using a float set up with an orange PowerBait egg and worm cocktail he hooked into a brute of a rainbow on the north shore near the spillway and some time later eventually landed his biggest ever fish. This is also our joint biggest fish of the season so far as it weighed in at 11lb 8oz, exactly the same as Michael’s fish from earlier in the week!

NEWSFLASH – Double stocking for the Bank Holiday weekend

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Orange Blob, Black Fritz

Best baits: Orange eggs, pink Mice-tails, white Gulp eggs, worm

Best areas: Dam Wall, Disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Andrew Scott
 

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Grassholme Reservoir fishing report April 16, 2017

Weekending: 16 April 2017

Number of anglers - week 141
Number of trout taken - week 494
Number of trout returned - week 3
Total number of trout caught - week 497
Rod average - week 3.5
Best trout - week 5lb 12oz
Number of fish re-stocked 600
Total number of anglers to date 792
Total number of fish caught to date 2,967
Largest trout of the season so far 11lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.7

Fishery Headline: Eggs work best in Easter Bay

The east end of Grassholme was again the place to be this week with the vast majority of fish congregating around the Dam and Witch’s Hat area due to the westerly winds. John Harris made the journey over the Pennines from Kendal and was rewarded with the heaviest catch limit of the week which weighing in at 21lb 7oz and included a cracking 5lb 12oz rainbow and another of 4lb 4oz. John used orange Comet Gulp eggs tipped with worm and took all of his fish from the north side of the Dam Wall near the Tower. Both ledgered and float fished worm has fished very well for a good number of anglers this week and is one of the most underused baits at Grassholme. Lee Jacques took a nice seven fish catch from Easter Bay during the week on the float and worm with a four foot trace. Anglers have brought good numbers of fish to the net this week on white Gulp Alive eggs and white Mice-tails. It’s always best to keep changing your baits on a regular basis as Tom Doran found to his advantage on Saturday, after fishing for five hours without a bite, he decided to hook up with white Mice-tails and had six fish in a crack out of Easter Bay. Fish continue to be found close in drifting up and down the margins, so short casting should be key to success for the week ahead.

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Orange blob, Black Fritz

Best baits: White Mice-tails, White Gulp eggs, worm

Best areas: Dam Wall, disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Simon Lee
 

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Grassholme Reservoir fishing report April 23, 2017

Weekending: 23 April 2017

Number of anglers - week 170
Number of trout taken - week 324
Number of trout returned - week 65
Total number of trout caught - week 389
Rod average - week 2.2
Best trout - week 3lb
Number of fish re-stocked 510
Total number of anglers to date 962
Total number of fish caught to date 3,356
Largest trout of the season so far 11lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.4

Fishery Headline: Success for Newby

With over night frosts and a cool east breeze returning to the region the fishing was a little more challenging than expected for this time of year. With the change in wind direction the fish were more wide spread across the reservoir rather than been shoaled up in the usual hotspots. Anglers who were travelling to try and find the fish were doing so with greatest success. John White from Newton Aycliffe travelled light with his spinning rod and caught eight fish using a 12 gram blue and silver Toby. John walked the length of the south shore and picked a couple of fish up in various spots but landed most of his rainbows in Easter Bay with the heaviest weighing in at 2lb 12oz. Josh Newby found a shoal of fish by the white post on the north bank and found white Mice-tails too much to resist for the fish. Josh started on orange PowerBait eggs and caught three fish early in the morning, switching to white Mice-tails to catch five fish in quick succession. Fly angler James Wilson caught and released 11 fish on the north bank fishing with a Black Fritz on the point and a Kate McLaren on the dropper. James estimated all of his fish to be between 2-3lb.

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Orange blob, Black Fritz, Kate McLaren

Best baits: White Mice-tails, white Gulp eggs, worm

Best areas: Dam Wall, disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Trevor Wright
 

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Grassholme Reservoir fishing report April 30, 2017

Weekending: 30 April 2017

Number of anglers - week 96
Number of trout taken - week 433
Number of trout returned - week 1
Total number of trout caught - week 434
Rod average - week 4.5
Best trout - week 4lb
Number of fish re-stocked 500
Total number of anglers to date 1,058
Total number of fish caught to date 3,790
Largest trout of the season so far 11lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.6

Fishery Headline: All hail King Keith!

With temperatures rising and calmer conditions this week anglers have seen a lot of activity from feeding trout and this has shown in a weekly rod average of 4.5 per angler. This interest shown from the patrolling trout spread across all methods of fishing with 35 catch return limits recorded. Peter Dodsworth and his wife took a 12 fish couples limit for a combined weight of 24lb and Mr. L Jackson and his partner also netted a 12 fish catch limit. Colin Parnaby was delighted with his eight fish catch limit while fishing at the Witch’s Hat. The preferred method for bait anglers this week has been ledgered Mice-tails popped up with an extra PowerBait egg on the hook and Magic Dust in the swim feeder as an attractant. The anglers who prefer to roam have had some astounding success with small Mepps spinners or a Toby. Anglers would fish an area then move ten yards, covering as much water as possible all around the reservoir. Not to be out done fly anglers have also held there own with small lures fished on the point and old faithful Kate McLaren fished on the dropper working well! Congratulations to Keith Sedgwick who joined the tag fish pool netted six pristine fish on a Dawson’s Olive and was delighted to see a tag on one of the fish and was rewarded with £200, well done Keith.

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, Orange blob, Black Fritz, Kate McLaren

Best baits: White Mice-tails, white Gulp eggs, worm

Best areas: Dam Wall, disabled platform, Witch’s Hat, Easter Bay, north shore

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Paul Perryman
 

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Grassholme Reservoir Fishing Report May 7, 2017

Weekending: 07 May 2017

Number of anglers - week 165
Number of trout taken - week 764
Number of trout returned - week 4
Total number of trout caught - week 768
Rod average - week 4.6
Best trout - week 8lb 4oz
Number of fish re-stocked 600
Total number of anglers to date 1,223
Total number of fish caught to date 4,554
Largest trout of the season so far 11lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.7

Fishery Headline: A Nod to Mr Todd

Grassholme continues its high rod average with an excellent 4.6 fish per rod for the week. Anglers are finding fish in all areas of the reservoir, with the jetty and the platform especially producing limit catches. Alan Todd got the week off to a flyer on Tuesday fishing from the Witch’s Hat with pink PowerBait eggs. Alan took eight fish including a beautiful fin perfect rainbow tipping the scales at 8lb 4oz topping off his day. Some of Lartington’s finest fish entered the water Wednesday with the biggest weighing in at 15lb, so we should see anglers getting some personal bests just like Mr Todd in the coming weeks. Peter Doddsworth and his wife Susan had another week to remember taking 12 fish on their couples permit which they also did last week. Their smiles were a little wider on Friday as one of the fish was adorned with a little yellow tag, netting the couple £200. Float fishing is starting to produce good numbers of fish when the wind allows, our yearly hatch of hawthorns have brought fish to the surface and hopefully we will see some on the water this week making for some brilliant dry fly fishing. White Mice-tails have probably been the best bait this week fished ledgered or on the float. Fish have tended to be caught close into the margins as feeding fish take advantage of the active fly life being blown onto the surface. With easterly winds over the weekend, we would expect areas such as Brock Scar and Wester Bay to be good areas to start your visit this week as fish migrate from the usual hotspots close to the Dam Wall.

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Best flies: Hawthorns, Dawson’s Olive, Orange blob, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker

Best baits: White Mice-tails, white Gulp eggs, worm

Best areas: Brock Scar, Wester Bay, north shore

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Simon Lee
 

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Grassholme Reservoir fishing report May 14, 2017

Weekending: 14 May 2017

Number of anglers - week 178
Number of trout taken - week 586
Number of trout returned - week 1
Total number of trout caught - week 587
Rod average - week 3.2
Best trout - week 11lb 12oz
Number of fish re-stocked 600
Total number of anglers to date 1,401
Total number of fish caught to date 5,141
Largest trout of the season so far 11lb 12oz
Seasonal rod average 3.6

Fishery Headline: Dave Almighty

Inconsistent winds and weather conditions last week made fishing unpredictable as fish seemed to spread out across the reservoir. Dave Gallimore from Trimdon used his experience and fished in Easter Bay whilst the wind was blowing east and landed a fish of a lifetime. Dave caught a beautiful 11lb 12oz rainbow trout using orange PowerBait eggs on a ledgered rig. Dave finally landed the fish after 20 minutes of pulse racing action. Ian Doherty and Jamie Peacock from Sunderland both caught their eight fish limits in just a few hours on the north bank, fishing by the white post using pink PowerBait eggs and white Mice-tails, both limit catches weighed in at the 16lb mark. There have been some notable hatches of hawthorn flies which the fish were only to happy feed on. Bishop Auckland Angler Jeff Robinson was on hand to take advantage of this catching his eight fish limit on a hawthorn imitation and loosing many more fish. Mark Scott caught four fish using a Mepps spinner on a credit cruncher fishing at the west end of the reservoir with all of his fish weighing between 3lb and 4lb.

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Best flies: Hawthorns, Dawson’s Olive, Orange Blob, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker

Best baits: White Mice-tails, white gulp eggs, worm, Mepps spinner

Best areas: Brock Scar, Easter Bay, north shore

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Trevor Wright
 

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Grassholme Reservoir Fishing Report May 21, 2017

Weekending: 21 May 2017

Number of anglers - week 156
Number of trout taken - week 508
Number of trout returned - week 12
Total number of trout caught - week 520
Rod average - week 3.3
Best trout - week 12lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked 600
Total number of anglers to date 1,557
Total number of fish caught to date 5,661
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.6

Fishery Headline: Ian nets season best

With a mixed bag of weather conditions fishing has been challenging but at times very rewarding as Ian Cannon was delighted to find out with 12 fish caught and returned to the water on our ever popular £15 catch and release permit. Ian enjoyed some of the best sport of his life and completed his day by netting and returning a 12lb 8oz fully finned rainbow caught on a Dawson’s Olive. This is one of several recently stocked this size which are still at large, so check your tackle and set those drags! Jeff Walsh took an eight fish limit from the beach near the ramp using a hook bait of PowerBait with a swim feeder full of Magic Dust. Mr. R Jackson from Morecambe Bay visited Grassholme and fished the north shore and netted a full eight fish catch limit using PowerBait on the hook in conjunction with a swim feeder.
Anglers reported fish feeding close to the margins when there is cloud cover and moving to deeper water when the sun is at its height, so anglers are adapting to the conditions and adjusting there tactics to suit. Many anglers are also putting there bait rod down and having a go with a spinner which is probably the very best method at Grassholme in the right hands! Fly anglers are also enjoying their sport with an abundance of terrestrial fly life on the water at this time of year and small black flies seem to be the preferred offering. That said, a Dawson’s Olive is still holding its own as a top lure, especially for newly stocked fish! Easter Bay the Witch’s Hat along with the north shore and the west end of the reservoir seem to be the hot spots at the moments and we are looking forward to some more excellent sport with the weather looking great!

NEWSFLASH – Double stocking for Bank Holiday weekend!

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Best flies: Hawthorn, Bibio, Dawson’s Olive, Orange Blob, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker
Best baits: White Mice-tails, gulp eggs, worm, Mepps/Toby spinner
Best areas: Easter Bay, north shore, Witch’s Hat

Ranger office: 01833 641121
Ranger: Paul Perryman
 

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Grassholme Reservoir fishing report May 28, 2017

Weekending: 28 May 2017

Number of anglers - week 178
Number of trout taken - week 467
Number of trout returned - week 12
Total number of trout caught - week 479
Rod average - week 2.7
Best trout - week 9lb 12oz
Number of fish re-stocked 600
Total number of anglers to date 1,735
Total number of fish caught to date 6,140
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.5

Fishery Headline: Armstrong family get best start ever?

With a more settled weather at the beginning of the week fish were quite predictable, venturing into shallow water when cloud cover allowed and moving back into deeper water when the sun was at it’s height. Regular anglers used this knowledge to their advantage targeting deep areas near the Dam in the heat of the day and shallower bay and banks on an evening when fish came to the surface to feed. Indeed, it has been noticeable at the number of evening hatches which allowed anglers to locate feeding fish. The Armstrong family visited Grassholme and dad Lee bought a starter kit for five year old Jorja and with her six year old brother the family landed eight quality rainbows but the icing on the cake was Jorja’s 9lb 12oz superb rainbow, one of the biggest of the season to date! Colin Parnaby was delighted with his limit catch as one of the trout had a tag and was rewarded with £200. Ronald Barker had a memorable day with a superb eight fish limit catch for a total weight of 17lb. Mr M Abbott was delighted with his eight fish catch limit, as was Mr. P Davies to mention just a few! Anglers who choose to spin and roam the banks were rewarded with some brilliant sport, especially fishing the middle section of the reservoir where very few anglers venture. Roving fly anglers came into there own on an evening as there were plenty of hatches allowing fly anglers to locate the fish and imitate hatches resulting in some memorable sport.

NEWSFLASH – Double stocking for half term week!

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Best flies: Hawthorn, Bibio, Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker
Best baits: White Mice-tails, worm, Mepps/Toby spinner
Best areas: Easter Bay, north shore, Witch’s Hat, Dam Wall

Ranger office: 01833 641121
Ranger: Paul Perryman
 

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Grassholme Reservoir Fishing Report June 4, 2017

Weekending: 4 June 2017

Number of anglers - week 211
Number of trout taken - week 487
Number of trout returned - week 9
Total number of trout caught - week 496
Rod average - week 2.4
Best trout - week 10lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked 600
Total number of anglers to date 1,946
Total number of fish caught to date 6,636
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.4

Fishery Headline: Paul is King this week

The unsettled weather this week saw the thinking angler achieve the best results. On bright days those who targeted the deeper water did best. On the overcast days the best method was to target the shallows and present your flies and bait higher in the water. Paul King from Peterlee landed the largest trout of the week, a pristine fully finned rainbow weighing 10lb 8oz on a copper coloured Mepps.
Mr & Mrs Bussey enjoyed a great days sport fishing near the boat ramp landing 9 quality rainbows on a couples permit whilst several other anglers recorded 8 fish limits. Anglers who chose to spin and roam the banks enjoyed some memorable sport as trout were definitely in the mood for chasing lures especially in the evening. Fly anglers also landed some impressive catches and enjoyed some fantastic sport targeting free rising fish as they fed on the evening hatch. The dam wall and the north bank were the most productive deep water marks and when conditions allowed float fished baits also produced some great sport.

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Best flies: Hawthorn, Bibio, Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker

Best baits: White Mice Tails, Worm, Mepps spinner and Toby Spoons

Best areas: Easter Bay, North Shore, Witch’s Hat, Dam Wall

Ranger office: 01833 641 121

Ranger:

Paul Perryman
 

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Grassholme Reservoir fishing report June 18, 2017

Weekending: 18 June 2017

Number of anglers - week 208
Number of trout taken - week 466
Number of trout returned - week 7
Total number of trout caught - week 473
Rod average - week 2.2
Best trout - week 4lb 2oz
Number of fish re-stocked 500
Total number of anglers to date 2,232
Total number of fish caught to date 7356
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2

Fishery Headline: North shore path leads anglers to the fish

There were some testing conditions this week for visiting anglers with bright baking sun for most of the week making for some hard days fishing. Fortunately the heavy rainfall in recent weeks has brought the water levels higher and reduced the water temperature a little. This has occasionally encouraged the fish to feed in the margins and out of the deeper water but most of the fish this week have been caught in areas where the water deepens, such as Pebble Beach with anglers finding good pockets of fish further out. The reopening of the north shore footpath meant anglers had easier access to these deeper spots with some anglers posting good numbers on days when other spots produced very little. Key to fishing in hot conditions at this time of year is to travel light and cover as much water as possible. Keith Holden found this to his advantage during the week after walking much of the north bank he picked up six fish in quick succession in the mouth of the bay close to Pebble Beach on a fast sink line fished with a single olive fritz pattern. Even after a fresh stocking at the north bank Wednesday and then a stocking at the west end and jetty Friday the usual areas where you are often guaranteed to pick a few fish struggled. The north bank close to the white post produced some decent returns and Tom Davies took eight fish in a six hours spell with ledgered white Mice-tails fishing around 20ft from the shore just above the white post. Sunday saw an excellent turnout for the popular Father’s Day competition with the bank awash with anglers of all ages. David Burton of Peterlee took the First prize of £100 NWL voucher for the heaviest fish weighing in at 2lb 11oz, his son Adam aged six helped dad secure the heaviest catch prize, with a combined weight of 10lb 1oz. The week ahead looks promising with good cloud cover and light wind which hopefully will bring fish back to the margins.

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker
Best baits: White Mice-tails, worm, Magic Dust, Mepps/Toby spinner
Best areas: North shore, Witch’s Hat, Dam Wall

Ranger office: 01833 641121
Ranger: Simon Lee
 

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