Grassholme Reservoir, Durham

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Grassholme Reservoir fishing report June 25, 2017

Weekending: 25 June 2017

Number of anglers - week 129
Number of trout taken - week 322
Number of trout returned - week 4
Total number of trout caught - week 326
Rod average - week 2.5
Best trout - week 3lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked 500
Total number of anglers to date 2,361
Total number of fish caught to date 7,682
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2
Fishery Headline: “Dam Buster” winds bring shoaling fish into feed

Fish again seemed reluctant to return to the margins to feed this week. Anglers found fish in the same spots as last week, in the deeper water around the north bank. Small silver Mepps brought good numbers to the net with anglers commenting on getting good numbers in brief spells which indicates fish are tending to feed in shoals. Thursday saw the focus move over to the south shore with plenty of fish caught around the platform area and towards the Witch’s Hat. This excellent sport continued into Friday with a 5.7 rod average for the day in some terrible conditions with fierce winds lashing waves onto the Dam Wall. Saturday’s visitors took full advantage of the winds from the previous day with fish holding well into the corner of the Dam Wall and it was rich pickings. Paul Davies ledgering orange Powerbait eggs and took his limit catch in super quick time signing out along with a few others before the morning had really got started. Anglers flocked to this area hoping for similar rewards but just as quick as the sport had started it was over with the shoal moving away from the area. Sunday saw a similar pattern to most of the week with the north bank producing fish early but on the whole it was a challenging day for most. Although Chris Randell did stand out returning four and taking four, along with the biggest fish of the week, a nice blue trout weighing in at 3lb 8oz, caught on a Cormorant fished on an intermediate line, which stripped him right back to his backing line!

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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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Grassholme Reservoir fishing report July 2, 2017

Weekending: 02 July 2017

Number of anglers - week 126
Number of trout taken - week 358
Number of trout returned - week 1
Total number of trout caught - week 359
Rod average - week 2.9
Best trout - week 5lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked 500
Total number of anglers to date 2,487
Total number of fish caught to date 8,041
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2

Fishery Headline: Jackson five - pounder!

Unsettled weather at the beginning of the week pushed fish into deeper water which made fishing challenging. However, once the weather settled down the feeding trout came back into there more common feeding grounds in large numbers. The Dam Wall was full of activity as the fish seemed to patrol along it continuously which gave anglers plenty of sport and this was more evident when anglers switched to spinning to attract the larger feeding fish. The north bank also fished really well as Ronnie Jackson from Morecambe found out to his delight as he landed eight pristine rainbows and one of the fish was the biggest fish of the week at a superb 5lb 8oz. Yet again the Teasdale ranger team introduced double figured fish in to Grassholme reservoir along with there weekly stocked of home grown Lartington fish. Gordon Winn was delighted with his eight fish catch limit as was Paul Davies who also landed eight pristine rainbows. Mr. G Ferguson landed eight quality rainbows and was on his way home by 11.30am - just in time for lunch. Regular visitor Jeff Walsh took his eight fish catch limit within four hours fishing PowerBait eggs in conjunction with a swim feeder filled with Magic Dust. Anglers reported at the end of the week fish had moved back in to the margins and this was evident as the catch limits recorded increased dramatically. Fly anglers also reported more activity from the feeding fish later in the week, especially with a well placed lure retrieved adjacent to the bank.

NEWSFLASH – More double figure rainbows released but yet to be caught!

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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, Easter Bay, Dam Wall

Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Paul Perryman
 

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Grassholme Reservoir Fishing Report July 9, 2017

Weekending: 09 July 2017

Number of anglers - week 133
Number of trout taken - week 388
Number of trout returned - week 12
Total number of trout caught - week 400
Rod average - week 3
Best trout - week 4lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked 500
Total number of anglers to date 2,620
Total number of fish caught to date 8,441
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2

Fishery Headline: Emerson family day to remember!

With unsettled weather again this week sport has been challenging at times but rewarding for the angler who adapts his tactics and location when required. In te brightest conditions it’s anglers who seek deeper water (north bank /dam wall) who have had some fantastic sport, but when there is cloud cover the more common locations such as the Witch’s Hat, ramp area, Easter Bay and the west end have all produced some quality sport. Colin Parnaby was delighted with his visit when he caught his first rainbow on ledgered PowerBait, however, when the cloud cover arrived Colin resorted to a float fished bait and landed another seven quality rainbows. The Emerson family had one of the best stories of the week with Mr. A Emerson landing a full eight fish catch limit as did Mr. B Emmerson and not far behind was Mr. L Emmerson with six quality rainbows. Jeff Walsh was delighted with his visit with an eight fish catch limit caught on ledgered PowerBait in conjunction with Magic Dust in a swim feeder. Top tip from some regular anglers is to fill your swim feeder every cast so you bait your swim to a point fish can not resist the scent in the water and follow the source back to where your hook bait is positioned! Simple but effective! Roaming fly anglers also had some fantastic sport covering as much water as possible as Mr. S Billbrough did successfully resulting in three fish for the table and returning seven rainbows to fight another day. Anglers who decided to spin reported some quality sport on the Dam Wall where fish have been chasing fry, stealth is a must when spinning for trout on the Dam Wall as the fish are very close to the block work.

NEWSFLASH – More double figure rainbows released but yet to be caught!

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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, Easter Bay, Dam Wall

Ranger office: 01833 641121
 

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Grassholme Reservoir fishing report July 23, 2017

Weekending: 23 July 2017

Number of anglers - week 145
Number of trout taken - week 375
Number of trout returned - week 5
Total number of trout caught - week 380
Rod average - week 2.62
Best trout - week 3lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked 500
Total number of anglers to date 2,901
Total number of fish caught to date 9,193
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.16

Fishery Headline: Simon in ‘Hopper Heaven’

It has been a mixed week of weather as the wind changed direction and weather conditions changed on many occasions. However, at this stage in the season damp and cloudy conditions are by far the most productive for a successful summer fishing trip. Anglers who adapted tactics and locations to over come these challenges had excellent catch returns to contribute to a decent rod average for mid summer. Regular angler Jeff Walsh landed eight pristine rainbows whilst fishing near the ramp using PowerBait on the hook and Magic Dust in the swim feeder. Along side Jeff was Keith Hall who netted six quality rainbows adopting tactics from Jeff to make a very successful day for the pair. Mr. P Davies who is also a regular visitor to Grassholme was delighted with his eight fish catch limit. Mr. Davies took five trout at the west end of the reservoir and then finished the day of in front of the lodge and netted a further three rainbows. Some were tempted to a float fished bait with others taken on the ledger proving different methods and locations can reap rewards. The Taylor family were on their yearly holiday from Singapore and visited Grassholme as they do every year and between the family netted 18 quality rainbows and were delighted with their day out. Anglers who like to spin were in for a real treat as many anglers were having unbelievable sport on size 2 Mepps, travelling light and walking the banks fan casting then moving covering more water and locating the feeding trout. The same method worked well for those that like to fly fish, travel light and cover more water. A good tip is to cast adjacent to the bank and pull a lure along the bank as many trout are chasing minnows and this is where the minnows are located.

Newsflash – Double stocking for the first week of the summer holidays!

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Best flies: Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, Black Hopper
Best bait: Brown-Mice-tails, worm, Magic Dust, Small Mepps
Best areas: North shore, Easter Bay, Pebble Beach, Dam Wall, west end car park
Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Paul Perryman
 

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Grassholme Reservoir Fishing Report July 30, 2017

Grassholme Reservoir Fishing Report July 30, 2017

Weekending: 30 July 2017

Number of anglers - week 120
Number of trout taken - week 539
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 539
Rod average - week 4.5
Best trout - week 4lb 0oz
Number of fish re-stocked 500
Total number of anglers to date 3,021
Total number of fish caught to date 9,732
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2

Fishery Headline: No Hindsight for David

Grassholme’s rod average of 4.5 for the week is excellent for this time of year as water temperatures continue to rise into the summer the fish have moved away from the margins and into the cooler deeper waters and feeding less frequently. That said, we have had some excellent spells of fishing this week but at times it has been very challenging with the sport changing on a daily basis. Those who have posted good numbers have very often had to change methods and locations several times during the day to keep steadily catching. Fish stocked from the west end of the reservoir have quickly migrated along the north shore banks with east close bay and Stake Hill, along to the white post holding good numbers of fish. Anglers have had some brilliant returns from these spots with 10g -15g Toby lures fished deep. Bait anglers found success fishing smaller tactics this week with some good catches on chartreuse PowerBait ‘Fish Fry’ popped up from the bottom. David Hind found this method to work well taking seven rainbow and two wild brown trout which he returned. He noted dropping down to a smaller hook size helped when fish became tentative to feed. Fly anglers have also posted some good catches this week, slow retrieve tactics with traditional wets have brought plenty of fish to the net. Gordon Blake caught the biggest fish of the week; a 4lb Rainbow on a bushy Kate McLaren he took three more on his point fly; a Bibio tied on a size 10 hook during a good spell in Easter Bay. The weekend brought a flurry of limit catches from the Dam Wall and the Witch’s Hat as fish fed in shoals along the spill way wall. Sunday saw this action slow with most fish caught close to the jetty but as I write there has been some good catches from various spots so hopefully this will continue all week.

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Best flies: Bibio, Kate McLaren, Black Hopper, small Cat’s Whisker
Best bait: Chartreuse fish fry, Natural Worm, white Mice-tails
Best areas: North shore, Easter Bay, Pebble Beach, Dam Wall, west end car park
Ranger office: 01833 641121

Ranger: Simon Lee
 
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Grassholme Reservoir fishing report August 13, 2017

Weekending: 13 August 2017

Number of anglers - week 165
Number of trout taken - week 437
Number of trout returned - week 12
Total number of trout caught - week 449
Rod average - week 2.72
Best trout - week 12lb
Number of fish re-stocked 600
Total number of anglers to date 3,309
Total number of fish caught to date 10,513
Largest trout of the season so far 12lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 3.2

Fishery Headline: Big fish keep biting!

With a mixed offering of weather conditions this week some may be forgiven to think fishing would be hard, but quite the opposite. Whilst on a days fishing trip with his dad Gary Hall, five year old Charlie Hall landed a fish of a lifetime; a whopping 12lb rainbow and this was one of an eight fish catch limit with a combined weight 25lb 8oz. Mr. J Temple was delighted with his eight fish catch limit which he achieved by 9am while fishing Easter Bay. Not to be out done fishing comrade Billy Mckenna also landed an eight fish catch limit as did Mr. R Watson whilst fishing the Dam Wall. Mr. E Butterfield enjoyed his visit to Grassholme with a superb eight fish catch limit. Mr. D Hetherington had a superb days sport landing seven fish with one rainbow weighing in at a very respectable 4lb. Many of the fish taken have been attracted by PowerBait ledgered in conjunction with a swim feeder filled with Magic Dust. Fly anglers have come in to their own, especially on an evening as the weather eased and hatches began to appear all around the margins thus helping the fly anglers locate the risng fish. Anglers who like to spin have also had some exceptional sport as the fish appear to be feeding in the shallow margins when over cast conditions allow on terrestrial life and minnows thus coming into range for the angler opting to use small Mepps and Toby spinners

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Best flies: Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive, small black dries on an evening

Best baits: Yellow PowerBait eggs, brown Mice-tails, white Gulp eggs, Float fished worm, Mepps spinner

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

Ranger: Paul Perryman
 

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