Kielder Reservoir Fishing Reports

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Read weekly Kielder Reservoir fishing reports.

Kielder Water offers some very rewarding fishing both from the 20 miles of available shoreline, or from the fleet of 15, 17 foot "Orkney Longliner" boats. Kielder Water may seem a daunting venue to some, however it is soon cut down to size due to the extreme depths. The reservoir is stocked from various points on a weekly basis. Luckily for the angler once stocked, the fish stay close to the shore, looking for terrestrial insects that fall into the water from the overhanging bushes and trees.

Kielder Water is a unique venue, it can offer some fantastic sport for fly anglers especially off the top. The fish never really seem to be that far below the surface, a floating line or intermediate will cover most situations. Try the bays and drift the margins for some exciting sport, the wild browns are growing well and are a welcome addition to the stocked rainbows. Toilets, parking, two wheelie boats (pre-booking essential) and a hearing loop are available for disabled users.

Size: 2,700 acres (1,093h), Max Depth 178 feet (55m)
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Kielder ?

Does anybody fish Kielder water on a regular basis ? Would be interested to know what the deal is for fishing it off a boat . I fancy having a go but wouldn't know where to start !!
 

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Does anybody fish Kielder water on a regular basis ? Would be interested to know what the deal is for fishing it off a boat . I fancy having a go but wouldn't know where to start !!

hello again my fellow cumbrian

never fished the fly on kielder water although have fished for the catfish a few years ago,Not sure if they still do water skiing on there though might make it a bit tricky ....
 

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Hi Steve,

Make sure you fish the bays, I was talking to Peter Crowe and Chris Macalife about it at the weekend. They said its fishing its head off but you have to work at finding the fish! Its very deep like Stocks so fish into the banks and short drifts!

Thats all I know.
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Hi there.
We fished the Water Aid pairs on sunday and it is fishing its t*ts off at the minute. Like lancasterblobber said, fish the bays and stick to the shore. The fish sit unbelievably tight to the shore even in the long grass on the flooded banks.

Richard
 

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Thanks a lot lads :rolleyes:

I guess i'll have to work it out for myself , got a boat booked for Friday.

Hi Steve

Found this on another site.......

Brief summary and results from the second heat of the Kielder Water WaterAid Pairs Competition.

14 pairs took part in the second heat and the favourable weather Kielder had been having dramatically changed for the competition day with anglers greeted with high wind conditions teamed with heavy down pours. This making hard conditions for the day ahead. However the Kielder fish were in a taking mood and providing you found a sheltered spot you would find the fish. A final rod average for the day of 2.8 fish per person made for a tight finish with seven final places up for grabs.

Tactics for the day involved intermediate lines coupled with orange blobs, cats whiskers and despite the windy conditions a good percentage of fish were taken on traditional wet flies. Top areas for the competition were the Belling and Tower Knowe.

The top seven teams qualify for the final on the 20th July 2008.

1st - David Carrick and John Armstrong (11 fish for 19lb 12oz)

2nd - Alistair Baker and Phil Wagget (11 fish for 19lb 9oz)

3rd - Brian Lillie and Phil Rippon (9 fish for 16lb 15oz)

4th - Darren Howie and Bill Renton (11 fish for 16lb 5oz)

5th - Blythe Palmer and Richard Landsbury (8 fish for 13lb 13oz)

6th - Peter Barnes and Michael Firth (8 fish for 11lb 3oz)

7th - Raymond Appleby and Stephen Appleby (5 fish for 7lb 11oz)
 

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Had a good day on Kielder today - I finished with 16 fish and my brother with 11.
All fish on floaters and the flies were Zulu , Kate McClaren , mini Hummungus and a couple on a damsel .
Seems as though the rules are - Any line , as long as it floats . Any fly , as long as its mainly black. Any area as long as you are within casting distance of the shoreline !!
We were the only boat out fishing and didn't see anyone off the bank either. The place is full of fish , i can't understand why no-one else was there ?
Also the boats are superb , Orkney long liners , like new with shiny new looking mariner motors :D :D.
 

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Kielder Water fishing report week ending: 14th March 2010

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

Number of anglers - week| 68
Number of trout taken - week| 184
Number of trout returned - week| 0
Total number of trout caught - week| 184
Rod average - week| 2.7
Best trout - week | 4lb 8oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week| 2,400lb
Total number of anglers to date| 68
Total number of fish caught to date| 184
Largest trout of the season so far| 4lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average| 2.7

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Hawhope the spot


Several impressive trout have been landed on the opening weekend including a fine 4lb 8oz Rainbow caught by I.R. Parker on Green Powerbait from the bank at Tower Knowe.

Hawkhope slipway was the top spot for bait anglers with nine limit catches recorded.

N. Maddison also caught six Rainbows near the slipway.

Best baits have been ledgered powerbait and worm cocktails with float fished worm also producing good results.

Fly anglers using fritz lures on medium sunk lines have also enjoyed some fine early season sport.

Boat fishing on Kielder will commence again on April 1st 2010.

For information all permits can be purchased from Leaplish Waterside Park until Tower Knowe visitor centre reopens on April 1st 2010.

Best flies:
Gold head black and orange fritz lures.

Best baits:
Green Powerbait

Best areas:
Tower Knowe, Hawkhope Slipway, North Shore

Ranger:
John Reed
 

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Kielder Reservoir Northumbrian Water Report. Week ending: 21st March 2010

Weekly Ranger’s review: Stocking boost

A recent stocking will improve prospects over the coming weeks for visiting anglers.

900lbs of prime Rainbow trout have been introduced both at Leaplish and Tower Knowe.

The best catch this week was taken by Paul Horton who caught fish weighing 3lb and 3lb 8oz from the Hawkhope Slipway on Ledgered Worm.

Customer information

All day permits can be purchased from Leaplish Waterside Park until Tower Knowe Visitor Centre reopens on April 1st.

Boat fishing at Kielder will commence on 1st April.

Best flies:
Black, Orange and White Fritz lures.

Best baits:
Ledgered Worm.

Best areas:
Bank at Tower Knowe and Hawkhope Slipway.

Ranger:
John Reed
 

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Kielder Reservoir Northumbrian Water Report. Week ending: 28th March 2010

Number of anglers - week 65
Number of trout taken - week 187
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 187
Rod average - week 2.8
Best trout - week 4lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 400
Total number of anglers to date 207
Total number of fish caught to date 578
Largest trout of the season so far 4lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 2.7

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: “Blackbirds fancy the bait”

Davy Bibby had an excellent session fishing worm when he landed seven fine rainbows fishing near the Rievers rest. The heaviest fish of the week was a fine rainbow of 4lb caught from Bull Crag by Ian Johnson also on Ledgered worm. Fly angler G.Donaldon caught fish of 3lb and 3lb 2oz from the Hawkhope slipway on an Orange Nomad fished on a slow sinking line. In general fly anglers have had their best results from the sheltered bays around Tower Knowe and from Hawkhope Slipway up towards Belling.

Customer information

Please note:
All Brown Trout should be returned, the Brown Trout season at Kielder Runs from the 1st of May to the 31st of October.

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre will be open from Monday the 29th of
March from 10am permits are on sale from Tower Knowe together with a wide range of fishing tackle and bait, worms are also available.
The Café on the Water situated at Tower Knowe will also open for the season on Monday the 29th March.


Best Flies;
Orange and Black Nomads

Best Bait;
Ledgered Worm

Best Areas;
Tower Knowe, Hawkhope

Ranger
John Reed
 

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Kielder Reservoir Fishing Report. Week ending: 4th April 2010 by Northumbrian Water

Weekending: 4th April 2010

Number of anglers - week 98
Number of trout taken - week 276
Number of trout returned - week 4
Total number of trout caught - week 280
Rod average - week 2.8
Best trout - week 3lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 400
Total number of anglers to date 305
Total number of fish caught to date 854
Largest trout of the season so far 4lb 8oz
Seasonal rod average 2.8
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline:
Paul Hindmarsh had an excellent session fishing worm when he landed eight fine Rainbows weighing a total of 18lb 4oz fishing from the bank at Matthews Linn. The heaviest fish of the week was a Rainbow of 4lb 8oz caught by A. Janker on Sweetcorn and Worm.

Fishing from a boat at the top of The Belling Ian Batey caught eight Rainbows for a total weight of 17lb.

Customer Information
Please note:

All Brown Trout should be returned, the Brown Trout session at Kielder runs from the 1st of May until the 31st of October.

Tower Knowe Visitors Centre is now open, where permits can be purchased daily from 10am, along with a wide range of fishing tackle and bait, worms are also available.

Environmental Agency Rod Licences can be obtained from Leaplish Waterside Park and Tower Knowe Visitors Centre.

Fishing boats are available for hire from Leaplish Waterside Park daily from 9am to 5pm throughout April.


Best flies:
Orange and Black Mini Goldheads and Green Fritz.

Best baits:
Ledgered Worm and Green Powerbait.

Best areas:
Boat: The Belling and Benny Shank.
Bank: Tower Knowe and Matthews Linn.

Ranger:
John Reed
 
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Kielder Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending April 11, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Kielder Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending April 11, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Number of anglers - week 99
Number of trout taken - week 311
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 311
Rod average - week 3.1
Best trout - week 5lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 400
Total number of anglers to date 404
Total number of fish caught to date 1165
Largest trout of the season so far 5lb
Seasonal rod average 2.8

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Averages improve along with the weather

At last the air temperatures have reached the seasonal norm and the weekly rod average also increased to a healthily 3.1 for the week.

Fly anglers have enjoyed increased catches although fish have continued to keep below the surface so intermediate and slow sinking lines are still producing the best results.

Stephen Cant used this tactic to good effect when landed seven Rainbows on an orange and black Goldhead from the bank at Little Whickhope.

R. Steele landed the heaviest fish of the week the season to date on a trusty worm fished two feet under a bubble float from the bank. This fine 5lb rainbow was caught close to the old North Tyne road at Bull Cragg.

Many anglers have also taken several eight fish limit catches from the bank along Beeches Walk near Leaplish Waterside Park.

Sport from the boat has also been good this week with Mr.H.Anderson taking a fine eight fish limit for a total weight of 19lb from Needs Hill.

Best flies:
Goldhead lures, orange black and white
Best baits:
Worm and Powerbait
Best areas:
Boat:
Needs Hill, Gowanburn Farm, The Belling
Bank:
Beeches Walk, Rievers Rest, Hawkhope Slipway.

Ranger:
John Reed
 

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Kielder Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending April 18, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Number of anglers - week 91
Number of trout taken - week 301
Number of trout returned - week 0
Total number of trout caught - week 301
Rod average - week 3.0
Best trout - week 3lb 6oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 1600lb
Total number of anglers to date 495
Total number of fish caught to date 1466
Largest trout of the season so far 5lb
Seasonal rod average 2.9

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Looking up

The continued warmer weather has seen the fish start to look up as they hunt for food.
The best tactics have been to use a floating or intermediate line, bait anglers using worm on a float have also enjoyed some fine sport this week.

The largest fish of the week fell to Mr Kenny who was fishing in Stocky Bay near Tower Knowe. He took a fine 8 fish limit including the heaviest fish of the week at 3lb 6oz. All of the fish were taken on a Black Fritz and a Dawsons Olive.

(See attached photo).
Ash Davies (left) from Pegswood, and David Whittle (right), from Morpeth had a productive day catching 15 trout between them. The pair, both aged 15 were fishing with legered power bait near Hawkhope.


Best flies:
Black Fritz, Bibio, Small Dawsons and Montana.
Best baits;
Worm and Orange Powerbait Eggs
Best areas:
Boat: Needs Hill, Plashetts, The quarry and The Wave Chamber
Bank: Tower Knowe Visitor Centre, South Abutment and Hawkhope


Ranger:
John Reed
 

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Kielder Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending April 24, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Weekending: 24/40/2010

Number of anglers - week 163
Number of trout taken - week 617
Number of trout returned - week 20
Total number of trout caught - week 637
Rod average - week 3.9
Best trout - week 5lb 2oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 400
Total number of anglers to date 658
Total number of fish caught to date 2,103
Largest trout of the season so far 5lb 2oz
Seasonal rod average 3.19

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Hot action in the heat

The first heat of the “Kielder Water Pairs” was held last weekend with competitors enjoying some fine sport. The competition anglers all fly fishing from boats recorded a very impressive
rod average of 3.8 fish per rod. Three pairs qualified for the final which will be held on the 18th of July. In first place were Peter Crowe and Ernie Craster with 16 fish for a total of 24lb 10oz, second place went to Peter Jones and David Mordue with Brian Lillie and Phil Rippon also making it through the final in third place.

Whilst fishing from the bank Mr. I.R Parker from Slateyford caught a cracking limit for 22lb 8oz including a fine rainbow of 4lb.
Mr. M.Nicolson was also amongst some quality fish taking three rainbows weighing 3lb 8oz each in his eight fish limit catch.
The heaviest fish of the week was caught at the top of Whickhope on
ledgered worm by Ron Bowsfield a rainbow of 5lb 2oz.


Customer information
Fishing boat hire times will change from the 1st of May, boats will
Be available from 8.30am until 8pm half day boat hire will also be available from
May 1st.

Best flies:
Orange and Yellow Fritz, Green Nomad, Clan Chief
Best baits;
Worm
Best Areas;
Bank; Whickhope, Merlin Brea, Towrer Knowe
Boat; Scotch Rocks, The Belling, Needs Hill.
 

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Kielder Reservoir Fishing Report: Week Ending May 2, 2010 from Northumbrian Water

Number of anglers - week |154
Number of trout taken - week |585
Number of trout returned - week |14
Total number of trout caught - week |599
Rod average - week |3.8
Best trout - week |5lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week |700
Total number of anglers to date |812
Total number of fish caught to date |2,688
Largest trout of the season so far |5lb 2oz
Seasonal rod average |3.3

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Davy in the Knowe

Kielder is fishing really well at present; the rod average has continued to increase this week climbing to the highest of the season to date.

Anglers have recorded no less than 17 eight fish limits from the Whickhope area fishing in this spot was Mr Galbraith who took eight quality rainbows all in the region of 2lb to 2lb 8oz.

The best catch this week was taken by season permit holder Davy Madderson who caught a very impressive limit catch which weighed in at 26lb 4oz. He was fishing from the shore near Tower Knowe and caught his fish on Powerbait they included fish of 4lb 8oz and one of 5lbs which was also the heaviest fish of the week.

Andy Lowes was also amongst the fish when he landed another good 8 fish limit from Merlin Brea on ledgered Worm for a total weight of 19lb 10oz.
Fly angler Steve Dixon had two quality fish of 3lb each from Bull Crag on a dry March Brown.

Customer information


With the lighter nights now upon us fishing boats are now available to hire from 8.30am until 8pm, half day hire is also available. Please call 01434 250294 to book.
The water level has dropped this week so boat anglers should take extra care when close to the shore.

Best flies:
Dry March Brown and Greenwells Glory
Best baits:
Worm and Green Powerbait
Best Areas:
Bull Crag, Whickhope, Tower Knowe, Merlin Brea

Ranger:
John Reed
 
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Kielder Report 16/05/10

Weekending: 16/05/10

Number of anglers - week 190
Number of trout taken - week 657
Number of trout returned - week 11
Total number of trout caught - week 668
Rod average - week 3.5
Best trout - week 5lb
Number of fish re-stocked - week 700
Total number of anglers to date 1169
Total number of fish caught to date 4068
Largest trout of the season so far 5lb 10oz
Seasonal rod average 3.4

Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Leaplish limits

Fly Anglers have had the best week of the season to date, Matthews Linn has been the best area from the bank, heading north towards Mirage and Bakethin weir has also been productive.

Guy Nicholson took an 8 fish limit from the Matthews Linn on a traditional favourite the Dunkeld, Peter Maher also caught fish from the Matthews Linn area on a Bibio and Dunkeld.
The heaviest fish of the week weighed in at 5lb form the bank at Merlin Brea, taken by Derek Maughan on a Knotted Black Midge.

Bait anglers fishing in the Leaplish area have landed 14 limit catches with the bay on the exit road past the Water Ski-Clubhouse producing fish throughout the week.
In addition Mr. N.Donald landed 7 Rainbows for 16lb 10oz from the Beeches Walk near Leaplish and also returned two fine wild Brown Trout; one which was close to 2lbs.

Whickhope Burn has also been worth a visit this week a favourite spot with the less mobile angler as you can park close to the waters edge down from the Calvert Trust entrance.

Best flies:
Knotted Midge, Bibio, Hoppers and Dunkeld
Best baits:
Powerbait, Worm, Spinners in gold, and Blair spoons.
Best areas:
Mathews Linn, Leaplish
Ranger:
John Reed
 

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Kielder 23/05/10

Weekending: 23/05/10

Number of anglers - week 248
Number of trout taken - week 259
Number of trout returned - week 13
Total number of trout caught - week 272
Rod average - week 1.1
Best trout - week 4lb 7oz
Number of fish re-stocked - week 700
Total number of anglers to date 1,417
Total number of fish caught to date 4,340
Largest trout of the season so far 7lb
Seasonal rod average 3.06
Weekly Ranger’s review:

Fishery Headline: Father and Son team lead the way

The hot bright and often still weather has meant that sport has been challenging this week, these conditions tend to push the fish well off shore and into deeper water.

This Sunday was the 2nd heat of the Kielder Water Aid pairs fishing competition; the winning pair and qualifying for the final were Father and Son duo Ian senior and Ian junior Fairgrieves.
The pair landed 11 fish in total for a weight of 20lb 2oz, with the largest fish weighing 2lb 13oz. The fish were taken on a Kate Mclaren, Rob Roy and various Blobs mainly from Plashetts Bay.

Bank anglers have done well from the deeper water marks, Hawkhope car park and Scotch Rocks have been the best areas with most fish falling to worm.


Best flies:
Viva, Black Midge, Bibio, Kate Mclaren, Rob Roy
Best baits:
Powerbait and Worm cocktail, Small Mepps
Best areas:
Hawkhope , The Belling Inlet, Plashetts and Scotch Rocks

Ranger:
Lee Hollings
 
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