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Stillwater Coarse Fishing Venues in Co. Durham:
Aldin Grange Lakes is near Nevilles Cross, in Durham City. Turn off the A167 near the Pot & Glass and head towards Bear Park. Species: Carp & Tench. Permits: day tickets available on site. Website: http://www.aldingrangelakes.co.uk/
Brasside Coarse Fishing Complex (formerly Barsside Pond) is located just past the turning for Finchale Priory in the village of Brasside near Durham City. Follow the signs for Finchale Priory from the A167 near the Arnison Centre/Pity Me. Members only – no day tickets. Species: There are three lakes/ponds which are mixed coarse fisheries, and one specimen lake, which is essentially a carp fishery. Website: http://durhammatchcrew.webs.com/
Eden Meadows Fishery is located off the B1280 near Trimdon Colliery. Species: Carp & mixed cosrse. Permits: day tickets available on site. Website: www.edenmeadows.co.uk
Fieldsons Pond is on the ouskirts of Shildon near the Industrial Estate. Permits: day tickets from the cottage on the farm. Species: mixed coarse. Contact: telephone 01388 775044.
Hartlepool Reservoirs. Hartlepool Water (a division of Anglian Water) own three reservoir sites within five miles of Hartlepool. At the Upper and Lower Hart Reservoirs, and the Crookfoot Reservoir, nearby, coarse fishing is managed by Hartlepool and District Angling Club and Hurworth Burn Angling Club. Membership is available from local fishing tackle shops. There are stocks of trout and coarse species. Website: http://www.hartlepoolwater.co.uk/leisure/
Shafto’s Lake is situated in Whitworth Park, Spennymoor and controlled by Ferryhill & District Angling Club. Permits: day tickets available from the Shafto Inn. Species: mixed coarse. FDAC Unofficial Member’s Website: http://www.ferryhillanglers.co.uk/
West Farm Lake is situated at West Farm, Old Stillington, about two miles from Thorpe Thewles (which is on the A177 between Stockton and Sedgefield). There are Carp, Tench, Rudd, Perch and Roach. Telephone 01740 631045 for more details.
Stillwater Game Fishing Venues in Co. Durham:
Aldin Grange Lakes is near Neville’s Cross, in Durham City. Turn off the A167 near the Pot & Glass and head towards Bear Park. Species: Rainbow, Blue & Brown Trout. Permits: available on-site. Website: http://www.aldingrangelakes.co.uk/
Balderhead Reservoir, near Barnard Castle in Teesdale, is the first of Northumbrian Water’s wild trout fisheries. Leave the B6277 at Romaldkirk or the B6276 near the hamlet of Grassholme. Species: Brown Trout (wild). Permits: pay at Grassholme Reservoir (see below). Website: http://www.nwl.co.uk/Gofishing.aspx
Cow Green Reservoir is another of Northumbrian Water’s wild trout fisheries, only this one, at a vast 77 acres, is considered to be one of the most challenging fishing experiences in the North of England. Cow Green is at the head of Teesdale about 15 miles west of Middleton-in-Teesdale. Follow the B6277 in the direction of Alston as far as Langdon Beck and then bear left. The reservoir is four miles along the minor road. Permits: honesty box available on-site or pay at Grassholme Reservoir (see below). Website: http://www.nwl.co.uk/Gofishing.aspx
Derwent Reservoir is Northumbrian Water’s premier commercial trout fishery. There is something for everyone here, the 1000 acre reservoir having miles of bank space on either side and including access for the disabled. The more pastoral northern shore is in Northumberland and reserved for fly fishing only, to allow the roving angler a chance to explore the reservoir unimpeded. On the south shore (County Durham), multi-bait fishing is allowed with very few restrictions (spinning is also permitted) although checking the rules first is always advisable. The fishing lodge / shop for Derwent Reservoir is situated right on the B6278 at the foot of the dam, about six miles west of Shotley Bridge and just two miles from where it crosses the A68 at Carterway Heads.
The south shore, close to the dam, can be found by going up the access road which leaves the B6278 half a mile further along from the lodge, while the other popular spots, Pow Hill (a country park), and Hunter House are further along the B6303 road to Blanchland (continue along the B6278 to Edmundbuyers and bear right, looking out for turnings on the right in two and three miles respectively). The fly only north shore is found by going up the water board access road to the left (looking from the lodge) to the top of the dam and parking on that side. The whole of that shore is conducive to fly tactics at various times of the year, so it pays to be mobile! Species: Brown Trout, Blue Trout, Rainbow Trout. (There are also roach in the reservoir, which will sometimes be caught on ‘scaled down’ multi-bait tactics). Permits, tackle & bait supplies are available on-site. Website: http://www.nwl.co.uk/Gofishing.aspx
Grassholme Reservoir covers 140 acres and is one of Northumbrian Water’s longest established put-and-take reservoir fisheries, located high up in Teesdale about 6 miles from Barnard Castle. Fishing at Grassholme comes under the same rules and permit prices as those for Derwent, except that there is no ‘fly only’ area. There is access for disabled anglers. The reservoir can be found by taking the B6277 from Barnard Castle (after crossing the river Tees, go straight ahead INSTEAD of turning left onto the A67). Carry on through Cotherstone, before turning left towards the reservoir at the village of Mickleton. It is the most popular of the ‘Teesdale’ fisheries (it’s really on the river Lune, a tributary of the Tees!) and is very close to Selset, Balderhead and Hury. Permits: available on site at the Visitor Centre. Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout. Permits: available on-site. Website: http://www.nwl.co.uk/Gofishing.aspx
Hury Reservoir is the only completely ‘fly only’ reservoir controlled by Northumbrian Water and is stocked weekly with trout from the company’s own Teesdale hatchery. It is suitable for disabled anglers. Directions as for Balderhead Reservoir: Selset is the lowest of the three reservoirs on the river Balder (Balderhead is uppermost), so the Romalkirk turning is closest. Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout. Permits: honesty box on-site or pay at Grassholme. Website: http://www.nwl.co.uk/Exclusiveflyfisheries.aspx
Jubilee Lakes is a highly regarded trout fishery (voted No.6 in the top 50 UK trout fisheries by Trout Fisherman magazine in 2005) situated just off the A68 between Darlington and Bishop Auckland. There are two lakes, 2.5 and 1.5 acres in size, stocked daily with Rainbow Trout. Website: http://www.jubileelakes.co.uk/
Knitsley Mill Trout Fishery situated at Delves, near Consett, is a 7-acre complex of three lakes set in woodland. The lakes are spring-fed making the water very clear. Species: Rainbow Trout. Permits: day tickets available on-site. Contact: telephone 01207 581642.
Selset Reservoir is a wild Brown Trout fishery close to Grassholme Reservoir, controlled by Northumbrian Water. Permits: pay at Grassholme Reservoir (see above). Website: http://www.nwl.co.uk/Gofishing.aspx
Tunstall Reservoir is part-leased by the Ferryhill & District Angling Club and run along similar lines to Waskerley Reservoir (see below). Information on membership and/or day tickets is available by telephoning 07825 951525. Tunstall is four miles north of Wolsingham, which is on the A689 in Weardale. Take Leazes Lane, the second last turning on the right as you go west out of Wolsingham, and follow this road up the valley until you go past the dam.
Waskerley Reservoir, near Consett offers up to five day tickets for worm and fly fishing (telephone 0191 488 4873 for details). This reservoir is one of the more remote fisheries in the North East and can be found by taking the C-class road from the crossroads at the A68 and A692 junction at Castleside (Church Street) and following it up onto the moors. Continue on past Smiddy Shaw Reservoir, before bearing left approximately two miles AFTER the turn-off for Waskerley village. The track is signed for Hawkburn.
West House Trout Lakes are situated beside the A66 between Stockton and Darlington. Permits: day tickets available on-site. Species: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Blue Trout. Website: www.westhouse-troutlakes.co.uk
Witton Castle Trout Lakes are set in the grounds of Witton Castle, south of Witton-le-Wear, and controlled by Bishop Auckland and District Angling Club. Permits: day tickets are available on-site at the lodge. Species: Rainbow Trout. Website: http://www.bishopaucklandanddistrictanglingclub.co.uk/
Stillwater Coarse Fishing Venues in North Yorkshire:
Broken Brea Fishery is located next to the B6271 between Brompton-on-Swale and the turn off for Easby, about two miles from Richmond. There are two lakes, one specimen and mixed coarse, and one for match-style fishing. Permits: day tickets available on-site. Species: Carp, mixed coarse. Contact: telephone 01748 850107 or 07785 934371.
Woodlands Lakes is a highly regarded commercial day ticket coarse fishery located immediately off the A61, between Thirsk and the A1, near to Carlton Minniot. There are thirteen well-stocked lakes, an on-site tackle shop and a café. Species: Carp and mixed coarse. Permits: available on-site. Contact: Telephone 01845 527099, 08731 824870, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.woodlandlakes-thirsk.co.uk/
Stillwater Game Fishing Venues in North Yorkshire:
Lockwood Beck Reservoir was formerly a part of the Northumbrian Water portfolio, but has for several years been leased by The Lockwood Beck Trout Fishery. In 2006 it was voted Britain’s best trout fishery by readers of Trout Fisherman magazine and it is situated on the A171 between Guisborough and Whitby, approximately eight miles from Middlesbrough.
In common with a lot of the other ‘independents’, Lockwood Beck is fly fishing (with barbless hooks) only, all anglers must come equipped with a landing net and priest and wading is restricted in certain areas. The fishery is stocked weekly with brown and rainbow trout ranging from 1½lbs to double figures and permits vary in price from £640 to £210 per season for adults (prices dependent on the number of fish the angler expects to keep, with unlimited catch and release), £50 per season for children aged between 12 and 16, £24 for day tickets, £17.50 for evening permits and four hour permits are £12. A day ticket for juniors (aged 12-16) is £10 and under-twelve’s can fish for free with an adult (all 2009 prices). There are eight rowing boats available for hire on this 60-acre fishery and the season runs from 4th April through to 31st October. Bookings and further information can be obtained from the fishery manager on 07973 779527 or email email@example.com.
Scaling Dam is a popular multi-bait reservoir trout fishery controlled by Northumbrian Water and situated on the edge of the North York Moors. It is approximately 10 miles further east along the A171 from Lockwood Beck Reservoir. Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout. Permits: available on-site. Website: http://www.nwl.co.uk/Exclusiveflyfisheries.aspx
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