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SWEETHOPE LOUGHS (01830 540349) This fishery stays open throughout the winter period working on a reduced pricing structure. The cost of a four-hour catch & release ticket is PS6, while an eight-hour catch & release ticket costs PS12. If you would like to take a fish for the table you can and just pay Chris for it on the day.

Most of the boats are taken off the water during the winter for maintenance but a couple are still available. But please do ring up and book these if you would like one, the cost is PS5. If Chris is not on site when you arrive please use the honesty box which is located in the porch of the fishing lodge where you will also find a full copy of the winter prices.

Pike fishing is also allowed during the winter at a cost of PS5 per rod.

ALDIN GRANGE LAKES (0191 3846090) Both lakes are still providing lots of rod-bending action for those anglers braving the cold conditions. For the most part standard lures such as Cats Whiskers, Dawson's Olive, Zonkers, Dancers and Fritz patterns have been working well. However during milder moments the trout have come up in the water and have been caught in good numbers on Buzzers, Bloodworm, Damsels, Diawl Bach, PTN and GRHE to name but a few. Good numbers of quality fish in the 2Ib to 5Ib size are being landed but don't forget that both lakes hold specimen trout to well over 10Ib in size.

For an update on conditions and catch reports, please visit the fisheries web-site - or why not do it the old-fashioned way and give them a ring? CHATTON FISHERY (01668 215336) Despite the weather trying its best to spoil play, the anglers visiting this fishery have enjoyed some great winter fishing. Notable catches went to James Carr from Blyth who caught and returned two cracking rainbows weighing in at 14Ib & 11Ib 10oz; Jimmy Drew from Wallsend returned a beautiful brown trout estimated at over 12Ib; Matty Divine from Hadston netted 12 trout including a rainbow weighing 11Ib 9oz and a tiger trout of 6Ib 7oz; Ali Tait from Morpeth made his trip well worthwhile netting a rainbow of 7Ib; and Peter Mathews was delighted with his tiger trout weighing 4Ib. Flies working well of late have included Dancers, Zonkers, Cats Whiskers, Dawson's Olive and Fritz patterns. The fishery is closing daily at present at 5pm.

LANGLEY DAM FISHERY (01434 688846) The new 2018 season started on the 17th of February at this fishery which is a little later than usual, but due to some building work taking place on site the opening day had to be put back. I'm sure all will go well over the opening weekend and I will have a full report on what's been caught, by how and on what, in next week's article.

JUBILEE FISHING LAKES (01388 772611) The weather conditions this last week have been very wintry, and because of this footfall has been low. That said, one or two anglers have done well once they figured out what the trout wanted. One such angler was Ryan Barron from Coxhoe who took his first trout of the day fishing deep but then got nothing for some time. Ryan began to notice trout swimming very close to the surface, so he switched to an Olive & White worm fished about a foot down and netted 7 fish in three hours, making his trip well worthwhile. If you are planning a trip to this fishery over the coming days, please check their website for weather conditions - this is updated daily.

THRUNTON FISHERY (01665 574400) It's not been an easy week's fishing with the wintry conditions, but this has not put off some brave souls and they have been well rewarded. Notable catches went to Cramlington angler Alec Harvey who returned 14 fish during his visit, including a personal best rainbow weighing a huge 19Ib 13oz; Rob Hall from Morpeth visited the fishery twice over the week netting a total of 13 trout; John Williams from Morpeth caught and returned 12 during his busy session; while David Todd from Gateshead and Anthony Meadows from Consett landed 10 fish each. Top flies this week have included Buzzers, Bloodworm, Diawl Bach, Blobs, Zonkers and Black lures. The fishery is open daily at present from 8.30am until 4.30pm.

KNITSLEY MILL FISHING LAKES (07960 747417) The location of this fishery can see it affected by the weather quite a lot at this time of year, so a quick phone call to Billy would be advised before you set off just to make sure things are fishable. If they are, expect some great fishing from all of the three lakes, so if you are a fly angler or a bait fisherman you will enjoy some great winter sport.

All the lakes are regularly stocked with rainbow, blue and brown trout, some of which are well into double figures in size.

The fly lake is home to a monthly open competition where all are welcome to compete, and with tagged fish stocked it's well worthwhile joining the sweep when you book in and get your day ticket.
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Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 18, 2018
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