Witton Castle Lakes welcomed 72 anglers who enjoyed some challenging sport on the fly. The rod average is 1.72 which should increase as the weeds have been cut and more fish will be stocked this week.
Fishery officer John Renshaw reports: ‘Fish are feeding on and just below the surface. Mr Hudson using black buzzers enjoyed a great days sport with a full bag which included fish from 3lb to 8lb. Mr Ross using drys tempted an 8lb brown trout and 6 1/2lb rainbow to the net.
Must-have flies in your box this week: Damsels, CDC's, Olive, hare's ear, black suspenders, white cat whiskers. Best method used floating line, long leader with a buzzer on the dropper.
Junior Assistant Coach Anne Woodcock reports: 'As well as the activities of the day-ticket anglers the lakes hosted the North East Region, Junior Talent Pathway selection event. The event was attended by 12 juniors with four coming from the lakes under 17 Club. Stuart Wardle Head Coach, Angling Trust, Talent Pathway (Northern Region), thanked the juniors for attending and praised the work of Cliff Johnston at Witton Lakes for making the junior club a centre of excellence. (Photo Witton Juniors with selectors and Cliff Johnston)
Anglers can purchase day tickets for Bishop Auckland and District Angling club water on the River Wear from the fishery officers. Day tickets for July & August £30. Day tickets for September & October £40.
From September 3rd until the end of the season the lakes will now close to anglers on a Monday. For more information on opening times please contact fishery officer John Renshaw Tel: 01388 488691