Witton Castle Lakes

Witton Castle Lakes welcomed 67 anglers who enjoyed some challenging sport on the fly. weather. The rod average is 2.52 which we expect to increase as the weeds are now being cut on a daily basis, and more fish over the 4lb mark will be included in this weeks stocking of the lakes.

Fishery officer John Renshaw reports: ‘Fish are feeding on and just below the surface. The East lake has continued to fish well, Mr Myers caught three fish at 9lb, 7lb and 6lb all on hoppers before going on to catch and release. On the West lake Mr Weatherley caught a 6lb rainbow on a hares ear.

Must-have flies in your box this week: Damsels, CDC's, Olive 'F' flies, daddies and hare's ear. Best method used floating line, long leader with a buzzer on the dropper.

Junior Head Coach Cliff Johnston reports: 'As well as the activities of the day-ticket anglers there were several interesting other activities. On Thursday, 14 local business people enjoyed a corporate evening at the lakes with dinner provided by Cafe68. Four coaches guided and gave casting lessons during the five hour session. The group with the most fish consisted mainly of beginners, and were coached during the evening by Anne Woodcock.

Witton Castle LakesFriday a group of juniors from the 'drop-in' at West Cornforth, with some of their fathers, tried their hands at bait fishing for trout. The group is supported by the Cornforth Partnership, a charity that is endeavouring to develop good eating habits in the local community. During the four Friday evenings the group have been learning how to catch fish, to gut and clean them, and to cook them in various ways from BBQ, poached, smoked and fish cakes. This week the group enjoyed fish cakes, everyone caught fish.

The tagged fish still remains elusive and the prize total stands at £200, for the lucky angler who slips his net underneath it.

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.

Fishery officers John and Stewart can be contacted on the following Tel: 01388 488691