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Winter permit prices and catch limits

UNTIL the end of the season, fishing times will be 9am until 3pm. To reflect the shorter hours, the price for a full permit has been cut to £16 for an increased catch limit of 10 fish and a family permit will also be reduced to £23 for 15 fish.

James Jobling from Shotley Bridge at Derwent Reservoir with his 7lb 12oz rainbow from Pow Hill.
James Jobling from Shotley Bridge at Derwent Reservoir with his 7lb 12oz rainbow from Pow Hill.

DERWENT RESERVOIR

James lands heaviest fish of week

IT was another week of diverse angling at Derwent Reservoir, with good catches and great sport for anglers willing to fish light and keep on the move.
 
James Jobling from Shotley Bridge had a cracking day at Pow Hill, landing the biggest fish of the week - a 7lb 12oz  rainbow - using Pink PowerBait Eggs and PowerBait Honey Worms.

Other anglers found west was best, with shallow banks holding most fish. This included areas like Hunter House and Millshield where fly anglers have taken fish using large lures on a floating line.

There will be a sweep and prize for the best catch and heaviest fish on Sunday - the last day of the season.

Best flies: Cat's Whisker, Black Fritz, Silver Humungous, Black Fritz.

Best baits: PowerBait Eggs or Micetails with Magic Dust.

Best areas: The Meadow, west of Millshield, Hunter House.

GRASSHOLME

Stay mobile and cover large areas

AS trout become well spread, anglers at Grassholme should keep mobile and cover as much ground as possible.

Those that have been prepared to walk to the middle reaches of the reservoir have been rewarded with exceptional quality trout.

Pebble Beach and Rigg Bank on the north shore and Brock Scar, Wester Bay and Kelton Bank on the south shore are still producing some sport for this time of year for both the roving fly and bait angler.

This was the case for R Ward, who landed four quality fish averaging around the 2lb mark.

There will be a sweep and prize for the best catch and heaviest fish on Sunday - the last day of the season.

Best flies: Consett Budgie, Dawson's Olive, Cat's Whisker.

Best baits: Ledgered worm, Red/Natural PowerBait Mousetails, various spinners.

Best areas: Middle reaches of north and south shore.

HURY

Derek lands 11 over two visits

THE rod average at Hury continues to be above two fish per angler, with lures producing the best catches.

White patterns are still remaining the most effective method of attracting larger fry feeding fish as they continue to feed in the unseasonably warm water.

Anglers have reported that fish appear to be feeding in deeper water, so using fast intermediate or medium sink lines with a slow retrieve have been successful.

On Saturday, J Styles took four nice fish and N Simpson landed three quality trout.

Derek Carr rose to the challenge again, netting an eight-fish catch on Monday, returning on Thursday to land three more.

Best flies: Cat's Whisker, White Zonkers, Dawson's Olive, Bibio.

Best areas: Scoon Bank, Reedy Point, Corporal Hill, Newhouse Bay.

SCALING DAM

Cast and move tactics work best

THE fish have been evenly spread around Scaling Dam, with cast and move tactics serving anglers best.

Fly anglers Les Wheatley from Skelton and Tommy Johns from Saltburn, along with bait anglers Richard Warburton and George Goldsborough, both from Redcar, all caught one rainbow and returned one brown each.

Fishing his usual spot on the west of the Dam Wall, Steve Lynas from Hinderwell, using worm and PowerBait, landed three rainbows.

Clive Conway from Guisborough netted three rainbows fishing on the south side of the East Bay with a PowerBait cocktail.

There will be a sweep and prize for the best catch and heaviest fish on Sunday - the last day of the season.

Best Flies: Cut-throat Cat, Dawson's Olive, Hare's Ear.

Best baits: Worm, Orange Gulp Eggs, White PowerBait.

Best areas: West end of Dam Wall, east end shallows, south shore.

Reports updated November 25

WHITTLE DENE/DERWENT RESERVOIR 

40lb of roach landed in six-hour session

A low turn out at the Whittle Dene complex sawonly two catch returns supplied.

J R Lee recorded a 4lb 5oz catch of roach and gudgeon using waggler and maggot tactics. Dave Coster favoured the pole and signed out the catch of the week with a 12lb net of small roach and gudgeon on the Northern.

Best baits: Maggot.

Best method: Pole.

Best areas: Northern

As water temperatures hold up the sport at Derwent Reservoir continues to impress, with most banks providing catches of roach in excess of 20lb. Cronkley and Millshield are proving the most consistent, with the heaviest catches coming from these areas for the past few weeks.

T Watson had the heaviest catch at the weekend, taking 40lb of roach in a six-hour session.

Sunday is the last day of the season at Derwent Rervoir.

All catches must be recorded for the benefit of the fishery management team and fellow anglers.

Report updated November 25

Last updated 0117 Wednesday November 26, 2014