WATERSIDE PARKS AND FISHERIES
Welcome to the 2019 fishing season
We are looking forward to inviting all anglers to get their fishing lines ready as the new fishing season starts next month.
The season opens from 7.00am on Saturday 9 March 2019 and is set to be a splash.
After listening to feedback from anglers over the last 18 months, we have invested heavily in our fish farms at Fontburn and in Teesdale and can now provide anglers with larger average size stock fish.
This investment has the supply to Fontburn, Derwent, Grassholme, Hury and Scaling Dam coming exclusively from the company’s own farms. Anglers who fish at these fisheries can expect to see an increase in their catch weights, along with more fish in the 3 to 5lb range, with a good number of double figure trout set to be introduced as well.
Landal Kielder Waterside will continue to be stocked with the same average size quality rainbow trout as in previous years, therefore prices for the site remain unchanged for this season.
Other new elements introduced for the 2019 season include: new permits offering a wider choice of catch limits, from two to eight fish; greater north shore access and year-round opening at Derwent Waterside Park; year-round pike fishing at Scaling Dam; fantastic four season permits for wild brown trout fishing; ‘Bitesize’ lessons for young anglers at Derwent on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Don Coe, Waterside Parks Operations Manager, said: “We are gearing up to welcome anglers for the new season, with the prospect of larger catches at many of our sites. There is something for everyone, with special sessions for young anglers, a busy competition calendar and much more.
“Maintaining the prices at Kielder also reflects our appreciation that a trip to Kielder Waterside for many anglers is much longer than the average trip to our other fisheries in the region, therefore we hope this may provide our anglers with an incentive to visit the fishery for the first time.”
Visitor centres and fishing lodges at Fontburn, Derwent, Grassholme and Scaling Dam will be open as usual from 8am Monday to Friday and 7am on weekends and Bank Holidays. Bank permits are available from 6am at Kielder Waterside, seven days a week. Boat hire at Kielder Waterside will be available from Saturday 16 March and can be booked by calling 01434 251000 before your visit.
To request a copy of this year’s guide please call 0345 155 0236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Price structure for 2019 season at:
Fontburn, Derwent, Grassholme, Hury and Scaling Dam
- New £10 under-17s day permit (2 fish)
- New £19 day permit, fly only catch and release (optional 1 fish)
- £21 Credit cruncher available from 2pm (4 fish)*
- New £23 day permit (5 fish)*
- £27 day permit (8 fish) with concessions at £25*
- £41 Family and couples permit (12 fish)
Price structure for 2019 Kielder Waterside
- New £10 under 17s day permit (2 fish)
- New £17 day permit, fly only catch and release (optional 1 fish)
- £19 Credit cruncher available from 2pm (4 fish)*
- £25 day permit (8 fish) with concessions at £23*
- £39 Family and couples permit (12 fish)
- £15 full day midweek boat hire
- £12 half day midweek boat hire
- £19 full day weekend boat hire
Anglers can pay an extra £5 to fish with two rods on any of the starred permits above.
For further pricing details please see are Opening times and prices page.
NEW for this season!
The new permits introduced now give our anglers of all ages a wider choice with catch limits ranging from two to eight fish. In addition the fly only catch and release permit gives the option of retaining one fish for the table and entry into the tagged fish sweep.
At Derwent Waterside Park any method trout anglers and coarse anglers will now be able to access over 500 metres of the north shore, west of the sailing club. Based in County Durham, Derwent will now remain open all year round closing only for a short period from 29 February 2020 before reopening in early March. Grassholme, Fontburn and Hury will remain open, as usual, until 30 November 2019, whilst Scaling Dam will close their season on 31 October 2019.
The winter trout permits run from Friday 1 November 2019 until Saturday 29 February 2020 and will cost £21 for an eight fish limit.
Pike enthusiasts can fish at Scaling Dam all year round, with permits priced at £12 per day.
For the wild brown trout enthusiast, a fantastic four season permit has been introduced priced at £95. Anglers can purchase this permit from Grassholme Reservoir Visitor Centre and enjoy unlimited visits throughout the season to Cow Green, Selset, Balderhead and Blackton reservoirs.
Waiting for anglers on the opening day will be at least 11,000 fish stocked at Derwent in County Durham; Fontburn and Kielder in Northumberland; Grassholme and fly-only Hury in Teesdale and Scaling on the edge of the North York Moors.
Overall, there will be a minimum of 80,000 fish stocked into those reservoirs this season, with most of them coming from Northumbrian Water’s own fish farms in Northumberland and the Tees Valley.
Building on past successes of encouraging young people to have a go, Northumbrian Water is promoting affordable family fishing. The age limit for free fishing with an adult is 17 and all the children in the family under that age can fish for free and share the limit catch with their full paying parent or guardian.
‘Bitesize’ lessons will be held at Derwent Waterside Park on Tuesdays and Sundays. These alternate between any method and fly, with all equipment provided on the day and expert tuition providing everything you need to know. The cost for a three hour course is from as little as £15 per person.
There’s a busy competition calendar lined up throughout the region headlined by the annual WaterAid fundraisers, once again supported by Greys. Details of all competitions can found on the Waterside Parks website. Northumbrian Water’s partnership with the tackle company has so far raised a record breaking £62,000 for its adopted international charity WaterAid – helping save more than 4,000 lives in Africa and Asia.
Rainbow trout marked with special sweep tags will continue to be stocked into Kielder, Fontburn, Derwent, Grassholme and Scaling. Anglers who catch one of these marked fish and who have joined the optional over 18’s sweep for just a £1 stake before fishing could win up to £400.
Come fishing seven times and your eighth visit is free with one of our loyalty cards. That′s a saving of £3.85 on a full £27 eight fish day permit every time you swipe your card.
Also if you spend £20 or more with us on fishing retail items the day you fish, you will earn an extra loyalty credit towards your free days fishing. Extra credits can be earned on any single retail purchase above £20 and will increase by one credit for every additional £20 you spend.
Wild brown trout fishing at Cow Green, Selset, Balderhead and Blackton opens on Friday 22 March 2019. Brown trout caught at Kielder and Derwent must be returned before Wednesday 1 May and after Thursday 31 October. Whittle Dene and Lockwood Beck is open to coarse fishing all year round.
Tight lines and we look forward to welcoming you
Waterside Parks Ranger team
Remember - car parking free for anglers
Car parking charges implemented across our Waterside Parks does not apply to anglers as the cost is included in your fishing permit for the day.
Purchasing your Environment Agency rod licence
From 1 April 2017 the Environment Agency have took the decision not to renew agency agreements. This means you will have to purchase your licence direct from them in advance of your visit to our sites.
To purchase your licence online visit www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/buy-a-fishing-licence. You can also purchase over the phone by calling the Environment Agency fishing licence service on 0344 800 5386 or from a Post Office Branch.
We would like to remind our customers that this is a legal requirement and we would recommend that you purchase an annual fishing licence.