It’s been a great start to the 2014 season at Witton Castle Lakes with favourable weather conditions and a great turn out for our first full week. Over 115 anglers fished the lakes catching a total of 630 fish giving a very healthy rod average of 5½.
Bishop Auckland District Angling Club controls over 17 miles of water on the River Wear from Witton-le-Wear to Croxdale and 2½ miles on the upper reaches of the River Tees at Egglestone.
The River Wear is regarded as the premier river in England for sea trout and the number two river for salmon. The River Tees offers superb brown trout and grayling fishing and continues to improve each year as a salmon river. Last season the club waters produced salmon up to 23½lb, sea-trout to 13½lb and brown trout to 4lb on the River Wear and salmon up to 25lb on the River Tees.
After a succession of cold and depressing opening days the weather for once was favourable for this years opening day at Witton Castle Lakes and there was an excellent turn out of anglers with 52 visiting in anticipation of some exciting sport. They were not disappointed with fish being caught throughout the day.
The second day of pre-season stocking sees another delivery of top quality, hard fighting Rainbow Trout arriving at Witton Castle Lakes from our new suppliers, Northern Trout of Pickering.
Fishery Officer, John Atkinson, assisted by our hard working volunteers help to unload and transfer the fish, ranging from 2-4lb, into the lakes in readiness for the new season’s opening day this Saturday – ensuring a good start to the 2014 season.