The last couple of weeks have been very quiet at Witton Castle Lakes with only a handful or so of anglers braving the unpleasant weather conditions to fish the lakes. The strong winds, heavy rains and recent cold temperatures have combined to keep visiting numbers low – along with, no doubt, the closing of the main 2015 season.
The full season is now drawing to a close and Witton Castle Lakes will move over to weekend only opening. After Sunday 29th of November the lakes will only open Saturday and Sunday beginning Saturday 5th December and will continue through December, January and February.
We will open for the new season with our opening weekend on Saturday 5th March 2016 when we will revert back to 7-day opening. We would advise to book early for the opening weekend as previous years have proved to be very busy.
Saturday evening’s angling club fundraiser, attended by a sell-out crowd of 100 people, raised a total of £595 to go towards replacing stolen groundwork equipment for Witton Castle Lakes and the angling club. The event, held at Crook Town Football Club, was a resounding success with people dancing the night away to the best in 50’s and 60’s tunes, enjoying a game of ‘heads and tails’, a mind-bending quiz and a prize raffle to boot.
Bishop Auckland District Angling Club would like to thank Keith Abbott and the Golden Years for entertaining the crowd throughout the evening and playing free of charge, Sandra and the club bar staff for keeping their glasses filled and Brian for organising the event.
An extra thanks goes out to J.Mulligan Recycling for their kind donation of an extra gas bottle worth £65, which will help keep the lakes’ fishing lodge warm over the winter months.
We’ve had unseasonably warm weather at Witton Castle Lakes this week and have even seen hatches of buzzers, daddies and hoppers to keep anglers busy. We welcomed 39 visiting anglers through the gates who returned a decent rod average of just under 3.