Witton Castle Lakes
We are one of the premier trout fisheries in the North East. It is located within an extensive area of picturesque parkland just off the A68 at Witton-le-Wear. Our aim is to provide first class fishing within a beautiful peaceful setting. The fishery offers fly fishing on two lakes of approximately 3 acres and 5 acres, and a small ½ acre bait lake ideal for junior anglers. All the lakes are very fertile and support a prolific and varied range of aquatic life including olives, damsel, sedge, caenis, corixae, shrimp, snail, stickleback and minnow. The rich feeding encourages the trout to feed naturally from the beginning of the season, particularly on the abundant hatches of buzzer, olives and damsel.
The lakes are very well stocked and restocked on a regular basis to maintain a high stocking density with quality rainbow and blue trout from 2lb with the present record standing at 25lb 12oz.
The fishery is open from 8am, 7 days a week from March to November and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from December to February. The fishery offers a wide range of tickets including all day catch and release at £16, 3 fish at £25 and 4 hour ticket at £12. The lakes are also available for exclusive evening hire (except Fridays) for parties of 10 or more anglers by prior arrangement. Details of the full range of tickets, fishery rules, catch reports and news can be found on this website
There is ample car parking on site and a purpose built lodge within 50 yards of the lakes which offers a good range of flies and essential tackle, hot and cold drinks, EA licences and male/female toilet facilities. The Fishery officer, will be on hand to provide help and advice to anglers and is ably supported by a team of volunteers who will all help to make sure you have the best chance of catching fish on your visit to the lakes.
Witton Castle Lakes is run by Bishop Auckland District Angling Club which also has over 17 miles of fishing on the River Wear, close to the lakes and 2½ miles on the upper reaches of the River Tees at Eggleston. This provides anglers with the opportunity of fishing the lakes and the river for salmon and sea trout.
The small bait lake is ideal for the young anglers and rod/reel packages are available for hire and sweetcorn worms can be purchased at the lodge. We welcome anglers of all standards from experienced to those just learning the craft and casting/fishing tuition by qualified coaches is available by arrangement.