WATERSIDE PARKS AND FISHERIES
NEWSFLASH - Urgent notice, Waterside Parks fishing season opening update
We are pleased to say that although the weather has affected many of our sites over the weekend, we will be opening our doors tomorrow, Tuesday 20 March, at Derwent, Fontburn, Scaling and Kielder Waterside.
Our premier fisheries at Grassholme and Hury will not be opening due to snow on the access roads and drifts continue to affect this. We will be opening these sites on Wednesday 21 March.
Please note at Kielder Waterside there will be bank fishing only as the wintery weather has caused damage to the jetties, meaning we are unable to launch boats.
As a reminder opening times are 6am at Kielder Waterside shop and 8am at Derwent, Fontburn and Scaling fishing shops.
If there are any further changes we will update you on Facebook /nwwatersideparksandfishing and on this page.
We look forward to welcoming you to the season.
The Waterside Parks Ranger team
Welcome to the 2018 fishing season
Hello fellow anglers, we trust you have over wintered well and you are ready to return to the bank side for some excellent sport in 2018. We are pleased to announce that our fishing season starts on Saturday 10 March and we look forward to seeing you across the year.
Waiting for anglers on opening day there will be at least 12,000 fish stocked at Derwent in County Durham; Fontburn and Kielder in Northumberland; Grassholme and fly-only Hury in Teesdale and Scaling located within the North York Moors. Overall there will be a minimum of 80,000 fish stocked into these reservoirs this season, with more than half of them from our own fish farms in Northumberland and the Tees Valley.
After much reviewing of budgets this year’s permit prices will be seeing a slight increase, following a number of years of prices staying steady. Over the last three years trout feed costs have risen significantly and the small increase to permits will help us cover these costs, sustain our fisheries and maintain our catch limits. We hope you can continue to support us to be able to offer you high quality fishing at all of our Waterside Parks and fisheries.
For full information on the 2018 pricing structure please see our Opening times and Prices page.
Additionally to this we have introduced new opening dates across our sites to allow our anglers the opportunity for 12 months of premier fishing. Full details are shown here.
Further great changes to our 2018 offerings include:
- Pike fishing at Scaling Dam all year round.
- The ability to loose feed and groundbait at all any method fisheries.
- A new two rod trout permit with a catch limit of eight fish.
- A 'fantastic four' season permit for our wild brown trout reservoirs.
As usual we continue to offer 'try it' lessons for those interested to take up a fantastic sport and free fishing for children in the family under 17 years of age when fishing with a full paying parent or guardian.
We have another full packed competition calendar across the year alongside our much loved tagged fish sweep stake, further details are shown on our events page.
You can download a copy of this year’s Waterside Parks and Fishing guide here, which includes a detailed map of our Waterside Parks and fisheries locations alongside the facilities at each.
We really look forward to seeing you this season and remember to pop in to our visitor centres with any questions you have on the day.
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.