Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stillwater Stocks Are Set for a Big Boost; COARSE ANGLING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stillwater Stocks Are Set for a Big Boost; COARSE ANGLING

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COARSE anglers in the area are rejoicing that fisheries experts will be stocking dace, chub, roach, crucian carp and rudd in the North East next week as part of the Environment Agency's ongoing plans to develop and restore rivers and lakes.

In response to an application from the TAA, 1,000 chub and 2,000 roach are destined for the River Tyne at Prudhoe on Monday, where high spring flows on the Tyne have impacted on coarse fish survival.

The Agency has built a river backwater which will be a safe haven for the newly-stocked fish. In addition, a further 3,000 dace and 2,000 chub will be released into the River Team, Gateshead.

Five stillwater fisheries in the region, including Throckley Reigh and Thornborough Pond will also be stocked on Wednesday with a total of 12,000 roach, rudd and crucian carp bred in the EA's own Calverton fish farm donated to help improve angling.

Anglers who fish Silksworth Lake in Sunderland will see stocks boosted too after fish escaped from the lake during flooding in 2012. Sunderland Fresh Water Angling Club, with funding from the Environment Agency, repaired the outfall to Silksworth to prevent further losses.

Following the success of a recent match on Derwent Reservoir, anglers turned up in large numbers this past week,to take advantage of some great late season coarse fishing before the fishery closes for the year on Saturday night.

The Nature Reserve section continues to yield large numbers of roach, Malcolm McDonald netting 20 lb from this section using groundbait feeder tactics.

David McDonald also had a good catch from the same area of 13lb with the deeper swims giving best results.

Unsurprisingly Whittle Dene has suffered in the cold snap but both The lower and northern reservoirs continue to produce sport when conditions are conducive. …

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