REEL THEM IN: Grassholme from above with Selset in the distance
REEL THEM IN: Grassholme from above with Selset in the distance

ANGLERS can expect to land bigger fish this year at Teesdale’s reservoirs.

The season opens from 7am on Saturday, March 9, and Northumbrian Water says it will be a splash.

After listening to feedback from anglers during the last 18 months, the company says it has invested heavily in its fish farms in Teesdale and can now provide anglers with larger average size stock fish.

Supply to Grassholme and Hury comes exclusively from the company’s own farms. Anglers who fish at those reservoirs can expect to see an increase in their catch weights, along with more fish in the 3lb to 5lb range, with a good number of double figure trout set to be introduced as well, the water firm says.

Other elements introduced for the 2019 season include new permits offering a wider choice of catch limits from two to eight fish.

Don Coe, waterside parks operations manager, said: “We are gearing up to welcome anglers for the new season, with the prospect of larger catches at many of our sites. There is something for everyone, with special sessions for young anglers, a busy competition calendar and much more.”

The visitor centre at Grassholme will be open as usual from 8am Monday and Friday and 7am on weekends and bank holidays.

Visit www.nwwatersideparks.co.uk/trout-fisheries for more details

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Price structure

£10 under-17s day permit (two fish)

£19 day permit, fly only catch and release (optional one fish)

£21 credit cruncher available from 2pm (4 fish)

£23 day permit (five fish)

£27 day permit (eight fish) with concessions at £25

£41 family and couples permit (12 fish)