THE New Year got off to a great start at Chatton where James Brown from Etal landed a 14lb rainbow from Chatton Lake and Andrew Campbell from Backworth landed eight, including one of 5lb 10oz.
Other anglers who recorded good catches included Matty Divine from Hadston, who landed 14 including one of 7lb 8oz rainbow, and Len Broxson from Tanfieldwho brought 11, including one of 8lb, to the net.
On Sunday, part of Chatton Lake will be fully booked for the Fritz and Flies Festive Fun Competition but Ross and Dunnydeer lakes will be open as normal.
Both lakes at South Linden are well stocked with rainbows and blues and are fishing well.
M Davison of Hauxley caught and released six in an extended two-hour session.
Whereas most anglers have landed one or two fish in the short daylight sessions, one fishery regular caught and released nine in a four-hour session.
The bait lake holds good numbers of fish in the 3lb region. B Campbell was fishing with his grandsons at the weekend and caught six trout on worms.
Fishing has been great at Higham Lakes over the past week with the welcome warm spell bringing out the fish and the anglers.
Melrose youngster Russell Turnbull, 11, landed a nice 9lb 6oz rainbow and Simon Adams from Whitley Bay returned 12.
John Walker from Bishop Auckland, fishing at Sharpley Springs, took full advantage of the recent mild spell to safely return 18 trout.
Paul Henry from Jarrow took a 14-pounder, Dan Sefton from Burnopfield returned one at 11lb 5oz and one of 10lb and Rob Frame from West Denton brought 15 to the net.
There was a good turnout of 13 anglers for the monthly competition at Knitsley Mill where the lakes are fishing well.
Connor Metcalf took top place with Brain Laddie second and Lee Abbott third.
The next monthly competition will be on Saturday, February 2, with an 8.30am start.
The Fritz and Flies qualifier will be held on Sunday, January 27.
It has been a strange week at Naworth.
Whereas the weather settled and the lake level dropped to normal the catches dropped to a rod average of three over the weekend.
D Savage landed three to 10lb on fly, A Hull netted14, including rainbows of 15lb and 10lb, to worm.
J McVittie landed 20 to 13lb on worm and K Benson took a 12-pounder on fly.
It has been a quieter week at Jubilee Lakes with good numbers of trout moving around and plenty of takes but few fish on the bank.
John Wildon from Middlesbrough had a good start for the New Year with the largest fish of the week at 6lb 2oz.
Colin Stoddart from Consett took one of 5lb 10oz and Stuart Sexton from Richmond returned a good trout of 6lb to 7lb on Sunday afternoon.
Anyone wanting to check the weather or condition of the lakes before setting out should ring 01388 772611 from 7.30am. Anglers also took advantage of the mild dry spell to make it a busy week at Aldin Grange, where the fish were taking most patterns.
Brian Mulholland bagged 10 good fish on Buzzers and home-tied patterns in a four-hour fishing session.
Aldin: Buzzers, Bloodworms, Tinny Blobs, Shipman’s and CdC.
Higham: Pink Bloodworm (fished 6 feet down), Pink Fritz, Buzzers, Minkies, Cat’s Whisker.
Jubilee: Dawson’s Olives, Olive Zonkers, Orange Nomads, Black Damsels, Black Buzzers.
Knitsley Mill: Amber Bloodworm, small Buzzers, Blobs.
Sharpley: Black Buzzer, Bloodworm, Hare’s Ear Emerger, Brown F, Black Shuttlecock, White Fritz/Zonker, Cat’s Whisker.
South Linden: Yellow Fritz, Ace of Spades, Cruncher, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Dawson’s Olive, Damsels, Montana.