Updated reports will be published during the fishing seasons for Brown Trout and Sea Trout and Salmon
On the rivers I have had no reports of salmon or sea trout from the tees. On the Wear up until the heavy rain on Friday sea -trout catches were restricted to night fishing where catches were still being made on some nights when fish were holding in the more popular holding pools then other nights where pools were devoid of fish. The heavy rain saw up to a metre rise in the river level which had dropped to a very good fishing level by saturday evening / Sunday morning. I have had reports of sea -trout being caught throughout the length of the Bishop Auckland A C water with one angler landing and returning 4 sea -trout early sunday morning but most have been only the single fish capture. Surprisingly for the Wear which has a reputation for it's big sea -trout the majority of fish have been in the 2lb to 4 lb category, No reports of salmon caught as yet .
On the rivers I have had only one 12 lb salmon reported off the Tees. The River wear has fished very well this week following the good rise in water on the previous Friday. There have been some excellent catches off the Bishop Auckland A.C. waters .P. Sheldon had 4 salmon and 2 sea -trout on Tuesday all caught on the "Vivian" fly ,biggest salmon being 14 lb . On the same day J. Ord had 5 salmon best 9lb , 6lb and 5lb .P. Linster had 6 sea -trout on spinner on Monday and a 12 lb salmon the next day. J. Walker jnr had a 14 lb salmon on shrimp on the Thursday. I also witnessed the capture of a salmon at page bank on shrimp estimated at 18lb.Night fisherman are also catching , with the experienced anglers picking up one or two fish a visit.
Important Information when Night Fishing for Sea-Trout
Fishing in rivers stream and drains for Salmon and Migratory trout between the end of the first hour after sunset and the beginning of the last hour before sunrise shall be an offence unless the bait consists of a natural or artificial fly with each hook not exceeding 10mm diameter.
Which means that the treble hook you use must pass through a 10mm diameter hole.
This is an Environmental Agency byelaw for the Northern region which can be accessed on the following website.