Named after the great rivers the Tyne and the Wear, the county was formed in 1974 and comprises the cities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland. Although only a relatively small county it offers some top quality game and coarse fishing
Coarse fishing angling clubs in Tyne and Wear
The Tyne Anglers Alliance was formed in the early 1970s to protect fishing in the region and obtained leases from the Gateshead and Newcastle Councils on two stretches of the Tyne and several ponds located in the Tyneside area. It now offers fishing on Killingworth Large Lake and Killingworth Small Lake, the River Tyne at Newburn, Wydon Burn which is run by the Hexham Angling Association, and Throckley Reigh, part of the Tyne Riverside Country Park which is said to hold 16 species of coarse fish. In addition to their own waters, several angling clubs in the area now also have access to fishing on these waters as well as their own club waters.
Big Waters – and Little Big Waters!
The Big Waters Angling Club runs two lakes, Big Waters which offers 22 acres of fishing for carp, bream, roach, rudd and tench and the smaller Little Big Waters both of which are located at Seaton Burn, Newcastle Upon Tyne. The club also has fishing on Tyne Anglers Alliance waters.
Fishing in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
The Ryton and District Angling Club has fishing on Stargate and Tilcon Ponds as well as waters through its membership of the Tyne Anglers Alliance. Leazes Park Angling Club has fishing on the park lake, a mixed fishery in the heart of Newcastle City Centre which contains roach, tench, bream and carp which now run to 20lbs as well as waters through its membership of the Tyne Anglers Alliance. Lakeside Angling Club runs the Pelaw Quarry Pond, a small mixed fish water situated in the scenic area behind the Cock Crow Inn in Hebburn as well as waters through its membership of the Tyne Anglers Alliance.
Pleasant fishing at Mount Pleasant
The Washington and Harraton Angling Club offers fishing on Mount Pleasant Lake, also known as Fatfield Boating Lake, and Pattinson South Pond which is also known as Corgi Pond. The club also has stretches of the River Wear downstream from Charterhaugh bridge on the A182 to Hylton bridge on the A19 excluding both sides of the river where it runs through the Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust site.
Stillwater coarse fisheries in Tyne and Wear
Set in 64 acres of farmland in County Durham, near Gateshead, Angel of the North Fishing Lakes offers two mixed coarse lakes and a carp lake which are according to the Code of Angling Best Practice and fish welfare and has been described by anglers as perhaps the most productive fishery in the North East with match catches to over 600lbs having been taken.
Silksworth Lakes in Sunderland are run by the Sunderland Freshwater Angling Club and were created in the early eighties as a part of the reclamation of the old Silksworth Pit. Three Island Lake Fishery at Sunderland is an attractive lake surrounded by woodland and runs beside the River Wear as does Row Pond in Sunderland, another an attractive mixed coarse fish lake surrounded by trees next to the Wear.
River trout fishing in Tyne and Wear
Trout fishing is available on the River Tyne, the Derwent and the Rede. The majority of fishing is for wild trout with some stocked brownies in the Derwent and the River Tyne. The Tyne is now regarded as one of the best river systems for salmon and sea trout in England and Wales and is even starting to challenge some of the more famous Scottish rivers.
A great way to enjoy game fishing in the area is through the Tyne Rivers Trust Angling Passport scheme which offers a day’s fishing on a range of ‘wild’ beats across the Tyne catchment at a very reasonable cost. The beats primarily offer wild brown trout fishing but anglers can enjoy good fishing for grayling on the River Derwent and for the occasional salmon and sea trout on the Devil’s Water and the River Rede.
Stillwater trout fishing in Tyne and Wear
Formed in 1984 The Felling Fly Fishing Club is regarded as one of North East England’s top angling clubs through which members can enjoy an extensive choice of venues. Its river fishing covers approximately 15 miles of lengthy beats on the rivers North Tyne, Coquet, Wear and the Till. On top of the river fishing the club has two stillwater fisheries, Thornton Steward Reservoir in North Yorkshire and Rothley Lake East in Northumberland. Both are stocked regularly with rainbow trout at around the 2lb mark with several stockings of 3lb to 5lb fish. Its river fishing has some lovely glides and runs for the fly fisher but ignore the slow deep pools at your peril. Heaviest salmon caught comes in at 31.5lbs and heaviest sea trout at 14lb.
Higham Lakes Trout Fishery is a 14 acre family run trout fishery within easy reach of Newcastle and Gateshead. West House Trout Lakes is situated in 120 acres of peaceful farmland near the picturesque village of Bishopton about 10 minutes from Stockton, Darlington and Sedgefield. Open throughout the year, it provides fly-fishing for trout in four lakes spread over eight acres of water.
Fishing tackle shops in Tyne and Wear
Tyne and Wear has fishing tackle shops in Washington, Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Houghton-le-Spring, North Shields, Sunderland and Wallsend.