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The Canals Trust have over 2,000 miles of waterway to look after for the many interest groups who use them. With so much water it is no wonder that fishing is high on the list of activities.
The Trust issues a Waterway Wanderers Permit that entitles you to fish on an impressive amount of water throughout England and Wales (for just £20).
Aldin Grange Lakes
5 lakes, 3 for coarse fish and 2 for game fish.
The lakes are;
Blackbird, Woodpeckers and Match Pool for coarse fishing including common, mirror, ghost, crucian and F1 carp plus tench, perch, rudd, roach, bream, cub, ofre, barbel.
For trout there are Skylark and Swallow stocked with rainbows, brown trout and blues for 1 to 15lbs.
There is a lodge with toilets and all of the lakes are accessible for disabled anglers.
Call 0191 3846090 or 07957831711.
Google Map 54.779785, -1.618322 Post Code DH7 7AR
Angel of the North Fishing Lakes
Near Washington consists of 3 lakes, 2 mixed fisheries and a carp lake. There are good facilities for anglers with disabilities.
Call 0191 4100449
Google Map Reference 54.907710 -1.564195 Post Code DH3 1RF
Derwent Reservoir is just off the A68 near Consett. Stocked with rainbow trout, brown trout and blues the reservoir also has good stocks of excellent roach.
Bait or fly fishing allowed on the south bank and dam wall. Fly only on the north bank. Trout to 20lbs have been caught.
Fishing from the dam wall is allowed and a platform for anglers with disabilities has been instralled on the south side of the dam. Ground baiting is now allowed.
There is a tackle shop, cafe and toilets are available with good path ways in places for wheelchair visitors.
Google Map 54.854406, -1.965463 Post Code DH8 9TT
Eden Grange Carp Fishery
Located near Shildon on a 12 acre stite this fishery has 4 lakes:
Traditional Pond with carp bream, chub and F1s.
Runs Pool at 1 acre it has 8 pegs with carp 1 to 25lbs, tench and F1s.
Match Pool has carp, ide, chub and F1s.
Catfish Lake with cats 4 to 40lbs.
Best to book. There is a cafe on site and toilets including disabled facilities. Most of the pegs are accessible for disabled anglers and vehicles can be driven to some pegs by Blue Badge holders.
Call 07809 125206
Google Map 54.620765, -1.620218 Post Code DL4 2QD
TCR Hub in Barnard Castle
TCR Hub is a community project running many programmes. They have a lake stocked with carp which is available on a day ticket basis.
No fishing when canoe or kayak session are on. If planning to fish on Sunday you must call ahead and book.
The facility has been designed for accessiblilty and has good paths and modern platforms.
There is a cafe on site.
Google Map 54.554229, -1.908577 Post Code DL12 8TD
Chester le Street AA
Have extensive 10 mile is fishing on the river Wear for salmon and sea trout. Fishing on much of the river is for members and guests only but the membership charge is very reasonable.
There is a stretch in Chester Le Street Park for day ticket holder where there are 9 platforms with number 1, just above the wier, reserved for disabled anglers.
In addition to some excellent sea trout fishing the waters hold barbel to double figures, chub, bream, dace, gudgeon, perch, roach, pike and grayling.
For membership enquiries call 07592859772.
Grassholme Waterside Park Fishery
Located neat Mickleton off the B6277 in Teesdale Grassholme is an any legal method fishery.
Stocked with rainbow trout there are a number of ticket options with generous catch limits. Family and couples tickets are available. Under 17s fish free if accompanied by a full ticket holding adult.
There is good access for disabled anglers with a casting platform near the Visitor Centre.
The Visitor Centre has a tackle shop and shop where you can buy snacks and refreshments. There is also a picnic area.
Call 01345 1550236
Google Map 54.597749, -2.082233 Post Code DL12 0PW
Located in the Balder Valley the reservoir is a traditional wet / dry fly, fly only fishery. Stocked weekly with fish from the Northumbrian Water Teesdale fish farm it can be particularly good for dry fly of an evening.
For disabled anglers there is a casting platform near the dam wall with the fishing lodge and toilets nearby.
Call 01833 641121
Google Map 54.564333, -2.084410 Post Code DL12 9UP
Near Seaham, consists of 7 lakes stocked with rainbows, brown trout and blues to 20lb+. The fishery record is 23lbs 6oz.
5 lakes for fly fishing the other 2 are for juniors and tuition for beginners
Good access for persons with disabilities and wheel chair user get a discount.
C & R after reaching your limit
Call 0191 5818045.
Google Map Reference 54.847331, -1.412190 Post Code SR7 0NP
West House Trout Lakes
4 lakes near Stillington spread over an 8 acre site:
West Lake 1.5 acres, 4 to 11 feet deep with trout and carp to 32lbs.
Horseshoe is 2 acres 5 to 7 feet deep.
Foxhole is just 1 acre with clear water, a stalker lake.
Mill Lake, 4 acres the biggest lake on site.
The lakes are stocked with fish from 2lbs to 28lbs with brown trout even bigger.
The is secure parking, a lodge with loos and access for disabled anglers by arrangement.
Call 07836 330157
Google Map 54.598396, -1.420838 Post Code TS21 1LL