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Near Consett, Co. Durham


Derwent is one of the most attended game fisheries in the country attracting over 10,000 angler visits last year. The fishery enjoys the combination of lots of bank space with easy access and gentle sloping banks. Well stocked with rainbows and blue trout, including the chance to catch large specimen trout weighing above 18lbs. Its the perfect venue for the fly and bait angler alike.

Family permit was £35 and is now£36
Full permit was £23 and is now £24
Concession permit was £21 and is now£22
Credit Cruncher was £16 and is now £17.


Derwent Reservoir is five miles west of Consett in Co Durham and lies within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With around 6 miles of bank, the 1000 acre reservoir is evenly split for fly and bait anglers. There is a combination of good bank space, easy access and gently sloping sides. Three miles of the south shore are available for both multi-bait and fly fishing. Whilst the north shore is fly fishing only. Fishing is from the bank with wading allowed to thigh depth. There is no boat fishing.

Stocking: The fish are mainly stocked from Northumbrian Waters own fish farm. There is a weekly stocking of rainbow and blue trout (twice weekly during summer months). The reservoir also enjoys stocks of brown trout and competition tiger trout.

Dates & times: The season is from 16th March to 30th November and fishing times are from 8am to 9pm or sunset (whichever is sooner). November 9am until 3pm only. The shop is open every day in season from 8am until 5pm

Try it days: During the season on Tuesdays and Saturdays Derwent reservoir offers fishing tuition. This can be for novices or anglers keen to improve their skills in the art of both fly fishing and muti-bait fishing. The price ranges from £15 for a junior and £30 for an adult and includes all tackle hire, rod licence and three hours of tuition. Try it days are held at most of the reservoirs.

Fishing Tips
Fly: Spring and Autumn best area Cronkley Bay or Bay of Plenty. Best methods intermediate line with Black Fritz or Orange Blob on a slow retrieve. Black or Olive Buzzers fished under an indicator. Summer best area The Meadow, Millshield, Quakers', Graveyard (above the sailing club). Best methods washing line with Black Booby or muddler on the point with Daiwl Bach or Bibio on droppers - floating line. In bright or hot conditions use a medium sink line with a weighted Dawson's Olive and a Zulu.

Multi-bait: Spring and Autumn best area Pow Hill up to Hunter House. Best methods ledgering Orange or Green Powerbait on a 2-3ft trace with Magic Dust in a feeder. Summer best area disabled platform up to Pow Hill. Best methods float fished worm or corn, spinning with flying 'C's or on a bright day ledgered Powerbait and worm cocktail.

Disabled access: There is a purpose built slalom style ramp suitable for wheelchair anglers fishing using the fly and multi-bait. This is located at the main car park on the south shore near the dam. Even as water levels drop, the ramp can give good access to the water. Wheelchair accessible toilets and no parking charge for vehicles displaying a blue badge or for coaches.

Shop: There is a well stocked shop open daily from 8.00am. You will find all the fishing equipment you need to get you started from scratch including essential bait and flies for the day. Snacks, ice creams and hot and cold drinks are available daily along with a range of leisure items for the entire family to enjoy their day out. Fishing starter packs are available from the shop which includes everything you need to enjoy a fantastic day's fishing. Our friendly team of rangers will be on hand to offer you advice and assistance.

Non Fishing Activities
There are five seasonal recreational areas with picnic sites and wonderful views of the water. Car parking is free. Toilet facilities with disabled access are available around the reservoir. There are some splendid walks along the North and South shores and across the dam and sailing is also available. The reservoir is also a nature reserve with many species of bird life.

Online Permits: All permits are for a day only and catch limits must be shared if more than one person is fishing. (permits are not transferable)

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Fisheries Manager,
Derwent Reservoir,
Consett, DH8 9TT

Mon-Fri 9-5pm 0845 155 0236
Other times: 01207 255250