Image: commercial fisher near to Stanegate holiday accommodation, Northumberland.
Image: photographs of fishing venues near Stanegate Holiday Cottage.

Game, Coarse or Sea?

From coast to hill, there are ample opportunities to satisfy the most ardent angler. You can charter a boat from several of the coastal towns and villages in order to fish the North Sea. Likewise, you can fish the harbours, from the beaches or from rocky shores too. A few of the species you could catch are bass, cod, pollock, plaice, coalfish, mackerel and codling.

Northumberland is not just for sea anglers. The Tyne is rated as one of the best salmon waters in the UK, but it holds sea trout as well. The lower reaches of the Tyne also hold perch, pike, roach, dace, gudgeon and chub and eels can be found in most of the waters around the county. There are plenty of opportunities to fish further inland on rivers and still waters, including commercial fisheries.

Fishing from Stanegate Cottage

The South Tyne and its tributary, the East Allen, are good game fishing venues where you can land brown trout, sea trout and salmon. Further afield, you have the North Tyne, the Derwent and the Rede. Day tickets can be obtained via the Tyne Rivers Trust and Allen Valley Angling and Conservation.

For those of you who prefer still water fishing, there are three respected commercial fisheries within 30 minutes drive.

Naworth Fishery is based on a 10 acre lake in the grounds of Naworth Castle. They allow both worm and fly fishing and the lake is regularly restocked with rainbow trout. New Mills Trout Fishing Park offers tuition for anglers of all levels and a fun fishing pond on which novices and kids can learn about angling. Their main lake is stocked with just about every type of trout imaginable from 2 to 25 lbs.

Langley Dam fly fishery is regularly stocked with a mix of trout (mainly rainbow, but also with brown, blue and tiger) up to 18lbs. You can hire one of the five boats or fish the 14 acre lake from the bank. The facilities include parking, refreshments, toilets with disabled access, rod hire and tuition by prior arrangement.

Your third option is Talking Tarn which has a tea room, gift shop and various activities, so it is a good family venue. You can fish for chub, pike, perch and roach whilst the non-anglers can explore the country park.

Kielder Water

You can drive (about an hour) to Kielder Water, which is the largest reservoir in Northumberland. You can hire a boat (pre-booking required) to access the 2,000 acres of water, or fish from the banks. The Lakeside Way gives you about 20 miles of shoreline to choose from! You can fish using bait or fly and can buy day tickets from either Tower Knowe or Kielder Waterside visitor centres.

For anglers bringing their families, Kielder Water is a great place because it offers a range of family-friendly facilities.  These include an indoor pool, kids play areas, Segways, ferry rides, restaurant, cafe, souvenir shop, interactive visitor centre and more.