Fishing is a popular sport in the UK so if you are visiting the north east town of Killingworth – or have recently moved to the area and want a heads up on local hot spots for anglers – then you will be spoilt for choice in this respect. The town itself is surrounded by two lakes which are fully stocked with a wide variety of different fish but there are also many other locations across the county of Northumberland and in the Tyne & Wear area that are ideal venues for still water course and game fishing.
Most of these are that are within easy access of Killingworth including Bolam Lake which is nestled in the heart of the Northumberland countryside and provides one of the largest venues for anglers in the north east of England, covering around 25 acres. This lake is designated for course fishing and it is located a couple of miles off the A696 near Belsay however permits must be obtained and these can be purchased from the local post office for either day or seasonal use. A daily permit costs just £8 with concessions for senior citizens and children while a season permit is a bargain at £32 however fishing is only permitted from the banks of the lake during daytime hours and overnight camping in the area is prohibited. The Dissington Pond offers mixed course, tench and carp fishing predominantly and this is slightly further on about a mile from the village of Ponteland however permits are not available here as it is exclusive to members of the local Big Waters Angling Club.
The Felmoor Fishery is relatively new to the area and this is situated just north of the town of Morpeth, east of the A1, on the Eshottheugh Farm however this commercial mixed course fishery is not open to the general public so fishing here is only available by advance reservation. In the same location you will also find the Felton Fence Farm Fishery by taking the A1 to Felton, or alternatively take the A697 to the village of Lonframlington then the farm is just off the B6345 which connects it with the neighbouring village of Swarland in the heart of Northumberland’s most scenic countryside. This is a still water fishing centre with four ponds for fishing that are full of species like carp, tench, perch, roach and rudd, with day permits available for purchase on site at £8 for adults and £5 for children. It is also possible to fish from dusk to dawn as night fishing is permitted in this area but this is only possible for those with annual membership permits which cost £100 for days only of £180 for days and nights. Slightly further away from the town of Killingworth you will find the largest lake in the area which is near Ashington near the QE2 Country Park and this covers around 40 acres. In the water here you will find an abundance of different species of fish including bream, carp, pike, roach and rudd and permits can be bought from the nearby Lakeside Hotel or from McDermott’s tackle shop which you will find
on the town’s Station Road.