The lakes are open to the weather, so choose an area to fish in comfort.
three large water supply reservoirs in a 15-acre site offer great sport in wild countryside. There are no platforms or specific disabled facilities, but there are areas with very short walks to the bank from the on-road parking. Sport is predominantly from silver fish, including bream to
4 lb, perch to 2 lb, roach to
1 lb 8 oz, with a few gudgeon. TACTICS: for silver fish nets, use a short pole or waggler with loosefed maggots. Throw a small ball of groundbait in every ten minutes or so, to keep the fish lined-up and on the bottom. Adding some hemp to the loosefeed will also encourage the fish to stay down on the deck. A better stamp of fish will come to casters, for those who are prepared to build a line patiently. During coloured water conditions, a grain of corn can produce some very big roach. An open-end feeder packed with a sweet crumb works for bream and skimmers. There is no need to cast much beyond 10 m, where the depth drops steeply down to the maximum 40 ft. Due to sudden drops, most anglers fish slightly along the bank to one side; there are rocks in the edges and the fish feel safer with this bit of cover. An adventurous angler may want to try feeding chopped worm and fishing a lobworm to try to tempt one of the elusive perch. Likewise, a drop shotting approach could throw up a bonus fish. TICKETS: £7 a day; £5 after 2 pm, from the visitor centre before fishing. Barbless hooks only. No nights. Food outlets on the major roads nearby. Enquiries on 0845 1550236, or 01669 621368 (Lake Ranger) or see www.nwwatersideparks.com GOOD SWIMS: choose a swim with a gentle ripple in front, which will let skimmers settle and feed better.
LOCAL TACKLE SHOP: Ultimate Fishing Supplies, 72 Derwent Street, Chopwell, NE17 7HY. Tel: 01207 560931. LOCATION: leave Newcastle on the A69, heading west, towards Corbridge for 4 miles. Turn right, onto the B6318 Military Road, and continue through Harlow Hill for three miles. At the crossroads, turn left onto the B6309, where the reservoir visitor centre is on the right, after 200 yards.
SAT NAV: NE15 0QA.