Pack your tackle and bait your hook for some glorious fishing opportunities in Northumberland. From the Tyne to the Tweed, Northumberland offers excellent fishing for visitors and thanks to the Tyne Angling Passport Scheme waterways are more accessible and affordable for anglers. Take a look at our pick of the best freshwater fishing locations in the region.
King of the Tyne
The River Tyne was once the most polluted stretch of water in the UK, but since 2003 has boasted the best salmon fishing in England and Wales, and second for sea trout. 700,000 young salmon are added to the north Tyne each year, and the average weight plucked from the silky depths is 14lb, with some up to 30lb – although we know how anglers exaggerate. However, in the case of Salmon fishing on the Tyne, it is all true.
Trout fishing at Kielder Water
Kielder Water and Forest is one of the most peaceful locations in Northumberland and with over 2000 acres of water offers superb fishing opportunities for angling enthusiasts. To make the most of your experience, hire a fully equipped motor boat and head out into the huge lake at sunset for excellent scenery and superb fishing. It should be noted that barbed hooks are not allowed and your catch should be returned to the water. You can pick up a day permit from the Tower Knowe or Leaplish visitor centre.
Coarse fishing in Northumberland
You will find coarse fishing in abundance in Northumberland in lake, reservoirs, fisheries and ponds. Smaller fish like Roach, Rudd and Perch are widely spread whereas bigger catches like Carp, Pike and Tench are less available. Felton Farm Fisheries is the best option for day visitors hoping for a mixed net whereas Dene Reservoir is best for Chubb and Gudgeon, and offers the best value for money in the region.
Salmon fishing on the River Tweed
The Tweed is world famous for the quality of its salmon fishing, predominantly thanks to how well the river is maintained – it is after all a Site of Special Scientific Interest for plants and wildlife. Carving through stunning landscape, the oily-coloured Tweed offers fly fishers plenty of excellent locations to choose from including Junction, Ladykirk and Rutherford. Because of its popularity, day permits are more expensive than other salmon regions such as Rivers Tyne, Coquet and Aln, but there are no catch and release rules so is worth splashing out.
Fishing for beginners
Northumberland fishing even offers something for everyone, and if you are new to the sport, head to Derwent Reservoir for some professional coaching. The waters are bristling with rainbow trout, so once you have been trained to master your fly by expert coaching staff, you can start reeling in your rainbow for as little as £20.
The ideal accommodation for anglers visiting Northumberland is a self-catering holiday cottage where you have a fully-equipped kitchen to cook up your catch of the day.