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Bishop Auckland & District Angling Club
Wadsworth Angling and Conservation Centre
Off Main Street
Witton Park
Bishop Auckland
Co. Durham
DL14 0DY
01388 488691

Situated in the grounds of Witton Castle, in the heartland of the picturesque Wear valley, the fishery is just off the A68, South of the River Wear and the village of Witton le Wear.

Open throughout the year, we provide excellent fly-fishing for top-quaility trout in over 20 acres of water. being set in open parkland means that angles have access to more than 2 miles of bank space without any major obstacles to casting.

We welcome anglers of all standards. The Fisheries Officers - Colin Douglas and Tom Osborne - are on hand to give guidance and advice. Casting and fishing tuition by a fully qualified and insured coach is availible by arrangement. We aim to provide first-class fishing in a beautiful, peaceful setting.

A large car park, fishing lodge with toilets and tackle sales are provided. Environment Agency Rod Licences are available at the fishery. Meals are available at the public houses in the village but tea and coffee are available at the lodge for a small charge.
The fishery operates a barbless hook policy (ordinary hooks with the barbs nipped down are acceptable).

The fishery is stocked with rainbow trout from 2 lbs upwards with the fishery record being 25lb 12oz. There are three lakes of 14 acres, 5 acres and 2 acres, each stocked with these high quality fish. Set in open parkland the fishery offers easy access to over 95% of the available bank space without any major obstacles for casting. Access for disabled persons is available with assistance on hand if required.

Our Current fishery record is a fish weighing 25lb 12oz caught by Andy Reeves of Crook and was caught on a black and green tadpole.

Natural fly life is prolific with hatches of Pond Olives, Lake Olives, Mayfly, Great Red Sedge, smaller Sedges Buzzers and Damsel fly. Although lures are successful early and late in the season, artificial patterns representing the natural insects are the most predominant catchers of fish. Successful patterns are; Pheasant Tail Nymph, GRHE, Buzzer's (various colours), Damsel nymph and Daddies. Dawson's Olive, Montana and Cats Whisker, Fritz patterns are the most popular lures

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