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Catchment Management

Reservoir fishing season kicks off at Washburn Valley

Anglers will be getting their rods at the ready as our fishery in the Washburn Valley is set to be topped up with thousands of rainbow trout to mark the beginning of the 2016 reservoir fishing in Yorkshire season.

The fishery includes Fewston, Swinsty and Thruscross reservoirs and is set in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Approximately 6,500 rainbow trout, which are highly regarded game fish, will be added to the reservoirs throughout the fishing season up until November. Many anglers consider the rainbow trout the hardest-fighting trout species and they are a popular target for fly fishers.

Coarse fishing is also on offer at Swinsty reservoir which includes roach, perch, chub and dace.

Alastair Harvey, Recreation Manager, said: “These three reservoirs in the Washburn Valley are the jewel in the crown of our land. Hundreds of anglers love the fishery because it offers exceptionally high quality trout fishing in a stunning rural setting.

“As we introduce the 10,000lb of fish to our waters over the next eight months, anglers can look forward to reeling in some great catches. So far the largest recorded trout catch came in 2006 when a 14lb rainbow specimen was landed. We challenge anglers to beat that!”

A fishing platform is available at Swinsty reservoir that also caters for disabled anglers.

The Washburn Valley Fishery is now open seven days a week between 7.30am and one hour after sunset. Day tickets cost £20, concession are £17 and evening tickets are available at £15. For more information about the fishery, details of on-site tuition and competitions visit the Swinsty Fishing Office which is located at Swinsty Moor car park, or call 01943 880658.

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