Naworth Fishery

Brampton in Cumbria

Fishing Report

9/12/18 Update: Poor weather over the last couple of weeks has meant the lake has been very lightly fished. M Jefferson was top rod landing 16 fish to fly and two worm rods landed 12 fish on their visit, most of the rods fishing have reported catches. Hopefully we get a more settled spell soon, "the christmas period would be good!"

16/12/18 Update: More poor weather conditions and it doesn't seem to want to stop. Only the hardy ones have ventured out, with mixed results. Though it has been fishing well on the better days. Regardless of the weather the lake will be getting its Christmas restocking this week so this should boost sport over the holiday period if the weather permits.

30/12/18 Update: This is the last update for 2018. Sport at Naworth slowed over the last few days due to flood water, however by the end of the weekend we saw a change starting and fish starting to surface feed again in the mild conditions. Just before the rain and floods top rods were M Jefferson with 13 fish to 3lbs on fly, D Cruikshank landed 11 fish to 3lbs on buzzers, I McVittie landed 8 fish to 9lbs on fly and M Valente landed 6 fish to 5lbs on fly.

3/1/19 Update: Sport has started to pick up well as the lake drops back to normal and just to help things along it will be restocked for the weekend.

20/1/19 Update: With the lake at normal level and very clear sport has picked up well. It has even managed to stay open through the recent freezing conditions. Top rods over the last couple of weeks were J Wardrope with 9 fish to 3lbs on a catswisker, I Mcvittie landed 9 fish to 4lbs on a cormerant fly, D Bell landed 6 fish to fly and M Jefferson landed 8 to 4lbs on fly. The rod average over this period was 3 fish per rod visit. Worm rods haven't faired as well as for fly with sport being better on some days and bad others.

17/2/19 Update: With nearly a month since the last report things have slowly started to pick up and hopefully we have seen the end of the worst weather. The lake has been very lightly fished, some rods have done very well and others not, but the weather had a lot to do with it. The stocking planned for this week should see the start of the spring/summer stocking programe and hopefully an increase in the numbers fishing.

24/2/19 Update: With the temperature a lot warmer for a change and the prospect of more warm conditions sport is set to improve well. There wasn't much surface action this week but the start of the main stocking programe saw some good numbers landed. Top rods were D Cruikshank with 11 fish to 3lbs on fly, B Walker with 14 fish to fly and D Taylor with 8 fish to 6lbs on buzzers. As the week progresses we should start to see more fish surface feeding with any luck. Worm rods struggled at the beginging of the week but by the end were doing well.

27/3/19 Update: A long delay since the last report but there was just nothing to say. The weather conditions were so poor very few rods ventured out and the lake was high and coloured with flood water for two weeks. Things are starting to get back to normal and the weather is warming up again. Sport was slow over last weekend as the lake level was still falling and conditions cold, however the week started off well and in the warmer conditions there was a real improvement. Stocking will start again this week so this will give sport a good lift.

28/3/19 Update: Big change to sport as the lake has settled. Most worm rods are taking their bag limits as fish start to come on to feed. Sport to fly is picking up well.

2/4/19 Update: Sport has been very good over the last week and the lake finished with a rod average of 4 fish per visit. Top rods were M Proudfoot with 13 fish to 5lbs on fly, D Taylor with 10 fish to 5lbs on fly, I McVittie with 7 fish to 4lbs on fly and K Keilins with 6 fish to 5lbs on a montana. Stocking again this week and a big stock going in for Easter.

10/4/19 Update: Last week fished well even though the conditions were a lot cooler. D Cruikshank landed 14 fish on buzzers, M Jefferson landed 9 fish to fly and D Barker landed a good overwintered Brown of 4lbs to fly. Worm rods fishing ledger had the best of the sport. We finished the week with an average of 3.5 fish per visit with an average size of just under 3lbs.

16/4/19 Update: With a strong cold easterly wind most of the week sport slowed, though some still managed some decent catches, D Cruikshank landed 13 fish to 3.5lbs on buzzers, M Proudfoot landed 8 fish to 4lbs on fly, M Jefferson landed 11 fish to 5lbs on fly, S Graham landed 9 fish and C willis landed 14 fish. A very good weather forecast for the rest of the week with temperatures to rise so this will improve sport. On top of that a big stock going in for Easter weekend so unless it freezes over the lake should fish it's head off.

23/4/19 Update: Very good sport to both fly and worm over the Easter period. With fish getting more active in the warmer conditions and we are starting to see more fly life.

Top rods were D Cruikshank with 26 fish to 3.5lbs on buzzers, M Jefferson with 11 fish to 4lbs on buzzers, P Taylor with 9 fish to 3lbs on fly, I McVittie with 8 fish to 3lbs on buzzers, M Jamieson with 11 fish to 4lbs on buzzers and D Taylor with 7 fish to 4lbs on garlic worms. Worm rods are doing well with most taking their bag limits. Good sport should be set to continue.

29/4/19 Update: Cooler Easterly winds put fish down over the later part of the week, but even so some good catches were made to both fly and worm. Top rods for the week were J Wardrope with 22 fish to 6lbs on a catswisker and D Cruikshank with 10 fish to 4lbs on blobs during an evening session and then 16 fish to 4lbs on buzzers later in the week. Better weather condition this week will see activity get going again.

3/5/19 Update: Fishing well so far this week, big stocking gone in for the bank holiday weekend.

5/5/19 Update: A cold northerly wind hasn't helped over the weekend but we've still had some very decent catches. M Graham landed 10 fish to 3lbs on olive lures, D Spry landed 9 fish to 6lbs on fly, M Jefferson landed 21 fish to 6lbs on fly and I McVittie landed 10 fish to 7lb on damsel. We finished the week with a rod average of 4.1 fish per visit.

19/5/19 Update: Sport at Naworth has been very good over the last ten days, the water warming and starting to see a lot more surface feeding and buzzer hatches. Top catches to fly over the last ten days were made by J Cadman with 8 fish to 5lbs on fly, I McVittie with 7 fish to 5lbs on hoppers, D Cruikshank with 21 fish to 4lbs on green buzzers, D Cruikshank with 17 fish to 4lbs on buzzers, J Wardrope with 20 fish to 4.5lbs on catswisker, J Wardrope with 12 fish to 6lbs on catswisker, I McVittie with 9 fish to 3lbs on hoppers, D Bell with 8 fish to 3lbs on damsel and J Wardrope with 9 fish to 5lbs on catswisker. The rod average for fly fishermen over this period was 7.5 fish per visit.

Over half the worm rods over this period didn't fill in the returns sheet, it is very important that you do, so the lake can be run well. It is hard to believe that after 19 years of running Naworth and restricting worm anglers that we are still getting some who will not fish by the rules, if you don't you just won't be aloud back.

29/5/19 Update: The lake fished well over the bank holiday period to both fly and worm. Top rods were M Jefferson with 15 fish to 3lbs on blood worm, M Jefferson with 17 fish to fly, D Cruikshank with 14 fish to 3.5lbs on buzzers, D Taylor with 9 fish on buzzers and D Bell with 7 fish to 3.5lbs on damsel. Rod average for the last week of 4 fish per rod visit.

16/6/19 Update: Flood water over the last couple of weeks hasn't affected the sport at Naworth to much and we are still recording some good steady catches to both fly and worm. Top rods were M Jefferson with 12 fish to 5lbs on fly, M Jefferson with 7 fish to 4lbs on fly, D Cruikshamk with 9 fish to 4lbs on blood worm, D Cruikshank with 8 fish to 3.5lbs on blood worm, M Proudfoot with 12 fish to 4.5lbs on fly, K Keeling with 8 fish to 3lbs on dry fly, J Campbell with 10 fish to 5lbs and P McNeill with 7 fish to fly. With some settled weather supposed to be on the way the lake level will quickly fall and get back to normal.

2/7/19 Update: The water level has fallen to normal over the last couple of weeks though it has left the water discoloured. Sport has been steady with worm rods doing well, fly has struggled a bit during the recent hot days. Top rod for the week was D Cruikshank with 11 fish to 6lb on fly.

10/7/19 Update: The lake started to clear this week though possibly not for the good, as the bright sunny weather seemed to have put the fish down. Even with a large stocking sport was slow to fly but worm rods have done reasonably well. Top rods were P Mcneill with 8 fish to fly, D Cruikshank with 7 fish to 3lbs on buzzers and A Harvey with 8 fish. Another good stocking planned for this week to try and get sport going again.

23/7/19 Update: Sport has been slow over the last week, though worm rods have faired far better than fly. J Wardrope had a good day landing 9 browns all in excess of 3lbs to fly. A big midweek stocking is planned to try and stir things up and get the sport going again though with the hot thundery weather sport may not realy pick up till the end of the week when rain is forecast and cooler conditions.

5/8/19 Update: Sport improved by the end of last week after the unsettled wet weather. The lake has cooled and fish have started to move again. Top catch of the week was to P Mcneill with 8 fish to fly and M Proudfoot landed 5 to fly with fish of 4lb and 5lb. With a windy and unsettled week to follow hopefully we get right back on track.

12/8/19 Update: Floods over the weekend have brought the water level right up with some of the platforms under water, this will subside fairly quickly though. The best thing is that the water has been refreshed and cooled, this should bring fish right back on to feed. Good numbers of fish started to become more active straight away in the coloured rising water.

21/8/19 Update: The water level has started to fall after the recent floods and the lake is looking good and refreshed. Sport has started to pick up well to both fly and worm and to help things along we've just restocked prior to the bank holiday weekend.

8/9/19 Upadte: Over the last few weeks sport has been variable, some good days some bad, but worm anglers seem to be having the best of the sport. Even though there have been plenty of fish surface feeding fly rods have struggled at times. With autumn under way we are stocking larger fish for the rest of the year with a good mix of tigers, blues and rainbows.

16/9/19 Update: Sport picked up well all week, but on Friday for some reason just about everyone blanked even though it was stocked on the day. Over the weekend sport increased and plenty of fish could be see feeding on the surface.

25/9/19 Update: After the latest heavy rain and the lake carrying more flood water, sport has taken a sudden jump with plenty of fish surface feeding. We are still carrying out some weed removal at times but most of the lake is very fishable. Stocking this week, but not realy necessary. Latest best catches made by J Wardrope with 8 fish to fly, P Mcneill with 7 fish to fly and we even had Joe Rowley down for a few hours, landing 4 fish to fly including a brown and missing several other.

6/10/19 Update: The lake has been carrying flood water for the last week, sometimes with the jetties being covered. The water level is dropping now and clear with plenty of fish feeding on the surface. J Wardrope managed 12 fish to 4lbs on a catswisker for one of his outings. Some rods taking fish on dry sedges, so sport looks set to be very good through the autumn.

6/10/19 Prospects: Fishing well.