West House Trout Lakes Durham


Mill Lane, Bishopton, Co. Durham TS21 1LL, United Kingdom

Fishery Information

The West House Trout Lakes are widely regarded as one of the most productive trout fisheries in the North East of England. The fishery is accessible at any time of year and is set within 120 tranquil acres of farmland close to the picture-perfect village of Bishopton.

 It is just 10 minutes from Stockton, Darlington, and Sedgefield, and features four lakes spread out over eight acres of water and stocked with Rainbow, Blue, and Brown Trout.

The lakes consist of West Lake, which is the first and oldest lake, and is approximately 1.5 acres in size, with depths ranging from 4 to 11 feet. Along with aquatic and terrestrial insect life, it contains a healthy population of carp weighing up to 32 pounds.

Horseshoe Lake is the second body of water that forms a ‘horseshoe’ around West Lake. It has a depth of between 5 and 7 feet and spans around 2 acres.

The most recent and the smallest of the lakes is the Fox Lake. It is a one-acre natural lake with clean water, and it is an excellent lake for the angler who likes to stalk fish.

Mill Lake is the largest of the lakes, covering approximately 4 acres, and featuring two islands and bays that offer the angler a wide variety of fishing opportunities. Although it is more appealing to anglers who fish with lures, there is usually plenty of movement when using smaller natural patterns.

What size do the fish go to?

Rainbow and Blue trout can go from 2-18lb

Brown trout up to 22lb

Carp at West Lake can go up to 32lb

What tactics work well?

Fly fishing

What facilities are on site?

Fishing lodge


Tea and coffee

Is parking available?

Yes, parking is available.

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