Cannibal fish head for Harrogate’s waters

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THOUSANDS of cannibal blue trout are to be added to two picturesque Harrogate reservoirs as part of a major restocking programme.

Yorkshire Water has announced around 2,000 blue trout, known among anglers for their aggressive behaviour, fighting ability and cannibalistic tendencies, will be added to the company’s fisheries at Swinsty and Fewston, in the Washburn Valley, near Harrogate.

In total, 17,000lb of trout - equivalent to the weight of a male killer whale - will be added to the two sites by Yorkshire Water over the coming months, including 8,000 rainbow trout.

Meanwhile, a number of migratory bird species are expected to return to the Washburn Valley sites in the coming weeks, including Ospreys, willow warblers and chiff chaffs.

Colin Winterburn, warden for Yorkshire Water’s Washburn Valley sites, said: “Our fisheries have never looked better and with the promise of plenty more trout to be added to our water over the next eight months, anglers and fishing enthusiasts can look forward to a great season ahead.”

“With spring arriving early this year, the Washburn Valley is already buzzing with animal activity, with lots of species flitting around as they begin their preparations for the start of the breeding season in April.”

So far, the largest recorded trout in the Washburn Valley catch came in 2006 when a 14lb rainbow specimen was landed.

For more information on Yorkshire Water’s Washburn Valley fisheries, contact the Swinsty fishing office on 01943 880658 or visit