Baden Hall's Lodge Pool - reserved for pleasure anglers
Baden Hall Fishery

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Tel: 01785 850313

Daz Bailey with his 28lb 12oz common carp
Daz shines with short lived Dam Pool record

Daz Bailey has broken the Dam Pool record with a stunning 28lb 12oz common carp. Daz caught the fish with a Retro Baits pop-up on a zig rig. Since Daz's success the record has been broken twice with two 30lb-plus fish.

Alex Jaundrell with his 47lb 8oz commonRoy sets new Quarry record

Baden Hall's resident angler/manager Roy was luckily enough to catch The Quarry's big common at the lake record of 49lb 5oz on the November 2015. This fish is expected to be between 51lbs and 52lbs when it next comes out - along with a big mirror which is also expected to be up to 50lbs when next caught.

Baden Hall's 24-hour Quarry Lake big carp water is producing a mass of fish with many topping the 40lb mark including these beauties

Roy Russell's 49lbMark Peter's 46lbDan Ashmore's 48lb
Chris Dale's 44lbMike O'Neill's 44lb
Pictured above are, from left to right, Top Row: Mark Peters 46lb (2015) Lake Record, Dan Ashmore 48lb 2oz and Roy Russell 49lb 5oz (Current Lake Record). Bottom row: Mike O'Neill 44lb 9oz and Chris Dale 44lb.

The entrance to Staffordshire's Baden Hall FisheryOver the past few years Baden Hall has established itself as one of the largest pleasure fisheries in the country - now with a total of 10 waters covering more than 70 acres and over 300 pegs.

Eight of the pools are available for match bookings, holding between 10 and 50 pegs per pool, whilst two pools are reserved for pleasure anglers and are never let out for matches, thus ensuring over 100 pegs are always available for the day ticket angler with carp reaching nearly 40lbs, bream 11lbs and tench 10 lbs.

The new tackle shop at Baden Hall FisheryThe newest additions to the fishery are the Pintail pleasure and match lake which opened in winter 2013 and The Quarry and Bridge Specimen Lakes, new big fish waters which opened in 2010 and are now throwing up fantastic weights - Quarry already holding the venue record.

The fishery gates are open between 6.00am and 9.00pm in summer and 6.00am and 7.00pm in winter with Day Tickets and information on where's fishing well being readily available from Reception which opens between 7.00am and 6.00pm in summer and 8.00am and 5.00pm in winter.

The new anglers' reception at Baden Hall FisheryAnglers should obtain their tickets from Reception before fishing, although those who arrive before it opens should go to a peg and set up before collecting their ticket from Reception. Alternatively, they can pay at one of the automated ticket machines which only accept coins and do not issue change.

Cooked breakfasts and evening meals are now available in the cafe on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday mornings between 7.30am and 10.30am. Food deliveries can be requested and made for anglers fishing the Specimen Lakes.

Bridge Pool at Baden Hall FisheryThere are car parks and toilets at various locations along the drive and a hard road is planned to the Duck Pond which is an attractive out-of-the-way mature water.

Baden Hall also has a wide selection bait in its on-site Tackle Shop in Reception, where details of the fishery's rules are also on display.

Some 2019 Baden Beauties - nearly all over 30lbs

38lbs from Quarry32lbs from quarry38lbs from Bridge

35lbs from GloversEven younger anglers can catch big fish at Baden!31lbs from Quarry

32lbs from Quarry39lbs from quarry39lbs from Quarry

2021 Coarse Fishing Ticket costs

Day session
Non-fishing guest
24-hour session
24-hour non-fishing guest
Middle Pool
Lodge Pool
Dam Pool

No day ticket sessions are available on Middle Pool on Fridays and Saturdays
Disabled anglers should bring their rod licence or badge and identification

2021 Specimen Carp Ticket costs

Single Ticket
One week
Whole lake social (48 hours)
Bridge Pool
Glovers Pool
Quarry Pool

Single tickets are valid for 24 hours covering 12.00 noon until 12.00 noon each day
A non-refundable booking deposit is required for all the specimen waters
Anglers must be 18 or over to fish the Specimen lakes and guests are not allowed

Bookings can be made online at

Middle Pool at Baden Hall FisheryMiddle Pool(67 Pegs)

The main pleasure water at Baden Hall, Middle Pool is currently the largest lake at the venue at some 10 acres - a lot of water for 67 pegs - and is reserved exclusively for pleasure anglers.

Early in 2001 the fish stocks were supplemented by transferring the larger mirror and common carp from Dam Pool when Dam became the main match water at Baden Hall. Because it is a pleasure only water, keepnets are not allowed.

Middle Pool at Baden Hall FisheryThere are a number of promontories and bays along this water, some of which are very deep, whilst the deeper water, up to 14 feet and therefore excellent in winter, is along the rugby pitch side in the low numbers.

An aerial photograph in Reception clearly shows this area. Pegs 11 and 12 are noted for good catches of bream, the best of which was 10lbs 8oz.

The original stream bed runs from the high 40s to the centre of the lake, turns right and borders the deep water down to the bottom end of the pool.

Plenty of open water on Middle PoolThere is a definite ledge here which is worth noting for two reasons: firstly as a patrol area for the fish and secondly as a potential hazard - when fighting, the fish neary always head for the deeper water. The bay at the top end of the pool, by the drive, has a depth of some five feet and slopes gently to eight or nine feet in the middle. This is a popular spot.

Because the bay pegs are near to the car park and are spacious, easy to get to and look over open water, they generally tend to be popular. For many anglers, the fact they are highly productive is a bonus!

Another view of Middle PoolMiddle Pool holds the largest number of carp of all the Baden Hall waters with specimens now averaging between 10lbs and 201lbs. There is also a good head of silver fish including barbel to over 12lbs.

Middle Pool is also a good runs water anytime of the year which makes it very popular in the winter months.

Middle Pool at Baden Hall FisheryBecause of the keepnet ban, pleasure catches can only be estimated, but the best have certainly been in excess of 250lbs.

When fishing for the carp, these are caught on most modern and traditional methods with floating, ledgered and waggler baits all being successful in summer whilst the bream and tench fish best on feeder, tip or waggler.

Favoured baits for the carp are meat, corn, boilies, particles and pellets plus all surface baits whilst the silvers and bream, roach and tench tend to fall to corn, red maggot, pellet, paste and bread.

The Dam Pool at Baden Hall FisheryThe Dam Match Pools(50 pegs)

Another change at the fishery is that the original Dam Pool, formerly a trout fishery which was converted into a mixed coarse fish lake in 2000, has been drained down and divided into two. All the original fish have been moved into the dam end and this part is now The Dam Pool.

As part of the work, the margins have been deepened to three feet shelving to a maximum of 14 feet to try and bring the fish closer to the banks. The pool has 28 pegs and has been stocked with fish from the Dam Match Pool. Carp range from 10lbs to over 16lbs, the bream go to 4lbs and chub, tench and roach range from 8ozs to 4lbs. Best baits on this water are all kinds of boilies, pellets, particles and floating baits

New Dam Pool at Baden Hall fisheryThe other end of the original Dam Pool is now called The New Dam Pool and has been substantially deepened and shelved. Like the Old Dam Pool it goes down to about 14 feet. This pool holds 22 pegs and is a good match water for the smaller club. It has been restocked from scratch with stocky carp, bream, roach and other silver fish which range from 8ozs to 4lbs.

Best baits on this water are proving to be corn, meat, pellet, paste and bread.

Old Match Pool at Baden Hall FisheryOld Match Pool (48 pegs)

Work was completed on deepening, revamping and restocking Old Match Pool in 2001. The first water to be reached on entering the fishery, this four-and-a-half acre 45-peg lake has a boomerang-shaped island in the middle and a bay at the far end.

The Old Match Pool was adjacent to The Lodge but the two have been opened as one water to create an excellent pleasure and match venue. It is stocked with carp to 16lbs, tench and barbel to 3lbs, orfe to 8oz and small bream and skimmers.

Some nice fish from Old Match PoolOld Match Pool is best fished on pole or waggler out to the channel or on feeder rod when casting towards the islands. However, in summer it is always worth going for the chub by fishing up in the water as these can provide exciting sport. Favoured baits are small pieces of luncheon meat, corn, pellets, paste or bread.

Depths on The Old Match range from three to nine feet with three feet being found around the margins before the water deepens to about five feet some eight metres out and down to nine feet in the channel which runs between eight and 12 metres out.

Best baits tend to be meat, corn and floating bread and dog biscuits in summer and maggots, caster, worm and bread in winter. Again, pellets are a good year-round bait.

Doughnut LakeThe Doughnut(26 pegs)

Circular in shape with a central island, the Doughnut holds 26 pegs and was purposely created as a match water with the pole angler in mind, being in effect a circular canal. Because it is a match water, kepnets are allowed - although two should be used.

Built to the same specifications as Drakes and Dykes Canals, Doughnut is nine feet deep in the track, has a three feet deep, six feet wide ledge which shelves down from the far bank and a steeply falling bank from each peg. At six feet out depths are between seven and nine feet.

Doughnut LakeTo ensure consistent catches throughout the year, the Doughnut has been stocked with a variety of fish including carp to over 10lbs and chub, tench and barbel to 4lbs. There are also plenty of skimmers and small golden orfe and roach to bulk out weights.

As you would expect of a water of this kind, pole and waggler are the best methods to use when fishing Doughnut with meat, corn, pellets, paste and maggots once again being the best baits to use.

The CanalThe Canal(29 pegs)

Opened in 2000 The Canal was constructed next to the Wetlands which have now been returned to a conversation area.

Similar to the Doughnut, they provide canal-style fishing for pleasure anglers and club matches with many clubs booking both waters at the same time to give four end pegs.

The match canalApproximately 14 metres wide and nine feet deep in the track, they have a three foot deep, six foot wide ledge which shelves from the far bank whilst the near bank drops steeply to about nine feet deep just two metres out.

The canal waters have a good head of fish, predominantly carp between 2lbs and 12lbs, tench to 3lbs, bream, skimmers, orfe and roach, perch and chub. Best baits tend to be luncheon meat, sweetcorn, pellets, paste and maggots.

This is an ideal match water on which up to two keepnets are allowed to be used.

Baden Hall's new Specimen Carp LakeQuarry Specimen Carp Lake

A former gravel pit where extraction stopped in 2000, each peg on the new Quarry Specimen Carp Lake has its own individual fishing hut, complete with staging onto the bank, which is large enough for anglers' beds. An unhooking mat, landing net and weigh sling are supplied with each cabin.

Costing £35.00 for two rods per person for 24 hours, the new water is deepest close to the railway bridge where up to eight feet of water can be found just three rod lengths out before dropping to a maximum of 12 feet along the spine of the lake. Whilst the banks are shallow between Pegs 7 to 11, they shelve steeper along the railway bank feom Pegs 1 to 7.

Although much of the bottom is gravel and sand with some silt, there is a large open bed of gravel out from Pegs 16 to 18. In summer there is also a weed bed out from Pegs 14 and 15 which tends to hold a lot of fish. As yet there are no known 'hot spots'.

Baden Hall's new Specimen Carp LakeBecause the water can become quite weedy in summer with silkweed, most anglers tend to use solid pva bags or pva foam around the bait. Another alternative is to use chod rigs and to lead about to find clearer spots, of which there are plenty.

In calm weather when the surface is like glass, floating baits do well, particularly with anglers targeting fish in their swims or luring them to the surface with free offerings of dog biscuits or bread crust.

At other times the faithful old maggot also does the trick, with a maggot clip loaded with 15 to 20 wriggling baits on a medium sized clip on a D-ring taking plenty of fish in the right conditions.

Baiting up in one of the angler's hutsThe current lake record stands at 49lb 5oz for common carp and 48lb 4oz for mirrors. There are between 50 and 60 fish over 30lbs including known 40lb fish with the average size now around the 30lb mark.

Because of the size of the fish in the Quarry Specimen Carp Lake, anglers must use at least 15lb line and a minimum Size 10 hook, although most anglers use anything between a Size 4 and a Size 10.

A multitude of different baits work on the Quarry, but Baden Hall stipulates that only freezer baits must be used and not shelf life boilies. It also pays to talk to the staff in Reception to find out which baits are working well.

Plenty of open waterAccess to the new water is between 12.00pm and 2.00pm and anglers must be ready to depart by 12.00 noon the following day as this is a 'lock-in' water.

The Quarry Lake is one of three of Baden Hall's specimen lakes and has 18 single pegs. The fishery supplies cradle weight slings and landing nets which are kept in containers situated on the pegs on all three of the specimen lakes. There is also an age restriction policy of 18 years to fish all three of the specimen lakes plus a strict ruling of no dogs, visitors or companions being allowed.

Bookings must be made leaving a non-refundable deposit to be paid in advance to secure swims. Bait can also be purchased from Baden Hall's fully stocked tackle and bait shop located in Reception.

Full rules for the Quarry Lake will be posted in Reception and copies will be put on Baden Hall's website at Further information can be obtained by telephoning the fishery on 01785 850313.

Baden Hall's new Bridge Specimen Carp LakeBridge Specimen Lake

Bridge Lake is Baden Hall's second big specimen carp water. Some 13 acres in size it ranges from eight to 14 feet deep and has 10 pegs, all on the same bank, about 30 yards apart with a double peg in the middle for anglers who want to fish together.

Bridge has been developed as a bivvy water to cater for the anglers who don't like to fish from huts.

Terry Biggs with a 28lb mirror from Bridge Specimen LakeAnglers are reminded that supplements and rulings are the same as for Quarry Lake.

Stocking took place in 2005/2006 and the venue is expecting the carp to be 20lb plus, although the pike are an unknown size.

Up to the end of June 2016 it was known that the lake contained numberous fish over 30lbs together with a large head of 20lb fish to go for.

Nick Harper with Glovers Specimen Lake's record fishGlovers Specimen Lake

Glovers is the newest of Baden Hall's specimen lakes and again has the same supplements and rulings as The Quarry whilst offering an exciting range of fish that have hardly been fished for.

At around 10 acres in size but with only eight pegs it is the smallest of the venue's three specimen lakes. The swims are set up like Bridge Lake with the pegs situated along one bank so that anglers can cast to the far bank or fish the nearside margins without disturbing fellow anglers.

Robbie Ackers with his 30lb 6oz Glovers commonThe biggest fish to come out of Glovers in 2015 was a lovely common weighing in at 35lbs 4oz which was caught by Nick Harper (above left) whilst the fish to the right is a 30lb 6oz common taken by Robbie Ackers.

Like Quarry and Bridge lakes, Glovers is an former sand and gravel quarry with crystal clear water, an abundance of natural food and a great mix of wildlife.

Glovers is Baden Hall's newest water which opened in May 2015 and has already produced numerous mid to upper twenties carp and several different thirties - as well as specimen fish of other species including a 16lb bream which was taken by Steve Wright. Steve is pictured below with a 10lb 13oz bream he took from Glovers.

Steve Wright with a 10lb 13oz Glovers breamThe lake itself has been in existence longer than the other two specimen waters as it was the first area quarried at Baden Hall and until May 2015 had been unfished apart from some trial fishing.

There are still a lot of uncaught fish in Glovers and for this reason it has been popular since opening. Again, like Bridge Lake the fishing is from one bank and the average distance is around 80-90 yards, but bait boats can also be used on this water. A lot of fish are caught from the far margins just off the front of the reeds where chod rigs and stiff hinge rigs have have been responsible for a lot of fish. Cell and Monster Tiger nut frozen boilies have caught a lot of fish with white and yellow pop-ups fished over the top. Like everywhere the fish like surface baits which fall to zig rigs. If you go around to the far bank in front of your swim and see the fish up in the water its worth trying these tactics.

Pintail Lake at Baden Hall FisheryPintail Lake

Pintail is Baden Hall's newest pleasure and match water which was opened for fishing over the winter in 2013. The Pool holds 15 pegs and has a good stocking of quality roach, bream, perch and gudgeon. Pintail is a doughnut shape pool with depths of around seven feet. To the island anglers are looking at around 10 to 12 metres if fishing the Pole.

This pool is a silver fish water which has been developed for winter fishing, so although still good in the summer it is the best suited for winter match style fishing.

How to get there...

Click on the map for bigger imagesBaden Hall Fishery is situated on the Eccleshall to Swynnerton Road, just South of Cold Meece. From the M6 junction 14 take the A5013 to Eccleshall, turn right at the mini roundabout and go straight across the next mini roundabout. On leaving Eccleshall take the right hand fork towards Swynnerton, the Fishery can be found on the right hand side after approximately 2 miles.

Alternatively from the M6 junction 15 take the A519 towards Eccleshall, follow the signs to Swynnerton (left fork), drive through Swynnerton, through Cold Meece, across the railway line, up the hill and Baden Hall is on the left. Please enter through the Fishery Entrance, not the Private Drive.

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