New Trout Lake
The new three-and-a-half acre trout lake opened at the end of March, since when over 1,700 rainbows and browns have been stocked.
Improvements have allowed stocking through the summer months. The improvements involved taking the average depths from six feet to over 12 feet with the deepest areas around the sunken island being over 20 feet. This island towards the north end of the lake provides an area from where many buzzer hatches occur.
The new lake has been landscaped with nine long fingers to give anglers good casting and enabling them to target fish in the centre of the lake. Deep margins were
added to aid safe fish release and minimize weed growth. The lake has good clarity which enables the feeding trout to see their food clearly and help anglers to stalk and spot cruising fish.
The water inlet from the river has now been turned into a cascading waterfall with the water splashing down granite rocks to aid oxygen levels when lake top ups are
required. A recirculation pump is used at other times.
The trout are stocked in the 1lb 8oz to 2lb 8oz mark and are supplied by Bibury Trout Farm in the Cotswolds and are as hardest fighting as you can get. The best rainbow to the end of August 2012 went 8lb 8oz with the biggest brown coming in at 6lb 12oz. During the same period an average of just under 2.5 fish per rod were taken. Trout lake is stocked on a put and take basis, with levels at around 200 fish per acre.
Since the lake opened the most popular and successful patterns have been buzzers, diawl bachs, damsels, black pennel, black spiders, GRHE, corixa and bloodworms. Sedge patterns and hoppers have also worked well on the surface. Floating and intermediate lines with long leaders have shown to work best.
The new lake is an ideal venue for novice, improver or expert anglers due to its size and varying depths - not too daunting for the novice but large enough for the expert.
Anglers must kill their bag limit before any catch and release takes place and any fish taken must be shown to staff before leaving the fishery and
recorded at the lodge.
Because of the depths close in there is strictly no wading allowed due and anglers are advised to wear an inflatable style waistcoat whilst fishing the venue. Eye
protection should also be worn.
Anglers fishing on a catch and release ticket are allowed three rainbows to be released after killing the bag limit of rainbows first. All browns must be
returned. Catch and release anglers must use barbless flies only. Anglers who do not want to keep their catch can take their fish to the lodge so they can be given to someone who wants fish for the table. The fishery also allows fish over 2lbs 8oz to be released back into the lake.
According to fishery manager Peter Jackson the new fish taste great and anglers should try them. Peter is happy to offer tips on preparing and cooking the fish.
The New Match Pool
At one-and-three-quarter acres in size and accommodating 31 pegs, the New Match Lake opened in spring 2012 after a major reshaping and extensive restocking. It is now the venue's main match water and is available for use by pleasure anglers when now being used for competitions. The match record already stands at 98lbs 1oz.
A general mixed coarse fishery, it was stocked with more than 4,500 common and mirror carp from 8oz to 6lbs together with tench, bream, roach and perch. The bream go to 8lbs and tench to 3lbs. With a stocking rate of over 2000lbs of fish per acre, this promises to be a great venue for the future.
The lake has a central island at 17 metres from the main bank and a five feet deep marginal shelf. It is deepest in the channel down the middle where up to 10 feet of water can be found. Due to its uniform nature the lake can produce from almost any peg with only the corner pegs being an advantage on some occasions.
Top tactics so far have proved to be the short pole when fisahed with pellet, maggot, worm, sweetcorn and meat, particularly in the margins. Fishing the tip or waggler to island is also proving very productive. As with the other Fisherwick waters, feed pellets must be purchased from the fishery although these are sold at competitive rates.
Bridge Match Pool
Bridge pool was added to the Fisherwick complex early in 2012 and is about an acre in size with fishing from the 23 pegs on the island which is linked via the bridge which gives the pool its name.
Bridge Pool was designed for groups of anglers wanting to fish close together but can also be used for matches with anglers pegged further apart by missing out every other peg.
Stocked with small crucians, tench, silver fish and mirror and common carp which go from six inches to 6lbs, the lake averages about six feet deep but drops to 10 feet in the centre track. It is suited to both pole and traditional float fishing.
The Race Track
The Racetrack - two former artificial 'streams' which were once supplied with moving water from pumps and used for salmon fishing - have been turned into a very attractive and popular mixed fishery with 41 pegs and the accent on bankside vegetation and good sport.
Until 2001 The Racetrack was two separate waters - The Short Stream and the Long Stream which were both a similar shape to a doughnut. However, these have now been joined into one continous water.
Although only two rod lengths wide for the most part, The Racetrack is a 800 yard long continuous loop with an average depth of about three and a half feet and plenty of reeds, lilies and trees.
The deepest part tends to be by the car park where it reaches eight feet and the shallowest parts are at the end nearest Pump Pool where it is about five feet.
With mirror, common and ghost carp to 15lbs, tench to 6lbs, perch to 3lbs 8oz plus a lot of crucian carp to 1lb and roach and rudd to a similar size, there are plenty of fish to provide a varied and interesting day's fishing. Also, The Racetrack is an ideal pool for children because there are a lot of small perch and tench which are easily caught.
The best fish tend to be caught near the reeds during the summer and all baits are equally effective.
Fish pole or rod but be careful - once a decent fish is hooked it usually makes straight for the nearest patch of weed, reed or bankside vegetation.
Hotspots are Pegs 1, 5, 8, 10 and 13 and 36 to 41 which should be fished right in against cover with sweetcorn, meat or maggot. Near the reeds, Pegs 24 and 25 are good for the carp and tench but strong tackle should be used because there are also overhanging willows.
Another favoured pegs is Peg 4 for carp, tench, crucians, roach and rudd.
Fishing is good all round The Racetrack and there are plenty of features such as reeds, weedbeds and overhanging trees to make use of. Again, pole or waggler can be used, although anglers using the pole have to be careful because there are 15-feet high trees along the bank and the bankside trees, shrubs and bushes are growing well!
When using the waggler, fish either close in or towards the far bank using 3lb bottom to 2lb 8oz hook length. Hook sizes can be anything from 10 to 18 depending on the species you are going after.
Pump and Triangle Pools
Pump Pool (right) and Triangle Pool (below) are two separate pools which are very similar in nature and which hold the same species and sizes of fish as The Stream with the exception of barbel and chub.
Both are ideal for those who love to fish smaller, more 'natural' waters which look and feel more like good old fashioned farmers' pools. Despite their size, however, Pump and Triangle offer good quality fish and both respond well to pole or waggler.
Both pools average about four feet in depth shallowing to two or three feet round the margins and tend to be either 'on' or 'off'. Anglers who fish the pools regularly say you can go there one day and not have a bite - give them a go the following day and you can be hauling out 12lb carp like the one below.
Pump Pool has overhanging alder trees on the bank next to the trout lake and these make a popular haunt for the carp - as do the overhanging willows. There is also a lily bed in the middle which is usually the first place the fish head for when they are hooked.
Popular pegs on Triangle Pool are again along the Trout Lake bank where a reed bed forms a popular 'hot spot' and near the overhanging trees which makes a haunt for the carp.
However, as one would expect with small pools, you should be able to attract the fish to your swim wherever you fish and fishing pellets, luncheon meat, sweetcorn, maggots or caster over a nice compact bed of feeder pellets should usually bring the fish around.
Due to the increased number of anglers taking out membership, Fisherwick Lakes will now only allow non-member day ticket anglers to fish the Specimen Lake from Sundays to Thursdays. This will give members more space for their sessions at weekends.
Offering a total of 17 pegs, Fisherwick Lake's Specimen Pool is the water which is overlooked from the lodge. At three and a half acres in size it varies greatly in depth ranging from as little as three feet to as much as 28 feet in what is known as 'The Deep Hole' - an area where at times the fish sit mid-water. Because of this it is worth anglers new to the water to make careful use of a marker rod as fish are never caught in the deepest area. During the warmer months the margins produce most catches.
The carp average around 15lbs is weight although there are known to be about 30 different twenties in the lake, the best topping 28lb 4oz.
The lake is best fished with either boilies or pellets in light application as large beds of bait tend to be ignored. Fruit or fishmeal flavours work have so far proved to work best, although anglers shouldn't rule out sweetcorn or meat and surface fishing in the summer.
As with the new Dave's Runs Water bait boats and spodding are not allowed and anglers must go equipped with an unhooking mat and a minium 36 inch landing net. Once again, only prebooked members can night fish although the fishery points out that joining as a member does not automatically entitle anglers to night fish straight away.
Anglers fishing Specimen Lake must use a minimum line strength of 12lbs and only barbless hooks should be used.
The new Dave's Runs Water
The Runswater, now know as Dave's Runs Water, is six acres in size and was formerly part of the old trout lake. It has an average depth of six feet and there are several gravel bars which are worth finding as these are features where the fish like to gather.
The deepest part of the lake can be found off the oak tree where depths go down to 10 feet.
The lake was stocked in 2011 with over 500 carp averaging around 9lbs but running to 15lbs, making Dave's Runs Water an ideal venue for the budding carp angler visiting Fisherwick Lakes for short sessions.
In addition to the carp there are also some quality bream to 9lbs, making the lake good for the feeder angler.
Dave's Runs Water has a total of 12 pegs which means that there is plenty of space between anglers with little chance of them casting ovcer each other's lines.
So far the most popular techniques for fishing the lake have been either a method feeder or using pva bags with crushed boilies or pellets. Meat and corn work well for hook baits.
Anglers should note that bait boats and spodding are not allowed and that only prebooked members may night fish the water.
As with Specimen Lake, anglers fishing Dave's Runs Water must use a minimum line strength of 12lbs and have an unhooking mat and appropriate sized landing net. Only barbless hooks should be used.
The new Ripples Pool
Ripples Pool was excavated near the new car park and has been filled and stocked with silver fish to provide a good winter venue which is ideal for less able anglers.
Fishing on the lake is from the 10 pegs on one bank and the water has an average depth of about six feet. Work on developing this pool has still to be completed.
How to get there...
Joining the A38 from the A5, head north towards Burton on Trent and take the turning left sign posted Lichfield Industrial Estate. At the end of the slipway turn right and head under the A38. After about half a mile is a turning to the left sign posted Huddlesford. Take this and follow the lane through the countryside. Go under the railway bridge and immediately after the hump-back bridge you will see The Plough Inn on the right hand side. Here the road splits into three - take the middle road and after driving about two miles down the winding road you there is a cross roads, the fishery is signed from here. Click on the map for more detail.
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