The original three-acre venue has three islands with reeds and rushes at the nearside bank. Vehicular access is available to over half of itís 50+ pegs for disabled anglers. Depths vary from 2ft in the margins to some 9ft towards the middle island, fish are caught from all areas of this pool with carp anglers targeting a spot between the main islands for specimens to 30lbs.
A feeder or float to the large island, float or pole on all pegs with red maggot, sweetcorn or luncheon meat will account for all species; roach, rudd, bream, carp, crucian carp, tench and ghost carp abound, perch in excess of 2lbs and large chub also cruise this water.
The smallest island is a recent addition and was in instant success with the fish, this can be fished comfortably with a modest length pole and upper doubles are regularly taken on floating baits from behind this island. Pegs near the car park should not be ignored as there are underwater ledges and hollows which fish patrol.
Surprisingly, this lake often fishes best during a northerly wind although it is not the best winter water on the site despite itís size and extra depth.
This 30 peg rectangular venue contains one long island with a shelf at half distance in some places. The bottom of the shelf is a well known area and fishing tight to the island will produce good catches.
All pegs can be fished with a pole, although some of the best and most consistent fishing is to be found using a waggler to the island at the widest part, which is a into a bay along the brook side of the water.
Sweetcorn takes good catches of crucians, tench and ghost carp, all of which have fed well through the winter. Other popular baits include maggot, caster and luncheon meat, although a small amount of groundbait is sometimes needed to get loose feed through the surface feeding rudd which, as suggested, feed freely up in the water with fish up to 8oz regularly caught from these shoals.
There is also a resident shoal of bream around the 4lb mark with a good number of individual fish being taken in excess of 8lb. Quality roach, golden rudd, perch and surprisingly large gudgeon are also present, along with double figure carp. Also, the lake has now been stocked with Ide to 2lb.
The match record stands at 103lbs 6oz, set by Ian Boothby fishing for Shakespeare. Ian was drawn on the last peg on the canal side of the pool and fished a 12 metre pole hard to the island with red worm bait to take a mixed bag of Ghost, Mirror, Common and Crucian Carp plus tench, roach, rudd, perch, gudgeon and bream. The fish were predominantly in the 1lb to 1lb 8oz bracket with the best fish being a bream of around 5lbs.
A 41 peg canal-profile water between nine and 11 metres wide with bends having extra width. This water is tailor made for the pole angler with depths of 18 to 30 inches on the far shelf and 7ft in the track.
That said, rod and line anglers have no difficulty catching quality fish from either shelf and in the track with pegs on the last bend, in the high twenties, being notable for their extra width. This bend can be fished with a pole but the tried and tested "mag & wag" right into the corner pays excellent dividends, especially if the wind is blowing into it. The last few pegs have some rushes on the far bank which are an obvious area, but good catches are often taken from the end peg by fishing in the middle in a depth of around three-and-a-half-feet.
Once the water has warmed sufficiently the main area to target is the far shelf for most pegs, with reeds and rushes in abundance, at other times the track at the bottom of the far shelf is favourite. There are stages over the water on all pegs and a long walk isnít necessary as good catches are often taken from the car park pegs, there is no near shelf in this area.
Exotic stocking means golden tench, golden rudd, and ghost carp swim with their more common brethren, roach, perch, chub and occasional skimmers. 2,000 small carp were introduced last year to add to the existing stock of fish up to 7lb plus.
Pleasure catches in excess of 150lbs are regularly taken from all areas. Red maggot over coarse fish pellet is a favoured method with sweetcorn, bread, luncheon meat, casters, coarse fish pellets and paste all having their day. The match record for The Canal stands at 114lb 9oz.
How to get there...
From the North: Exit the M6 at Junction 15 and taken the A519 signposted Newport/Eccleshall. After five miles is the junction with the A51. Go over this crossroads and continue for a further two miles. The fishery is on the right hand side just past the Duke of York pub.
From the South: Exit the M6 at Junction 14 and take the road to Eccleshall (A5013). At Eccleshall turn right onto the A519 to Newcastle. Follow the road for two miles into Slindon, round a 90-degree right hand bend and the entrance is 40 yards on the left.
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