Lakes via the main entrance
Bodymoor Heath Water
Bodymoor Heath is the largest of the Kingsbury Water Park waters. However, although it covers some 47 acres, this former gravel pit is only six feet at its deepest and in most places is only about three or four feet. This makes it an attractive fishery because the water rapidly acclimatises to the prevailing weather conditions and warms up quickly in summer.
Bodymoor Heath is a shared water alternating daily between sailing and powerboats - look out for the sign at the Fishing Lodge saying what's on.
The predominant species are bream, roach, tench, specimen pike and carp which run to over 20lbs. For the most part the bream average between 3lbs and 4lbs, although it is not uncommon for specimens up to 9lbs to come to the net. Bodymoor Heath also holds quality roach over 2lbs, tench to 6lbs and roach/bream hybrids to over 3lbs with 2lb 8oz fish being fairly standard. There are only a small number of carp.
A typical shallow gravel pit surrounded by willows and shrubs, Bodymoor Heath is shallower at the narrow end.
Being a bream water, it favours the use of open-ended groundbait feeders with many anglers starting their sessions by putting in about eight golf-ball sized balls of groundbait before tackling up. Most successful is a mix of brown crumb and any smelly continental groundbait to which some casters or other free bait offerings have been added.
For the bream it pays to have a selection of hook baits including worm, caster, red maggots and pinkies. Although it is less comfortable, because Bodymoor Heath is a large water, it is better to fish with the wind in your face. Using a swimfeeder is the most common technique, but if the fish are being particular and hard to catch, a long-distance waggler often produces results.
Roach fishing goes particularly well on the pole on selected pegs, whilst the tench tend to be bonus fish when going for the bream. Anglers setting out their stall for tench should fish close to cover, particularly under overhanging willow trees.
Another good bream water, Mill Pool is 12.5 acres in size and holds similar species and sizes as Bodymoor Heath with plenty of bream between 2-3lbs and specimens running to 6lbs. In addition, there are many roach around the 1lb mark which feed well during the autumn and winter, particularly after heavy rain.
Skimmers and small roach are abundant and again there are bonus tench to 5lbs, pike into the high teens and the occasional carp to 20lbs. The water is ideal for beginners during the summer months.
Up to nine feet deep close in along the road bank where you can park behind pegs, Mill Pool has a gravel bar in the centre where the water runs shallower. In other parts of the pool you can expect to find four or five feet of water.
As with Bodymoor Heath, fishing an open-ended groundbait feeder is an excellent method, although with deep water close in the pole and waggler both work well. In summer, fishing high up in the water close in catches most species including good bream, whilst those after the tench are again recommended to fish under overhanging trees or close to vegetation.
The small pool running off the main water as you apporoach Mill Pool from Swann Pool - known as Mill Pool Cutting - fishes better in winter than summer with pole anglers looking for roach and skimmers and pike anglers after their winter quarry.
One of the smaller pools at Kingsbury with approximately 12 pegs, Willows Pool is only one-and-a-half acres in size but offers anglers plenty of roach, skimmer bream and bonus larger bream and tench to 3lbs. Since 2010 day ticket fishing on this water has been free of charge for anglers aged 16 and under.
An ideal water for pole fishing, most pegs have only three feet of water whilst at its deepest in the centre it is only four feet deep. However, it is in the fringes where most of the fish are caught.
Because anglers are fishing for smaller fish than on other Kingsbury waters, the trend is to fish light and use only small amounts of groundbait and loose feed. Hook sizes 18 to 20 are the norm, although in winter it is advisable to drop down to even Size 24. The most commonly used baits are single maggot or pinkies.
Following the introduction of carp stocks in 2009 and the installation of fencing to prevent fish movement when the park floods, the three-acre Causeway Pool is now a popular day ticket and contest pool.
The change means there is now a second choice of match pool at the fishery, giving angling clubs further options on the number of pegs they can use and the ease with which members can fish.
The opening of Causeway Pool as a competition venue gives angling clubs the option of using 20 pegs and the opportunity for easier fishing.
Causeway's redevelopment has changed the levels of the water and has introduced a gravel bar, running the opposite way to the island, making it a great feature to fish to at about 30 yards from the bank. The pool now varies in depth from three to eight feet and is well stocked with carp to 10lbs, pike to 20lbs, tench to 5lbs, roach, skimmers, perch, and rudd.
A number of new fishing platforms have also been added with four accessible to wheelchair users. These four pegs can be used by able-bodied anglers but must be vacated if a wheelchair angler arrives and wishes to use the peg.
On days when there is no match booked, day ticket anglers are able to use the water on a £3.00 day ticket.
Kingsbury's acclaimed six-and-a-half acre day-ticket carp water with mirrors and commons to the low 30s and plenty of doubles, Pine Pool is a traditional carp water where modern carp fishing techniques work best.
Never stocked with fish less than 5lbs, Pine is best fished with boilies, trout pellets or trout pellet paste, sweetcorn, luncheon meat and bread crust, flake or floating crust - in fact, just about any bait that catches carp. However, anglers who ring the changes tend to have the most consistent sport and heaviest catch weights.
There are two pegs with concrete platforms suitable for wheelchair access. These pegs can be used by able-bodied anglers but must be vacated if a wheelchair angler arrives and wishes to use the peg.
Swann Pool is available to day-ticket anglers at a cost of £3.00 per day when it is not being used for matches. This enables anglers either to practice for matches or to enjoy a day's pleasure fishing.
Similar to Bodymoor Heath Water, Swann Pool is an 12.5-acre big bream match water with some tench, roach, carp and skimmers. It responds best to groundbait feeder or distance waggler.
Whilst the depth varies in the main from three to five feet, Swann Pool is shallower in parts.
As a bream water, a selection of hook baits is again recommended, and like many shallow gravel pits it is worth catapulting a bed of bait at the beginning of a session to avoid spooking the fish once they are feeding in a swim. Once the bed of groundbait is laid, it can be maintained and topped up by varying the size of the groundbait feeder.
Lakes via the Broomey Croft entrance
Broomey Croft Pool
At 13 acres, Broomey Croft is a true specimen water offering double figure bream, tench to 8lbs as well as a handful of other specimen fish including crucian carp and perch over 4lbs and pike into the mid-20lbs. This is a shared water with the new Outdoor Education Centre which uses Broomey Croft for sailing, kayaking and windsurfing for schools and youth groups.
With these target species it is obviously well-suited to groundbait feeder and distance waggler tactics, although anglers are recommended to scale up their lines slightly.
The island pegs tend to be shallow at about three feet and are often weedy, but when the weather is hot in mid-summer and the feeding finicky, this is often where the fish can be found.
Both far side corners tend to have deeper water up to 10ft in places, whilst the middle pegs on the far bank from the car park tend to be shallower at four to five feet deep. Broomey Croft has many underwater features such as gravel bars, channels and plateaux and anglers who locate these tend to have the most consistent sport.
The road bank is obviously well fished as it is nearest the car park. It also faces the prevailing wind, so regularly produces good results, although anglers wanting to maintain consistency should fish a variety of pegs around the pool.
Formerly Kingsbury Water Park's renowned specimen carp water, at around two-and-three quarters of an acre in size, Gibsons was becoming too small as the fish grew bigger.
Gibsons is a quality mixed fishery with a variety of species including bream to 8lbs, tench to 5lbs and roach to 2lbs, as well as rudd, perch and pike which can now all be caught in this attractive water, which is considered to be one of the most featured pools of all the specimen waters.
As a result of the improvements, Gibson's Pool now not only offers beautiful surroundings but also provides challenges for pole, waggler and feeder anglers.
The elongated stretch between the central pathway and the islands offers the deepest water, up to eight feet, although the fish will often be found on the gravel bars which extend from and link the islands.
The part of the pool nearest the motorway tends to be shallower and weedier making feeding fish more visible in this area. In summer there are numerous sets of lily pads which provide shade and these are always a good place to find fish.
New disabled access and parking for this water has been part-funded by the Environment Agency.
Canal Pool is Kingsbury's specimen carp water, but it also has a nationally important breeding population of Common Terns on its islands. Until 2013 the pool had been closed to anglers until July 1 but for 2013 this regulation has been relaxed with carp angling now allowed throughout the year.
However, fishing for pike on Canal Pool is only allowed from October 1.
Canal Pool is a 17-acre water which has been stocked with numerous 20s and 30s from Gibsons Carp Pool plus many other home-grown fish from several of the waters on the Kingsbury complex.
Tragically, Canal Pool suffered a major carp mortality in Spring 2006 when 65 fish - eight of them over 30lbs and the smallest 11lbs - were lost. Following this, the original stock figures for Canal Pool were checked and, taking into account the small number of carp that may have died during spawning over the years, it is believed there are now approximately 85 carp remaining in the pool. Of these, between five and 12 are believed to be over 30lbs - the largest thought to weigh 42lbs.
However, a supply of new carp has been purchased and added to the water. The 200 carp are all good quality fish weighing in the region of 4lbs to 9lbs, with a few low doubles. There is a good mix of commons and mirrors, mainly the latter. This new stock is thriving and the fish are growing well, with 30lb carp now coming to the net.
Cliff Pool South
Plenty of tench and bream to 6lbs, a good stock of roach plus pike over 20lbs can be had in this largely shallow water where depths are for the most part around three to four feet. Anglers looking for deeper water will find it if they fish with their back to the Children's Farm, where depths of up to 10ft are available. The pool has disabled fishing pegs.
During hot summer weather it is often worth fishing the pegs shaded by willows in the middle of the day. However, this pool is prone to flooding and as a result stock levels may fluctuate.
As a smaller water at 3.3 acres, it is easily fished with the pole or waggler and a selection of coarse baits including maggot, caster, bread and bread paste usually produces results.
Kingfisher is a very attractive 1.6-acre lily covered pool which has a very uneven bottom due to the method of gravel extraction used. Access around the pool has been improved.
Depths vary from around eight feet to around two-and-a-half feet and, because of the nature of the bottom, moving your float a yard or so in any direction can change the depth dramatically. This makes plumbing the depth essential on this pool.
With tench to 5lbs, match sized carp and good numbers of roach, perch and skimmers plus the occasional larger bream, Kingfisher is as nice a place as any to spend a pleasant summer's day or evening. In good weather, jack pike and some large carp can often be seen basking in the lily covered shallower water near the motorway.
Fish stocks were recently boosted with 35 tench weighing between 3lbs and 6lbs and more than 100lbs of quality roach and rudd, the bigger fish being in excess of 2lbs.
Heron is another mixed fishery ideal for the pole or waggler, containing plenty of small roach as well as a few larger specimens. The water responds well to continental-style groundbait feed with hempseed or other additives.
In addition to the roach and skimmers, Heron Pool holds crucian carp, bream and tench to 4lbs and has a fairly uniform bottom and steep banks, much of the water being about 5ft deep. The two lily pad swims often prove successful, particularly during warmer weather.
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Alternatively, visitors can contact individual facilities directly on the following numbers:
|Broomey Croft Childrens' Farm||01827 873844||Caravan/Camping Club Site||01827 874101
||Youth Camps||01827 872660
||Jet Bike Centre||01827 874815 or 07968 748734 (m)
||Old Barn Coffee Shop||01827 874823
||Power Boat Club||01384 821768
||Tamworth Sailing Club||02476 403286
||Echills Wood Railway||07771 511768
||Outdoor Education Centre||01827 872461
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