Leigh Sinton Farm Coarse
Tel: 01886 832305 (office)
or 07798 533896 (Nick Beard)
Cafe: 07951 071762
Leigh Sinton Fishing Lakes - opening times for the 2013 Season
The Lakeside Tackle and Bait Shop will open as normal on Saturdays and Sundays only from 9.00am until 2.00pm whilst The Lakeside Cafe will open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during March from 9.00am until 2.00pm. From Easter onwards the cafe will open everyday as normal although opening hours may vary slightly dependent on weather conditions.
The fishery is now open seven days a week from 7.30am until dusk and until 9.00pm once daylight allows. Please also see http://www.lakesideleighsintonfisheries.co.uk/ for the latest information, events and updates from the fishery.
Download Leigh Sinton's brochure
Leigh Sinton has a new fishery brochure. If you would like to download a .pdf copy, just click on the photograph to the left.
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Part of a 260-acre Christmas Tree farm which supplies major garden centres and supermarkets throughout the UK, Leigh Sinton Fishery comprises a mix of three landscaped former irrigation pools, a lake which opened in June 2000 to celebrate the Millennium and a new specimen carp lake and match lake which opened in 2006.
The waters provide mainly carp, roach and chub fishing in an attractive setting at the foot of the Malvern Hills just outside the village of Leigh Sinton between Worcester and Malvern. The fishery is clean and well-maintained and within easy reach of the M5 motorway.
There is car parking near the three original lakes and around the two new waters and Badgers Brook at the bottom end of the fishery.
The Lakeside Cafe (left and below), is open seven days a week except in winter from 9.00am until 5.00pm Monday to Friday and from 8.00am until 6.00pm Saturdays and Sundays for the sale of hot and cold snacks, hot and cold drinks, all-day full breakfasts, burgers, chips, cobs/rolls and sandwiches. The cafe now has its own website which can be found at www.lakesideleighsintonfisheries.co.uk.
In addition, anglers can also purchase jacket potatoes, breakfast sandwiches, ice-creams, crisps and chocolate bars.
A pre-order and phone-orders service is avaliable by telephoning Pam on 0795 1071762. To see the menu please click here.
Match Secretaries can reserve pegs by ringing 01886 832305 or faxing 01886 833446. Booking forms are also available from the fishery.
When booking a match, the fishery needs to know the club name, the date of the competition, the pool and number of pegs required.
The fishery is suitable for most disabled anglers, but children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Although there are few rules, anglers should not use hempseed, floating bread or high protein baits. All anglers must have their own landing nets which should be dipped for 10 minutes. There is a maximum permitted hook size of Size 10.
Match anglers must use two keepnets, one for carp and the other for silver fish, and fish over 6lbs should be weighed immediately and returned to the water.
Unusually for a fishery, anglers should purchase their day ticket from a coin-operated machine which can be found in the main car park next to the cafe and tackle shop.
Anglers who do not pay in advance at the pay station are charged an additional £1.50 on the bankside.
Visitors are therefore advised to take the cost of their day-tickets in change. The new automated payment system accepts £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p and 5p coins and issues a ticket on payment of the correct fee.
Change for the coin operated machine and up-to-the-minute information on how the pools are fishing are available from the on-site cafe. Information on the fishing and peg availability can also be obtained by telephoning Gill Payne on 07908 961715 or 07798 533896 (mobiles).
In 2010 the venue saw its match record smashed yet again when an on-fire Mark Smith won the Sunday Open on Lake 2000 in July with an impressive 164lbs 14oz - more than double the weight of his nearest rival Malcolm Soul who came in with 74lbs 8oz. Third was Matt Hodges with 44lbs 6oz. Mark, who runs the Lakeside Tackle and Bait Shop at Leigh Sinton Fishery, fished paste 18 inches deep close in to the margins for his record breaking catch.
|All year round - seven days a week||Gates open 7.30am and locked at 9.00pm|
Woodland Specimen Carp Pool
Woodland Pool is Leigh Sinton's new Specimen Carp water which has been stocked with fish to just under 30lbs and is similar in construction to its new neightbour Paddock Pool.
Although the water has not been officially pegged it is already proving popular with carp anglers and generally fishes well with no particular hot spots. To date specimens have been caught from all parts of the water.
One of the main features of Woodland is a shallow two to four-foot deep ledge which runs out from the bank nearest Paddock Pool. This part of the water can account for decent catches as the fish tend to bask in the shallower water during warmer periods.
The outlook for this water is very positive as so far the fish have always breeds well - a good sign of a healthy fishing environment.
Built in 2003, Paddock Pool is Leigh Sinton's most recent pool and is between eight and 10 feet in depth with a central island. Car parking is available beside the 28 slabbed pegs which are well spaced with 10 to 11 yards between each peg.
Stocked with carp to 17lbs and good sized roach, Paddock Pool is ideal for both pleasure and club match anglers and has already become Leigh Sinton's most popular match venue having yielding impressive match weights of up to 100lbs.
So far the most productive pegs have tended to be those on the side nearest the cafe and tackle shop at the bottom of the slope. The pegs by the water entry pipe are also very popular as the fish tend to congregate here searching for food soming through the pipe.
The murkiness of the water shows there is already a good head of feeding fish in the water and as with Woodland Pool both the carp and roach have bred well since the pool was stocked.
The first pool you come to on the right hand side as you enter the fishery, Lake 2000 was built in 1999 and opened in June 2000 to celebrate the Millenium.
Similar in character to the other Leigh Sinton Farm waters, Lake 2000 is bowl shaped and shelves steeply from the sides to a maximum of about 20 ft in depth. It is becoming increasingly popular with both day ticket and match anglers, already rivalling the success of both Bluebell Wood Pool and Kingfisher Pool.
Lake 2000 is stocked mainly with good sized carp and roach and has 27 pegs whilst additional fishing for up to six anglers is available from the grassed pier section which allows access to the more central parts of the lake for anglers wanting to fish on the bottom for the bigger fish.
During the summer months the pool is aerated by an attractive waterfall which comes down from Kingfisher Pool and this is obviously an area where the fish congregate and feed in warmer weather.
Elsewhere, because there is little marginal plant growth, Lake 2000 tends to fish best about six to 10 feet out from the bank. Bowl shaped again.
The lake's construction involved the excavation of a large waste area which had to be removed before soil excavation could start. To get to Lake 2000, go up the main farm track and the new water is immediately on your right-hand side as you approach the fishery car-park.
Bluebell Wood Pool
The pool nearest to the cafe and car park, the 23-peg Bluebell Wood Pool was the first of the Leigh Sinton waters to be opened for fishing and paved the way for the development of the other waters as the fishery became increasingly popular with both pleasure and match anglers.
Bluebell Wood is bowl shaped with up to 20 feet of water being found in the centre and as much as six feet just a rod length out with the water gradually deepening the further out you go.
Its depth has an advantage as it enables the fish to grow to a decent size and although the average stamp of mirrors and commons is in the 3lbs to 4lbs range, fish up to 23lbs have been caught in this pool.
Stocked mainly with roach to 2lbs, tench and a reasonable head of carp, Bluebell Wood Pool also holds chub to 5lbs and perch to 2lbs. It usually fishes better in the margins with the most popular pegs being by the overflow pipes. For some reason it tends to fish harder the further out you go.
Existing stocks were supplemented over the 2008/2009 winter with the addition of good numbers of six to eight inch tench and bream.
A good all-round silver fish pool, particularly for those who have not fished Leigh Sinton before, Bluebell Wood is usually much murkier in colour than the other waters, particularly when the large fish circle around bed of pool grubbing in the bottom for food.
Anglers after the roach use pole or traditional rod-fished float techniques either high in the water or on the bottom. Many of the bigger fish tend to come from the deep parts of the water, so sliding float or legering is often worth a try.
When it comes to baits, maggots and casters are good all-round baits with casters being particularly effective for the roach and chub. Because boilies and other high-protein baits are not allowed, carp anglers tend to use meat, sweetcorn or trout-pellet paste on the bottom. However, anglers should note that floating baits are not allowed. Another highly successful bait is worm.
Ever since it opened, Bluebell Wood has been one of Leigh Sinton's most popular match waters.
Regarded by many Leigh Sinton regulars as being a little harder to fish than Bluebell Pool, the 31-peg Kingfisher Pool is stocked mainly with larger carp and good sized roach to over 2lbs. The biggest carp caught so far was a common which came in at 34lbs whilst the water is known to hold mirrors to 28lbs and ghost carp to 25lbs.
Most anglers who fish Kingfisher go for size rather than quantity when it comes fishing for the carp with both traditional and modern carping techniques both working well.
Unlike Bluebell Wood Pool, the water in Kingfisher is much clearer and as a result fishing the margins is more difficult. Although there is 20 feet of water in the centre of the pool there is also a shallow plateau on the corner nearest to the access road to the fishery.
Anglers fishing for the roach and silver fish should go for 2lb to 3lb line strength whilst those after the carp are recommended to use a minmimum 8lb line.
The most popular pegs tend to be those along the bank nearest the access road to the fishery where it is slightly more sheltered.
Smaller than the other Leigh Sinton waters, Badgers Brook is the least fished of all the waters at the venue and is popular with anglers who want complete peace and quiet with the added benefit of having its own car park beside the pool.
A naturally fed reservoir with a maximum depth of about 25 feet, it offers 15 well-spaced pegs and holds a good stock of mirror, common and leather carp to double figures, some good sized roach and mid-sized tench, bream and rudd.
Badgers Brook fishes brilliantly all around the margins, which drop sharply to the bottom, and near the trees which grow in the water. The fish also tend to bask under the shelter of the tree where they overshadow the water. Try the two pegs on each side of the trees if they are free.
Stocked with some very large carp, Badgers Brook is a good test for more experienced anglers whilst decent bags of bream to 4lbs are reguarly taken.