Willow Lake

The Lake Two acres in size, set in eight acres of meadow, damned at one end the lake is fed by many underground springs. It is lined with Willows, Silver Birch, various shrubs and Iris Reeds. At the damn end the depth is about ten feet, going back to four feet at the house end. The far bank is meadow with Iris Reeds along the margins.

There are four swims on the lake, all being on the near bank. The lake bed is made up of gravel and sand and a little silt at the shallow end.

The lake was de-silted in 2002 when 8000 tons of silt was removed. There is a small patch of lilies in the middle of the lake. All the swims are gravel based for your comfort.

The lake is virtually snag free, but we recommend a minimum of 15lb breaking strain line. We enforce  a “Barbed or micro barb Hook” policy 

The fishery is suited for 3 anglers, each with a three rod set up.

We  stock Mainline “Cell” boilies, and a selection Dynamite Baits products, also pellets and seeds which can be pre-ordered.

There is a small rowing boat available for your use if you require it. (use at your own risk).

No permits are required and night fishing is permitted.

       Lake Rules

 

  • Maximum of 3 anglers using 3 rods each
  • Please use a minimum of 15lb breaking strain line
  • Barbed or micro barb hooks only
  • No fixed Leads ( Drop off system only)
  • Strictly NO plastic baits
  • Do not leave your rods un-attended
  • A rowing boat is available for your use (at your own risk)
  • Bait boats are allowed
  • No sacking of fish
  • Minimum 42” landing nets 50” recommended if fishing for Catfish
  • Un hooking mats (provided) must be used at all times
  • Please “kneel” when taking photos of fish, do not stand
  • No Fires around the lake
  • No swimming in the lake
  • No rubbish or discarded line to be left around the lake

Stock

When the lake was drained in the Spring of 2002 the fish stock was mainly small fish of various species. These were removed and given to the local fish farmer. Once the lake was de-silted and limed the sluice gate closed, the lake quickly filled.

Then, in the Winter of 2002, the lake was stocked with forty-five carp between 16lb – 28lb and five carp of 29lb – 33lb. In December 2003 we added a further 39 carp to 28lbs (17 x 20-28lbs and 13 x 17-20lbs) plus 9 Grass carp to 25lbs, and some pike.The total stock is over 80 fish. The average weight of stock now being 20lbs+. These have been fed on carp pellets throughout the Winter months.

In Febraury 2005 we added 2 Mirrors of 42lbs and 44lbs and 6 fish of 35lbs – 38lbs to compliment the existing stock, also 15 Catfish between 10lbs – 15lbs and two of 30lbs, one of these larger Cats was caught during a netting sesion in the winter of 2006, and weighed 49lbs! We also removed over 1 ton of small carp. 2007 has seen some very good catches so far and 2008/9 is looking even better!!

Now in 2016, we can boast eight known different 40lb Carp to over 52lbs, over 35 x30lbs and around 40 x twenties (some of which are our own spawned fish)- and Catfish to over 75LBS, not bad for  a 2 acre lake.

Accommodation

This old stone-built longere, which sleeps six, and has been totally renovated in 2002. The accommodation, which is on ground level, has floor tiles throughout and has many old beams still relevant and features a large Breton style fireplace.

The longere is fully furnished, mainly with pine furniture. From the large main entrance hall there are three bedrooms and a bathroom. One double bedroom, with en-suite facilities, and two twin bedrooms. Continental quilts and bed linen are provided, (not towels).

To the other side of the entrance hall there is a large kitchen/dining area with patio doors leading to the decked area and lake. This large room has a fully fitted kitchen with everyday utensils, electric cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave and washing machine.

A large pine farmhouse table and chairs are also provided. There is also a three piece Leather suite, DVD, satellite TV, Pool table and a hi-fi system. A large selection of books, puzzles and games complete the facility.

For your comfort, there is two gas heaters. The whole house is double glazed. Outdoors, relaxing on the garden furniture, you can make use of our barbeque or, in the morning, enjoy coffee and croissants on the patio whilst you watch the sun rise, or your rods!

How a GPS Can Maximise Your Catches On Your Next Carp Fishing Trip

What’s the difference between a great carp fishing trip to France and a terrible one? The number of fish you end up catching. While some people might enjoy just being out on the water or by a lake, for most people, the entire point of fishing is to catch a fish or two.

When fishing for carp, there are several things you can do to increase your odds of hooking a fish. One option is to fish near waterfowl, such as ducks, as carp tend to trail along where the ducks are. Carp follow ducks because people tend to feed ducks and the fish want in on some of the action.

Another good piece of advice to follow is to take your time and be patient. Carp might tease the bait a bit before they sink into it. If you think a carp is nipping at your bait, wait until it’s chomped down before you start reeling your line in.

A third way you can improve your carp fishing success is by using a handheld GPS device. Even if are staying right on a lake and won’t need help finding a body of water, a GPS system can help you locate carp and remember where the fish tend to hang out in the lake on subsequent fishing days.

Pinpoint Promising Spots on the Lake

When you’re fishing on a big lake, such as Willow Lake, which is 2 acres, or Firs Lake, which is 2.5 acres, it can be difficult to remember where the carp hang out. There’s no easy way to notate where a promising area is in the middle of the lake, unless you have a GPS. With a trusty GPS in your hand, you can drop a pin on the coordinates of a spot where you got a few catches one day. The next day, you can plug in those coordinates again and use the device to navigate your boat to that area.

Is Using a GPS Cheating?

For some people who enjoy carp fishing, using a handheld GPS seems like cheating. You’re giving yourself a shortcut to finding the best spots to fish. But the consensus appears to be a resounding no – a smart carp fisherperson uses all the tools available to him or her.

A handheld GPS device is a tool, just like line and hooks are. If you don’t bring the right bait out on your trip, you’re not going to catch many (if any) fish. If you don’t bring a tool to help you locate the fish, your trip won’t be a success.

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