Wrightington Fisheries, Wigan, Lancashire
Anglers in Lancashire are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a commercial fishery but one which is proving more and more popular this year and making headlines is Wrightington Fishery near Wigan.
The venue’s Canal Pools have just witnessed the first 100lb plus match weight this summer and pleasure fishing sessions at the four lake complex have been even better with the pre-stocked carp bream and silverfish making up the bulk of the weights. Numerous tactics work on these pools including meat or pellet towards the far bank at 14.5m. However, paste at 4m as well as corn and 4-6mm pellets in the margins also pays dividends. If you get plagued by roach and gudgeon then use corn instead of the latter. The vast majority of fish are under 4lb including the carp, although bonus specimens can turn up at any time so 0.16mm mainline and an 0.14mm hooklink to a medium wire size 16 hook are advised. Depths on these two canals vary with one being deep, 10ft in places and the other averaging just 5ft so make sure your rigs cater for this.
Rivington Lake on the complex is also worth a visit this summer with nets to 80lb coming out. Carp averaging 4lb but topping 12lb as well as bream to 6lb make up most of the weights here and anglers are currently finding that fishing shallow is the way to go, using 6mm pellets or casters as feed with a 6mm banded pellet on the hook. This pool is wider and the fish sit further out, so anglers tend to fish the pole or waggler at around 14.5m. It is also worth fishing the shotgun feeder or Method tight to the island on here where some of the bigger fish can be found. Worm can be a good alternative to pellets on this lake, as feed and on the hook.
TIP: If you get your feeding right the fish will turn up in big numbers so to help you spot line bites from genuine indications, keep quite a bit of float bristle on show.
Prices: Day tickets available on the bank priced at £6 for adults and £4 concessions.
Contact: 01257 451352
Location: Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington, Nr Wigan, WN6 9SA.
Rules: Barbless only, no keepnets, no boilies, no nuts, no trout pellets