In a region which offers anglers plenty of options when it comes to commercial fisheries, Lodge Farm does not always receive the coverage it deserves but with the quality of fishing on the complex at an all-time high, anglers who have yet to visit the venue have been missing out.
Pleasure and match weights have been exceeding 200lb on some of its five lakes this summer, making it an ideal location if you want to enjoy a day bagging up. One of the best lakes to do this on is Field Lake. This predominantly carp style, 38-pegged water has depths of 7-8ft and contains carp averaging around 2-4lb with the odd bigger lump. There are also plenty of ide in here which can be caught on pellet shallow or chopped worm and caster, along with bream, chub and F1’s. For the biggest weights though, you have to target the carp which can be taken from anywhere on the lake using different tactics. With the mornings beginning cooler the fish are now being found on the deck so you can fish meat or paste in the margins or long at around 13m. If you do want to bring them up in the water then the pellet banded at 13m will work, flicking pellets over the top and this method will bring you more if smaller fish.
For bigger carp averaging 5-8lb then you may prefer to set your stall out on the venue’s Long Island Pool. On here anglers catch well using the pellet or Method feeder tight to the island or by using the same tactics found on Field Lake. Stronger gear is required here as some of the carp go to 25lb.
Alternatively for more of a challenge but the chance to scrap with a carp of 15-20lb then the mature Top Pool is the place to be. The fish in here are renowned for their fighting capabilities and the bigger fish are said to be easier to catch than the smaller 4lb stockie carp. Hooklinks of 0.18 minimum are the norm on here and you are advised not to fish too tight to features as carp will tear off very quickly once hooked. This lake also contains tench and bream but more notably perch to 4.5lb often make an appearance with anglers using red maggot to target them.
TIP: On the Top Pool, fish on the top shelf in the shallower water and feed every second fish for the best sport.
Prices: £5 a day, £4 concessions, £6.50 match pegs
Contact: 07815 030694, www.lodgefarmfisheries.co.uk
Location: Lodge Farm Fisheries, Scrooby Top, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN10 6AX
Rules: Barbless only, no keepnets, No elasticated hook length feeders, no braid, no floating baits, 1kg groundbait or pellets max, fishery own pellets, landing nets to be used for all fish, no boilies
Facilities: café, toilets, disabled pegs and access