With many commercial fisheries suffering with the winter blues so far this year, Hayfield Lakes has bucked the trend in recent weeks with some of the best sport in the North.
Match weights on the venue’s Island Lake have been topping 100lb as carp averaging around 8lb are filling anglers nets. The current top tactic is the pellet feeder, feeding 2mm micro pellets while fishing an 8mm version or meat, corn on the hook. As its name suggests there is an island on this lake and this is worth casting too if your peg allows, as the carp and bream to 6lb often hug it in winter. Adams Lake is similar in style but has proven to be less prolific since the turn of the year. However, you can still expect to catch plenty on this carp orientated pool where the pole dominates. Feed pellet with a bigger version on the hook and start on the deck, coming up to about 1ft from the surface during the session. The margins are also worth targeting on both lakes, particularly when the sun starts to shine again.
In terms of fish stocks, both lakes hold carp to 32lb but If carp are not your favourite species tench to 6lb, chub to 6lb, perch to 2lb and roach and rudd to 1lb 8oz can also be caught in good numbers. With up to 12ft of water found on some pegs, the lakes are always worth a visit in winter. but
TIP: Try sitting with the wind in your face, or on the bank the wind is blowing into as these are often where the fish like to sit.
Prices: £6 or £5 for concessions, extra rod tickets £2, an evening ticket (after 4:30pm) are £4
Contact: 01302 864555, wwwhayfieldlakes.co.uk
Facilities: Toilets, bait shop, pub. Coming soon: Showers, new tackle shop and café as well as touring pitches and lodges.
Location: Hayfield Lakes, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN9 3NP
Rules: Fishery own feed pellets, barbless hooks only – maximum size 10. Inline Method feeders only. No braid, no fixed rigs, no keepnets except for in matches, no floating baits, bread, boilies, trout pellet, cat or dog meat.