Hundreds of new pegs have been created at top commercials up and down the country in order to meet an ever-growing demand.
The mild spring conditions have seen an abundance of anglers return to the bank in recent weeks and bosses at some of the UK’s biggest venues have been forced to open new lakes in a bid to cater for everyone.
Lincolnshire’s Westwood Lakes was oversubscribed on countless occasions last year and has developed three new waters to alleviate the problem.
Over 100 new swims have been installed - doubling the amount that were previously onsite - and owner Alan Coupland told Angling Times: “It had got to a point where anglers couldn’t get a peg if they arrived after 8am at the weekend and we had to turn people away.
“We like to accommodate everyone and the creation of the new waters allows us to do that. Pleasure, match and specimen anglers are all catered for and almost every species you can think of is stocked so there is plenty of variety to keep everybody happy,” he added.
Brand new snake lakes are also in the pipeline at Staffordshire’s Cudmore Fisheries and Alvechurch Fisheries in Birmingham, while bosses at Packington Somers in Warwickshire have split Siblings Lake in to two and added more platforms. Award-winning Doncaster complex, Lindholme Lakes, have also transformed one of their trout lakes in to a new multi-peg match water.
Further south, Berkshire’s New Farm Fisheries has branched away from its specimen angling roots with the opening of the brand new Match Lake. Venue boss Nadine Keates believes the diversification has been a resounding success. She said: “We have always been popular with those after specimen carp and catfish but we decided to try and cater for those who enjoy fishing for smaller fish on lighter tackle and the response has been brilliant.
“We’ve seen a lot of new faces turn up at the fishery and the phone hasn’t stopped ringing with people wanting to book it for an event,” she added.