10 venues for spring crucians

10 venues for spring crucians

by Freddie Sandford |
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Crucian carp are among the most stunning fish you'll ever catch, but finding a reliable venue that can produce a few true examples of the species can prove tricky. Check out these 10 choices if you fancy hitting gold early this spring.

Hampton Springs Fishery, Malpas, Cheshire

There are plenty of crucians at this species-rich fishery. Poplars and Oasis are both good bets for the species, with soft pellets a reliable bait.

Contact: 01948 838650

Yaddlethorpe Ponds, Scunthorpe, Lincs

The float-only Tench and Crucian Pond is a category A water for the species. Scunthorpe AA offers great-value membership.

Contact: www.scunthorpeanglers.co.uk

Bob Roberts with a Yaddlethorpe crucian

Hindley Square Lodge, Wigan, Gtr Manchester

This little water responds to close-range tactics. Use light tackle, with corn for the larger fish. Day tickets are available.

Contact: www.wigandistrictangling.co.uk

Rocklands Mere Fishery, Attleborough, Norfolk

A haven for crucian carp. Filled with features and deeply coloured fish, you won’t find a better venue for the species. Book fishing in advance.

Contact: 01953 483971

Rocklands Mere holds some lovely crucians

Wold Farm Fishery, Wellingborough, Northants

Moat Lake is home to a good head of crucians. You’ll find no shortage of features to target, with the fish often caught at close range. Book in advance.

Contact: 07410 705882

Springwood Fisheries, Melbourne, Derbyshire

Both pools hold crucians, with the larger ones in the Top Lake. Lily beds are great spots to target, using float tactics.

Contact: 01332 492142

Springwood holds a good head of crucians

The Sedges, Bridgwater, Somerset

Crucians have been stocked into the Canal Lake recently. This water responds well to pole and float tactics, with maggots, casters and pellets on the hook.

Contact: 01278 445221

Goodiford Mill Fishery, Cullompton, Devon

The 3.5-acre Match Lake holds crucians to 2lb. Singling them out is an enjoyable challenge.

Contact: 01884 266065

Marsh Farm is the home of crucian fishing in the UK

Marsh Farm Fishery, Godalming, Surrey

Arguably the UK’s top crucian venue, Marsh Farm has it all. Float and feeder tactics both work.

Contact: Apollo Angling, 01483 428885

Harpers Ponds, Exeter, Devon

The two lakes here are controlled by Exeter Angling Association. Both are packed with features.

Contact: via www.exeteranglingassociation.co.uk

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