With winter fast approaching we have decided to put a list of some of the best carp fishing venues that perform really well in the colder months. As we all know winter carping can either be great or a massive waste of time so it’s best to head to a venue that you know will still produce carp even when the temperature drops to freezing.
BADEN HALL FISHERY, STAFFORD, STAFFS
The pleasure fishing only, Middle Pool offers 68 pegs of carp averaging around 12lb with the odd larger lumps. You can night fish this lake as well as surface fish it in the summer.
01785 850313, Postcode: ST21 6LG, https://www.badenhallfishery.com/index
BARSTON LAKES, SOLIHULL, W MIDS
Barston lake is renowned for its lumps with fish to well over 20lb. The water deepens underneath the electricity wires from around 7' to 15' so these can be good pegs in the cold if the fish are searching for some depth. Otherwise try catching on the drop, or in the margins.
01675 444890, Postcode: B92 0LB, http://www.barstonlakes.co.uk/
EAST DELPH LAKES, WHITTLESEY, CAMBS
These lakes have recently come under new ownership with much work and plenty of re-stockings taking place. At just under two acres the Front Lake is a well-stocked lake holding original carp to over 25lb.
07473 154208, Postcode: PE7 1RH, http://www.eastdelphlakes.com/
MAKINS FISHERY, NUNEATON, WARKS
Lake 1 on Phase One of the complex is another prime example of a match lake where the carp have outgrown their purpose. They average around 12lb but go to over 20lb. The gravel bars in between the islands are the hotspots.
01455 220877, Postcode: CV11 6QJ, http://makinsfishery.co.uk/
STANWICK LAKES, STANWICK, NORTHANTS
The 3 acre, 30 peg Swan Lake used to be a match venue but the carp have now grown on. The average size is between 8lb-16lb although mid-twenties have been caught and there is also a known thirty. There is a car park, conveniently located next to the lake, so you can drive right to it.
07974 300015, Postcode: NN9 6QZ, http://www.stanwicklakesfisheries.com/
TODBER MANOR FISHERIES, STURMINSTER NEWTON, DORSET
Little Hayes Lake is around 6 acres in size and stocked with approximately 700 carp ranging from 10-30lb. The lake boasts 15 gravel swims all of which produce carp catches all year round. Currently anglers are catching well using maggots.
01258 820 384, Postcode: DT10 1JB, https://todbermanor.co.uk/
Linear Fisheries, Witney, Oxon
Linear is one of the most visited venues within the country with anglers from far and wide travelling down to spend time on one of the seven available lakes. With carp going up to 50lb this is definitely one to visit this winter.
Contact: 07885 327708, www.linear-fisheries.co.uk, Postcode: OX29 7QF