With 100lb nets of skimmers being reported, few could argue that Wombwell Dam is one of the North’s most in-form natural venues.
The peaceful fishery, consists of two ponds situated inside Wombwell Woods near Barnsley offering some of the best day-ticket fishing in the area. The smaller top pond contains a lower quantity of big fish, but it is a great place for bream, roach and carp. The bigger bottom pond contains bigger fish, with specimen carp over 25lb along with tonnes of skimmers and roach, and it is these species which are attracting all the anglers.
The huge nets of silverfish are being made up of skimmers averaging 1-2lb along with roach touching 1lb, so expect plenty of bites. The feeder, pole and waggler are all scoring on this venue at present with the pegs in the narrower area away from the dam proving to be the hotspots. If you fish the pole, do so at around 10m, feeding micro pellets via a small kinder pot. If you opt for the waggler approach at around 20m, loose-feeding maggot or caster and fishing double-red on the hook is all you need to do, and this should catch you plenty of quality roach too.
Groundbaiting will also work on its day, particularly when the weather warms. For specimen carpers there are plenty of double-figure fish in the larger pool and these tend to be found in the deeper water towards the dam end.
TIP: Adding chopped worm to your groundbait provides added attraction and works well for the bigger skimmers at Wombwell.
Prices: £5 a day (Bottom Lake) £4 a day (Top Lake) £3 for children
Contact: 07932 333276
Location: Woodhead Lane, Hoyland, Barnsley, S Yorks, S74 9SZ
Rules: Barbless only, no bread, no floating baits