York­shire’s West­erly Lake in fine fet­tle

Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -

IF YOU’RE af­ter a run of fish with a few surprises thrown in, West­erly Lake in York­shire will be right up your street.

This 1.5-acre spring-fed wa­ter is a carper’s haven dur­ing the sum­mer, but right now it’s the perch and roach sport that is re­ally hot­ting up.

West­erly is noted for its perch to 4lb and roach to 2lb, and find­ing them at this time of year isn’t as task­ing as you might think. Both species will

feed will­ingly even when the tem­per­a­tures plum­met.

Spec­i­men tac­tics are ideal for the perch, as they al­low you to bait a sin­gle spot and fish over the top in a ‘sit-and-wait ap­proach. Many who use this style pre­fer to fish off the point to the Willow Tree or Reed Is­lands, as both are ex­cel­lent perch-hold­ing fea­tures.

Leg­ered prawns are hard to beat for these fish, es­pe­cially when fished over ground­bait laced with mag­gots, cast­ers and chopped worms and prawns.

This tac­tic will catch you a lot of perch and roach, although the carp also love a big prawn – so don’t be sur­prised if a few 8lb or 9lb fish make it to your net!

The pole and wag­gler is bet­ter suited to the roach as these can be caught in shal­low wa­ter even at this time of year. Use a light pole rig with a sen­si­tive float and feed corn and cast­ers spar­ingly to whip these de­light­ful spec­i­men redfins into a feed­ing frenzy.

PRICES: £6 for one rod, £8 for two, concessionary price for car­a­van res­i­dents CON­TACT: 01904 448500 or visit www.west­er­ly­lake.co.uk LO­CA­TION: The Lodge, West­erly Lake, Wheldrake, York, YO196AH RULES: Fish­ing for over 16s only, no night fish­ing, bar­b­less only. Full list of rules on the web­site. FA­CIL­I­TIES: Park­ing, toi­lets, car­a­van park

Roach and perch are feed­ing well here right now.

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