Find the se­cret fish in your lo­cal lake in our big Where to Fish guide.

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

NOT know­ing what lurks be­neath the sur­face of our still­wa­ters is a real thrill.

On some fish­eries, the range of species you can ex­pect to catch can be all too pre­dictable.

De­spite this, most venues – even the na­tion’s top match waters – have a hid­den se­cret.

For some it’s mon­ster cat­fish that no-one has ever landed, shoals of gi­ant bream that never get tar­geted, and roach so big you’ll have reach for your scales!

Here’s our guide to catch­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent now...

FROM un­known mon­ster carp in a lake full of bream to shoals of roach in a carp-only pool, the UK’s army of stillwater fish­eries has lots more to of­fer than first meets the eye. Here are seven se­crets re­vealed...

WESTERLEY LAKE, WHELDRAKE, YORKS

This 1.5-acre, spring-fed carp wa­ter is also home to spec­i­men perch to nearly 4lb and roach to 3lb. Worm and mag­got hook­baits will catch both species from the mar­gins. For the big­ger perch try a leg­ered prawn. Con­tact: 01904 448500 Post­code: YO196AH

DENHALL FISH­ERIES, BUR­TON, CHESHIRE

King­fisher, the coarse pool here, is pri­mar­ily stocked with carp, tench and mixed sil­vers. There are, how­ever, stillwater bar­bel to near dou­ble fig­ures and cru­cians to 3lb. Corn, worm, mag­got and caster hook­baits work well for a mix­ture of species here and may just catch you a big bar­bel or cru­cian. Wood­lands Lake, the on-site spec­i­men wa­ter, is a carp hotspot, although few peo­ple know that it also sup­ports a small head of mon­ster cat­fish to 50lb-plus. Con­tact: 07983 988703 Post­code: CH64 0TG

CLEAR WA­TER FISH­ERIES, CARN­FORTH, LANCS

For­merly known as Bor­wick Fish­ing Lakes, Clear Wa­ter holds a num­ber of cru­cians from 2lb-4lb. In 2015 a po­ten­tial record of 4lb 14oz was caught on corn but never rat­i­fied. Most an­glers who have caught th­ese cru­cians have been fish­ing for tench and carp, so a scaled-down boilie ap­proach is ad­vis­able to give your­self the best chance. Con­tact: 01524 736341 Post­code: LA6 1JU

GARBOLINO LINDHOLME LAKES COUN­TRY PARK, DON­CASTER, S YORKS

There is more to Lindholme than just match carp. Spec­i­men perch to 4lb are in Lau­rels Lake, and th­ese show ev­ery au­tumn. Con­tact: 01427 875555 Post­code: DN9 1LF

MARSHLAND FISH­ERY, BAR­TON UPON HUM­BER, E YORKS

A £4 day ticket will al­low you to fish this rel­a­tively un­heard-of wa­ter run by Scun­thorpe and District AA.

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