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Our guide to places to fish in Lincolnshire including information on venues, and contact details.
Bargate Drain, Boston
The Windsor Bank section has been fishing very well for roach, skimmers and decent bream falling to pole and pinkie over groundbait. The Horncastle road stretch is producing the odd big bream and tench although this stretch is struggling with few smaller fish.More… Ring Barry on 01205 871815.
Coronation Channel, Spalding
This large drain has been in superb form especially around Low Road bridge and the Bailey bridge. Terrific catches of roach to the seed have been taken as well as good bream catches to both feeder and pole with worm and caster producing the weights. The colour is slowly dropping out so look for that tinge in the water. Phone Colin 01775 766042.
Duck Ponds, North Scarle
On the new lake, anglers should catch ide, tench, and barbel and lots of small stockie carp. There is also a number of carp between 5 and 8lb being taken. The favourite baits are corn and pellets and meat but worms and maggots will still take a lot of fish. On the old lake not as many fish are being caught but they are a better stamp as a rule and it is mainly carp and skimmers on this lake. Contact: Steve Butt on 07908 646218 for match bookings or info.
Haverholme Lake, Ewerby, Near Sleaford
This twenty four peg lake offers a real challenge as the carp are a real animals and fight like tigers.
It varies in depth form the shallower pegs between fifteen and nineteen with two to three feet of water to twelve feet of water in some of the other pegs. Weights in excess of 100lb are frequently taken but the average size of the fish is about ten pounds so this is not too difficult if the fish are feeding. The pole, waggler and feeder are equally effective and with such a variety of tactics and baits, the anglers are spoilt for choice. Currently corn is the most effective bait but tares up in the water, prawns, cat meat, paste and floating bread or dog biscuits can all work very well on their day. The most consistent pegs are 22, 23, 1, 7 and 11 and usually, pole fishing accounts for most of the catches. Strong gear and poles are called for with 10lb line straight through a must plus 20 to 24 elastic. There is also a big head of tench to five pounds but the majority are about 1 to 2lb, along with a prolific silver fish population with skimmers, roach and a few ides to be caught. Stewart Larter, Rushfield, won a recent mid week match at Haverholme taking sixteen carp for 91lb on the method feeder. There are different charges for night fishing and two rods and in order to and more details or book a match. Contact Dave Gash on 01526 832125 or 833553.
Hobhole Drain, Boston
Odd bream and skimmers make up majority of the matches held on this drain. Few roach are currently showing and the need for some rain is apparent. For those looking for the bream Ings bridge is the place to head for. Ring Barry on 01205 871815.
Lake Ross, Spalding
Pellet both up in the water and on the deck is producing the best weights now the big fish in the margins begin to shut up shop as the colder weather draws in. It is still possible to catch all day when pleasure fishing with a pellet approach. Phone: Mandi on 01775 761690.
Little Holland Drain
This small drain is still producing fish with carp mainly in the 3lb to 4lb bracket and bream to 6lb. The best area is off the road to the sluice in the deeper water where quite a number of bream have been reported. Pellet or chopped worm are producing the best results. Phone John on 01406 420444.
Fish can be seen in their thousands off New Bridge, Jubilee Bridge and Money Bridge. Many of the roach at Jubilee bridge are well over the pound mark. Anglers who tackle this area have found these fish are not co-operating but those fishing chopped worm are taking plenty of Perch with odd big eels, tench and even chub to 1.5lb. Phone: Colin 01775 766 042.
River Witham, Kirkstead
The river in the Kirkstead area is currently offering some of the best sport for years. With the absence of any significant weed growth anglers are able to access and fish the river and there have been some eye opening catches. Bream, skimmers, perch and eels are dominating catches at the moment. Contact Dave Ellerker on 01777 228133 for match bookings or further info.
Rushfield Lakes, Potterhanworth
The main lake is fairly consistent, with plenty of action from the roach and skimmers with twenty pound plus nets of these species being taken in a session. The carp often feed up in the water and the waggler fished with pellets has been the most effective method. The average size of the carp is steadily increasing with a number of fish approaching double figures starting to show. The area in the top north corner around peg 25 is the most consistent or on the island between pegs 12 and 17. Some good tench to five pounds have fallen to corn but larger baits are called for to avoid the attention of the roach and rudd.
The smaller pleasure fishing lake has been fishing its socks off with the stockie carp feeding avidly. Contact: Tim Larter on 01522 793 169 for match bookings or further info.
Sibsey Trader, Boston
The trader continues to show no form with anglers struggling for bites in the recent open match. The winner Steve Gregory of Miracle Baits found bream at 13m and had nine fish to 4lb for a winning 32lb 7oz, streets ahead of the runner-up’s 4lb 4oz net. Ring Barry on 01205 871 815.
South Holland Main Drain
The drain provides excellent roach and skimmer sport with Sharpes bridge and the orchard between Foremans and Cement bridge being the areas to head for.. Phone John on 01406420444.
South Forty Foot Drain, Boston
This drain is the best bet in the area for a good days sport. The large skimmers continue to provide good sport to the keen angler. A pinkie or maggot approach over a groundbait and squatt bed is producing the results. The Cooks Lock stretch is the area to head for. Ring Barry on 01205 871815.
Upper Witham, Lincoln
This is the narrower and shallower area of the river before it enters the Brayford Pool in Lincoln has been producing some good catches between the Laundry Bridge and Firth Rd. Roach have been showing up well and on hemp or bread punch near Dixon St Bridge. Upstream of Dixon St Bridge at the back of the flats, Bream to five pound have been taken along with some big perch and eels with the eels making a significant comeback on the river. Tench of 5 and 6lb have come from the Syston Grove area upstream of Newark Road Bridge. Just downstream of the Laundry Bridge,. Recent weed cutting has made more swims available and it is an interesting venue as you do not know what you are likely to catch. Contact Frank Butler on 01522 534 174 for further info or match bookings.
Wigsley Lake, Harby
This small but attractive fishery has benefited from a “makeover” and is currently fishing well. The lake has a good head of carp including some “zoo creatures” along with rudd, roach, tench and bream. There are a number of inviting lily beds and rushes to fish to and the fish can be caught really close in fishing the margins. The pole and pellet or the waggler and pellet up in the water are probably the most consistent fish taking methods but sweet corn and paste also account for a lot of fish. The depth varies from about ten feet at the deepest to two feet in the shallows. Floating dog biscuits or bread, work well in the warmer weather when the fish are up in the water. Although there are only seventeen pegs on the lake they do allow small club matches and the winning weights are usually around 50 to 60lb. Contact Frank Butler on 01522 534174 for more details.