FISHERIES ; The Try’s The Limit
By DAVE HOUGHTON
Prospects are excellent and there have been a number of reports showing good sport with chub, dace, roach and barbel to 8lb.
Balderstones, Ribchesterand the Clitheroe waters have all been producing quality chub, roach and large barbel.
Barbel continue to be caught at Almere Ferry and Rossett, dace and roach feature in good catches around barbel and on the lower river, roach and providing good sport at Sandy Lane.
Small roach, skimmer bream and rudd, are plentiful for those prepared to work hard on pole tackle with squatts and maggot. Hemp is the top bait for big roach at Winsford.
Fair fishing, especially on the Run-corn waters where anglers are getting roach and skimmer bream on pole-fished punch and caster.
Hemp, caster and punch bread, are the best all-round baits but worm is catching plenty of perch and eels from the boat channel.
SANKEY-ST HELENS CANAL
The Upper Pound is on form with plenty of roach and Ide coming to maggot or caster on pole or float rod.
BANNISTER FARM, Southport 01704 821474
Pleasure anglers are doing well and matches with pole-fished pellet and paste are getting carp catches to 90lb on the Canal.
BLUNDELL’S, Warrington 01925 752366
Chopped worm and caster is producing a bite-a-cast on Willow Pool, Pine and East lodges and catching ide, barbel, skimmers, chub and carp.
BURTON MERE, South Wirral 0151 353 0115
General sport is good with a mix of carp, roach, tench, skimmers and ide.
CARR MILL DAM, St Helens 01744 602037
Anglers cannot expect success with bream at the moment unless they take pellet for hookbait.
CHESHIRE FISHING, Tattenhall 01829770041
Corn, caster and worm, can be relied upon to catch carp to 5lb, tench and skimmer bream.
GREEN’S LANE PONDS, Lydiate 07808 764374
Very good fishing for carp on pole tackle with pellet, pellet paste and cat meat.
HAMPTON SPRINGS, Malpas 01948 820789
Very busy because the fishing is consistent and good, with all of the lakes producing a variety of fish on different baits.
LINGMERE, Moreton 0780 3002412
Match weights are good and feature carp, barbel and chub, but general sport on the main mere is spot on with a fine mix of rudd, roach, barbel, tench, skimmers and carp.
MESCAR LAKE, Lydiate 07808 764374
Patchy fishing for match fishermen but pleasure anglers are faring well with carp on pellet, meat and corn, or silver fish on worm and caster.
MISTRAL LAKE, Lydiate 07808 764374
Open for pleasure fishing and producing lively sport with small carp on pole and soft pellet.
MORETON MERE, Moreton 0151 677 7192
Most visitors are looking for carp but the lake is producing lots of skimmers, roach, tench and an occasional barbel.
PARTRIDGE LAKES, Warrington 01925 767505
Bang on form with a variety of fish falling to pole with punch bread, caster and worm.
ROSEMARY WOOD, Haskayne 07957 434325
Moss Lake is seeing most of the action thanks to carp up to 6lb on the method feeder with corn.
YEW TREE RESERVOIR, Haydock 01925 292231
A nice mix of bream, roach and carp, reported with the best catches on pole with punch bread and caster.
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