Angling Times

(Tuesday 18th September 2001)


Tucked away in the middle nowhere, about six miles from Wigan, is an underfished, two-pool fishery.

And the transformation of small clay pits on farmland gives the impression of idyllic England, well away from the cobbled street image of the North West, which is normally bestowed on the beautiful county of Lancashire.

Lakeside Fishery is situated in an oak tree setting, which has 32 pegs on the main water and is mainly for carp anglers, with fish up to 20lb and a good selection of carp in the 1lb to 3lb bracket.

There are roach, rudd, perch, and some good samples of tench and bream.

Morning or evening sessions are premium times in summer, but sport is rated best in August and right through September.

However, it can fish well all year, which is made possible by the brown-coloured water as a result of high-density stocking policy.

The main water is bigger than it looks in the picture, and has shallow bars and ledges that fish patrol. It also boasts depths to 14 feet by the island.

Maggots, casters and most supermarket baits are best, though no pellets are allowed.

The big water is available for club bookings, and matches are regularly won with up to 22lb with swims near the island favourite.

Anglers can bag-up close to the margins, but it would be as well to rig up with beefy elastic just in case of an encounter with a double-figure fish.

The site – signed off Barmskin Lane, turning into Bentley Lane towards Mawdesley, travelling from Eccleston, (B5250) near Chorley – has bankside parking by the landspit dividing the two waters.

No huge list, but, as always, make sure you are aware of fishery rules before fishing. Barbless hooks are a must.



“A little gem of a water, which is well worth a look”