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Wellingborough lakes

Northamptonshire

Latitude: 52.28508 | Longitude: -0.687078

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Wellingborough lakes comprises four disused gravel pits of 5, 11, 23 and 34 acres, with the 5 acre Island lake and 12 acre Heron lake situated south of the Wellingborough town at one site with the 23 acre Mill lake half a mile away to the south east of the town and the 34 acre Delapre Lake South of Northampton town, all along the Nene Valley.

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The Mill
This 23 acre gravel pit runs long ways west to east with a three cornered island in the middle which splits the lake in two, there are two long banks 500m with the ‘North bank’ and ‘South bank’ home to the twenty four swims.
The ‘west side’ is generally weedier with depths down to thirteen feet while the ‘east side’ has depths down to nineteen feet, with the shallow margins the Lock bay and Pylon bay weeding up in the summer months.
Fish can be caught from all over the water and they still follow the wind, in time with more angling pressure this may change.
The island has three points the North point is around 50m from the North bank, the West point is around 40m from the South bank and the East point is around 65m from the South bank.
The lakes margins are surrounded with common reed mace and bull rushes and a little further up the banks there are trees and bushes dotted around.
The bigger fish present have been growing every year since we have known the water.
We are proud of the fact the fish are all English nene valley carp with Twenty plus different fish going over the thirty pounds mark with Five making 40lb before, add to that around sixty twenty pound plus carp.
For twenty three acres there are around one hundred and fifty carp swimming around which is a low stock ratio to other waters but we hope the carp will keep growing at there present rate.
A testament to the quality of the water is the size of the bream and tench that have been caught with only a handful gracing the bank tench to eleven pounds plus and bream to seventeen pounds plus you know things are going in the right direction.
There is also plenty of pike around with the biggest coming out at twenty three pounds in September, I am sure with some serious pike fishing over the coming winters bigger fish will grace the banks.
We have stocked a quantity of Dinton strain stockies into this water over the last three years with more to follow over the next two years.

The Heron Lake
As you enter into the main entrance you see the north end of the Heron lake this twelve acre gravel pit runs south in a half moon shape with a quiet bay at the end, the lake has Canadian pond weed with common reed mace beds dotted around the water.
The shallow margins slope off to between seven and twelve feet, the Lock bay and North bay areas are no more than 60m across while the middle section of the water stretches to 90m across with the south bay around 100m across we have placed the fifteen swims along the west bank only to give the members plenty of space.
With not much angling having taken place in the past the stock levels are still a mystery but over time we shall be a lot clearer as to the fish present.
We have caught  mirror carp to 38lb and common carp to 39lb already but who knows what’s swimming around as the other waters around these pits have done carp to over forty pounds in recent years, there has been 16 different thirty pound carp caught so far.
For eleven acres there are around one hundred and fifty carp swimming around which is a low stock ratio to other waters but we hope the carp will keep growing at there present rate.
There are two car parking areas for this water one at each end.
We have stocked a quantity of Dinton strain stockies into this water over the last three years with more to follow over the next two years.

The Island Lake
If you drive left and along the east bank of the Heron lake you come to the south car park beyond that is the Island lake, at five acre with nine tiny islands along the margins it looks smaller than it is, with only seven swims placed along two banks you have plenty of water to fish to, this water also runs from north to south.
Along the margins you have Canadian pond weed in two to three feet of water behind the islands, down the middle of the lake you have depths down to seventeen feet with hard gravel areas dotted between the weed.
The carp have been caught to 41lbs pounds so far, with seven going over the magical 30+lb mark. The stock fish show signs of following a new wind most of the time, carp can be seen cruising the margins on sunny days. I expect to see another couple of thirty pound carp to come out in the near future.
For five acres there are around ninety carp swimming around which is a low stock ratio to other waters but we hope the carp will keep growing at there present rate.
This lake is likely to be a good stalking water nice and quiet we plan to stock more carp into this water in the near future to create a quality runs water.
We have stocked a quantity of Dinton strain stockies into this water over the last three years with more to follow over the next two years.

The Delapre Lake
This 34 acre former gravel pit sits 3 miles east of Junction '15' of the M1 in Northamptonshire along the A45 next to the Marriott Hotel and Delapre Golf Course, just south of Northampton town.

Being one of Northamptonshire's oldest lakes, it's surrounded in mature tree's with three big overgrown islands, with depths ranging from 2-6' in the margins to 10-15' in the middle section. There is a large area of Canadian pond weed in the Summer months.

The fishing has been run for the last 30 odd years by a local angling club but as their numbers dwindled the lake got too much for them to handle. When the lease came up for grabs I jumped at the chance because of the carp fishing potential.

Talking to a few local lads who fish it each season there is a huge shoal of 5-9lb bream that like the deeper water, plenty of 3-7lb tench, pike to 20+lb and 40-50 original carp with the biggest two a common of 38-41lb and a mirror of 39-42lb+.

The lake is used by a water ski club from April - September so please sink your fishing lines to the bottom where possible and do not fish within 80m of the boaters compound.

I did fish the place myself between 1998-2001 and was lucky enough to catch 16 carp with the biggest three being 31lb, 33lb and 39lb all commons. I did see the big 'Italian' mirror one summers day and it dwaft the big common. I know Piers from Earls Barton has caught carp up to 30lb 'A dark mirror', Steve Holliman had 30 odd carp in the 1995-2003 period up to 30lb 'A Common'. Warren Bennett and Martin Chapman have both caught them to low 20s.

The lake bed is a mixture of silt, sand and gravel.

My tip is to fish under your rod tips. The carp are used to clearing up the food washed up the margins by the water skiers. I used to get savage line bites if I fished any distance out and they love sitting in the snags just out of sight.

There will be dog walkers, joggers, cyclists, swimmers and kids down there so its fun and games at times. The rewards are there for those willing to explore the place. It will be a challenge, it will not be easy. You will have lots of space to fish thats a fact.

This is a public park and is therefore for residents and all to enjoy. Fishermen do not own this water so please be courtious and clear up any rubbish before you leave.

Having fished most of the pits along the valley, this one has the most mystery surrounding its likelyhood to produce a true English uncaught 45-50lb carp.

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