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Nostell Priory Wakefield

A historic estate lake in South Yorkshire holding one of Yorkshires nicest 40s at the right time of year. In recent years it has become a bit more of a circuit water attracting some of the bigger names in Northern Carp fishing.

The lake is around 12 acres and generally shallow, silty and weedy. One of a chain of three lakes dammed for the original Nostell Priory estate, now run by the National trust, it is available to fish on a Wakefield AC ticket for day fishing only.

The lakes biggest draw is the much rumoured to be dead, Big Un, which has made 40lb on a number of occasions although there are also some other nice carp in there although mainly in the 20s bracket. The fishing is generally considered far from easy.

Fishing is largely confined to two main banks. The south is set in mature woodland with platform swims and the north open pasture land running into boggy woodland which forms the lake's out of bounds area. One end is confined by the dam which seperates it from the National Trust pits which are either not available to angle or only by arrangement with a closed syndicate.

Membership of Wakefield AC is around 35 per year and also offers a range of other pits. Tickets are available from a range of Wakey angling shops. Fishing is day ticket only, dawn to dusk, and parking is within 2 locked car parks either side of the dam.

Last Edited by: erikb on the 27 December 2008

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