Hackett Lakes is a great fishery in a peaceful location, less than 4 miles from the centre of Nottingham. The lakes have established themselves with matchmen, carpers and pleasure anglers. A strong stocking policy has seen over 17,000 carp added since the turn of the millenium. These fish really have excelled in the water and are now established residents. They provide solid match weights and fantastic pleasure sessions.
Hacketts offers a choice between two waters:
Lake 1 – This is the smaller of the two fishing lakes and is an ideal match lake. As recently as 2005 it was stocked with carp, these were added to the fish that were already present in the water, which means the carp vary in size and run into the low 20’s. There are strong numbers of other silvers – perch, chub and roach are all present, along with some more elusive tench.
Lake 2 – The larger lake on the complex. This water was also stocked with similarly sized carp in 2005 and offers some of the best fishing in Nottingham. In matches, carp tend to figure in most of the winning weights. However, when weights are low, targetting the silver fish becomes a much more vialble option. In winter they can be caught at distance on a method feeder or straight lead. During the warmer months the carp do come into the margins. If you are going to fish close in, make sure you have the right gear on if you want to get them out. Targetting them on the pole is a real white knuckle experience. The big open water works well for pellet waggler fishing – the most fun way to catch them! You can’t not enjoy a day bagging on the pellet waggler.
If you are planning a visit, give them a call to get the latest info on where to head. Lake 2 is a fairly big water, there is no point fishing in the wrong place when you are pleasuring. There are regular match bookings, so not all of the venue will be available all of the time.
The venue offers:
- Convenient parking facilities
- Regular matches with big prize money
- A toilet – for those who dare!
If you fancy something a bit different, Polser Brook runs along the back of the venue. This 2ft deep and 6ft wide stream is packed with silverfish.
Gearing up for a summer time match