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Cromwell lake is an 18-acre spring fed, mature tree lined lake that is set in a peaceful surrounding adjacent to the village of Cromwell near Newark in Nottinghamshire.
There are 19 swims giving plenty of room for each angler with some of them doubles and a disabled peg in front of the car park with car and wheelchair access.
The lake depths vary massively between 3ft and 18ft at its deepest with obvious gravel bars, silty drop off’s and patches of weed making the perfect environment for the fish to grow and interesting for the angler to tackle.
With a restocking in 2004 and the intention to create a specimen fishery followed by a further one in 2011, it now holds several 40’s up to a record of 47lb+ and a huge amount of 30’s and 20’s to back up with.
Facilities include a handy lodge with toilets and a few extra essentials to make them longer sessions much easier on the angler! As well as a well-spaced car park with CCTV and electric gates making it a secure site.
There is also an online booking form so you can check availability and book online.
All nets, mats and slings are provided to protect the fish’s health.
The aim of the owners is to provide one of the best specimen day ticket carp lakes in the midlands, providing a well-run, secure and peaceful lake to be enjoyed by anglers from all over.
JUNCTION 12 FACTS
FISHERY: Cromwell Lake
SIZE: 18 acres
STOCK: 250+ Carp
LAKE RECORD: Nigel 47lb+
PRICES: £30 per 24 hours
CONTACT: : 07816243023
We stress that you take the time out to walk round the lake on the morning of arrival. Use your eyes to read the water and pick up on signs, pay attention to weather conditions, look out for showing fish, fly hatches and so on. Choosing the right swim is a vital.
With the lake being a mature gravel pit, the lakebed varies massively. You’ll find weed, silt and gravel present and choosing the right presentation is very important. We recommend you come prepared with a few of your favourite methods to cover all options, although a good all-rounder and one that has been used to great effect is the solid bag.
Hi viz hookbaits have been a winner for many years, a personal favourite of ours is the Pineapple and N-butyrics. Whether you choose to use them as singles, put them in bags or use them over bait, they seem hard to resist.
Sometimes if it’s just not happening then you’ve got to make it happen. We have a good stock of carp and there’s always an opportunity to be had. Work your swim leaving no stone unturned. Whether it be casting to showing fish, a change of hook bait, a little and often baiting approach. Put in the effort!
Zigs and floater can be a great tactic and can’t be ignored. For the little space the kit takes up, it’s definitely worth having both in your armoury. They might just get you that extra bite.
Try not to turn up with a preconceived idea on how your session is going to pan out. Take things as they come and don’t be afraid to ring the changes. I see a lot of people stuck in their ways which can sometimes restrict your results. Either Nathan or I will also be at hand to help out at all times, one of us is always on site and can sometimes have valuable information regarding recent goings on. Whether you’re considering coming, booked on or already on the lake, don’t hesitate to give us a shout.
- The correct tackle must be used
- Barbless or micro barbed hooks, maximum size 4
- No braided mainline but braided hooklengths ok
- Minimum 10lb mainline
- Minimum 2lb Test Curve rod
- 3 rod limit
- Carp Care Kit to be used on hook holds and wounds
- No fixed leads, they must be able to break free with the minimum amount of force
- No shockleaders
- Leaders no longer than 36 inches
- Random rig checks will take place, so do not be offended
- No unattended rods
- No nuts of any kind
- Particles to be checked by bailiff
- Shelf life boilies not to used as loose feed
- No live baiting or spinning
- Bait boats are allowed but must be used sensible and within your zone
- All fish over 35lb to be reported to the bailiff
- No retaining of fish
- All damaged or sick fish to be kept and reported to the manager or bailiffs to deal with it
- No dogs
- No children
- No littering or swimming including wading
- No drugs and alcohol in moderation
- No looking around without permission
- All bbq’s must be off the ground and no fires whatsoever
- Only one non fishing guest per angler
- Cigarette ends to be placed in pots provided
- Pike fishing and dead baiting Oct – Mar only
- No refunds given
- No tents allowed
- No bivvy sharing except for couples and special circumstances