At two-and-a-half acres in size, Betchott Lake is roughly triangular in shape and currently offers around 12 pegs, six of which are purpose made
pitches. Depths vary from between two to three feet in the far left hand corner as you come onto the lake to 12 feet in the centre off the dam wall. There is generally three to four feet of water in the margins shelving gradually towards the centre. As with all fisheries, it is worth taking time to plumb the depths.
When Colin and Neil took over the water it was known to hold a decent head of common and mirror carp to about 13lbs but averaging between 7lbs and 8lbs plus tench to about 4lbs and a good head of roach around the 12oz mark.
Since then they have stocked the lake with tench, common and mirror carp, small crucian carp, six to eight inch barbel and breeding sized bream. They are also planning to rebuild the lake's stock of golden orfe, a species which they have been told the lake used to be famous for until recent years.
Since taking ownership, Betchcott Lake has only been fished by Neil, Colin, some of their friends and families plus a few local anglers and those staying in the holiday cottages at nearby Middle Farm. From what they say it seems all types of tactics work well.
Those anglers targeting the carp have caught using both modern and more traditional techniques with boilies, meat, pellets, sweetcorn and bread baits all consistently producing fish. Those looking to catch silver fish say pole and waggler both work well with sweetcorn, casters, maggots, pellets, meat and bread again working well for all species.
Like many fisheries these days anglers should not use keepnets whilst the only bait bans are that trout pellets, beans, Tiger nuts and dog biscuits should not be used. Anglers should use an unhooking mat and the maximum permitted hook size is Size 8. Anglers should also not light fires or bar-b-cues on the site.
Also, night fishing is not permitted. A full set of rules is displayed on the notice board as you enter the fishery.
|Some more photographs of Betchcott Lake
How to get there...
The easiest way to reach Betchcott Lake at Betchcott - also known as Batchcote - is to get onto the main A49 Shrewsbury to Leominster road and head for Church Stretton.
Travelling south from Shrewsbury, before you reach Church Stretton turn right into Church Road at Dorrington and head for Picklescott. Go as far as you can until you reach the T-junction at Picklescott and turn right. Continue along here for a short way and take the left turn to Betchcott and All Stretton. Look for Middle Farm on the left and you will see the gateway and entrance to the lake immediately opposite on the right.
Alternatively, driving on the A49 from the south, look out for Farm Lane on the left signed All Stretton after leaving Church Stretton and follow this to the T-junction with Shrewsbury Road. Turn right into Shrewsbury Road and take the second left into Castle Hill. Follow this narrow road up and over the Long Mynd continuing straight on all the way to Betchcott where you will find Middle Farm on the right and the gated entrance to the track leading to the lake on the left.
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