Evesbatch Fishery is one of those venues were you can be sure of decent weights being caught, mainly carp to 20lb together with lots of good quality crucians, skimmers, bream and roach and even perch to an impressive 3lbs 3oz. Red maggots and worm produced well and the larger carp were feeding on the surface on bright days.
Indeed, when Fisheries.co.uk visited the fishery again in August we had another good session with common carp including low doubles coming to the net fairly readily. This followed our previous visit a couple of years ago when we literally had a bite every cast over a five-and-a-half hour spell for a weighty bag of mixed fish which included golden rudd, roach to 12oz, skimmer bream, bronze bream to 3lbs 8oz, plus some stunning common/wild carp and mirrors to just under double figures.
In true angler's fashion, however, the biggest fish got away! Falling to a small cube of luncheon meat fished on a 4lb line, it fought doggedly for 20 minutes during which time we only saw the fish twice.
The technique which worked for us was to fish hooker pellets and small cubes of luncheon meat over a bed of feeder pellets. The rudd and roach were taking straight away after which the skimmers and bigger bream moved in - infiltrated by the carp.
It has to be said that whatever their size, every fish gave a full account of itself and every fish was in superb condition. A session to remember!
To be found 13 miles outside Worcester and about a mile off the main road to Hereford, Evesbatch Fishery offers two lakes in a delightful woodland setting. Popular with local anglers, it is well known for its quality carp, roach, bream and tench and well worth seeking out for those anglers travelling from further afield.
For many years Evesbatch was owned and operated Alan's Tackle in Worcester, but the lakes were bought by Kevin Ellaby, a keen angler since he was a boy, in 2003.
Kevin immediately set about clearing trees and improving the bankside and intends to keep the fishery as a day-ticket water so that others can continue to enjoy it.
Ideal for both novice and experienced anglers, Evesbatch is one of those 'natural' fisheries where the surroundings add to the enjoyment of the sport.
However, with carp reputed to run to 30lbs, tench and bream known to run to 5lbs, Crucian Carp to around 2lbs, perch to over 2lbs 8oz and a good head of quality roach, you are unlikely to have much time to admire the surroundings once you get stuck into the fish.
Bottom Lake, the first pool you come to on entering the fishery, and the triangular-shaped Top Pool are both at least 30 years old and used to form part of the Evesbatch Court estate which was once owned by the Cadbury family of chocolate fame.
With a total of more than 50 well-spaced pegs, Evesbatch is quite popular for weekend matches which are now returning winning weights of 90lbs-plus. Even when there are matches on the water there are plenty of pegs to spare for pleasure anglers.
Talking of matches, the match record at Evesbatch of 145lb 14oz formerly held by Worcester angler Chris Senter was smashed at the end of September 2011 by Aidie price. The Worcester angler was pegged on the Top Lake and pole fished with meat and corn for an impressive 161lb 8oz.
Aidie's catch consisted of carp to 13lb and skimmers. The backing weights were just as impressive with 129lb taking second overall place, 128lb 8oz the third place and 115lb 4oz fourth place.
Open from dawn until dusk, the blend of carp and silver fish make Evesbatch a good year-round venue and it is certainly worth going off the beaten track to find and enjoy this lovely fishery.
Day tickets must be purchased in advance and are available from Alan's Tackle at 26 Malvern Road, Worcester (Tel: 01905 422107); Woody's Angling Centre at 67 Whitecross Road, Hereford (Tel: 01432 344644); The Green Dragon Inn at Bishops Frome (Tel: 01885 490607) which is open weekdays 5.00pm to 11.00pm and all day on Saturdays and Sundays; The Angling Centre on Hinton Road, Hereford (01432 261047); and at Leigh Sinton Post Office and village store which is open from 6.30am seven days a week. These outlets will advise if pegs are booked for matches and which areas of the lakes are likely to be free.
Ticket Costs - 2020
(Dawn to Dusk - one rod)
Bookings for matches should be made by contacting Kevin Ellaby
on 07967 568124 (mobile)
One-and-a-half acres in size, Bottom Lake is probably best known for its carp, the quarry of most anglers who pleasure fish this water, but the quality roach, bream and tench are also worth finding.
The water also holds a good stock of pure Crucian Carp which run to 2lbs-plus and which give a remarkable account of themselves when hooked.
In addition, local anglers say there are some good chub in the water and with the River Leddon, noted locally for its eels, running between Bottom and Top Lake there are also rumoured to be eels up to 7lbs.
Whilst Bottom Lake is surrounded by trees, there is plenty of bank space all the way round, so casting isn't a problem. However, a few trees and bushes hang over the water and whilst these make ideal features to fish to, care is needed not to become snagged in the branches.
The deepest water is to be found at the entrance end of the pool where up to 10 feet can be found, particularly opposite Pegs 2 and 3.
From the entrance the water gradually shallows to some three or four feet at the far end where where there is more vegetation round the bankside and lily pads in the water which offer good sport in summer. Similarly, depths at the bankside gradually deepen towards the middle.
With Mirrors said to run to 30lbs, there is a good head of fish around the 15lb mark and these can regularly be seen cruising just below the surface in summer months. The Common Carp, thought to be a strain which have grown from wild stock, are smaller and tend to run to 10lbs.
All popular methods work well at Evesbatch with waggler and pole probably being the most predominant.
However, fishing The Method with luncheon meat, paste or pellet is very effective for the carp whilst a floating bait such as bread crust, bread flake or dog biscuit works well for the bigger specimens, particularly when fished in open water.
Another popular bait is sweetcorn, which is very effective in the early months between March and May but becomes less effective as the fish become wary of being caught on it in summer and autumn.
As one would expect, the ubiquitous maggot is also popular but, as with any water, can result in a lot of small fish being caught before the bigger fish move in. Worms are also effective, particularly single lobs, whilst luncheon meat, bread, paste and pellets are also good.
Reached through the gates about 50 yards past the first entrance to Evesbatch Fisheries, Top Lake is often overlooked by visitors to Evesbatch and yet generally speaking holds bigger fish than its more popular sibling Bottom Lake.
Again, Top Lake is virtually surrounded by trees and offers a delightful setting for a day's angling. However, unlike Bottom Lake, this triangular-shaped water has banks which drop straight to about four feet before gradually running to about nine and 10 feet deep in the centre.
Because the bankside drops straight into deeper water, fishing the margins is usually productive in the spring and summer months where most popular baits tend to be meat, paste, pellet and sweetcorn fished on the waggler or pole.
However, as the weather turns colder in late summer and winter, fishing the deeper water in the center of the lake produces good results with ledgering and The Method feeder again being particularly effective .
As with Bottom Pool, fishing floating baits in the centre of the lake in summer is good for the carp, particularly mid-week when the water is quieter than at weekends.
Although Top Lake is slightly smaller than Bottom Lake at about an acre in size, the general standard of fish tends to be bigger with Mirror and Common Carp, Crucians, bream and tench tending to be the main quarry. In addition, it also holds some barbel around 4lbs.
However, as one would expect, it is again the Mirror and Common carp which are most regularly fished for, which is a shame because the all the fish are in supreme condition and fight like Trojans.
How to get there...
Evesbatch Fishery is about 13 miles from Junction 7 of the M5 motorway. On leaving the motorway take the A4440 signposted for Hereford, Malvern and Leominster (A44). At the first roundabout turn left and continue straight over the next few roundabouts following the signs for Leominster and Hereford. At the fifth roundabout turn left and follow the signs for Hereford on the A4103, continuing along the A4103 through Leigh Sinton.
Continue through Storridge and a few miles further on, just before you reach Fromes Hill, there is a small sign on the left hand side of the road saying 'Evesbatch 1 mile'. Turn right into the small country lane and follow this until you come to a large house called The Brook House on the left. The entrance to the fishery is about 80 yards past here on the left.
A short distance down the track are a pair of gates on the right. The first of these takes you onto Bottom Lake whilst if you carry on a little further up the lane you will see the entrance to Top Lake through a second pair of gates, again on the right.
Remember: Before fishing you need to purchase your day ticket from Alan's Tackle in Worcester; Woody's Angling Centre and The Angling Centre in Hereford; and at Leigh Sinton Post Office and village store.
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