Carp Lake at New Farm Fishery in Cheshire,New Farm Fishery

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New Farm becomes 'resident only' and members fishery

New Farm has closed its doors to day ticket fishing for non-residents to ensure residents staying in the on-site Bed and Breakfast accommodation and on the caravan and camping site are able have their pick of pegs and to reduce the stress on fish. Although it offers membership to non-residents, its membership is currently full.

Developed on the site of a former dairy farm in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, New Farm Fishery has three well maintained lakes which offer pleasure fishing for carp and silver fish; a large camping/caravan park with hard standing 'super-pitches'; a heated toilet/shower block which is also available for use by anglers; and a modern clean and spacious Bed and Breakfast annexe with five well-equipped bedrooms and light and airy dining room.

New Farm Cheshire FisheryNew Farm Fishery is the brainchild of Mark Rowland who started developing the venue about 10 years ago when his parents gave up dairy farming. Since then his aim has been to provide quality fishing and accommodation which will appeal to people who enjoy being in the countryside with the comforts of being at home.

The two larger lakes were dug in 2006 and are over an acre in size whilst the third smaller water is a former farm pit which Mark had enlarged several years before so that he would have somewhere of his own to go fishing.

The caravan park at New Farm FisheryThe caravan park accommodates 24 touring vans or camper vans on hardstandings which are equipped with electric hook-ups, water supply and grey water waste. The site is near the lakes and shower block and is accessible all year round. Please note that the campsite is for adults over 16 years of age only.

The Bed and Breakfast accommodation offers five quality rooms which each have their own en-suite. Modern, clean and spacious, the rooms are equipped with flat screen television with DVD player and tea and coffee making facilities whilst the dining room is tastefully decorated and serves English and Continental breakfasts for BandB residents.

Hard standing pegs on Middle Pool at New Farm Cheshire FisheryAll three lakes are well stocked with a mix of carp and silver fish. The biggest fish are the carp which run to 25lbs in the 14-peg Carp Lake whilst Middle Lake has a good variety of silvers including bream and tench which run to over 5lbs.

Mark's Pool is about a third of an acre in size and is a delighfully intimate water which has carp into double figures, some lovely crucians to 2lbs and tench to 4lbs.

A feature of New Farm is that because there are no non-resident day tickets or matches there is always plenty of room for guest anglers which makes it a pleasant venue for a weekend or midweek break or even longer angling holiday.

B and B accommodation at New Farm Cheshire Fishery

A twin bedded room at New FarmA double room at New Farm
In addition to the angling, New Farm Fishery offers bed and breakfast accommodation in five rooms in a converted milking parlour set in pleasant lawned surroundings. The accommodation is clean, modern and well equipped.
For further details and photographs please click here.

2020 Residents' angling ticket costs and opening times

Middle Lake and Mark's Pool
£5.00 (two rods max)
Carp Lake
£8.00 (two rods max)

Fishing is from 7.00am to 8.30pm in summer and dawn to dusk in winter
(night fishing is not allowed).

Carp Lake at New Farm in CheshireCarp Lake

Although it is just over an acre in size, Carp Lake has only 14 well spaced hard stone pegs which were installed in Spring 2011. This gives anglers plenty of space between swims.

With a central island, Carp Lake has a four feet deep shelf along the far side from the entrance which extends about 14 feet into the lake before the banks drop off to a flat and even bottom between six and seven feet deep before rising steeply against the island.

Looking back from the far end of Carp LakeThe near bank has sides which drop at about 45 degrees to the bottom, which is slightly deeper than the nearside bank at between seven and eight feet deep.

Carp Pool was stocked in 2007 with common and mirror carp which are now known to run to 25lbs whilst the average size of fish is between 8lbs and 14lbs. These are all nice clean fish, many of which have never been caught before because the water is known only to a few locals and a small number of regular anglers who stay at New Farm for a week's fishing.

Another nice things about Carp Lake is that it is not 'peggy' with all pegs produce equally well.

Bankside vegetation on Carp LakeWhilst some of the anglers who have fished Carp Lake use modern carping techniques, this is not necessary. Many of those who know the lake fish either the float or ledger with luncheon meat or sweetcorn.

Decent sized chunks of meat between a quarter and half an inch square work well and tend to pick out some of the bigger fish whilst two or three kernels of sweetcorn can be equally effective.

There's plenty of open water on Carp LakeAs with most fisheries these days, fishing the margins is a favourite, either on the four feet deep ledge off the far bank or down the slope on the near bank, whilst fishing towards the island with a ledger also produces good results. However, in the past couple of years most of the biggest fish have come from swims in open water.

Whichever technique you choose it pays to feed the swim gradually with a handful of free offerings at the start of a session and then a few samples of hook bait throughout the session.

Other baits worth having with you include expander pellets fished over a bed of feeder pellets, maggots, worm and bread, althougbh anglers should note that floating baits are not allowed.

Small Pool at Alcott FarmMiddle Lake

Middle Lake is another water which is just over an acre in size. With a long central island runing down its spine it has 14 well spaced pegs and is stocked with a mix of F1 carp to about 1lb 8oz and a mix of silver fish, including barbel to about 1lb, which means the lake fishes well all year round.

The biggest fish are the bream and tench, both of which run to over 5lbs in weight. There are also good heads of golden tench and golden orfe to about 3lbs plus chub and some very pretty crucian carp both of which top 2lbs.

Small Pool - a pleasant open water with plenty of roomMiddle Lake is deepest around the island where between seven and eight feet of water can be found. Along the entrance bank there is a four feet deep shelf and another which runs virtually the full length of the long far bank as you approach the lake from the car park. Much of the open water at the entrance end gives seven feet of water with the lake shallowing gradually to about five feet at the far end.

Middle Lake appeals mainly to pleasure anglers out for a relaxing day's fishing or a few hours by the waterside where they don't know what they are likely to catch next - and without the threat of being broken by a big carp.

Plenty of fish for anglers of all agesBecause of its depths, Middle Lake is an ideal water for both pole and waggler anglers with the most popular technique again being to fish either on the shelves in the margins or out towards the islands where some anglers prefer to fish a cage feeder packed with free offerings.

Because of the size of the fish anglers do not need to fish heavy tackle and in most cases a 2lb to 3lb main line with Size 16 or 14 hook will suffice. As there is plenty of open water and no snags even the bigger fish can be played out safely without fear of losing them.

Small Pool - a pleasant open water with plenty of roomGood all round baits on Middle Pool tend to be sweetcorn, maggots and worm although small cubes of luncheon meat also work well for all species.

When fishing Middle Pool it pays to bait up the swim with a couple of handfulls of groundbait mixed with hook samples and then feed free offerings little and often throughout the session.

It also pays to adjust your depth until you find there the fish are feeding.

Looking back to New Farm from the far end of Mark's PoolMark's Pool

At about a third of an acre in size, Mark's Pool is oval shaped with a small island and no hard standing pegs, anglers being allowed to fish wherever they want to on the grass banks of this open water snag free water. It can accommodate about six anglers in comfort.

Mark's Pool is easy to fish because much of it is fairly shallow with five feet of water at the pointed entrance end and between four and five feet of water all the way down the left hand bank as you approach the pool and just six feet down the right hand side. The deepest water is about eight feet deep just off the far end of the island.

Between five and six feet of water can be found from this pegThe oldest of the New Farm Fishery waters, Mark's Pool was originally a field drainage pit which was filled in many years ago before being re-dug and enlarged by Mark about 15 years ago to give him somewhere of his own to fish.

Although fairly small, it is an attractive and intimate water with plenty of decent fish to catch including mirror and common carp to 11lbs with an average stamp of between 4lbs and 5lbs. Because these fish have rarely, if ever been caught they give a good account of themselves when hooked and are in pristine condition.

Looking towards the island on Mark's PoolIn addition to the commons and mirrors, Mark's Pool holds some beautiful crucian carp to 2lbs and a good head of tench to over 4lbs.

Being fairly shallow, Mark's Pool is an ideal pole or waggler water with most anglers fishing close into the sides or in the deeper water at the far end of the pool. Once again fishing to the island is also a good tactic whilst those who find it a bit of a struggle to fish a float in eight feet of water can again opt to use a small swim feeder packed with goodies.

There's plenty of open water on Mark's PoolBecause Mark's Pool holds only carp and tench it tends to fish best in the warmer months when the most popular baits are sweetcorn, maggots, soft hooker pellets and small pieces of luncheon meat.

Again, because there are no monster fish in the water, anglers can fish on the lighter side with 4lb to 5lb line and Size 14s or 12s hooks for the carp and 3lb to 4lb line and Size 14s or 16s hooks or even 18s for the crucians and tench.

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New Farm has a well designed and comprehensive website with information and photographs on all aspects of the venue including the bed and breakfast accommodation, camping and caravan site, the fishing, testimonials from people who have stayed there and details of prices.

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How to get there...

Click on the map for more detailNew Farm is situated south east of the historical city of Chester and the border with North Wales just 15 miles from the M6 motorway.

From the M6, leave the motorway at Junction 16 and take the A500 towards Chester and then the A51 towards Nantwich. After travelling through Burford, Barbridge and Calveley turn right off the A51 onto Long Lane (watch out for New Farm's sign located close to the junction). New Farm can be found two miles down this quiet country road on the right hand side. Drivers are advised to watch their speed on the A51 as there are speed cameras along this stretch of road.

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