Getting down to business at Weston LawnsWeston Lawns

Bedworth Road
CV12 9JA

Tel: 02476 991887

Weston reserves Lake One for lakeside cabin anglers

Fishing on Weston Lawns's Lake One specimen lake is now reserved for anglers staying in the lakeside cabins.

The existing Lake One cabins have been supplemented by the addition of new eco-cabins which are ideal for those who don't want to bivvie up. They are accessed by a woodchip pathway from one of Lake One's car parks. All cabins incorporate a wood burning stove, TV with Freeview, electric lights and USB sockets so anglers can recharge mobile appliances. They will also be fitted with Freeview TVs which incorporate DVD players. All anglers need is to bring their own bed - although the fishery hires these at £5.00 for 24 hours. Prices ranger from £15.00 per night for two people or £20.00 per 24 hours in the eco cabins plus fishing.

For full details of prices please see or click here for photos of the three larger cabins.

Pool Two - Weston Lawns's match and pleasure lakeA well-established fishery between Bedworth and Bulkington to the north of Coventry, Weston Lawns comprises three lakes which cover two-and-a-half acres, two acres and about three-quarters of an acre respectively.

Pool One, which is now available only to anglers in the lakeside cabins, offers specimen carp fishing as well as fishing for big catfish, tench and perch whilst Pool Two is a 42 peg match and mixed pleasure lake. Pool Three, which is located behind the tackle shop, has 24 pegs and was developed specifically for the pole and matches, although it is proving a popular pleasure water when not in use for contests. Matches are also held on Pool Two.

The tackle shop at Weston LawnsOver the past few years the lakes have continued to mature nicely with a mix of bankside cover and open pegs offering islands, channels and other features to fish to.

Next to the car park is a log-cabin tackle shop whilst for 2016 the cafe has been relocated to the far end of the car park. Known as Tommy's Island Grill, it incorporates a large open fish tank and is run by an Italian chef who specialises in serving pizzas as well as more traditional full English breakfasts, beefburgers, chips, sausages, egg, bacon batches, tea and Rijo 41 coffee. There is seating both inside and out for anglers who don't want to get back to the fishing straight away.

Inside the new cafe at Weston Lawns fisheryHot and cold food and drinks are available from the cafe which is currently open from 9.00am until 10.00pm throughout the week. There is also a lodge which is open round the clock and equipped with a cold cola machine and a machine vending crisps and chocolate bars.

Anglers can also telephone their food orders through to Tommy's Island Grill and have their meals delivered straight to their cabins and pegs.

Anyone for pizza?Further improvements have included large new platforms on Lake Two, toilet facilities and a hot and cold shower for night anglers. Use of the shower costs £2.00 per person for a single unlimited use.

A relaxed fishery, Weston Lawns opens from 6.00am until 9.00pm in summer and from dawn until dusk in winter. Anglers should start fishing as day-tickets are issued on the bank.

A useful feature for night anglers is that Pools One and Two are floodlit at night which has made the fishery increasingly popular with night anglers, many of whom travel from as far afield as Yorkshire and Wales.

And with a nicely developing stock of fish which include carp to 36lbs plus some nice sized tench to 9lbs, bream to 7lbs, roach to 2lbs plus catfish to a new record of 45lbs which was set in May 2016 from Cabin 2, there may be times when a day's fishing just isn't enough!

2016 Opening Times
6.00am until 9.00pm (Summer)
Dawn until dusk (Winter)

Pools Two and Three Prices
(March 1 - end October)
Day Tickets
6.00am - 9.00pm
Half-day tickets
12.00 noon - 9.00pm
Evening tickets
5.00pm - 9.00pm
24-hour Tickets
48-hour Tickets
72-hour Tickets
(Nov 1 - end February)
Day Tickets
7.00am - dusk

Season tickets are available at £150 a year for adults and £130 a year for concessions on Pools Two and Three.
Season ticket holders are entitled to free day ticket fishing and a 25 per cent discount on night fishing.
Non-fishing visitors are charged at £1.00 per day and £2.00 per 24 hours.
Match pegs are available at £6.00 per peg and should be booked
by telephoning 02476 991887.

Fishing to one of the islands on Pool OnePool One

Pool One is the furthest of the Weston Lawns lakes from the car park and is now reserved for anglers in the lakeside cabins. Popular with carp anglers, it is known to hold commons and mirrors to 36lbs as well as ghost carp to 23lbs, grass carp to 6lbs and catfish running between 10lbs and 45lbs with a lot of fish in the 25lbs to 30lbs range.

The fishery record for carp is held by a 36lb 8oz mirror whilst a growing number of carp over 30lbs are now being caught. The largest fish to come out by the end of June 2016 weighed in at 34lbs 7oz and several 20s are now being caught daily.

Setting up on Pool One at Weston Lawns FisheryIn addition, perch to 5lbs 10oz and tench into double figures can be taken as well as bream to 12lbs and roach 2lbs. The tench favour ledgered luncheon meat whilst pellets are good for all species.

Pool One is between six and seven feet deep throughout and many anglers fish boilies, luncheon meat or maggots either on the float, method or more traditional ledger tackle. The use of sweetcorn and a feeder is also popular whilst Weston Lawns own 'Central Tackle' boilies are becoming increasingly successful.

Looking towards one of the cabins on Pool OneA well tried technique is to fish tinned cubed cat or dog food over pellets, although once the fish are in the swim and feeding almost anything seems to work well. Popular pegs for carp anglers are near the old oak tree and those near the overhanging willow tree. Anglers tend to prefer to drop their baits near to the islands when fishing these pegs.

As one would expect for any water which holds carp, floating baits also work well, particularly during the evenings when floating crust, flake and dog mixer all work a treat.

Pool One is popular for carp anglersWith Pool One's growing reputation as a carp water, modern carping techniques are increasingly being used for longer-stay anglers who are travelling from as far afield as Leeds to fish the venue.

Modern baits such as Active8, strawberry and other fruit flavours are now working well during the summer with fishmeal based boilies and pellets taking over in the colder months.

Unusually for a fishery, lighting has been provided around parts of Pool One and Two to make fishing easier for night anglers. Whilst they are not football stadium strength, they cast sufficient light for anglers to be able to fish by and do not seem to affect the fishing.

Anglers should note that juniors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Pool Two - a popular mixed venuePool Two

A popular match venue and mixed fishery, Pool Two is the water nearest the car park at Weston Lawns and holds roach to 2lbs, bream to 7lbs, tench to 6lbs and carp to 25lbs - although at least one fish weighing 31lbs was taken a few years ago. In addition, there are a few catfish which run to about 25lbs which, although there are not many, are caught fairly frequently and are attracting a band of anglers who now fish exclusively for them.

The feeder is usually effectiveMost of the catfish are caught on legered luncheon meat.

Pool Two is fairly uniform at about five feet deep, although it runs down to about eight feet at its deepest near the outlet end by the electricity pylon.

As with many waters, the most successful techniques for fishing Pool Two change from week to week, although using feeder with sweetcorn or worms for the bream and carp usually provides results. Also, an increasing number of anglers are now using pellets and boilies which are proving effective for the carp, particularly in the warmer months.

Large head of decent match carpPole fishing with maggot, pellets or paste is also successful - using a mix of two parts crushed trout pellets to one part fine white crumb groundbait and mixing the blend into a paste. It is advisable to mix the paste thicker for fishing in the middle or thinner for fishing closer in.

Many anglers fish the float close in to the islands, but careful casting is called for - as the mass of floats caught in the fringes testifies. Alternatively, it can be just as productive to fish close in to the side.

Fishing Pool Two near the main car parkIt is also worth fishing slightly heavier than you would normally for roach and bream as the large head of decent sized carp give a good scrap for their size and can be decievingly strong.

In the summer, a lot of carp are caught in the margins and up against the islands, whilst Peg 27 - known locally as the 'Canal Peg' because the swim between the bank and the island looks like a stretch of canal - is a well-known hot spot. Here the fish favour the shallow water next to the bullrushes just off the island where the water is about four feet deep.

The match record for Pool Two currently stands at 170lbs which was set in June 2014 and beats the previous record of 136lbs.

Pool Three - the match and pleasure venuePool Three

A match and pleasure lake which is ideal for either club events or getting away from it all mid-week, Pool Three holds a good mix of carp and silver fish with roach and rudd to 2lbs but averaging 12oz being the premoninant species backed up with a good head of crucian carp to 1lb 8oz, plenty of skimmer bream, chub between 8oz and 12oz and a small number of tench between 1lb 8oz and 2lbs. In addition, there are a limited number of common and mirror carp to 12lbs.

Over the winter of 2013 stocks in Pool Three were supplemented with the addition of about 2,000lbs in weight of silver fish from Pool One.

Pool Three - virtually surrounded by plantsWith 24 pegs, Pool Three was completed in 2002 and was designed specifically with the pole angler in mind averaging 13 metres at its widest. Whilst four hour matches are now generally won with between 40lbs and 60lbs, the match record currently stands at just over 114lbs

The banks go virtually straight down to an even bottom at about seven feet whilst coming out from the islands is a three feet deep shelf about three feet wide which is a popular spot with anglers.

A pleasure angler gets away from it all mid weekWhilst most anglers fish Pool Three using the pole or whip, it is also a good waggler water - although reaching the far ledge next to the islands can be a bit risky.

As for baits, almost anything goes. Caster and maggots are both probably the most popular baits, sweetcorn is usually effective and an increasing number of anglers are using expander or soft hooking pellets.

Because it is predominantly a silver fish water it pays to use small amount of groundbait mixed with hook samples to attract and hold the fish in the swim.

Visit Weston Lawns on the net

Weston Lawns has an informative website which includes all the latest news from the venue together with an on-line booking system and details for the cabins, information on the cafe, the lakes and the fishing. The site has a gallery page where anglers can submit their own photographs. Click here to visit their site. The fishery also has a Facebook page.

How to get there

Travelling either north or south on the M6, leave the motorway at Junction 3 and follow the signs for Bedworth A444. Heading towards Bedworth town centre follow the signs Bedworth B4029 bearing right at the roundabouts until you drive into King Street picking up the signs for Bulkington. Weston Lawns Fishery is clearly signed down this road on the left. (Note: The multimap reference pinpoints Weston Lawns Farm - the fishery is shown as the lake across the road.)

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