At about one and quarter acres in size, Mallard Lake is the largest of the West Pitt waters with carp which run to 22lbs, large numbers of which are in the 3lb to 7lb range.
Carp nets of 120lbs are not unusual for competent anglers whilst other species which are regularly taken include tench to 5lbs, roach to 1lb 8oz and numerous rudd.
Mallard is shallow around the island at two to three feet deep and the lake slopes off to deeper water at the dam end near the outlet where between nine and 11 feet can be found. The most popular techniques are pole, waggler and feeder including the "method". Again, do not forget the margins and keep loose feeding accurate.
Corn, meat, pellets and paste are all popular baits. Bread has proved effective both on or just below the surface or on the bottom.
The whole lake fishes well in the summer with the island and dam being popular, the deeper water near the outlet is favoured in winter when 30lb bags are not uncommon.
Although only half an acre in size, Willow Lake should not be underestimated. It holds carp to 10lbs, tench to 7lbs, chub to 3lbs, crucian carp to 2lbs, perch to 2lbs and plenty of smaller rudd and perch to keep the novice angler happy.
Depth at the farm end is two and a half feet gradually deepening to eight feet at the outlet end. Willow Lake is usually sheltered from prevailing winds and fishes well all year round - making it well worth the walk!
Waggler and pole are the favoured methods, using corn, pellet, meat and bread to target bags of tench and crucians. Select and feed two areas, one close in, the other further out. If you are catching tench and crucians and it goes quiet it probably means that a carp has moved in. If your tackle is robust enough carry on feeding and you are likely to catch it, but it will probably weigh in excess of 5lbs. If a bite is not forthcoming, switch to your second line. Bags made up of a dozen crucians with a similar number of tench are not uncommon.
Floating baits such as bread and mixers can be used to target the chub and carp during the warmer months with the evenings being a favourite time to use this exciting method.
Visit West Pitt Farm Fishery's own website
West Pitt Farm Fishery's own website gives further information on the angling and regulkar updates onb the progress in buikding the new lodges. It also has details of local attractions and other features of interest to visitors to this delightful venue. To visit the site, click on www.westpittlakeslodges.co.uk.
How to get there...
Exit the M5 at Junction 27 and head for Tiverton on the A361. Almost immediately exit by the slip road towards Sampford Peverell. At the roundabout, turn right and cross over the dual carriageway. At the next roundabout, straight over towards Holcombe Rogus.
After half a mile, turn left to Whitnage and after a further half mile turn right at Stoneland Cross. Half a mile on, turn left at Pitt Crossroads. The fishery is signed on the left shortly after West Pitt Farm Cottages.
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