Earith Lakes Fisheries
Holme Fen Drove
A unique opportunity to fish a relatively unknown water in Cambridgeshire where the full extent of fish stock is still to be determined. Previously uncaught fish (since we purchased the lakes) are turning up each year, 2013 saw 8 fish previously uncaught including a 20lb Grass, 26lb Leather and 30lb mirror. The lake has been used for trout fishing for the previous 20 years and has had very little focus on carp. Existing Carp have simply grown in an unpressured environment feeding on the rich natural supply of snail, shrimps, mussel and nymphs. When we took over there was little recorded knowledge of the carp, their routines and ultimate size, so we made the decision to chip the fish as caught (similar to dog chips but smaller) which has provided a precise list of carp (those which have been caught as there are still some which have avoided the hook). Initially there was a stocking 71 original Carp (Based on what has been caught todate) consisting of 56 Commons to 34lb 10oz and 15 Mirrors to over 38lb. We immediately (2011) started a stocking program introducing 13 additional Mirrors to 29lb into the lake as well as creating a stock pond for future stockings. During 2012 we added a further 12 mirrors to 17lb and in 2013 we added a further 8 Mirrors to 29lb. So far 5 of the new stockings have reached 30lb with the largest mirror going 35lb 14oz, there are at least a further 6 fish which I estimate will break the 30lb barrier during 2014. As you can see the new fish are relatively young and have really taken to the lake, putting on weight quickly. Approximately 80% of all fish caught in 2013 have come out at their best weight indicating a healthy environment and good fish growth, a great sign for the future. 2013 saw 26 30lb+ catches
Earith Lakes Fisheries was created in the 1960’s for the extraction of sand and Gravel. The site was sold in 1984 for the principle use of water sports however it was soon re-sold and developed as a Trout fishery. Trout fishing continues on site to this date; However Trout fishing has now ceased on the Coarse lake. The lake is approximately 15 acres, having a small island on the east side. As would be expected from a gravel pit there are many features to fish to including both clear and choddy bars, deep holes, silt, weed areas and a tree lined out of bounds bank. Lake features change from season to season with the growth and decay keeping fish on the move and creating various hotspots throughout the year.
Swims are cut into large beds of Norfolk reed creating sanctuary and peaceful surrounding from which to fish. There is plenty of room around the lake with well tendered grass areas to ensure you have adequate room to comfortably setup and enjoy your fishing session. There is an abundance of wild life on the lakes and surrounding areas including deer, fox, badgers, king fisher’s, buzzards and all the usual waterfowl. The grounds are kept to a high standard for the pleasure of all.