Excellent Fishing, Beautiful & Peaceful Setting
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With a total of 6 lakes, Nine Oaks Fishery is both a Trout Fishery and a Carp/Coarse Fishery and is also a small Holiday Angling Centre. It is open all year from dawn to dusk, except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Fishing is allowed from Sunrise to Sunset throughout the year. However, please don’t ring the bell before 8am - just go fishing and we will catch up with you when we do our daily walk around. The bell can be found on the LHS of the double doors, under the verandah of the Fishery Lodge, with an arrow pointing towards it with labelled "ENQUIRIES")
There are 3 Trout Pools. The main Trout species are Rainbow and Blues mainly around 2lb but up to 7lbs with a small head of small brownies. Brownies are all to be returned and are not for the table! Fishing by single fly only, no droppers allowed.
The 3 Coarse lakes contain most Coarse Fish Species. There are some really awesome Roach fishing where they go up to 2lb, good Bream, lovely Tench, awesome Grass Carp up to 20lb, small Chub, small Barbel, and all species of Carp mainly around the ½lb mark but they do go to the mid-20s; with plenty of doubles or near doubles. Float Fishing, Margin Fishing, Ledger Fishing and Floating Baits on the surface are allowed. Most baits are good, and margin fishing is excellent.
Night Fishing is allowed and must be pre-booked, and specific Night Fishing and safety conditions apply at all times without exception.
In 2006, the Fishing Magazine, “Improve you Coarse Fishing” in an article of Surface Fishing for Carp, we were chosen as amongst the Top 6 in the whole Country!
In 2010, we received a “Top 100 Commercial Coarse Fishery” Certificate from the Angler’s Mail.
Safety note: Throughout the fishery, especially around the edges of the lakes, wherever you see short grass it is generally safe; wherever you see long grass especially on the lake edges please exercise caution.
We want you to enjoy your fishing without having an eau-naturale bath! The long grass demarks the lake edges but also hides the angler from the fish and the fish from the angler. Consequently the fish will and do come right in to the edges or margins. Which helps to make margin fishing at Nine Oaks excellent and some of the best anywhere.
We are often asked, "is the fishery dog friendly?", the answer is yes, provided YOUR dog is not causing a nuisance to any other angler they and you are welcome. We do however, expect you to clean up any doo-dahs deposited by them - without fail!
Our fish definitely prefer a mixed variety of foods, swimming dogs are definitely not a good bait and will absolutely scare the fish away from your swim! ;))
Having said that, provided they don’t go swimming, and don’t cause a nuisance to other anglers, AND that you gather any doo-dahs deposited by your animal, all dogs are welcome. There is no charge. However, should you not keep your pet under control then it will become an "issue"! We trust that you are happy with our "Dog Friendliness", we hope that you visit us with your pet companion?
Nineoak’s has 3 Coarse lakes holding a mixed head of quality fish. In the autumn of 2011 a number of small barbel were stocked in the Main Pool. These have since grown well (see pictures above) and are providing some suprisingly good sport, even though they are not yet fully grown. Their power and speed is fabulous. They like a frozen mussel in the margins and Luncheon meat too; these the best baits fished on the bottom and accompanied with a method mix.
Best all-round Barbel baits are definitely maggots, cooked frozen mussel (NOT those found in jars with preservatives or flavourings!!!) and Luncheon Meat. Attract them with Micro-pellets by continuously feeding small amounts while fishing with a quality bait, not any old stale piece of meat.
During the summer months the best times are definitely early morning and from late afternoon (4pm which is when their dinner bell rings) and the Barbel will be on the lookout for food. They are also known to take bread off the surface, just like a Carp. Maggots while being an excellent bait will also provide Roach and non-carp species too. Method mixes fished with a preferred bait will provide some terrific sport. Dog food, Cat food and tinned "beef tongue" or the likes of Coshida Trout ’ Salmon Cat Food should produce some good fishing. However, the use of boilies and excessive amounts of ground bait going in are discouraged.
BaitsAll of the usual coarse baits work well here, although as spring goes into summer, floating baits (bread, bagel, dog mixer biscuits the brownish cubes etc. are usually terrific).
So, maggots and sweetcorn (we usually have them in stock but call just in case), worms, bread, caster (excellent), frozen mussels (in stock ’ terrific close in) plus cockles and frozen prawns (a few in), various pastes - the list goes on... Margin fishing is pretty good with plenty of reed beds and overhanging bushes to fish to, against and under.
BUT (in capitals and big letters) do not use heavy lines or big hooks. Anything between 16 to 10's usually good and 6lb main line. My rule of thumb is this, for every 2lb increase in breaking strain over 6lb will halve your catch rate.
So, if I caught 12 fish on 6lb main line, how many fish would I be likely to catch on 8lb? - 6 fish (12 divided by 2);
on 10lb main - 3 fish (6 / 2);
on 12lb main - 1 or 2 fish.
on 14lb or over, almost none!
How many fish am I likely to catch on 4lb main line if I catch 12 on 6lb? Think about it. I see too many anglers fishing with ½lb+ main line catching a few fish and it is totally unnecessary. Think about this, when does a 10lb fish weigh 10lb, when it's in or when it's out of the water?
Answer: It doesn't weigh 10lb in the water, it only weights 10lb when it's in your net (in the lake the water supports its weight); so you don't need 10lb line to catch a 10lb fish. What you need is just enough strength to handle the power in its tail and fins. A nice rod and landing net, plus skill, makes all the difference.
Remember: A big fish doesn't become a big fish by being stupid, but by being smart. So, you need to outsmart him in order to catch him.
So, if you want to catch fish, as against sitting all day waiting for a bite and twiddling your thumbs then think about applying my rule of thumb. It is afterall the thinking angler that catches the fish.
The Coarse lakes:-
Main has an average depth of 4-5ft. There are plenty of trees, bushes and bays all around the lake that provide lots of features to fish in to and under. A good variety of Carp of all sizes with the biggest going into the mid-20’s. Main also has some excellent Roach fishing, skimmers, Tench and Grass carp up to 14lb. Bream are reputed to be in to double figures with a large black specimen infrequently caught. Mainly Bream of around ¾-1lb mark are caught on sweetcorn.
House is about 10ft deep in the middle with the margins being about 4ft deep. Plenty of features and trees/bushes on 3 sides and a large lilly bed. House. like Main, has a good head of Carp plus Bream, excellent Roach, Tench and a couple of Grass Carp up to 10lb. Carp here go up to 18lb with an average of about 4lb. With its good depth, fishing on the bottom away from the banks generally with sweetcorn, good number of decent Bream are caught. Mainly around the 1-1½lb mark. With a few bigger specimens and plenty of smaller ones to keep you busy.
Novices is between 6 and 8ft deep in the middle. Some tree cover and deep margins. Carp up to 4lb with plenty of ½lb’ers and good Roach to keep the novice, beginner or expert angler busy all day. there are a small number of skimmer Bream in this pool. To one side of the Lake there is a thick hedge providing plenty of cover when it’s windy.
Our Trout lakes:-
Weir has an average depth of 8ft. There are plenty of trees, bushes and bays all around the lake that provide lots of features to fish in to and under. Trout in here go like stink and are often 2/3rds along the lake before they can be turned.
Derwen is about 13ft deep in the middle with shallow margins shelving in to deeper water. Again, plenty of features and trees/bushes on 3 sides and a couple of lilly beds. Like Weir the fish fight long and hard.
Pallen is about 6ft deep in the middle with several lilly beds along with plenty of other water plants. Some tree cover and deep margins. This is a beautiful pool, and when the lillies are in flower - who cares about the fishing, just sit and absorb nature.
Great stay, made to feel really welcome from the moment of arrival.Richard loved the fishing and all the help from Bill.
Great seeing all the birds of pray and other wildlife.
We will return next year without fail. Loved every minute
Local angler, Carl Halliwell, with one of our hard fighting Barbel.
Bill, Just a quick email on behalf of Hazel, myself and Ozzy to thank you for a wonderful stay last week. The accommodation and fishery is a credit to you and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. The flyover Bee eater capped the week!
Hi bill, dropping you a line to say what a great time we had fishing overnight last weekend . You helped me land my p/b common carp 16and a half pound ,what a fight and what a fish.
Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful mornings fishing last Tuesday on your trout lakes. Lovely fishery with three nice trout lakes set in well kept grounds. Hope to visit again next time I’m in the area.
Just a quick thank you to you both for the wonderful time that we all had at Nine-oaks. The fishing was first class and so too the cottage. We hope to return in the future.
Just had 4 hrs fishing the top lake (Weir), first visit. Had a fish first cast and went on to hook 21! Landed 16, lost 5. The last one I lost stripped loads of line off, jumped several times, then bit through the knot right at the net. Looked 4+. Fantastic fighting fish in top condition. Never seen such scarlet colours. Tremendous.
Just a quick note to thank you for a great time this week. Harvey was very pleased to have caught his first trout and is keen to get back out there - as you said "mission accomplished". Wishing you a busy winter, we look forward to returning to Nine Oaks in the Spring.