“ Woodland Waters offers a peaceful holiday in picturesque surroundings. There are four individual lakes, one being a specimen lake with carp approaching 32 lbs. A match lake which is stocked with mixed varieties. It is renowned for its superb head of tench. There are also two smaller lakes which are popular with pleasure anglers. „
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Woodland Waters is located just outside the village of Ancaster - a 10-minute drive from Grantham. The location is made up of four 'lakes'. Actually only a couple are really lakes, another a pond and the last more like a bath! I recently visited and one of the nice things about the venue is the fact it is also a caravan and campsite - you can see my review of this part of the facility under the DooYoo UK guide section. I only had chance to fish one of the ponds and I will leave this until last. I did however have a good walk around. The largest of the lakes is the 'Specimen Lake' that is overlooked by the caravans and tents. I had a walk round this lake and it did seem like the domain of the specimen angler - large (14 acres) and intimidating. This lake holds Carp to over 30ib and Pike to nearly this figure also. The lake however also holds Bream, Rudd and Perch. I dare say with some effort and good location the pleasure angler could get in amongst these other species. You can drive around the lake if required to get pretty much get to any peg - pretty handy if you are a specimen angler with all the latest gadgets to have to carry round. Next up is the 'Match Lake'. As the name implies this is the primary match lake but pleasure anglers can also fish it when a match is not being held. This is 7 acres in size and like the previous lake seems quite mature and is surrounded by trees. It seems to have one major feature - a small island at one end of the lake. Apparently there is a good stock of Tench in here (to over 9ib) as well as Bream, Roach, Rudd, Perch and Carp. The 'Roach Pool' pretty much speaks for itself. This really is a tiny little pond located right next to the small carp lake. The pond holds Roach (funnily enough), Carp, Tench and Crucian Carp. This is good pond to take the kids on a night for an introduction to fishing. Finally there is the 'Small Carp Lake' and this is the lake I fished. The pond is fairly small and has a few features - notably a couple of semi-submerged trees. I fished the pond on a Monday and I had it all to myself and therefore a choice of pegs - I would imagine pretty much any peg would catch however. I chose a peg that had reasonably close access to one of the tree's and also had a fair bit of growth in the margins. I fed close to the tree and also to my side in the margin with some meat and a small amount of sweetcorn and made my first cast to the tree float fishing. Seconds later and my float was under but my dinosaur like reactions missed the bite. I cast again. Bite! Missed again. This went on for a while until I finally hooked into a Carp of around a pound. From there I missed a number more bites. Finally I hooked into what I suspect had been the culprits all along - a Crucian Carp. Having managed to hook a couple more fish but missed loads I decided on a slight change of method. I decided to start fishing the margin I had been feeding from the beginning. I can say from that point onward for the next 3 or 4 hours I fished I had a bite every cast! I ended up with 3 Carp, 20 Crucian Carp, about 15 Tench (all small) and an odd Roach. I found the Crucians seemed easier to hook on Sweetcorn but the better fish and all the Tench preferred meat. What I would like to have done was get a bit more amongst the Carp which average around 2ib but putting on larger bits of meat etc. did not seem to deter the Crucian Carp and Tench. Overall an enjoyable little venue where you will catch fish. On the slight downside where the different rules for the different ponds. For instance you can use a certain amount of ground bait on the match pond but not the Carp pond. One rule stated if you catch a Carp greater than 10ib you had to show the bailiff - bearing in mind keepnets appeared to be another ban surely this is not a good idea! Also watch out for matc hes. On the Sunday the Match Lake and the Carp pond where both fully booked - ring in advance!