Halliford Mere Trout Fishery

The Lakes

Of the 4 lakes, 1, 2 and 3 are fly only for trout, and lake 4 is for the predators – pike, perch and eels. At about 5 acres, lake 1 is the largest and deepest of the trout lakes, varying in depth from 4’ to 20’, the average being about 12’ – 14’. Lake 2 is the smallest at about 1 acre, deepest point being about 11’, and the shallowest about 7’. Lake 3 has the most bank space, with plenty of small bays and channels, and covers about 3 ½ acres. Some of the bays go to 12’, with shallows of about 3’ – 5’.

Stocking is carried out every 5 weeks or so, with some of the finest quality, fully finned, hard fighting rainbow and brown trout. The “stockies” (normally stocked between 2 and 5 lbs) soon become naturalised and grow on to be…………………………………….well, come and find out!
Lake 4, at the eastern end of the fishery is about 4 ½ acres deepest area being 11’ – 14’, and the shallowest about 2’ – 3’. Here, any method, except livebait is permitted, and you may fish with up to 2 rods. Float fished deadbaits appear to be the favoured method, with the largest pike of 37lb falling to this method. The biggest perch was caught on a small plug and weighed 3 ¼ lb. Eels, though not as common, are also found here, and the heaviest pulling the scales round to 5 ½ lb.

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