Barston Lakes opened as a commercial fishery in 2003 and has earned a reputation of holding good stocks of Carp since its initial stocking back in 2002. These fish have been supplemented with more than 30,000 small Common and Mirror Carp and 750 Naseby Reservoir fish. In addition to two of our well known fish, the scar (Heron Scar) recently weighed in at 28lb 9oz, and Yellow Tail (24lb), In January 2014, two fish were brought in from a Manor House pool in Kent, at the time of introduction they weighed 30lb and 37lb and have both been caught several times, the biggest of the two first being taken by George Johnson from Coventry. The fish was scanned and weighed in at 35lb 6oz.
Since then we have introduced a 34lb common (April 2017)
Barston holds the record for a British Carp Angling Championship (BCAC) match venue, producing 1927lb of fish in a 48 hour match. As a result, Barston is attracting a regular and growing following amongst specialist carp anglers from throughout the Midlands, who can bivvy up near their pegs and fish for virtually as long as they wish. Best results for the carp are to fish light in the day for some runs, the method is particularly good, with mini boilie, and heavy at night, fishing two or three rods using boilies and a pva bag or stringer.
There is a stone track down the left side of the lake, and this bank is the most popular, as you don’t have to walk to your peg! However if you are prepared to walk along the right hand bank there are plenty of areas where you can bivvy up which are much quieter but where the fishing is equally good. If you are planning to stay overnight or for a longer period, it may well pay you to try this bank, and it can be nice and quite if there are no matches on! Make sure that you check the sign in the shop for the forthcoming matches as club matches are held on this bank at the weekends..