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hi are they still fishable,theres the big pond ex boating lake and the next one up,we used to fish the boating lake years ago with a line and put  them in the other pond,but anyone fished recently?

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nearly 300 views but no one can answer,any ideas

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On 04/05/2021 at 23:10, bassett one said:

nearly 300 views but no one can answer,any ideas

Hi Basset

I'm afraid it's been around thirty years since I fished the pond but back then you couldn't fish the nature reserve with the fence around or the boating lake so it left just the one pond, I've not been near the ponds since so I can't be of much help..

I also used to fish the Crabtree pond at Barnsley road, Another of the free fishing ponds, I emailed Robert Millar of Wild Sheffield to ask if fishing was still allowed, I received this reply..

 

 

"Thank you for your enquiry regarding fishing at Crabtree Ponds. There is a long history of the pond being fished but it seems to be used less frequently now than it has in the past.

 

As a conservation organisation we would prefer that the pond was not fished and left to its own devices for the benefit of wildlife. To my knowledge the Sheffield Wildlife Trust does not hold any fishing rights for the site, and are unaware of anyone else holding them either so we are unable to give you permission to fish there.

 

If you decide to fish down there, we ask that you respect the environment and wildlife that exists there and that you take all of your litter & fishing line etc with you. In my experience this is usually the case, and it is only the minority that can sometimes give the fishing community a bad name.

 

The following website may be of some use to you: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/fishing

 

Kind regards,

 

Rob."

I can't actually recall where I got his email address from, Maybe he's something to do with the EA, It was ten years ago and i've forgotten!

I do recall that when I fished the Graves park pond it was only around  28-30" deep so 25 years of dropping leaves may have left it even more shallow, I don't know if they actively mainatin the ponds by dredging but I wouldn't think it to be high on their list of priorities!!

Cheers, Biggsy 👍

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thank you ,the boating lake is very deep though,bet thats got some big fish in it,but a lot of lillies

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We used to fish the boating lake in early summer. Used to fish from 4am and pack up about 8am when the park patrol started. We too used to put all  the fish in the fishing pond sometimes it used to take 2 of us to carry the nets. I walked round the pond last summer about 7pm one guy fishing. What supprised  me was the amount of carp basking on the top. Good fish too

 

 

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so its strange that the venue is not being used,there was a time when to many fished the pond,but i bet the old boating lake has some big uns in there

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On 08/05/2021 at 18:04, bassett one said:

so its strange that the venue is not being used,there was a time when to many fished the pond,but i bet the old boating lake has some big uns in there

Fish it. Make sure you have a rod licence and money for a day ticket. You've fished it before, presumably with permission before now. If there are no signs or info available there's nothing to say the situation has changed since you last went.

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sounds like a good idea,if i can get my old mate to come along

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On 06/05/2021 at 09:42, bassett one said:

thank you ,the boating lake is very deep though,bet thats got some big fish in it,but a lot of lillies

There's not much depth there at all now it's full of rotten plants and branches, the fishing pond is hardly full either.

I spent years of my childhood there day and night.

It's a shame really because it would make a good fishing venue if they put car access nearer.

Edited by Alextopman

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On 10/05/2021 at 10:20, tinfoilhat said:

Fish it. Make sure you have a rod licence and money for a day ticket. You've fished it before, presumably with permission before now. If there are no signs or info available there's nothing to say the situation has changed since you last went.

It's free to fish (Only the middle pond) as is the Arbourthorne pond, Crookes Valley pond, Frecheville pond and Hillsborough 👍


Biggsy 🙂

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why whats wrong with the old boating lake?

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On 12/05/2021 at 22:16, bassett one said:

why whats wrong with the old boating lake?

It's never been open for fishing as far as I know, Only the centre pond, The nature reserve is also out of bounds 👍


Biggsy 🙂

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