The waters at Barnwell Country Park include two former gravel pit lakes and the Backwater, a streamy side channel of the River Nene.
The park has around 5.9 hectares of willow fringed lakes and 1km of river bank where fishing is permitted on - North Lake (2.48 hectares) and Mill Lake (1.43 hectares). The lakes and backwater contain a natural head of coarse fish. No formal stocking has taken place.
The lakes gained quite a reputation for specimen carp with the fishery record for mirror carp standing at a massive 46lb. Pike to 28lb have been caught and other species include Tench, Roach, Perch, Chubb, Bream and Eels.
There are currently rumours of a large catfish in North Lake which, if true, must have entered as a result of flood or illegal stocking.
The park, with its accessibility and facilities provides a good accessible venue for novices, with a reasonable stock of smaller fish. It is also a good venue for disabled anglers with three wheel chair accessible swims on Mill Lake and two on North Lake, with a further 4 fishing platforms on North Lake.
Getting a ticket
Tickets must be purchased before you start fishing and are available at any time on a self-serve basis from the Rangers Office near the park entrance.
Each fishing ticket includes your car parking ticket as well – you will need to display the parking stub in your car window.
|Day only ticket||Dawn to dusk||£5|
|Concession day ticket||Senior citizens and Blue Badge holders||£3|
|Under 16 years old||||Free|
|Season ticket||36 hour maximum stay||£90|
|Concession season ticket||36 hour maximum stay||£77|
|Winter ticket||1 October to 31 March||£50|
|Concession winter ticket||1 October to 31 March||£40|
A limited number of all season tickets are available providing 12 month’s fishing on both lakes and the river for day and night fishing. Tickets are £90 each (includes £37 car parking pass)
Tackle and techniques
Standard carp fishing techniques such as boilie fishing and stalking can both be successful, although floater fishing is not so easy owing to the numerous and regularly fed duck population.
The river backwater provides opportunities for both trotting the glides and trundling a ledger rig into the holes for the wily chub.