Dam blessed by sunshine

The glorious sunshine last Sunday saw me on the Worksop Road driving towards Clowne, to visit Harlesthorpe Dam.

Turn right at the traffic lights off the A619 towards Clowne and the fishery is either side of the main road. It takes around 20 minutes easy driving from Chesterfield town centre. S43 4PS will get you there with a sat nav.

The ten-acre main lake has its own car park off Harlesthorpe Lane. The lake itself varies from around 12ft deep at the dam wall to 3-4ft where it goes under the road to the second pond.

I walked around the lake to chat to the match anglers on the far side. Most of the match guys were on the tip combined with a small method feeder. As for hookbaits, it seems the fish are happy to take most baits, but maggots, corn and ringers white boilies were in evidence.

It was a hard match with water temperatures still very low, but the bream were making an appearance.

The lake holds carp, tench, roach, crucians, chub, rudd, perch and pike. The carp go to around 25lb with lots of doubles, while pike of similar weight have been landed.

Half a dozen decent-sized carp were banked last week with the biggest weighing 15lb. Match weights in summer can go to 80lb with lots of skimmers and smaller carp falling to the groudbait feeder, while the pole or waggler is recommended for the silvers.

The smaller lake situated over the road is two acres in size and protected by surrounding trees. In the middle of the lake there is a heavily weeded island to cast to. Most anglers target the chub, which go up to 4lb mark.

Day tickets are available on the bank at £6 with an extra rod costing just £1. Concessions get a £1 discount. For further details phone the fishery on (01246) 810231.

l If you’d like me to visit your fishery, send your details to the sports editor at andrew.jarvis@derbyshiretimes or telephone (01246) 504528.