Sicklinghall Ponds

The Club is proud to Announce the ponds are now open to club members, please stick to the rules and speed limits when accessing the ponds your club book is on the line if you do not you have been warned. 

There is still work to be done but Ponds 1,2,3,are open to fish,NO NIGHT FISHING.

Rules Below

Please note this is a working farm and that livestock (sheep) are present and that any damage incurred to persons or tackle the Club and Owner is/are not liable, please make sure all gates are shut.

Carlston Hill Farm Ponds.

 

The ponds at Sicklinghall are part of a wider conservation area supported by a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme from Natural England.  They are also located on Carlshead Farms, a working farm which provides support for school children and the disabled.  This makes the site extremely sensitive, and therefore attention to the rules is essential.  Acquiring the fishing rights for the ponds was the culmination of a long search by WADAC to find still-waters so close to Wetherby, and we hope members will enjoy fishing in such peaceful natural surroundings.  However, the environmental sensitivity of the site means that rules must be strictly observed, and infringements will lead to the loss of club membership.

 

During 2018, Committee members worked with the owner and the Environment Agency to provide a natural fishery in peaceful surroundings.  A stock of "true" crucians were supplied and introduced by the Environment Agency. Crucians are in decline in the UK, mainly due to the lack of suitable habitat (i.e. old-fashioned farm ponds) and also their propensity to cross-breed with non-indigenous King carp

 

The ponds are being developed as a specialist Crucian Carp conservation area.  Details can be found on the Angling Trust and Crucian Carp Organisation websites. No King Carp will be stocked, and if you believe you have caught one, please report it to the committee immediately.

 

There are currently four fishing ponds, although new ponds are being added.

 

Pond 1

A small pond of around 0.5 acres, it is an extremely mature pond, which is shallow and heavily weeded, it responds best to light tackle.  It contains crucian carp, tench and rudd.  A new extension pond has been constructed during Summer 2021.  This extension will be allowed to mature before the two ponds are joined.

 

Pond 2

Again, a mature pond slightly larger than Pond 1 containing bream, crucian carp, tench, roach and rudd.  Fishing close to the marginal growth normally produces fish.  Pond 1 and pond 2 are currently joined by a pipe, but it is planned to widen the junction to allow fish easier transfer between the ponds.

 

Pond 3

Pond 3 is a larger pond of around an acre, and contains bream, crucians, tench, roach and rudd.  Some of the larger fish live in Pond 3, with bream up to 4lb having been recorded.  Pond 3 contains natural and floating islands to provide cover for fish from predators.

 

Pond 4

Pond 4 was re-dug in 2018 to remove silt and bulrushes and left to refill naturally from a spring which feeds into the pond.  There is a large central island which is an important habitat for breeding birds.  The pond was stocked with mixed silver fish in November 2019.  It supports a large population of smaller fish.

 

There is clear evidence of extensive breeding of all species in the ponds, with smaller fish below the size of the original stock being caught.

 

New Ponds

 

Pond 1 Extension

 

A large extension to Pond 1 has been dug.  This has a two-stage marginal shelf stretching around 10 foot from the bank, and will be around 8 foot deep in the centre.  This is being allowed to fill naturally, and once established the divider between pond 1 and its extension will be removed.  It is hoped that this enlarged pond will provide the potential for the fish currently in Pond 1 to continue to breed and individual fish to increase in size.

 

Breeding Pond

 

Sited behind Pond 3, this pond is around 10 yards wide and 50 yards long.  This will be used as a breeding facility to increase stock levels for the other ponds.

 

Rules

 

The following rules have been implemented to protect the fishery and the clubs assets, along with assurance that the fishery thrives and provides a pleasurable retreat for our many members.

 

  • Speed Limits on the approach track must be observed. Wildlife, walkers and children frequent the track.

  • Parking is restricted to the gravel carpark only.

  • Livestock (sheep) are present.  Gates must be closed after you.

  • No night fishing.

  • The ponds are restricted to members only, no day ticket or day membership is permitted (even if accompanied by a member).

  • Keep nets are permitted under the following strict conditions, minimum length 2 meters – silver fish mesh nets only – all nets MUST be laid out to dry for 30 minutes prior to fishing (even if it is raining).

  • When returning fish held in keep nets, they must be returned by folding the last ring inside out and lowered into the water, under no circumstances should fish be rolled down and out of the keep nets.

  • Strictly no transferring of fish between ponds.

  • Barbless hooks only.

  • No braided line.

  • No cat meat.

 

The following bait limits will apply per fishing session:

Ground bait – 1 pint (wet mix) including paste mixes

Feed pellets – 1 pint (micro and 4mm only)

Corn – 2 tins maximum

Luncheon meat –  2 tins maximum

Bread – liquidised ½ pint (dry mix)

Hemp/Tares – 1 pint

Maggots, pinkies and casters – 2 pints

Worms – ½ Kg limit
 

How to find them:

 

Carlston Hill Farm Ponds
Paddock House Lane
Sicklinghall
Wetherby
LS22 4BN

 

If travelling from Wetherby, pass through Sicklinghall.  The road turns to the left and then there is a track called Paddock House Lane on the left.  There is a large sign for Carlshead Farm.  Drive down the track to the end where there is a gravel car park.

 

There is a single gate at the side of the car park alongside the barn, cross the track and pass through a farm gate into the fields which contain the ponds.

brace of Tench
IMG_20200520_202710
00100lPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20190901120301580_COVER_edited
When i was a lad
00000IMG_00000_BURST20190901121008824_COVER
The Smile says it all
Don't wined in  yet
Rogue Carp
sunset
Tench
Crucian
Who caught what let me see
isn't it  a lovely day
Captain Pugwash
New fishing camo gear
Anyone for tea
IMG_20200509_145803
IMG_20200427_165819
pond 1
IMG_20200509_144337
IMG_20200514_194247
IMG_20200509_121314
IMG_20200514_201154
IMG_20200520_194945
IMG_20200520_201759
IMG_20200520_203924
IMG_20200520_203917
IMG_20200525_145222
IMG-20200525-WA0007
00100lrPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20200525145309495_COVER
How did i lose that fish
Pole Vault ?
Deep in thought
Honest i know what i am doing
00100lrPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20200531144918562_COVER
00100lrPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20200531144927026_COVER
00000IMG_00000_BURST20200531150133819_COVER
IMG_20200531_160621
00100lrPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20200531150134654_COVER
00100lrPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20200531150606437_COVER
00100lrPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20200531150607490_COVER
Pond 1
Bar of Gold (Cruican)
New Platforms being installed
Tinca Tinca
Fishing for Crucian
15lb of silvers_edited
nick on ponds
daz on ponds
Crucian
Crucian stocking
Crucian true strain stocking
Awesome view
New Platforms being installed
Good catch on the ponds
Pond 2 fishing well
Another good bag  of silvers
Awesome view
Crucian true strain stocking
Crucian stocking
stocking
stocking
More from the netting
some of the fish from the netting
Pond 3
Part of the EA netting
built with love and skill
First Platform built
The Great Wall
The Likely Lads
The Lads hard at work
Pond 1
Pond 3
Pond 2
Pond 2
Thanks to the EA with help netting the p
Plenty of silver fish
Bream
Bream
Tench

Wetherby and District Angling Club

Fishery Rules

Carlston Hill Farm Ponds
Paddock House Lane
Sicklinghall
Wetherby
LS22 4BN

Comprising of 4 ponds, varying between 1/2 and 1 acre each these ponds contain bream, Tench, Crucians , roach and Rudd.

Rules:
The following rules have been implemented to protect the fishery and the clubs assets, along with assurance that the fishery thrives and provides a pleasurable retreat for our many members.

  1. Parking is restricted to the gravel carpark only

  2. The ponds are restricted to members only, no day ticket or day membership is permitted (even if accompanied by a member)

  3. Keep nets are permitted under the following strict conditions, minimum length 2 meters – silver fish mesh nets only – all nets MUST be laid out to dry for 30 minutes prior to fishing (even if it is raining)

  4. When returning fish held in keep nets, they must be returned by folding the last ring inside out and lowered into the water, under no circumstances should fish be rolled down and out of the keep nets.

  5. Strictly no transferring of fish between ponds

  6. Barbless hooks only

  7. No braided line

  8. No cat meat

  9. No boilies

The following bait limits will apply per fishing session:

Ground bait – 1 pint (wet mix) including paste mixes

Feed pellets – 1 pint (micro and 4mm only)

Corn – 2 tins maximum

Luncheon meat –  2 tins maximum

Bread – liquidised ½ pint (dry mix)

Hemp/Tares – 1 pint

Maggots, pinkies and casters – 2 pints

Worms – ½ Kg limit
 

Any members observed/caught failing the above rules will have their membership suspended. Appeals can be made to the committee in line with the club rules