The Big Pit Lake
This lake was originally two lakes that were joined together to form one large and very complex lake. The original lakes were The Old Canal and the Pit Lake. The lake holds a stunning range of fish and has many features that make it a pleasure to fish.
An overhead view of the lake.
Below are the original history's for each lake before they were combined.
The Old Canal
Was formed in 2004 and was a pole anglers dream lake, it was designed and developed with the pole angler specifically in mind, it was used for both match fishing and pleasure angling and held challenges for anglers from all walks of life. It had six central islands which are approximately 13 metres from the bank and is a pretty even depth of 5 foot or 6 foot to the bottom with plenty of iris lilies between the islands. The lake used to produce regular heavy weights coming out in a session with a regular 100lb+ average on the lake. On the far end of the canal there are overhanging trees where the carp like to lay and more than one pole angler used to hit the 200lb+ from fishing floating biscuit on the top.
Originally stocked with fish from the former Central Lake (old Rainbow Trout/Fly Lake) which has now become part of the Specimen Lake the Old Canal holds 17 varieties of fish including carp around the 13lb+ mark, Koi at 6lb+, tench, golden tench at 4lb and bream at 5lb+, Golden Orfe to 3lbs+ and of course the famous and well publicised Perch at 5lb+.
These are one of the fish that makes the Canal so special as the famed Perch can be caught in weights over 5 lbs+. These specimen weights for Perch have made White Springs is so well known for Perch that famed Angler Matt Hayes has been down to fish for them for two months concurrently and published an 8 page special on Perch Fishing at White Springs in the well known fishing magazine 'Improve your Course Fishing' which went on sale on 28th March 2008.
The lake has proved time and time again that it can be a challenge to all walks of fishermen and is a extremely popular with the Perch Anglers especially in the winter for the specimen size Perch.
This was a challenging 12 Peg lake with space for up to 14 anglers and was opened in early spring 2004 and originally stretched over an area of about 3/4 of an acre of land. From peak to peak at its widest parts it is 64.25 metres (210.78 feet) by 58.27 metres (191.18 feet)
It was called the Pit for a very good reason, for at one end (inlet side) the depth of water reaches 18ft and at the shallow end (outlet side) it is about 8ft. The bottom is mainly a silty bottom with the base of the lake being peat and clay and the original lake had three islands which are surrounded by shallower water with depths of 3 to 4 feet surrounding the islands and distances to the bank from the island pegs of between 15 metres (51.28 feet) and 20 metres (65 feet) depending on the peg. It has many runways and features for the fish and is stocked with Carp up to 28lb+, Tench to 6lb+, Perch to 4lb+, Roach to 1 1/2lb+ and Bream to 5lb+.
Such depths on such a lake can be very challenging to fisherman and it is this unique challenge that makes this lake very popular. Although it is primarily a pleasure lake to fish the regular carpers to the Specimen Lake rate the Pit as being as much of a challenging lake to fish as the Specimen lake itself.
Because of its depth ledgering and method feeding prove very popular techniques with most types of bait working well on its day.