Carp Fishing in Northamptonshire

Our club offers carp fishing across Northamptonshire and in particular the Nene Valley area which is a mecca for Carp Anglers. The valley is littered with ex-gravel pits which are mainly matured and lots now offer fishing on them. The Nene Valley area between Wellingborough & Oundle is where most of our club waters are based so we will focus on that area in this piece.

The type of Carp fishing along the Nene varies with a number of successful day ticket fisheries, angling club waters & several syndicates.

Our club waters contain a varied mixture of Carp fishing depending on the ability and target fish size the angler is looking for. We have strived to keep the cost of fishing for all of our members to remain as low as we can as this is one of our clubs founding policies when inaugurated over 150 years ago. Unfortunately, we

Below is a summary of the waters available to our members within our annual membership fee and an overview of what to expect if fishing them.

Spinney Lakes – Wellingborough

The ‘Spinney’ complex just south of Wellingborough train station and downstream from the embankment. It is situated on flood plain land that the River Nene runs straight through. Due to the location of these waters, they can regularly merge as the river floods meaning the stock is known to be low but with no exact records. 40lb+ fish have been caught in previous years from the main larger lake. Typical Nene Valley common carp in appearance.

A mid 20lb summer morning Spinney Common Carp

The entire site is now a designated SSSI under the management of Natural England on behalf on the Land Trust. As a result angling is not allowed on certain waters on the site passed the 31st October each year and there is a ban on angling completely from sign posted areas.

Barkers Lake & Brightwell’s Lake – Ringstead

Barkers & Brightwells lakes for the largest gravel pits on the Ringstead complex. both hold carp into the mid 30’s and are also located on designated SSSI land.

Brian Crowhurst Ringstead Fishery - Carp Fishing in Northamptonshire
Barkers Lake looking southerly.

Barkers is around 17 acres in area and is fully otter fenced. The lake runs North to south. The northern end of the lake is the deeper end with depths to around 13ft depending on the time of year. The south westerly winds will blow towards this end of the lake and the margins should not be under-estimated.

The southern end of the lake is shallower but can be weedy in summer. The fish do hold up in the weed feasting on the natural food within. Many anglers who have found techniques for safely fishing directly into the weed have had great success

Barkers has around 6 known 30lb+ fish which are all commons bar 1. There are lots of fish above the 20lb mark which can make for some great multi-capture sessions once locating the fish & feeding carefully.

Summer sun rise on Barkers lake

Brightwell’s lake offers a completely different style of fishing for Carp than Barkers. it has been left as a wilder pit and the stock is a lot lower than Barkers.

The lake is around the same size as Barkers but is a rounder shape with some deep holes down to 18ft in areas of the margins only a rod length out.
There is an island in the lake that is surrounded by shallower water which is very weedy in summer but as per Barkers, the weed contains lots of natural food and the fish are happy to sun-bathe. Brightwell can be a tough water due to the low stock. Many have had success by taking on a campaign based approach and learning the lake & its features along with regular baiting. Not that many would talk about their approach!

The stock in Brightwells is very low but there are fish present over the 30lb mark and some beautiful other stock for those committed to having their pics in their album.

Anglers wanting to night fish either of these waters, need to make sure that they have purchased the annual night fishing permit on top of their regular membership. These are limited to strictly 130 being available each year and go on general release on Jan 1st but be quick to avoid disappointment as they are known to sell out within a few days!

Princess (Duchess) Lake – Barnwell

Princess lake is situated adjacent to the River Nene at Oundle Marina and close to Barnwell Country Park. The lake is an estate lake and still owned by an estate who kindly allow our club to lease the fishing rights to the water.

Unfortunately the lakes fish stocks have suffered from predation over a number of years. There are still however some of the original stock in the lake with a certain common carp that many anglers have set their sites on.

The lake gets very weedy in summer, but there are still opportunities to fish in certain areas.

Please be aware that this water requires the same night fishing permit as Barkers & Brightwell if anglers wish to fish overnight.

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2 thoughts on “Carp Fishing in Northamptonshire”

  1. My son and I would like to purchase a day and night ticket but I can’t see the night tickets on your site, how do I get them please

    1. Hi John,

      The night tickets are on general release from the 1st Jan. We allow existing holders the option to renew early and then any un-sold memberships are placed on general sale.

      In years previous they have sold out in a number of days so it is worth checking on the 1st.


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