Covering over 12 acres, this gravel pit is our largest stillwater and since acquiring the fishing rights in 1985, SDAA transformed this virgin lake into a noted specimen fish water. Willington Lake is a classic gravel pit with its clear waters and prolific weed growth providing an abundance of natural food to help the fish reach specimen proportions. Depths vary considerably with some areas going down to 14 feet (see below for depth map). The lake is part of a County Wildlife Site that attracts a range of birds and mammals, and with no public rights of way across the land you can enjoy both the fishing and local wildlife in relative peace and quiet.
The lake has produced specimen carp to mid-40’s in the past, and currently holds around 150 carp with several specimens well over 30lb. In recent years over 100 top quality carp from VS Fisheries (2008, 2010, 2014 & 2016) and AJS Fisheries (2011 & 2012) have been stocked at 6-11lb to ensure the long term future of the specimen carp fishing. With the plentiful supply of natural food, these new carp have been packing on the weight each year and many of the VS Fisheries carp stocked in 2008 & 2010 have now pushed through the 20lb barrier with some now 30lb+ (see recent stockings below). It is best to remain mobile as locating the carp is the key to success. The carp will often move with the wind and will often be found feeding in the shallow margins during the warmer months, when a stealthy approach is required.