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Spring Cottage Fisheries

A traditional angler's heaven.

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Spring Cottage Fisheries straddles the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border in the midst of the national forest, surrounded by 200 acres of idyllic countryside. Easily accessible - located just minutes from junction 11 of the M42. Our aim is to create a fishery that breaks the "commercial" mould we don't believe in 300lb match weights of carp in poor health. We want to cater for a wider variety of anglers so each one of our 6 lakes offers something slightly different. Since we opened in June 2017 a number of species have been stocked. These include; Carp, Roach, Rudd, Bream, Tench, Crucians, Chub, Perch, Pike and Specimen Carp, over 25,000 fish in total.


SCF wasn’t always as picturesque as it is now; just over 50 years ago the landscape looked very different indeed.  It was once a huge industrial site dominated by a coal mine and clay pipe factory.


Examining the photograph a little closer you will find top left is an opencast clay hole, the enormous pipe works factory takes centre stage complete with its drying sheds and kilns then the terminus of the Ashby Canal is on the right. Coal barges are moored on the canal and you can just about pick out the railway sidings to the right of it too. Of course there’s absolutely nothing left of these industries today although we did recover a length of railway track out of Willow Pool whilst desilting and often come across small bits of broken clay pipes reminding us of the fisheries industrial history.