A new acquisition in 2010, Foulridge Res (also known as Lake Burwain) is a canal feeder reservoir for the Leeds and Liverpool canal and is approximately 50 acres in size. It is set in the rolling Pennine hills close to the border between Lancashire and Yorkshire. In the 60’s and 70’s the reservoir was a Mecca for northern matchmen who came to plunder its vast bream shoals and 100+ peg matches were a regular thing. In recent times the matchfishing has seen a decline with the exodus to commercial fisheries and neglect of the fish stocks.

Frequent 100lb+ bream catches are still made every year by anglers still prepared to work at their fishing. Good bags of roach to 60lb are also there to be had by anglers specifically targeting them. Although we have only taken control of this water in the last few years, a management plan is being developed to try to return the breaming heyday once again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Species

Bream – Plenty of Skimmers in 1lb – 2lb bracket with a few larger specimens to around 8lb

Roach - lots of roach 6oz to 12oz and a good head of larger fish to 1 1/2 lb.

Pike – Now returning in good numbers with fish to upper doubles being reported

Carp – Small amount of good fish to 20lb+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Methods

Usual bream methods score well with groundbait and bomb or feeder fished at distance. Best baits are maggot, worm, caster and corn.

For the Roach waggler or pole fished maggot and caster usually produces although the biggest bags come to hemp and tares during the summer.

Deadbaits score well for the Pike especially around the boathouse in the deep water in winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions

From the M65, come off at the end at Colne (Boundary Mill) Follow the A6068 to the traffic lights close to Matalan. Turn left onto the A56 signposted for Skipton follow this road for ½ mile Upper foulridge is on your right which is a private Trout fishery Lower foulridge is on your left. Limited parking is available by the village sign here. To fish the other end close to the dam wall and boathouse continue through the village and turn left signposted for foulridge canal cruises. Go down the hill and take your first left follow this road for 400 yards to a sign post left for Burwain sailing club. Parking is available on the lane outside the sailing club. No anglers should park in the sailing club car park and should take care not cause obstruction on the narrow lane.


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