Ashley is a picturesque 16.5 acre mature gravel pit. There are a host of underwater features in every swim including gravel bars, plateaus, gullies, weed beds and islands. The swims on the lake are large, formal and constructed to a very high standard.
Primarily a Carp fishery, however Pike, Tench, Rudd and Perch are also present. Since being launched in 2001, Ashley has been stocked with fast growing Fishers Pond, Priory Fisheries and VS Fisheries strain Carp into double figures. Many of these fish are now being caught over the 30lb mark with ‘Cut Tail’ leading the way at over 41lb. Three separate batches of Common Carp have been introduced in 2006, 2013, 2014 and 2017 to complement the stock of Mirror Carp, and these continue to grow well.
Watercraft and fish location is the key. All of the typical gravel pit features, ie gullies, plateaus and bars etc, will produce fish. There are some nice, deep marginal spots that are worth targeting.
The stocked fish respond well to pellets and particle. Beds of these fished with good quality boilies over the top have produced multiple catches. The water has been lightly fished in recent years and increased usage together with pre-baiting should see a dramatic increase in fish weights. Fish are often seen in the margins during the summer months, therefore adopting a stealthy approach and baiting close in spots can provide exciting action.
Three rods maximum. No fishing in the ‘Out of Bounds’ section.
Ashley is run as a limited 50 member Day/Night Season Permit fishery. A waiting list is in
operation for this fishery.
Shared car parking facility with Slipe Lane Pits, access via Wharf Road, Wormley. NB – it is advised that vehicles are not left unattended in the Turnford area.
Access to the fishery is via paths between Marsh and Railway Pits from the Slipe Lane car park.