Background information and history of Lakemore Fisheries
Lakemore fisheries offers an angling experience ideal for beginners and specimen hunters alike. With five lakes on site we offer a varied range of angling from specimen carp and catfish to general pleasure angling.
Easily accessable from M6 Junction 17 yet set within idyllic and secure surroundings, Lakemore is without doubt one of the most beautiful and best looked after waters you will fish at.
Lakemore Fisheries was excavated between 1981-83 by my recently deceased father Tony Ashmore, being somewhat of an extrovert and certainly not one for doing things by half he decided to dig a few holes in his newly aquired fields and fill them with water, plant a few trees, lillies and rushes, oh and a few fish too, in doing so he gained the nickname 'the mole' (as he just kept digging) by locals.
The lakes were then stocked properly with carp from ILSE POOL (near big moor), plus roach and rudd. Over the following years chub, bream and tench were also added, although many of the other species were eaten by both catfish and other airborne predators over time, the game changer for our back garden came some 30 + years ago when the late catfish legend Bob Boldock arrived one cold winter evening with 115 tiny catfish that my dad had aquired from him, we had fished with Bob on the famous Claydon lakes and talked in the pub about getting some one day but never thought it would happen, at approximately 4-6 inches long they ended up in our bath at home all ready for stocking the morning after, so my first contact with a Catfish was over 30 years ago whilst looking at them in my bath, bit odd now i think about it, especially as seeing these strange little things in my bath was almost like watching little aliens swimming round and round, anyway to cut a long story short 105 of these cats were stocked into the Horseshoe and 10 stocked into the willow pool. 5 years later, 25 cats were moved into the long lake and with subsequent years of succesful breeding we now have in access of 1000 catfish on site now bringing many anglers dreams to reality.
Guess the rest is history!
The horseshoe now boasts hundreds of lake bred catfish with many of the orginals now over 40lb and up to 75lb. This is a similar story in the long lake, along with over 100 lake bred cats the original 25 cats stocked are now all pushing 20-51lb and growing. The carp in Horseshoe are generally in mint condition, and many landed have never been caught before. The carp are now up to 33lb 4oz and in the long lake they are to about 25lb with several fish now pushing the 20lb barrier every year. The other three lakes being the willow pool, the golden lake and the moat, contain a wide range of general course fish with carp to 20lb, perch to 3.5lb, bream to 7lb, roach to 2lb, rudd to 2lb, golden tench to 2lb, crucian carp to 2lb and ghost-koi carp are present in the horseshoe to 24lb.
After all these years we are now without question one of the finest catfish waters in the uk, endorsed by countless loyal customers and some very famous anglers alike.
Such is the popularity of the fishery we have had sponsorship deals with several huge companies over the years including US giant Realtree, fishing tackle supremos FOX international and more recently bait company CC MOORE
We are ever gratefull to these companies for supporting Lakemore over the past few years and look forward to the next big brand to get on board, With exciting times ahead including our huge on site shop and more potential sponsors in the pipeline we can only wait and hope for what the future holds.
With too many to name, I must add I couldn't have done all this without the great customers that keep coming back year after year, the angling press and the famous anglers like my sadly departed dear friend Jan Porter, huge thanks also go to Dean Macey, Rob Hughes, Frank Warwick, Marc Coulson, Neil Smith, Nige Williams, Simon Crow, Mick Brown, Bob Boldock, Neil Machin, Ron Griffiths, Kev Shore and Simon Clarke to name but a few who have either fished here or supported us and fished for not only pleasure but have produced some amazing magazine features for me and several TV programs too from the likes of Dean Macey, Rob Hughes, Frank Warwick that we have featured on, along with my superb family and friends we have turned those few holes that Tony 'the mole' dug over 35 years ago into one of the UK's best loved Catfish venues
Only one thing to say then really
Thank you Dad....