Earnie's Fishing Blog - Greaves End Fishing Lake




Greaves End Fishing Lake - Nr Goole

M62 J37, A614, then B1230 into Eastrington village, DN14 7QN

£7 day tickets, £15 night fishing.


Greaves End Fishing Lake is a 2.5acre water set against a magnificent backdrop of hill side and forrest, about ten minutes drive from the M62 at Goole. There are around twenty pegs providing anglers with several diferent fishing experiences. The pegs to the right of the lake are shown above, wood chipped and set back from the lake so you can be close to your rods, but far enough away so not to spook the fish. The pegs at the far end of the lake are cut out from the banking and hide you between bushes and tree's but aren't suitable for night fishing. In the far left corner the banking gets very low and close to the waters edge in an area that would be terrific for stalking. The path isn't amazingly wide and there aren't many clearly defined pegs which may make it difficult to night fish. A really tempting propostion though. Coming back down the left hand side are four or five pegs cut into little coves all providing unique features to fish towards. On the nottom bank are several pegs with wooden platforms. You could easily set up a bivvy behind or to the side of these pegs and having fished one of them, it's clear that there is activity in the water close in.

The owner comes to collect money on the bank. There is a portaloo near the entrance gate. Parking is near the gate. By the gate there is a notice board with everything you may wish to know about the lake along with menu's for a local takeaway for the night anglers to enjoy.



Earnies reviews of Greaves End Fishing Lake;

Greaves End Fishing Lake

The day started off nicely. Fairly warm and sunny at 06:30. Didn't end that way as we packed up in a thunder storm but you can't control the weather. Richard and myself set off down the M62 to Goole. Greaves End Fishing Lake is around 10mins drive from the motorway exit, 1st junction after the large bridge by the cooling towers if you've come from West Yorkshire. Traffic seemed reasonably quiet and we got there easily within the hour. When we arrived we went for a walk around the lake. 07:30 on a Monday. We were the only ones there until the people doing night sessions started rolling in around 11:00. I've heard weekends can be a bit busy, never been on a weekend as this is my first but definitely not last trip here, so can't comment, however week days you get the pick of most pegs. As we walked round the owner put a note on four pegs which had been reserved for night fishing which is fair enough. I don't know exactly how many pegs there are but after a quick look from my peg I'd estimate 22 - 26pegs. I chose peg 15, Richard on 16. I fed up a swim close in to the left near a tree and put a boilie down there. My other rod went out to 1/3 distance with no loose feed. Just a single wafter. All morning I was having knocks and single beeps on my alarm close in so I moved my other rod in close range. The knocks started on that rod too. My swim was fizzing for a good few hours today so I knew fish were feeding and that persistence would pay off. After Richard had landed a 4lb carp I pulled a couple in. I never got real runs, just little knocks on the rod tip so I had to watch the lines movement in the water and try strike quickly. I got two carp to 3lb doing this. The games went on and the rest of the day was spent striking at very wary fish. We didn't land anything else but we saw one chap on waggler and another guy feeder fishing who were having decent success with Bream and Tench according to the chatting we heard. Two anglers to the left bank also had a decent day catching what looked like 8-9lb carp possibly going into doubles. We finished our day chasing cruising carp on floating dog biscuit but the ducks became a slight nuisance. There weren't many but they came close a few times.

To finish this blog I wanted to address a couple of issues I've found on forums whilst researching the venue. There's a historic issue with Silver Carp and it's probably not even an issue any more as it happened some time ago. The fishery aren't hiding the fact that at least one Silver Carp made it into the lake when a PREVIOUS owner added stock from an ornamental pond. There are photo's on the information board to identify the fish, and there's a very clear note saying "if you catch one, ring xxx number." The fish I assume will be removed and possibly killed. The carp on the photo I believe was caught and removed but the warning is there in case it bred, something the EA doubt happened due to the conditions in the lake.

The next comment I saw on forums when researching Greaves End Fishing Lake was about poor quality of pegs. All the pegs down the right look amazing although one was a little damp as the water level seemed a bit high. (I've posted images on twitter @earniesblog on 12/05/14) The pegs on the bank near the car park were decked out, would be disable friendly once actually down there as it would require one step down. The pegs to the left of the lake seemed very good with some really nice features or bays to fish into. As you go to the top end, the pegs are small with steps down to them but they've been dug out of a banking. The pegs are perfectly fishable, have bark down to keep them dry. There may have been an issue with pegs in the past but the new owner has definitely done things to rectify the issue. My only note on pegs is the water level is getting a little high but as summer comes I'm sure it'll drop a couple of inches.

Overall view of the fishery. We'll be back later in the year for a night session which shows it must be a nice venue, although we expect to get single to low double carp, not the specimen carp we normally night fish for. A portaloo on site near the car park. A takeaway will deliver for people night fishing. Owner was a nice chap and his dogs were very friendly. The rules were similar to most other lakes. They allow well behaved dogs. They don't allow loose fed boilies but they are allowed as hook bait. The other rules are pretty standard across fisheries nowadays. If you visit, bring a small rod with minimum 4lb line as per rules. I think if I'd have packed a lighter rod and set up I may have spent the day bagging up close in where all the fizzing came from. Was my only regret for the day.

A great day out. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We understand there are 72lb catfish and some sturgeon in the lake. Be back soon, hopefully to land a big moggy! When we arrived we went for a walk around the lake. 07:30 on a Monday. We were the only ones there until the people doing night sessions started rolling in around 11:00. I've heard weekends can be a bit busy, never been on a weekend as this is my first but definitely not last trip here, so can't comment, however week days you get the pick of most pegs. As we walked round the owner put a note on four pegs which had been reserved for night fishing which is fair enough. I don't know exactly how many pegs there are but after a quick look from my peg I'd estimate 22 - 26pegs. I chose peg 15, Richard on 16. I fed up a swim close in to the left near a tree and put a boilie down there. My other rod went out to 1/3 distance with no loose feed. Just a single wafter. All morning I was having knocks and single beeps on my alarm close in so I moved my other rod in close range. The knocks started on that rod too. My swim was fizzing for a good few hours today so I knew fish were feeding and that persistence would pay off. After Richard had landed a 4lb carp I pulled a couple in. I never got real runs, just little knocks on the rod tip so I had to watch the lines movement in the water and try strike quickly. I got two carp to 3lb doing this. The games went on and the rest of the day was spent striking at very wary fish. We didn't land anything else but we saw one chap on waggler and another guy feeder fishing who were having decent success with Bream and Tench according to the chatting we heard. Two anglers to the left bank also had a decent day catching what looked like 8-9lb carp possibly going into doubles. We finished our day chasing cruising carp on floating dog biscuit but the ducks became a slight nuisance. There weren't many but they came close a few times.

To finish this blog I wanted to address a couple of issues I've found on forums whilst researching the venue. There's a historic issue with Silver Carp and it's probably not even an issue any more as it happened some time ago. The fishery aren't hiding the fact that at least one Silver Carp made it into the lake when a PREVIOUS owner added stock from an ornamental pond. There are photo's on the information board to identify the fish, and there's a very clear note saying "if you catch one, ring xxx number." The fish I assume will be removed and possibly killed. The carp on the photo I believe was caught and removed but the warning is there in case it bred, something the EA doubt happened due to the conditions in the lake.

The next comment I saw on forums when researching Greaves End Fishing Lake was about poor quality of pegs. All the pegs down the right look amazing although one was a little damp as the water level seemed a bit high. (I've posted images on twitter @earniesblog on 12/05/14) The pegs on the bank near the car park were decked out, would be disable friendly once actually down there as it would require one step down. The pegs to the left of the lake seemed very good with some really nice features or bays to fish into. As you go to the top end, the pegs are small with steps down to them but they've been dug out of a banking. The pegs are perfectly fishable, have bark down to keep them dry. There may have been an issue with pegs in the past but the new owner has definitely done things to rectify the issue. My only note on pegs is the water level is getting a little high but as summer comes I'm sure it'll drop a couple of inches.

Overall view of the fishery. We'll be back later in the year for a night session which shows it must be a nice venue, although we expect to get single to low double carp, not the specimen carp we normally night fish for. A portaloo on site near the car park. A takeaway will deliver for people night fishing. Owner was a nice chap and his dogs were very friendly. The rules were similar to most other lakes. They allow well behaved dogs. They don't allow loose fed boilies but they are allowed as hook bait. The other rules are pretty standard across fisheries nowadays. If you visit, bring a small rod with minimum 4lb line as per rules. I think if I'd have packed a lighter rod and set up I may have spent the day bagging up close in where all the fizzing came from. Was my only regret for the day.

A great day out. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We understand there are 72lb catfish and some sturgeon in the lake. Be back soon, hopefully to land a big moggy!