Earnie's Fishing Blog - Spring End Farm

Spring End Farm - Morley

Access via Geldard Road, Morley

Course fishing £5.

Spring End Farm is a two pond venue situated off of Geldard Road in Morley. You enter the venue on a dirt track which leads up to a car park on the right, adjacent to the pond. It is a matter of meters to the lake so you won't struggle carrying your gear. The bottom pond is the old pond and is stocked with the usual coarse fish plus a carp to around 24lb. The lake is around 3ft deep in most areas, rectangular with several islands and also an area of weed against a bank, so several features to go to. The far end of the lake seems to be shallow and the pegs near the portaloo are that shallow that you can see the lake bed almost up to the island. The water here is pretty clear. The second lake sits above the first lake. The far end with an island not far from the bank seems very tempting however after speaking to the owners, the nearest end to the lower lake may be the one to go for. This lake is around 5-6ft deep in most area's however to get the lake dug, the owner built up the banking rather than digging down into it and suggests the end near the old lake can reach 9ft in places. There are a few islands to fish towards on the new lake however aving only opened in 2014, it looks bare at the moment. Again, a good mix of coarse fish but without interrogating the owner on how he stocked it, expect the usual silvers and single figure carp until they grow on a bit.

Earnies reviews of Spring End Farm;

Spring End Farm - Old Pond

Not quite what I'd expected.

I'd grown up living a couple of miles away from this venue. Never fished it before, and never really heard great stories about the place from others. This pond is situated behind a travellers camp which is enough to put anyone off, however the travellers were neither seen nor heard and you couldn't see them because the ponds were situated far away with a good field or two dividing them. There's nothing to say they'd have been a bother anyway. The lake also had a reputation where it was a small lake where people sit on each others laps fighting over swims. Maybe the summer months might be a bit challenging but certainly at this time of year, and bearing in mind it was a Monday morning, myself and Richard were the only ones here. I cannot give an honest account of summer sessions but can confirm getting a swim to myself wasn't an issue. I believe the opening of the second pond will end any overcrowding if it ever was a problem.

We went for a walk around the old pond, and then also the new pond which we heard had opened earlier this year. Both stock standard coarse fish with single and low double carp. The old pond apparently has a 24lb carp lurking the depths so we opted for this pond. I've never seen any evidence or photo's that it exists but who am I to judge. If the pond on Scotchman Lane can hold one, then this pond which seems a bit larger should be able to. Again, if it's getting overfished during previous summers, it's helping grow on the carp and fair play for the owner not catching and selling it as some may be tempted to.

We set up with a rod on the bottom each, myself going with a popped up halibut boilie from the Dynamite Bait range. Richard used a pink wafter but the brand although popular escapes me at the time of writing. We shared a pint of maggots on pole as our second rods. We pulled silvers in all morning. Never particularly big and Richard using a very delicate set up seemed to catch a fair share of sticklebacks too. Surprised us and he had fun unhooking them. Not our regular target fish. We spend around five hours in total before packing up. We could have caught more silvers but knowing the variety wouldn't change and knowing before we even cast in that carp were unlikely there seemed little point staying any longer. The weather was grim and getting colder by the hour.

Overall view of today. Lake nicer than I'd heard it was and probably fishes its nuts off in warmer weather. Impressed with the new lake. Owner seemed really nice and was happy to chat and share his tactics. Portaloo wants burning I think was my only negative! I'll definitely pop back early next year for a cheeky few hours but for full day sessions I'd probably travel further afield.