Hemsworth Water Park

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Hemsworth Water Park


This is a council run water, situated on the outskirts of Wakefield. There are two lakes here offering approximately 60 pegs. There are also good facilities here with toilets, cafe and many of the pegs are suitable for anglers with disabilities. It is a family venue and as such there are other activities that take place here. It does get quite busy with walkers especially on a weekend. Some of the furthest pegs on the larger lake are quite a walk from the parking area. The water is also quite exposed, and it does chop up quite bad when there is wind.

The first lake that you come to is the small lake, it is an irregular figure of eight shape. Towards the centre the water narrows and this can be very productive with patrolling fish.

The water is fairly regular in its depth, with most areas averaging 4 feet. In terms of features to fish to, there are marginal reedbeds on the side nearest the car park. This tends to be the side favoured by the younger anglers. The remainder of the lake is fairly devoid of features. There are 25 pegs on this lake.

The second lake is known as "Windsurfer Lake”, and the reason why is itself evident. It is the larger of the two waters and has 35 pegs and again is fairly uniform in depth throughout, with a little over 7 foot. There is no fishing on the side of the lake adjacent to the small lake.

Both waters have a similar stocking policy. The carp run to mid 20's, with tench caught at weights approaching 8lb. There are good shoals of bream that do follow the wind, with better fish to 4lb. There are some very big perch present, the best out this year at 3lb 6oz, although there are stories of fish at over 4lb. In recent years the number of eels caught has reduced, but fish again to 4lbs are still caught. The remainder of the stock are Roach (2lb largest), most 4oz and lots of gudgeon.

Most tactics will work; light pole work with maggot, worm and caster will produce bites all day from the silver fish. The larger carp are caught, but generally by those whose tactics and tackle are designed for them. Boilies fished on the hair accounts for the majority of the fish. Summer months also sees them caught on the floating crust. The best time to fish is first and last thing, which tends to correspond with the activity on the lake.


Day tickets £3.00 a day (also season tickets available). under 16's £1.50.
Sometimes there is a £1 car parking fee


Barbless hooks only, no keepnets, no night fishing. Fishing from dawn until dusk.


Leave Pontefract on the A645 heading towards Wakefield. Take a left onto the B6428, and then take a left turn onto the B6273 towards Hemsworth, go past Fitzwilliam, take a left at the sign for the water park and the water can be found on the right hands side.


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