Sally Walsh's Dam, Kinsley.

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Sally Walsh's Dam


This water is just outside Ackworth. Surrounded by trees and down in a dip, the water at a little over 8 acres in size has 60 pegs from which to fish, with over 13 acres to go at. The fishing is available from 3 banks, but be warned that the pegs furthest away from the car park is a right slog, and a trolley is a must if you are like me and insist on taking all your tackle you have ever bought to your swim.

The water is run by Barnsley AA. Depending on what fish you are targeting will decide on what you pay for either your day ticket or season book. There are a very good head of big carp in this water, the biggest in Yorkshire "Sally" the common was caught from here at 49lb 3oz, and is now proudly on display in the Tackle Box shop on Doncaster Road, Barnsley. Sadly the fish died in 2003. Whilst the carp anglers bang in the high protein baits, what the carp don't eat the silver fish are lapping it up and are putting on the weight as a result.

The dam end is the deepest with 7 to 9 foot of water and this can be a good end to target when the water drops colder. There are massive stocks of silver fish and for the price of a course fishing day ticket you cannot beat this place. The water has places as shallow as a couple of foot and when the warm wind is blowing into the corners this can be a very good place to target last thing at night. The central channel is about 7 and 1/2 foot and runs just about the full length. Maggot and caster will catch you fish at most times of the day. The secret on this water is to feed plenty and keep it going in. You might have to start feeding 3 or 4 rod lengths out initially, but if you keep it going, then the fish will follow it in eventually. You may also need to shallow up as the day carries on.

There are a good head of carp, with a very good head of 20 and 30lbs fish. There are also a number of catfish to 25lb, which either fall to the raw meat or the carp boys boilies. Bream and tench are present with better fish running to double figures. The water has some very big eels to 7lb, but they are not showing in the numbers that they once were. Perch run to an impressive 4lb, with roach to a pound and a half. Finally there is a number of crucian carp that run to 2lb. There has been a restocking programme on the water over the last couple of years. Lots of fast growing carp have been introduced and this should add to the already specimen fish in the water.

There are also some very big bream to 10lb but the majority of fish are in the 3 to 5lb bracket. Roach to 2lb are reported.

sally walshes dam

sally walshes dam


Day Tickets available on the bank £3.00 - £1.50 for concessions for normal coarse fishing. Year books at £20.00. £6.00 for carp fishing


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Leaving Barnsley take the A628 to Hemsworth. Once in Hemsworth Town Centre, turn left at the crossroads signed towards Kinsley, just short of a mile you will see the Farmers Pub on the left, opposite this is a right turn, take this concrete road down to the dam.


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