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Bestwood Duck Ponds, Papplewick, Nottinghamshire.

This is the jewel in the Association’s crown, a complex consisting of five well established lakes in very pleasant wooded surroundings. All of the ponds contain everything from small Roach to large Carp, However, please be aware of the rules for each pond regarding the use of Bivvies. On the ponds where bivvies are not allowed any fishing shelter must be based on the principle working of an umbrella,i.e it must have spokes radiating from a central point, Anything other than this will be deemed to be a bivvie whatever the shelter is called. A key is required for this complex. Around 150 pegs are available with fishing to cater for all tastes.

No 1 Pond. This is a general coarse lake and is noted for the large Water Lilly Beds that are home to Tench in excess of 8lbs. Also resident are Carp, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Perch, Chub, Barbel and Pike. There is an average depth of 4-5ft and fish fall to most popular baits. Parking is available behind some pegs and access is very good to the rest of the pond. Night fishing is allowed (with night permit) however, Bivvies are not allowed on this lake. For a trial period electronic bite indicators may be used at any time but please keep the volume as low as possible in consideration of other anglers.

No 2 Pond. Although this could be classed as general coarse lake, this is The one to fish if large Carp and Pike are your main target. Roach and Skimmers can be caught by anglers using maggots or casters but the majority of anglers fishing this pond do so for the Carp using specialist baits and tackle. Depths range from 3-11ft and there is a tree covered island to fish to. Access is very good with car parking close by. Night fishing is allowed (with night permit). Bivvies and electronic bite Indicators are allowed on this lake at any time.

No 3 & 4 Ponds.These lakes contain a general mix of coarse fish and are surrounded by very comfortable pegs. Depths vary from 5-12ft and access around the ponds is quite easy with most pegs no more than 200 metres from ample car parking. Night fishing is allowed (with night permit) but as in No1 Pond, Bivvies are not allowed on these Lakes. For a trial period electronic bite indicators may be used at any time but please keep the volume to a minimum in consideration of other anglers.

No 5 Pond. Another mixed coarse lake with some specimen Carp present. This lake has far more weed growth in the summer months than the other lakes creating another challenge for those that fish it, however, access to one side of the lake is very good, making it very popular with night anglers (night permit required). As with No2 pond, Bivvies and electronic bite indicators can be used at any time.

The Richmond Canal Proudly named after Honorary Life Members and Father & Son Brian and Dale Richmond who generously created this pond at minimal cost to the Association. The 'Richmond Canal' has been designed for easy fishing with a variety of small to medium sized Coarse fish, Roach, Skimmers, Perch and Tench being the predominant species. The Canal style pond is around 11 metres wide and is fished from one side only, there is a shelf on the far bank about a metre wide and 1/2 metre deep and the centre channel is about 1.6 metres deep. There are 13 pegs with parking close behind each peg. The pond is sometimes used for Junior Coaching Sessions and occasional small matches. As there are no Carp in this pond bivvies and electronic bite indicators should not be used.

All these ponds are Members Only. No Closed Season, Open all year.

How to get there. From Nottingham follow Hucknall Road to Moorbridge, just before the bridge turn right at the traffic lights into Bestwood Road. Continue along This road through Bestwood Village, approx ½ mile beyond the village Look for Goosedale Lane on the right, the entrance to the Ponds is 50 Metres beyond this.

From the North follow the A60 towards Nottingham. At the traffic lights turn right into Forest Lane (B6011) towards Hucknall. Continue along this road in to Papplewick Village and at the Griffins Head crossroads turn left Into Moor Road. After 1 mile you pass under a railway bridge, the entrance to the ponds are approx 200 Metres beyond this on the left.

There are now many places to park at this complex, all car parks and tracks have been fully surfaced with stone. please avoid parking on the grassed areas.