Manvell Farm, Walgrave

A very small lake with a good stock of mixed species and guarantees a bend in the rod

Manvell Farm Fishery Key Details

Day ticket or syndicate: Day ticket and night fishing
How much?: £10 for 2 rods, £20 for night fishing.
How do I get a ticket?: On the bank.
How busy is it?: Very busy, only needs 3/4 anglers to be busy.
Can you drive to the swims?: You can park behind some pegs.
On site facilities: Toilets, shower and tea room.
Nearest tackle shop: Northampton
Average size: 6-12lb
Max realistic size: Mid 20's
Realistic catch rate: 3-8 per day.
Best swims: Point pegs
Best method: Margins.
Best bait: Meat and PVA sticks.
Ideal fishing range: 0-20 yards
Strange rules you should know: None
Skill level to catch: Beginner.
Location: Walgrave, Northampton, NN6 9PH

Manvell Farm, Walgrave

Manvell farm would be a lovely carp lake for a few hours fishing if only it wasn’t the size of your garden pond.

It is very small and so if there is more than 3 or 4 anglers on the lake the only options you have are to fish under your rod tops.

Not the place for someone looking for serious carp fishing.

- Danny Chapman

What do I need to know?

The lake does have some nice fish, with several 30’s being caught – one being landed on the pole – and a great selection of koi and ghost carp that provide good zig fishing sport.

If you are after a few hours of sport on a summers evening or are a beginner looking for a bend in the rod and to set up camp for a few days somewhere comfortable, Manvell farm is for you.

You can surface fish Manvell, which is always productive, but you need to be careful of the birdlife.

The margins are the most fruitful spots with a small PVA stick with a nutty or meat mix and a wafter on the hair will work well. 

Pop ups have never accounted for many fish here so put your baits on the deck or use zigs.

The lake is only 10-15m’s across at the largest so it is all margin fishing, so think about being quiet with small tidy rigs and bring a tin of meat and a few worms for a good days sport.


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Chappers has been angling since he was five and has spent the last 10-years fishing across the World. Catching carp to 60lb, wild Arapaima to 400lbs, Siamese carp over 200lb, Maekong Catfish to 250lb and 100lb Redtail catfish.

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