Burgh Hall Road, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 3, United Kingdom
Occupying a beautiful spot in the wonderful Yarrow Valley County Park, Birkacre Big Lodge is a fishery consisting of two reclaimed reservoirs close to Chorley in Lancashire. Despite the tranquil setting, the fishery is a short drive from the M6 motorway and therefore easy to reach.
The main fishing water is the bigger of the two reservoirs, which once provided water for a nearby industrial works, and the water reaches 14ft deep in parts. There are very few carp here – a change from the norm – so what you are fishing for are good sized tench and a good head of sizeable bream. Roach, perch and pike are also caught in these surprisingly clear waters.
The Wigan District Angling club maintains Birkacre Big Lodge and does so very well indeed, as can be seen by the nicely placed pegs and regular maintenance. The main attraction for anglers are the 8lb and more tench, which are a regular catch.
Membership is required to fish the waters and the WDA has other facilities in the region that are also superbly presented. Night fishing is permitted by syndicate membership only.
What size do the fish go to?
Birkacre Big Lodge is known for its large tench of greater than 8lbs, as well as a good head of sizeable bream and other coarse fish.
What facilities are on site?
There are no specific facilities on site except the discreetly placed pegs, although the fishery is within a country park which is home to a cafe, visitor centre and toilet facilities.
Is parking available?
Parking is available at the fishery and in the country park car parks.