Marsden Lane, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 5, United Kingdom
Sparth Reservoir is a fine fishing spot next to the Huddersfield Canal in West Yorkshire in the beautiful Colne Valley. It should be advised that it is off the beaten track close to the old mill town of Marsden and once you leave the main A62 is accessible from B-roads. The reservoir is devoid of facilities and perhaps not suitable for disabled anglers.
That said, it is a popular fishery and one that promises a challenge. Managed by the Slaithwaite and District Angling club, if you are visiting to fish it is advisable to find a spot away from the footpaths as this a popular walking route.
Fish in the reservoir are primarily bream, roach and perch with some pike. They are good if not exceptional weights, but there are plenty of fish to catch here.
Sparth Reservoir is a quiet spot when away from the walkers among quite spectacular scenery and day tickets are available. It should be noted that the water is regularly used by long-distance swimmers so care should be taken.
What size do the fish go to?
Sparth Reservoir has seen catches of bream up to 5lb, perch of 2lb and roach of 1.5lb, with most fish being below these sizes. There is a good selection of fish in the water.
What tactics work well?
Fishing is best following the wind at Sparth Reservoir and the advised technique is to use the feeder and tip approach. A high-held pole with a waggler is also effective, and chopped worm is the bait of choice.
What facilities are on site?
There are no facilities at the reservoir. The nearby town of Marsden offers several pubs and shops.
Is parking available?
There is parking space available by the canal lock at the entrance to the reservoir.
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