Gilcrux Trout Fishing Ponds
Where is it? : Gilcrux near Cockermouth
Telephone : 016973 22488 / Mr Pike
We like it because : Good chance of catching a sizeable fish big enough to eat. We caught three trout, one massive and two fat – in February! We cooked them for dinner – YUM.
What’s it all about? : 3 artificial ponds stocked with brown and rainbow trout. one pond only for fly fishing and the other two for just sticking a bit of bait on the hook and casting it out.
Also look out for : Ducks, geese, goats, herons come down at the end of the day. There’s also some small ponds where you can even see the baby trout in action!
Fishing tips : If you haven’t got a fishing rod phone Mr Pike and ask if you can hire one. Youdale’s newsagents on Main St in Keswick (closed Wednesday afternoons & Sundays) have loads of good stuff and Mr Youdale knows everything about fish and Gilcrux fishing ponds. You need a (bubble) float as well as rod, line and hook. Best bait : tinned sweetcorn or worms.
Tips : Flask of hot chocolate, plenty of sandwiches, patience. If it’s muddy weather bring waterproof trousers or preferably fold up chairs / something to sit on. Wellies.
How much is it? : In February 2013 it was £8.00 for 1 person with a fishing rod for a half day to catch up to 2 fish. We paid £16 for 2 people with rods but there were 4 of us sharing so good value.
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