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River Nene, Barkers, Brightwells & Mill Cotton

Ringstead Island

The fishing complex at Ringstead Island comprises 2 lakes; Barker's and Brightwell's, the main river Nene, a backwater and 2 pools, known as Mill Cotton Fishery.


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Barker's and Brightwell's both hold good tench, bream, roach and carp. There are no bait or method bans.The main river holds a variety of coarse species including some good sized pike, the roach fishing here can be very good in winter as well as summer. Bream can be found in the river section adjacent to Brightwell's lake, carp can show throughout the whole river length, and don't forget there are some big perch and eels to be had too!  

NIGHT FISHING IS BY SPECIAL PERMIT

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The backbrook has some chub to 6lb as well as the more usual species and there are plenty of swims to choose from. When the river is up and coloured the lock cut can provide good sport. In all a complex to suit anglers of every type and ability.  The complex is open all year, but the river and backwaters are still subject to the traditional close season.

NIGHT FISHING is allowed on Barker’s and Brightwell’s Lakes only

But not on Mill Cotton Fishery. Also fishing must cease 30 mins after sunset on the two Mill Cotton lakes.

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The area is kept secure by a locked gate and members will require a key to gain access, these are available, for a small charge, from the outlets as detailed on the Where to Purchase Membership page
Mill Cotton Fishery is our purpose-built ‘commercial type’ venue. Comprising 2 separate lakes, both with island features. These waters have been extensively stocked with a selection of coarse fish. The larger lake contains a variety of carp species and silver fish including barbel. The smaller lake is silver fish only. The fishery is open all year during daylight hours for the enjoyment of club members. Two toilets are installed on the site.

The rules for Mill Cotton are separate to any other club rules and are displayed at the site entrance.

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MILL COTTON

Rules which should clarify things!
1) No day tickets or night fishing
2) One rod only
3) Only fish from designated pegs
4) Barbless hooks maximum size 10
5) All nets to be exposed to daylight 30 mins before use
6) No Keepnets unless in a match (see match rules)
7) Feeders and Leads must be free running
8) NO braid groundbait boilies nuts or liquidised baits
9) Take excess bait and rubbish home do not put unwanted bait into lakes
10) make sure you close all gates after use and fishing must cease 30 minutes after sunset,

 

 

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ALWAYS CARRY A LANDING NET

& TAKE HOME BROKEN LINE AND ALL RUBBISH

 

 

 

 


RIVER NENE RINGSTEAD LOWER LOCK (KNOWN AS 'THE BOATS').
 
As an extention to our complex at Ringstead we have now purchased the rights to fish the stretch of Nene from Lower Ringstead lock upstream to the disused railway bridge on the top side of Ringstead Grange trout fishery. Access is via a gate by the roadside. The water holds a good head of roach, perch, skimmers, chub, the odd tench and pike can also be found. This water is fishing well at present despite its lack of colour, however when the main river is in spate and coloured up, this stretch comes into its own as it provides a haven for those fishing avoiding the main channel. It is also an ideal venue for a small club match as there are abut 15-18 fishable swims available.
 
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