It was a misty July morning when I pulled into the car park of the Fishing Lodge at Patshull Park Hotel, which is conveniently located in West Midlands countryside between Wolverhampton, Telford and Bridgnorth, adjacent to the rural village of Pattingham.
The Fishing Lodge and the 75 acres of fishing lakes, provide superb facilities for angling. Depending on the season Patshull Park offers a choice of trout, coarse or pike fishing.
As I arrived, the Lodge was already exuding a smell of grilled bacon, and freshly brewed coffee as a small gathering of hardy anglers chatted on the balcony, which looked over the Great Lake.
The fisheries team were hard at work with the breakfast rush, and maintained a steady flow of breakfast sandwiches and hot beverages to the hungry fishermen; the excitement and anticipation about their day of fishing was very evident in their light-hearted banter.
The wildlife of Patshull Park is truly outstanding and immediately evident – Herons , Kingfishers and Cormorants all do their upmost to reduce the excellent head of fish, and Grebes, Moorhens, Coots and Swans proliferate in this tranquil estate. It is estimated by the Environment Agency experts that approximately one and a half million fish inhabit these fishing lakes, with the main species being Perch, Rudd, Tench and Pike.
The pegs are a mixture of jetties, fixed punts, shallow beach areas, and stepped banks, and vehicular access can be facilitated to most areas for loading and unloading . There is also specially adapted boat for wheel chair users.
Patshull Park Fisheries are well set up to handle larger angling societies – there is a substantial car park, and ample eating areas where snacks and organised BBQs can be provided before and after matches.
Further up in the estate are two syndicate fishing pools of excellent repute.
Church Pool, with a membership of some 60 anglers, is specifically for Mirror Carp, while the adjacent Barbara Pool hosts a similar number of anglers, but is a coarse water.
Limited memberships for these syndicates are currently available, and details are available upon application to the Fishing Lodge (01902) 700774.
The Great Lake was created by Napoleonic prisoners of war in the 1700s, who constructed a dam upon which lies by the road to Pattingham. Five fresh water streams feed the three fishing lakes, which cover an approximate area of 80 acres.