Coarse Fishing Pools in Staffordshire
- Peaceful location
- Views over Cannock Chase
- Four separate pools
- Stocked with quality fish
- Diverse range of fish species
- Disabled access
Pillaton Hall Farm is home to four well-stocked coarse fishing pools, all enjoying far reaching views over Cannock Chase. Built by the Pearce family in the late 1990’s the pools have been regularly stocked with good quality fish, sourced from some of the oldest lakes in the UK.
The pools are all stocked with a variety of species ranging from 1 inch skimmer bream to 20lb monster carp. All are welcome at Pillaton Pools, young and old; although all children under-16 must be accompanied and supervised at all times by an adult with at least two years fishing experience for their own safety.
All persons fishing must have at least two years fishing experience and must produce a valid rod licence at reception. Each person fishing will need their own unhooking mat and landing net; sharing is not permitted.
Pillaton Pools facilities for disabled persons include purpose-built pathways and fishing platforms.
The enviable location means that it draws fishing members from across Staffordshire, including Penkridge and Stafford, as well as from Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent and the West Midlands.
Well Stocked Coarse Fishing Pools
While each of the established coarse fishing pools are well-stocked with species that include Bream, Carp, Roach, Crucian Carp, Eel, Golden Orfe, Mirror Carp, Perch, Rudd and Tench, they each have their own distinct character:
Pool 1 – The Cherry Pool
Located nearest the site entrance, this pool was originally built in 1960 as a water holding reservoir for Pillaton Hall Farm and has a stream feeding it from the far end and an over flow near to the car park. The pool has a pump house and borehole feeding it which, in summer, is used to feed all the other pools and aerate the water during hot periods. The pool is a shallow 3ft at the furthest end from the car park but drops to between 10 – 15ft towards the car park end.
Pool 2 – The Dip
The Dip is the largest pool on the site but is also the most open to the elements – so remember to pack some warm clothes for a windy and cold day. Located at the far end of the site the pool has an island in the middle, making it an ideal pool on which to use a feeder. Around the margins the waters are shallow; running from 1ft gradually falling away to 9 or 10 ft around the island, making it a safer option for children as the margins are shallower than the others.
Pool 3 – The Marl Pit
The smallest pool on the site is The Marl Pit which, while used as a stock pool, also has a good range of larger fish and is the only pool at present to hold ghost carp. The deepest point is in the centre at 6ft with depths of about 3ft around its margins. This is a nice pool for hot days as you have some tree cover on one side, offering welcome shade.
Pool 4 – The Chase View Pool
If you fancy a quiet afternoon’s fishing and don’t mind a 5 minute walk, then park on The Dip car park and follow the signs for Pool 4. This pool is only a few years old but has come on extremely well – as it is a little further from the car park it gets fished less often and the fish are in fantastic condition. The end closest to the gate has a sunken island 2ft below the surface dropping around the sides of the island to about 8ft, which is the average depth of the pool.