The River Lark is one of my favourite rivers, although it seems to come into it’s best form during the winter months. The area around Prickwillow bridge gets rammed with roach. Match catches to double figures are not uncommon here. The best method seems to be on the float or waggler rods. However in the summer, it is’nt uncommon to hook a nice tench or bream on the tip using a ground bait cage feeder, with double red maggot on the hook. I have also had some cracking eels and perch from here.
Going For The Pike
The River Lark was once full of good sized pike but over the last few years, the larger ones are proving harder to find. I have had the odd double figure fish from here, but these tend to only feed during the early morning or at dusk. My biggest pike from here is 17ib. During the day however, you are guaranteed plenty of jacks.
If you are lucky, you may get a zander. A friend of mine caught one a few years back around the 11ib mark.
Baits And Methods
When I fish this river for the pike and zander, I tend to do best on sea baits. Mackeral tails and sardines seem to produce the bigger ones for me. Roach dead/livebaits are also worth a go.
I do use float setups, but tend to do best on a simple sliding ledger rig using size 6 or 8 duel semi barbed trebles.