Old Mill Lakes

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Old Mill Lakes
Old Mill Lakes, The Old Mill Cottage
Usselby, Market Rasen

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Our Mission
At the very least we aim to turn Old Mill Lakes into one of the very best fisheries in the North of England. We aim to achieve this by ensuring that anglers who come to Old Mill Lakes enjoy the experience as this, we feel, is what angling is supposed to be about.

Why Choose Us
Old Mill Lakes is set overlooking the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds in a peaceful, secure and friendly environment and offers excellent angling for well looked after, clean and healthy carp. Old Mill Lakes also offers access to toilet and shower facilities.

What We Do
We are always striving to improve the fishery and by being anglers ourselves that enables us to do this. We are always keeping a close eye on fish stocks to ensure that they are kept healthy and given the very best opportunity to realise their full potential.


The jewel of the Old Mill complex, Birch represents more of a challenge to the angler, but what rewards there are to be had for your effort! Birch contains multiple 40lb+ specimen carp with Commons and Mirrors to 55lb+. In addition there are an impressive number of 30lb+ fish present with 60 confirmed as at January 2020. Though Birch can be a challenge, talented anglers have previously been able to catch on most visits, though equally, don’t be surprised if you go half a dozen or more sessions without a fish!

Memberships are priced as a one off £200 fee. Memberships are fairly limited, so we cannot guarantee that they are available at all times. In order to be considered for membership we prefer that it is done by recommendation from existing members or alternatively you can make yourself familiar to us by angling on Willow or Oak and we can consider membership on that basis (though please note there is no guarantee of membership).


Ideal for group bookings/socials or those anglers looking to step up from a runs water to target 20lb+/30lb+ carp. Willow contains a great head of large target fish with over 23 fish confirmed weighing in at 30lb+ up to the lake record, a common of 38lb+. Behind these a further 42 fish are confirmed at weights between 25lb and 29lb. Looking at the stock (as at January 2020) including those fish that are 6 to 12months+ since last capture we estimate around 30 fish in total are through 30lb+ in Willow! Willow represents a great opportunity for most to break their common PB, with a great head of 20lb+ commons with 13 confirmed to date over 30lb. Willow also makes an excellent winter water with January often one of the most productive months of the year with multiple hits of 20lb+ fish a realistic proposition!


Oak is a great 20’s water and represents an excellent opportunity of large hits of fish. Oak contains around 750 fish with Commons to 33lb+, Mirrors to 32lb+, Leathers to 32lb+, Linears to 33lb+ and a 26lb+ Ghostie. To date there have been 7 different 30’s confirmed (as at January 2020), though we expect that there are around 10 to 12 fish through 30lb, just waiting for them to get caught again. Last year saw lots of the single figure stockies from 3 years ago breaking though 20lb+ for the first time, we fully expect a large proportion of these fish to break through 20lb over this coming year. Oak offers a great opportunity to get a few runs under your belt, whether you are fairly new to angling for carp or looking for a confidence boost or to test tactics. Oak contains some stunning fish that we are sure will grow very well over the coming years!


Alder offers exclusive fishing on your own 3 acre lake complete with a luxury air conditioned lodge and hot tub. The site offers a great view over-looking the Lincolnshire Wolds, a range of hills that is designated an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. The lake contains carp up to 35lb; a nice mix including mirrors with a nice variety of different scale patterns and some lovely looking commons. Looking at recent captures all fish seem to have put on an average of 5-6lb on in the past year so we expect there to be a healthy head of fish over 20lb present already!

Alder is very well suited to a couples/family getaway offering a luxury relaxing fishing experience in a private, peaceful location, without public access. As this is Chris and Jo’s own personal lake set adjacent to the house, there will only be 15 to 20 weeks available for booking each year. This also means that we are not looking to cater for loud single-sex group/party bookings, just those looking for a nice peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of life.

The prices are for two adult guests (children are free). If more than two adults wish to attend, then each additional adult will need to pay an additional supplement. The additional supplement for an additional adult angler is £90 for the weekend, £100 for the midweek and £175 for the full week. The additional supplement for an additional adult non-angler is £60 for the weekend, £80 for the midweek and £100 for the full week.

All guests visit Old Mill Lakes strictly at their own risk. No liability for accidents or injuries will be accepted.

Booking is live for opening in March 2020. Please call 07767 363545 to book.

We require a 50% deposit to secure your booking with the remaining balance to be paid no later than 2 months before the start of your holiday. Our preferred means of payment is via BACS. Please note that no refunds are given. If the owners are informed of cancellation prior to the 2 months period before arrival, then you can rearrange your holiday for different dates in the same calendar year. Only anglers and visitors who have booked are allowed on the property. Unauthorised visitors will be asked to leave. No sub-letting or sharing of the property is permitted except with persons nominated when booking.

Please consider taking out Holiday Insurance to cover your holiday in the lodge on Alder.