Fishing available 12 months
Postcode CW7 2PX
Bailiff; Bert Reid 07875 707208
Fishing is allowed from the marked areas only and half the banking is closed to angling.
If in doubt contact the bailiff.
Access to Marton hole is from Whitegate station car park, along Whitegate way and across a field.
A key for the car park is available if you intend to arrive or stay after the gates are closed, but you must get a WDAA car park permit from the bailiff, so the the station staff can identify cars that will be staying after the gates are closed.
This water requires a work party Sticker to fish during the closed season April / May each year.
Night Fishing: Up to 48 hour fishing Sunday to Thursday and 24 hours Friday and Saturday,
requires booking on the night booking page page as spaces are limited
In the past the water was used as a game fishery and was stocked with trout and grayling. However when the water was taken on by WDAA the fishery could not be netted successfully due to its depth so it is believed that offspring of these game fish may still exist.The water also contains quality specimen sized chub, tench and perch and is well known for it's very large and very wary carp which go to over 40lb .Marton Hole on has half a dozen pegs around one side of the pool, as the other side is very steep and prone to landslips . The walk to the pool is well over half a mile each way, but the quality of the fish makes it well worth the effort of a serious angler.
Marton Hole was created over a hundred years ago by the collapse of land being mined below it for salt.
Rumour has it the local farmer at the time jumped across a small hole in the morning walking down to tend his herd and on his way home that evening at the same spot Marton Hole had appeared! During the years
from 1863 to 1882 the hole eventually grew to its present size and depth.
It is fed by a stream but has no outfall and for this reason in the winter the water can rise by as much as 2 feet. In the summer when the temperatures rise and evaporation occurs the water drops and a sheer drop, in some places 12 feet one rod length out!
It must be pointed out that Marton Hole can be a dangerous place to fish. It is remote - so raising the alarm could be difficult. It has sheer drops on two sides which due to it's sandy nature is also susceptible to land slips. If that isn't enough, the water has a sheer drop not that far out down to 55 feet. It is about 300 yards across.
For safety reasons unaccompanied juniors are not allowed and senior members should always try to fish in pairs. Fishing is entirely at your own risk.