The Undiscovered Gem of Prawning Ponds
One of the newest prawning ponds in Singapore, ATC Fishing Village at D’Kranji took over this location from the previous operator in late April 2017. Located inside the D’Kranji Farm Resort at 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813, this location has become my go-to location for prawning.
While I had previously visited this location in February/March of 2017, it was previously operated by Oceania Singapore, a now defunct prawning pond operator. Back then, I felt that the location was poorly maintained, with a doubtful number of prawns in the pond. Ever since ATC Fishing Village has taken over, I’ve grown to really like this place.
The location of the D’Kranji Resort is pretty far out in the Kranji countryside. Yes, we do have a countryside in Singapore. While not so accessible if you don’t have your own transportation, there is an express bus that you can take into the resort itself. Here’s the schedule:
At ATC Fishing Village at D’Kranji, there are two large prawn ponds, with another smaller pond behind with koi fish. The two large prawn ponds are rectangular in shape and are separated by a bridge. Don’t be mistaken though, the bridge doesn’t pass through both ponds, and they aren’t connected. As you can see from the picture below, one pond is filled, but the other remained empty.
During my first visit, only one of the ponds was open, and I could see the other pond still being cleaned and the water filtered. Give the pond operator credit though, by my next visit, the second pond was already being ready to go! I think it was less than a week in between my first and second visits!
While there is a beer garden and seafood restaurant located in the resort itself, both of these close at 11pm. The counter currently only offers a nice selection of cold drinks in a fridge as well as instant noodles for the hardcore prawner.
ATC Fishing Village at D’Kranji has definitely been upgrading constantly. Since I’ve started visiting this location, they’ve upgraded the lights to a warmer colour that’s easier on the eyes, put in in the Prawnmart equipment counters. You can find prawning rods, tackle, pre-tied hooks, prawning powder as well as Prawnmart’s pro-bait here. I also noticed the famous ‘Lobster Powder’ from Taiwan available for sale here too! Aside from the Prawnmart pro-bait, ATC Fishing Village at D’Kranji also offers the basic chicken heart bait, as well as worms for sale, together with some unidentified prawning powder.
Prices for prawning here are pretty much the same as elsewhere. In fact, I think I’ve seen this exact signboard at Hai Bin Sembawang too….
I’ve actually been to ATC Fishing Village at Kranji three or four times since they opened. Compared to almost every other prawning pond in Singapore, this place is still an undiscovered gem. More well-known ponds like Prawning@ORTO are incredibly packed during the weekends and I tend to avoid those places during the weekends. ATC Fishing Village at Kranji however, I’ve visited on both weekdays and weekends and perhaps due to the ulu location, there’s always plenty of space (and prawns too!).
I’ve found myself visiting quite regularly ever since the new operator has taken over. The staff there are good and were quick to help out when I accidentally snagged my hook on the netting when I’ve misfired on my strikes, even managing to save my swivel and hook! I’ve found that this place is a great location to test out new rods and new rigs too!
So on to the prawning!
Bite rates and catch rates are obviously variable and depends on person to person. My bite rates and catch rates are typically the average of 2 trips, of 3 hours each. Prawn sizes vary from day to day, mainly because it depends on their suppliers, so I’d only mention the prawn sizes if they are exceptionally large or exceptionally small!
I’ve visited this location multiple times, but I’m basing my bite and catch rates only on the first two visits. I might update this again in the future, but they’ve been really consistent. The bite rate here varied for me on different visits. I had the fabled ‘lo jiak, lo jiak’ experience a couple of times on my second visit, but my first was slightly slower, with bites at first coming every minute or so, then slowing down. The ponds here at ATC Fishing Village Kranji are setup in quite an interesting manner. You will notice that there is a strong flow of water at one side of each pond. For the pond closer to the toilet, the water outflow is at side closer to the toilet. The other pond has the water outflow closer to the counter.
The ponds here are extremely wide. My first visit, I used my ‘Xiao Hei Mk 2’, which was a 6 foot rod extendable to 7 foot, but found it unable to reach to where I wanted to hit. My second visit, I brought along my longer but softer rod which was 7 foot extendable to 8 foot. This was much better and I’d recommend you to bring a 7 feet to 8 feet rod for this location.
I’ve found the best bite rates at the sides closest to the water outflow. The strong flow of the water made it difficult to keep my float upright there, and I actually bought my first ‘Ah Po’ float to try here.
What makes ATC Fishing Village Kranji special for me is the wide variety of water conditions. With the pond being so large and the setup of the pipes and water outflow, there are multiple locations where the prawns clump together. The middle of the pond is a good target, but runs dry quickly in my opinion. Where I got the best bite rates was towards the sides where the water was the choppiest. There’s a nice spread of water conditions, from total calm in the middle, slight ripples near the length-wise sides, and super choppy conditions at the water outflow points. I’ve found prawns at all these areas!
One positive thing I’d like to point out is that the staff here have consistently topped up the pond with more prawns even if I was the only one there. Thanks guys!
On my first trip to ATC Fishing Village at Kranji, I caught 23 prawns, while on my second, I caught 33. I think constantly moving around to look for the prawns is quite key here. On my first visit, I was prawning with a friend and pretty much stuck to one spot, while on my second, I roamed about looking for the prawns. It was on my second visit that I found the ‘hotspots’. So far, the hot spots appear to be at the furthest pond, at the corners closest to the toilet, as well as the middle of the same pond, right at the pipe in the middle of the pond.
The prawns I’ve caught here range from tiny shrimps to good sized ones, but I’ve seen other people pulling out massive jumbos too. Talking to the pond operator, he told me that when the place had opened towards the end of May 2017, he had topped up the pond with 6kg of jumbo prawns, the massive ones about the length of a person’s forearm. In fact, he said that for that 6kg, he had only 20+ prawns. That means each prawn was averaging 400g to 500g PER PRAWN!?
My record so far for ATC Fishing Village at D’Kranji was 57 prawns, over 2kg!
I’ve not had the chance to hook on to one of these massive prawns yet, but on my first trip down, I saw someone else pulling out a massive prawn that was unfortunately already dead. I’m hoping that not all of these massive prawns are dead or caught yet because I’ve yet to catch my own jumbo! If you take a look at their Facebook page, you’ll see plenty of jumbos being caught too.
As I’ve mentioned, the facilities here have improved tremendously since they started. Food is available at the seafood restaurant, while cold drinks and instant noodles are also available at the counter. I must say that having Prawnmart’s tackle and pro-bait available here has been an incredible boon to me. Considering that I pretty much visit this place weekly, it’s super convenient for me to pick up all the little items I need.
If you go prawning often, you’ll find that the weekends or peak hours on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays can get incredibly crowded at most of the other ponds. ATC Fishing Village at D’Kranji has become my default place to chill out and indulge in a spot of prawning during those peak hours.
Check out my catch reports at ATC Fishing Village at D’Kranji here: