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The Canals Trust have over 2,000 miles of waterway to look after for the many interest groups who use them. With so much water it is no wonder that fishing is high on the list of activities.
The Trust issues a Waterway Wanderers Permit that entitles you to fish on an impressive amount of water throughout England and Wales (for just £20).
Cambridge Fish Preservation Society
The Society have a lot to offer all over Cambridgeshire.
The have 15 miles on the 100 Foot drain, a tidal water where you can fish for skimmer bream and roach with the chance of a sea trout or flounder. The fishing extends from Earith to Wardy Hill.
In addition they have extensive lake and river fishing consisting of :
Burwell and Reaches Lodes, reputed to have been built by the Romans, new how to build fisheries in those days eh? Uniform, 15m wide 2 to 3 deep throughout, river / canal like but never floods. A good variety of fish including roach, lots of bream, tench, pike zander and carp to 20lbs and all untamed.
River Ganta, a narrow stream weedy with lily pads holding chub tp 6lbs, roach, perch and some brown trout.
The Old West near Pickwillow, 2 miles of Fen with tench, bream, silvers, skimmers, pike and zander.
The Cam, several stretches the river including Byrons Pool where the notorious poet took a dip.
The Commons (Midsummer Common Google Ref 52.209973, 0.130390 Post Code CB5 8DJ and Stourbridge Common 52.217408, 0.150847 Post Code CB5 8HY) holding roach, bream to 5lbs, chubb to 5lbs, pike to 20lbs and perch to 2lb.
Chesterton to Clayhythe, 2 sections of the river Cam with skimmers, roach, perch, bream, chub.
As for lakes the Society have a few including:
Barnwell Lake, a good family venue with several platforms for disabled anglers. Google Map Ref 52.212183, 0.151825 at the back of Cambridge United Fottball Stadium.
Heritage Lake a 3 acre lake near Cottenham with good stock of breeding roach, bream and carp (biggest carp so far 22lbs).
Anderson Lake, Longston has rudd, roach, perch, reserved for members only.
Mepal, Blocks A and B
Block A holds carp, roach rudd plus some tench, bream and perch. Carp to 24lbs but average 4 to 5.
Block B again members only with carp to the mid 30s, pike into the 20s plus perch, tench and bream.
Milton Park, 3 lakes mixed fisheries in a safe park environment with good parking, toilets and a place where you can buy light refreshments.
Great value membership. Call 01223 234616.
Permits from a number of outlets in the area:
Cooper and Sons and FJ Farrington in Cambridge; Stanjay Fishing Tackle in Godmanchester; Colbys Fishing Tackle in Littleport; Longstanton Post Office; Mill View Fishing Tackle in March; Carping On in Mildenhall; Hooked In Newmarket; Cambridge Carp Cabin in Pampisford, Benwick Stores in Soham.
Google Map Reference 52.237021 0.159319 Post Code CB24 6AZ for Milton Country Park.
Ferry Meadows Country Park
The park is located on the outskirts of Peterborough by Orton Wistow. There are 2 natural lakes available, Gunwade and Overton, fed by waters from the river Nene.
There is a good range of fish including bream, pike carp and zander producing bags of up to 150lb on occasion.
Gunwade has carp to the 30s, pike in the 20s, bream, tench 10+, eesl, zander in the high teens, plus roach, skimmers and hybrids.
There are 2 swims set aside for disabled anglers next to the sailing club where there is good access and toilets.
Permits can be bought from the bailiffs on the bank or you can get a season ticket which is inexpensive considering the quality of the fishing (juniors fish for free). You can also buy permits or members tickets from these shops in Peterborough:
Fish On in Lincoln Rd
Feltons in South Street
Webbs Tackle in Newark Av
Google Map Ref 52.567250, -0.307274 Post Code PE2 5UU
Head Fen Lakes
Near Downham, 3 lakes to 10 acres with 77 pegs available.The lakes are:
Tosh's Lake, 13 pegs with common and mirror carp, ghost carp bream, to 6lbs.
Trevs Lake, 36 pegs designed for float / pole fishing, chub, bream, barbel, roach, perch tench, crucians and carp to doubles.
Snake Lake, 28 pegs 13m wide and 2 to 4 feet deep throughout with just carp in the 1 to 7lb range.
Permits include a concession ticket for disabled anglers and a carer.
Call 07971 574375 or 07831 810052
Google Map Ref 52.469966, 0.237293 Post Code CB6 2EP
Roookery Farm Fishery
Located near Pidley, Rookery is based on a farm where they have developed a fishery with 5 varied lakes.
The lakes are:
Rook, the oringinal former irragition storage pool. 1 hectare, 4 metres deep, with 32 double stages. Carp to 20lbs, tench to 10, barbel, tench and goldfish.
Magpie, 1 hectare, irregular shaped with 2 islands, maximum depth 2 metres with a marginal shelf to 0.5m, 32 pegs. Carp and tench to 10lbs, chub, roach, rudd, goldfish.
Jay, a match lake designed for pole fishing, like a looped canal. 1.5 m deep. Carp, tench, barbel to 10lbs, chub, roach, goldfish.
Jackdaw, a pleasure fishery with 7 pegs, roach, perch, rudd, tench, brown goldfish and carp to 3lbs (with a few to wake you up).
Raven, 29 pegs, canal style. 13 to 14 metres wide with parking behind each peg. Carp to 10lb, tench, brown goldfish, F1s to 6lbs. They stocked this water with 4,000 F1s and mirrors so there is a bit of a chance of a good day out.
On site there is a tackle shop and a cafe. The cafe is fully ramped and has a toilet for disabled visitors. There is good car parking with a toilet block which also includes another loo for disabled anglers and visitors. Because of the wildlife Rookery encourages visitors to come for a walk, for bird watching and even school visits.
Matches can be arranged. For bookings and further information call 07824 878492.
Google Map 52.405637, -0.032615 Post Code PE28 3DF
Waterbeach Angling Club
Waterbeach Angling Club offers fishing on a number of locations to members and day tickets holder (tickets for some waters can be bought on the bank) including:
Magpie Lake at Landbeach. A canal style lake with carp to 16lbs roach over 2lbs. A popular float and pole beat.
Rex Aitkins Water has carp to over 18lbs good bream, silver fish and roach The island in the middle of the lake attracts the carp.
Layland Water, carp to over 35lbs very big bream and tench plus rudd and roach. Call 07759977513 to enquire about membership and (limited) day tickets.
River Cam the club have 6 sections of the Cam, wild fishing for what ever species you bump into. The waters are at: Cam Sailing Club, Hartleys Wash, Burts Wash, Sanders Wash, Cutris's Wash, Swaffam Lode.
Old West Lagoon near Stetham. Wild fishing for rudd, bream and roach.
The club have also set up a swim designed to accommodate disabled anglers.
For enquiries call 07759 977513
Google Map Ref for Landbeach area lakes 52.267530, 0.171875
A1500 acre reservoir near Kimbolton just off the A1 where over 65% of trout caught weighing over 2lbs and fish to 15lb caught every year. A renowned fishery built over 40 years ago Grafham has inspired many of the still water fishery tactics we all employ today.
Bank and boat fishing available with a number of permit options from half day to season. A wheelyboat is available, call 01480 816531 to book.
Predator fishing is also big on Grafham, when I say big I mean the fish with pike to 40lbs, zander to 20lbs and perch to 4lb+. 16th May to 31st January you can fish the fly for predators, 1st September to 30th September you can use lures and 1st October to 31st January you can use lures and sea dead bait. Just bring a bigger net.
Permits available from the tackle shop on site.
Google Map 52.290228, -0.318073 Post Code PE8 0DW