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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).
Bury Hill Angling Club
4 lakes located in the grounds of a 200 year old estate with mature wooland and shrubery to the waters edge, picture post card stuff.
The lakes are: Old Lake, a 12 acre lake 75 pegs with boats (punts) for hire. Old Lake holds a variety of fish but is known for it's big carp which go to 30lbs+, specimen bream and tench to doubles, roach, rudd, perch, big crucians and chub.
There are large pike and zander. The season for predators is 1st October to 14th March inclusive.
Boat fishing down in the "jungle" is the only way as the banks are unfishable. Big tench and crucians.
Milton Lake is a 3 acre 30 peg lake which benefits from being part of the aeration system. The lake is managed to suit anglers who enjoy fishing for the tench, roach, rudd, crucians, perch and bream by taking out the bigger carp each year.
Bonds Lake 20 pegs, a runs water with lots of single and double carp. Again part of the aeration system.
Temple Lake, after spending a quarter of a million pounds building 4 acre lake in 2002 and even delaying opening for a year until they got the right pure English stock the club has produced an enviable fishery with 90 doubles, a dozed 30s and 2 or more 40s. They recon some fish have gained 7lbs in a year so expect to hear of a 50 in the years to come. There are common, linear, mirror and ghost carp. An island and lots of under water features create hot spots and with just 15 pegs there is no crowding. Temple is for members only.
There are a number of membership options each with an annual membership, day, day and night, occasional. Being a member you get a reduced price day ticket and can fish on Temple. The club are introducing an online ticket system with an electronic gate.
The fishery is disabled friendly. There is secure parking, a cafe, a tackle shop and toilets.
Club and match booking taken for a minimum of 10 pegs, call 01306 883621
Google Map 51.222153, -0.353476 Post Code RH4 3JU
Located on Popes Lane near Holland this fishery has 2 lakes, Edenbrook and Meridian.
Edenbrook is 2.7 acres with just 12 swims all of which are accessible to disabled anglers. This tree lined lake is 3 to 7ft deep with some deep pots, there are 2 islands. The lake is stocked with carp to 37lbs.
Meridian is a 1.5 acre water stocked with carp 1lb to high doubles.
Permits on offer for 24hrs, 60hrs, weeks, nights. Camping can be arranged. There are toilets and showers in site.
Book on line, call 01883 722029
Google Map 51.229470, 0.001191 Post Code RH8 9PL
Farnham Angling Society
Over 100 years old the society has accumulated an impressive 32 venues for pleasure, match and specimen fishing on river and still waters.
In fact much as we would like to describe what is on offer their web site does it better (there is just too much for my one fingered typing)
As a taster, at Frensham Little Pond there are carp to 40lb and pike to 29lb (they are gonna need a bigger pond). Mill Lane however has true specimens with bells on, a mirror weighing 53lb 8ozs, a common at 40lbs, 8ozs, a grass carp at 37. 8ozs and a kio (yes a koi) 32lb plus pike to 27 and bream to 18lbs.
At bagshot there are catfish to 68lbs and big carp.
There is a Complex of 4 lakes and a stretch of the Blackwater at Yateley. They also have fishing on the Loddom, Wey and Whitewater
They have good access for disabled anglers on some fisheries as well as dedicated swims for wheelchair users.
Membership is very reasonably priced especially considering the fishing available with discounts for disables , senoirs, juniors, students. Details on the web site.
They have an active junior section. I also note that you must attend a course on handling predators before you go fishing for them.
Goldaming Angling Society
I sometimes wonder if it wasn't for angling club fishing would be less accessible, more expensive and support for juniors and disabled less well developed. Goldaming do very well in this regard. Established in 1881 the club now has 8 still water fisheries as well as 8 miles of the river Wey.
The lakes are;
Woodlake, Busbridge, 5 acres with carp and pike to 30lbs plus. There are 40 swims with pegs 1 to 5 reserved for disabled anglers with several other pegs accessible with some assistance. There is a portaloo on site. Oh, as well as those big carp and pike there are perch, roach, rudd, bream and tench. No Day Tickets.
Bramley Park, 3 acres, crucians, bream, roach, chub, gudgeon, and some specimen grass carp. It is wheelchair accesible but the are are no loos. No Day Tickets. Post Code GU5 0JP.
Broadwater, 10 acres with carp to over 30lbs, night fishing allowed. Lots of roach, rudd, perch to 3lbs, some crucians, and tench. There are 2 car parks with a made footpath to the clubhouse and toilets (M & F). There is level access from the main road parking to all swimms. No Day Tickets. Post Code GU7 3BX.
Marsh Farm, the Society has built two lakes and a small coaching pond on this site. The lakes are:
Hill Pond is 0.5 ares, it is the coaching pond stocked with crucians, perch, tench to 7lbs, rudd, roach and gudgeon. No Day Tickets.
Harris Lake is 3.5 acres with 45 swims. A mixed fishery with crucians to 4lbs, tench to 10lbs, roach, rudd, perch, chub. Day Tickets Available
Richardsons Lake, 3.6 acre, 55 swims, a mixed fishery with crucians, to 4lbs, tench to 9lbs, roach, rudd, perch to 3lbs and bream to 5lbs. Day Tickets Available
In addition to the above the Society have a coaching school in the pavillion with 300 juniors developing their skills on site. There is a tackle shop, Appollo Angling Centre, and hot drinks and snacks are available.
There are male and female toilet (with under floor heating!) and toilets for the disabled.
As for accessiblity the Society has gone to great lengths to make most of the site accessible with ramps, made paths, blue badge holders can drive to swims and park in designated parking bays.
Johnsons, 21 acres, a mixed fishery on a secure site stocked with common and mirror carp to 30lbs, crucians to 4lbs, tench to doubles, roach, rudd, perch to 4lbs+. The Railway Bank is disabled friendly. There are 3 car parks each with portaloos. No Day Tickets.
Winkworth, a trout fishery where Society members can get a discount. 5 acres stocked with rainbows and brown trout to 7lbs.
River Wey the club have fishing for about 8 miles on the river and navigable channel. The beats are:
Upper Easing, mixed coarse, trout and grayling,
Salgasson, mixed, trout and grayling.
Upper and Lower Common Meadows, on the towpath side of the river and navigable channel. Chub to 6lbs, carp and pike to 20lbs, barbel double, roach, dace, gudeon and bream.
Trunley Heath, a wild and wynding stretch of water, a roving angers water hunting for perch, chub, carp and pike to doubles, barbel, roach, dace, trout, bleak and gudgeon.
Guildford Town Bridge to Trigs Lock. There are 2 secured places at Trigs Lock for disabled anglers. The key can be obtianed from the Hon Sec.
Day tickets from Apollo Angling Centre
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Thorpe Lea Fishery
Just off the M25 and M3 near Egham this is a 60 swim carp fishery stocked in 2003 with 2,500 Drayton Reservoir Carp to 18lbs. The fish have grown on a bit since them with 1 in 3 being in the 20s, with a know 27 in the thirties.
Day and 24hr tickets, no advance booking, first come basis.
There is a tackle shop, snack bar, toilets on site, free transport too and from swims for disabled anglers ( a small charge for others), secure parking.
Call 01784 494182 or for the bailiff call,01934000559.
Google Map 51.418095, -0.536167Post Code TW20 8RH
Many trout fisheries are man made with flat clear banks which are suitable for anglers with mobility issues, may even be suitable for wheelchair use. To date I have found no trout fisheries in Surrey that say they have specific facilities for disabled anglers.