Abbotts Lake, formerly licenced by the Authority to CEMEX (RMC) Angling, is one of the premier big fish waters in the Lee Valley! At just over 28 acres in size it contains a cracking head of specimen Carp including several fish over the 40lb mark. The lake is made up of islands, shallows, open water areas and bays. The swims are comfortable and constructed to a high standard and good access is available.
The water is primarily fished for its large, well known Carp such as the ‘River Fish’ and the ‘Chub Common’ which broke the lake record in Autumn 2011 at 45lb 12oz. There are a number of specimen Bream present, to over 16lb, along with Tench and Pike to double figures.
The Carp tend to show themselves regularly during the productive periods so keep a watch for activity and be prepared to move to get on them. Fish can be spotted during the Summer months cruising on the shallows so targeting the drop-offs around these areas can be a good bet.
The lake is a typical gravel pit with numerous underwater features. Modern Carp tactics and baits will produce. Strong tackle is recommended as the fish are large, fight hard and will try to bury themselves in weed.
There is a two rod limit for the period 1st April to 30th September. Three rods are allowed from 1st Oct to 31st March. Strictly no fishing from the bund or in the nature reserve behind it. No casting onto the out-of-bounds shallow areas.
Please note the fishery is shared with a sailing club which can become busy at times.
Abbotts Lake is run as a limited member Day/Night Season Permit fishery. A waiting list is in operation for this venue. For details on permit availability please go to the website www.leevalleyangling.com and click on the ‘Waiting Lists’ tab.