Angling & fisheries

Angling and fisheries

The current portfolio of angling venues includes 27 Gravel Pits and 18 stretches of River/Flood Channel that facilitate coarse angling comprising of 30 different venues of which 15 are directly managed by the Fisheries department, 14 are licensed to Angling Clubs, Societies and Consortia and one which is jointly managed.

Waiting List

Waiting List Venues (Ashley, Bowyers, Glen Faba and North Met Pit).
Currently have a limited number of 2019-2020 Permits available!
Please click here for further details


The Authority’s fisheries are truly regional as a natural development of its eutrophic gravel pits, post aggregate extraction. These fisheries have carved a niche in a flourishing and currently most popular section of modern angling. This, coupled with the unique pioneering partnerships with the country’s major conservation bodies has pushed the Authority’s Fisheries to the forefront of sustainable, environmentally compatible, responsible specimen angling.

The unique section of Old River Lea (Sir Isaac Walton’s river) and the Lea Flood Relief Channel constitute the country’s premier Chub fishery, where we recently held the British river record for the species and is one of only four natural Barbel rivers in the United Kingdom.

The Old Lea itself is a magnet countrywide for specimen anglers. Geographically, Lee Valley Regional Park as a whole caters for all disciplines in modern freshwater angling. However, the current 25 strong angling venues under Authority ownership offer a diversification of specimen coarse angling that barely satisfies local catchment, M25 corridor or national needs.

Permits and tickets

To fish in Lee Valley Regional Park you'll need to purchase a Season Permit for the fishery you intend to visit: application forms are available by postal application only from Lee Valley Park Fisheries. For Day Ticket fishing on Banjo Lake and Stock Pit you must book in advance by texting the Fishery Bailiff on 07907 212035 or emailing

An Environment Agency rod licence will also be needed to fish in Lee Valley Regional Park.  These can be obtained from Post Offices.  Permits and licences need to be available for inspection at all times when fishing in the Regional Park. 

NB: all fish must be returned alive into the venue from which they are caught.

Site information

Our comprehensive guide, Get Hooked details all the angling available in the park. To receive a copy call the Fisheries Office on 01992 892 291, email or click on the right hand side of the page on the image of the Get Hooked guide book to view online.

Useful contact numbers

Environment Agency

General enquiries: 01707 632 300
Emergency: 0800 807 060

Closed season: all riverine systems continue with the mandatory close season of 15 March - 15 June inclusive. The only exception within the park is the Lea Navigation from Bow Locks to Aquaduct Lock. Therefore, from the Navigation northwards and ALL rivers, streams, flood channels are closed to any form of angling whatsoever (including Crayfish trapping). ALL gravel-pits, lakes and ponds which facilitate angling are open all year round and are therefore not included in the closures mentioned above.

Site management

There's an ongoing programme of consolidation and improvements carried out by the Fisheries Team, the Fisheries Task Force, Honorary Wardens and Volunteers. This takes the form of both a proactive response to the regular monitoring, bi-annual surveys, data collection and the weekly Honorary Warden reporting which collectively formulates planning for restocking, repairs and improvements to both directly managed and licenced fisheries.

Fisheries both support and actively assist in the development of the Authority’s Biodiversity Action Plan.


Lee Valley Regional Park offers a range of options to the specimen angler. From large, open gravel pits to smaller mature lakes, from vast flood relief system to the intimate and wild feeling Old River Lee. All residing species grow to and are regularly caught at specimen weights with Carp to over 50lb, Barbel to over 17lb, Chub over 9lb, Perch over 5lb, Bream over 16lb, Tench 14lb.
Please take a look through our Get Hooked guide for more information. 
The Lee Valley Fisheries team directly manage the following:   
Abbotts Lake
Banjo Lake
Stock Pit
Glen Faba
Dobbs Weir Disabled Site
Nazeing Meads
Admirals Walk 
Slipe Lane Pits
North Met Pit 
Bowyers Water
Waltons Walk and Cornmill Stream, Waltham Abbey
You can find out more about our angling sites here or have an overall look at our map
Some of our fisheries are licenced to angling clubs, societies and consortia. Find out who’s running your local fishery and who to contact here
Our fisheries are situated throughout Essex and Hertfordshire. See our prices, how to apply or join a waiting list on our tickets section.
Our gravel pits are open all year round with the river systems following the traditional closed season from 15 March – 15 June All fish must be returned to where they were caught alive. Our dedicated team manage our Fisheries to ensure our high standards of sustainable and environmental practice are being followed by all. To read more about the rule and conditions of our angling venues please click here.
If you have any questions about our sites please email our fisheries team.


Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (Fisheries)

Holyfield Hall Farm
Stubbins Hall Lane
Waltham Abbey
Essex EN9 2EG

03000 030622
01992 892 300 (fax)

Waiting Lists


Waiting List Venues (Ashley, Bowyers, Glen Faba and North Met Pit).
Currently have a limited number of 2019-2020 Permits available!
Please click here for further details


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