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WATER LEVELS: Due to serious drought in the region we have already closed the doughnut and Jacobs creek along with pegs 22 to 28 on the Big Lake, for fish and angler safety. The Traditional Lake has now re-opened due to raised water levels but still please fish with care.  Match lake 1 is open for day anglers but pegs 16 to 19 are closed for NIGHT FISHING, all other night fishing pegs are still available for bookings.  There are now 12 fishable swims on the Canal.

Anglers are advised to call before travelling long distances for updates on levels. Anglers must also ensure they pack their waders as they may have to walk into the water to catch and release fish. 

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Traditional Lake

The Traditional Lake is set amongst the most beautiful surroundings at the far end of the complex, is 6 acres with a small island in the middle.

Anglers can fish a maximum of 2 rods and bait boats are not permitted on this lake.

It’s a smaller version of the Big Fish Lake with carp up to 30lb, Bream over 10lb and Tench to 10lb.  There’s plenty of Roach and Rudd to be had too.  Many anglers visit the Traditional Lake to get a bend in the rod if they usually fish larger hard waters. 

The swims are all wood chipped and even, with easy access to the bank from your vehicle.  These swims are suitable for you if you’re unsteady on your feet or have mobility problems, as they provide easy swim access and you can park almost just behind your swim.

Night Fishing:


Night fishing is getting very popular on this lake and with the limited swims booking is advised.  Please call the shop to register and book a space (not an allocated swim) to avoid disappointment. 

Number of pegs:

20 fishable pegs with 16 of them Night Fishing Pegs only.

Night fishing pegs:

3 – 5
10 - 12
15 – 19
22, 24 & 25
29 & 30

View Night Pegs Map

Water Depth:  Ranges from 6-9 foot.

Fish Species:

  • Carp to 29lb
  • Bream & Tench to 10lb
  • Rudd, Perch, Roach & Eels

Fishing Tips:


There is minimal weed in the water and a band of silt runs around the entire lake about two rod lengths out.

Don’t fish too far out, 2 – 4 rods lengths out is sufficient enough (maximum cast 25m only) and there’s no need to cast right to the island.  Don’t forget the margins!

Bait wise, try meat, corn or maggot. Pale boilies work well such as Mainline Salty Squid and Peaches & Cream.  A lot of meat goes into the lake so give the Bait-Tech Poloni range a go too.

If you’re fishing for Carp try a Zig-Rig in the warmer weather. </