Angling Times (UK) - - UK FISHERIES -

INCE its open­ing in 1994, Blue­bell Lakes has be­come one of, if not the very best big-fish day-ticket wa­ter in the coun­try. With carp to 50lb and a mas­sive num­ber of smaller spec­i­mens in the 20lb to 30lb bracket you can see why this Northamptonshire venue is a great choice for the carpers.

How­ever, while carp are what Blue­bell Lakes is fa­mous for, they aren’t the only species worth fish­ing. Huge pike recorded to 41lb, beau­ti­ful bream, tench, chub, perch and roach over 2lb also at­tract an­glers.

There are five lakes to choose from – two big- fish wa­ters, King­fisher and Swan, two mixed fish wa­ters, Blue­bell and Sand­martin, and the stocked carp wa­ter Mal­lard.

All the lakes hold carp, but if it’s sil­ver­fish you want in the form of roach and bream then Blue­bell Lake pro­vides the best chance. Here the slabs go to dou­ble fig­ures and you can catch these by fish­ing into the open wa­ter with a ground­bait feeder.

If tench are you thing then Sand­martin is the best lake to head to, es­pe­cially if you seek out the shal­low pegs.

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