Blue­bell Lakes

...and the com­plex holds other spec­i­men fish as well

Angling Times (UK) - - UK FISHERIES -

IF YOU keep abreast of an­gling you can’t have failed to hear about Blue­bell Lakes and its mas­sive carp, in­clud­ing fa­mous res­i­dents Dave and the Z-Fish.

But there’s much, much more to this mas­sive ar­ray of for­mer gravel pits turned fan­tas­tic fish­ery than sit­ting it out for the carp of a life­time.

Those big fish rightly grab the head­lines. Where else can you buy a day ticket and catch a 50lb fish? That’s why an­glers from all over the UK pitch up at Blue­bell for weeks on end. If you don’t want carp, the six lakes hold much, much more with the tench and bream sport equally im­pres­sive, and there’s even river fish­ing for those who fancy a bit of run­ning wa­ter ac­tion.

Top carp lakes is King­fisher, home to sev­eral carp in the 40lb range, but all waters on site hold them too and Sand­martin is rel­a­tively un­der­fished. You may catch within a 12-hour ses­sion, but nor­mally a week­end stay will en­sure plenty of ac­tion.

For the tench, head to Sand­martin Lake, where the fish av­er­age 8lb, while for bream Mal­lard Lake is home to a hand­ful of very big fish to 16lb.

If bites are the tar­get, fish Blue­bell Lake, where the big res­i­dent shoals of bream av­er­age around the 5lb mark.

River fans can check out the River Nene that flanks the lakes, stuffed full of lit­tle fish plus some big perch, pike and carp as well as bream shoals.

Run­ning through the mid­dle of the com­plex is the Wil­low Creek, a fast-flow­ing sidestream off the main river that’s great for catch­ing roach, perch, gud­geon and small chub on the float.

Visit the weir at the top of the stream and you may just find an elu­sive bar­bel!

Con­tact: 01777 818524 or visit­ Lo­ca­tion: Tan­sor, Oun­dle, Northants, PE8 5HP Prices: Day tick­ets from £10, longer ses­sion tick­ets and bud­get evening tick­ets avail­able Rules: No keep­nets or sacks, bar­b­less hooks only, no braided main­lines, no live­bait­ing, no nuts, chick peas or trout pel­let Fa­cil­i­ties: Toi­lets, show­ers and tackle shop

Blue­bell Lakes, Tan­sor, Oun­dle, Northants, PE8 5HP

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