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Abbots lake - Stanstead Abbots

LOCATION:  Marsh Lane/Netherfield Lane, Stanstead Abbott’s,


Herts. SG12 8HL


SIZE:  Lake: 25 acres.



One of the premier big fish waters in the Lea Valley and offering angling for big carp, specimen tench and bream. The carping potential at Abbott’s Lake just keeps growing and there are now some 150 fish over 20lb with approximately 50 over 30lb, depending upon the time of year.



These carp are in superb condition and are continuing to show weight gains each year. The fishing is not easy at this venue but the rewards are there for all with a little time and effort.



The fish at Abbotts respond well to beds of particle, pellet and boilies and multiple catches can be had with well-positioned hookbaits.



During the spring months the fish are quite mobile and can be caught from all over the lake, so it’s worth keeping your eyes open. There are two shallow bays/pools on the east bank of this venue and once these areas see enough warm sunshine the fish like to visit them.



The lake does get very weedy during the summer months and the appropriate tackle should be used to cope in these situations. A heaver breaking strain line and safety lead clip system are advised.



The specialist approach for the venue’s tench and bream is the way to attack these two species, with balanced mini-boilies scoring well. Again, when fished over a bed of particles, the angler can have multiple catches.



The predators are somewhat of an unknown quantity at this venue. They don’t get angled for by many, or that often. In recent seasons, pike have been reported to 18lbs and perch have been caught, by accident, to over three pounds.



Larger specimens have been seen smashing into fry in the margins. It’s going to take someone to do a bit of pioneering for a season or two before we can say for sure what the potential is.





            Mirror Carp to 45lbs+.


            Common Carp to 41lbs.


            Tench to 12lb.


            Bream to 14lb.


            pike to 18lb.


            Perch to 3lb.





Permits for Abbotts Lake are valid from 1st April to 31st March.





2 Rods 01 April - 31 October.


3 Rods 01 November - 28th February.





A full list of syndicate rules is issued to every member.


Bait boats are not allowed







Lakes Website

LOCATION:  Marsh Lane/Netherfield Lane, Stanstead Abbott’s,


Herts. SG12 8HL


SIZE:  Lake: 25 acres.


Exit the M25 at junction 25 and head north on the A10. Exit the A10 at junction 5 signposted Ware and Harlow. Follow the road until you reach the roundabout and take the third exit, the B181, towards St. Margarets and Stanstead Abbotts. At the first roundabout go straight across, over the level crossing, and through Stanstead Abbotts.


At the end of Stanstead Abbotts High Street bear right at the roundabout into Roydon Road and after approximately 400 metres turn right into Marsh Lane and follow the track to the fishery.