With so many pike fishing waters in the UK, it can be a bit of a mission to decide where to go and target some good fish. I’m quite lucky living where I do, I have plenty of pike fishing near me right on my doorstep. But If you are not fortunate enough to have such pike waters on your where you live then where do you go?
In this article, I shall show you some of the good pike fishing near me and how to get there. As well as letting you know about any amenities that are available to you when you get there.
I will also cover a few decent trout and zander waters just in case that is also your thing. Let’s start off by looking at the mighty Esthwaite Estate
The Esthwaite Estate
Known as one of the best pike and Trout fisheries in England, Esthwaite Fishery is located in the heart of the Lake District. It is no little water at 280 acres of glacial lake in size, it’s perfect for boat or bank fishing.
The staff at Esthwaite are very knowledgeable and equally as helpful, pointing you in the right direction for that fish of a lifetime. As well as trout up to 16lb, the Pike grows to a known whopping 46lb, so you really are in with a chance of your personal best!
Early season is the best time to get your lures in the water, dead bait is the other favoured tactic.
The Facilities At Esthwaite
At Esthwaite Fishery they accommodate the disabled fisherman/woman, with disabled parking, boats, and disabled toilets. They also boast a well-stocked onsite tackle shop and onsite cafe. Fishing tuition is also available for an extra cost. At Esthwaite you can take your own boat as well as hire one of their own.
The Rules At Esthwaite
1. All fishermen to have an environment agency license.
2. Trout fishing between sunrise and sunset.
3. Everyone to use barbless hooks.
4. People fishing the banks don’t damage fences, walls, buildings etc.
5. One rod at a time for trout fishing.
6. Trout spinners no bigger than 5cm long.
7. No piking between 1st April and 30th September.
8. Sorry no dogs allowed.
9. ABSOLUTELY NO LITTER.
For a full list of rules and regulations and prices at Esthwaite please go to:
Chew Valley Lake
I have some truly awesome pike fishing near me. But nothing comes close to the mighty Chew Valley. Chew Valley is renowned for holding some real big old ladies, the current record Pike standing at an impressive 44lb 6oz, it may only be a matter of time before the British record gets caught here.
The previous record stood at 40lb 8oz caught whilst fly fishing, the Trout are equally as impressive with the brownies reaching 22lb 7oz, and the rainbow coming in at 14lb 9oz.
Chew Valley is a prime place for fly fishing for the Pike. With plenty of features and varying depths from between 14ft in the shallows up to 37ft in the deepest parts, you have a very good chance of plopping that fly within striking distance of that eluded whopper.
You can fly fish for pike here all through the trout season, but dead bait and lure fishing is restricted to 41 days a year.
The Facilities At Chew
Chew Valley has got a good well-stocked tackle shop called Woodford Lodge. Catering for all types of freshwater fishing. The shop staff are experienced anglers who are more than happy to share their expertise and local knowledge with you.
Chew Valley also caters to disabled anglers by providing disabled access and a wheeled boat that you can get a wheelchair into. There are also onsite disabled toilets.
Bury Hill Fisheries
Bury Hill is situated in Dorking Surrey. Bury Hill has been popular since the 1960s for catching a variety of good quality fish including big Pike and double-figure Zander.
The complex is nearly twenty acres in size and consists of four lakes including Old bury hill lake, which holds some good double-figure Zander to 16lb, and Pike up to 30lb have been known to come out of there.
Old Bury Hill lake is twelve acres in size and has seventy-five fishable pegs, and lined with reed beds and lily pads it truly makes it a naturally beautiful venue to fish. Most fishing is done from the bank but little boats are available to reach those hard to get places.
The Facilities At Bury Hill
Bury Hill has a fine array of facilities. They have both ladies’ and gents’ toilets which are more than adequate for the disabled anglers among us and kept nice and clean. All the lakes including Old Bury Hill lake are disabled-friendly with platforms on which you can get a wheelchair, and nice big swims in case you need that helping hand with you.
If you ring up beforehand you can book a swim that’s nice and close to the car park and easy to get to.
There’s a nice cafe waiting for you if the fish aren’t biting with a nice view across the lake. Onsite also, is a well-stocked tackle shop supplying everything you need for that perfect day’s fishing. For more information on Bury Hill and a full list of rules and prices please visit their website. http://www.buryhillfisheries.co.uk/fishery/
UK Trout Fisheries
Ringstead Grange Trout fishery is situated near Kettering Northamptonshire, if boat fishing, it is advisable to book in advance. At Ringstead, they stock the lake on a weekly basis, and there are camping facilities nearby. Click the link to check out the full rules and regulations.
Avington Trout fishery consists of three lakes and a stretch of the River Itchen. In the river stretch, you will find wild Brown Trout as well as Grayling, the lakes themselves hold impressive Rainbows up to 20lb+. There is a well-stocked on-site tackle shop and cafe which is also fully licensed. You can find Avington Trout fishery in Winchester Hampshire.
Rockbourne Trout fishery is in the New Forest on the outskirts of the village Rockbourne. It has six well-maintained lakes totaling fifty-five acres in size. The lakes are well stocked with Rainbows, Brownies, Sandy Blue and Lilac Trout. The lake’s record currently stands at 19lb.
Where To Catch Zander
Frisby lakes are made up of a 36-acre gravel pit and a 16-acre gravel pit. It also boasts a well-stocked on-site tackle shop. The average stamp of Zander in the main lake is between 6lb and 12lb, with the biggest so far being 14lb 3oz. Frisby Lakes are situated nr Melton Mowbray Leicestershire.
Bury hill fishery is situated in Dorking surrey. It consists of four lakes totaling twenty acres in size. The Zander in the Old lake goes up to over 16lb in size, which is truly a magnificent Fish to get on to the bank. For more information please click on the link.