Convenient Options for Fishing in London

Fishing is a stress-relieving outdoor activity that is indulged in by many people, especially in London particularly during the summer. There are many lakes or ponds in the city that offer this facility. However, it is necessary to have a valid fishing rod license to indulge in this activity. In order to get this license for fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels in England, you have to be over 12 years of age. The license can be purchased from the Post Office or Environment agency. It is however necessary to check the local byelaws for the fishing area where you wish to do fishing. Coarse fishing is however closed between March 15 and June 15 (both days inclusive). Armed with your license, you can pursue your fishing activity and take advantage of the abundance of fish in London’s reservoirs, ponds and lakes. Some of the important places where you can do your fishing are mentioned below.

Clapham Common Ponds

Clapham Common Ponds are one of the few venues left in London that offer free fishing. These ponds are located between Clapham, Battersea and Balham and can be accessed from Balham by approaching Clapham Common along Balham High Road. You have to turn left into The Avenue at the traffic lights and then turn right into Windmill Drive. The ponds are quite popular with anglers and as such they are mostly very busy. You can only do fishing in Long, Mount and Eagle Pond and as such you should ensure that you are at the right place before pulling out your rod.

Besides your rod license, you also need to apply for a free permit to fish here, via Lambeth Council. In case you need any guidance, you can find fishing wardens moving around on weekends for your help. It is however important to abide by the seasonal signs. The best baits for fishing are boilies and trout pellets. The ponds are small but are well-stocked coarse fishing lakes and they have great potential on public common. They are controlled by Clapham, APS and Lambeth Council. The lake holds Carp to 20lbs, roach, bream and tench.

South Norwood Lake

This Croydon Lake has been the venue for local anglers for many years who have been angling here for some big carp and perch. You can purchase season tickets from the staff at the lake.
Visitors to London would find it most convenient to stay at hotels near Hogarth Road to be able to visit any of these lakes for angling.

Alexandra Palace Boating Lake

There is a serene fishing area in this lake that also has cute rowing boats and the lakeside Cafe nearby. The fishing area is open to visitors who can fish here for bream, carp and roach.

Epping Forest

The forest has more than 100 lakes and ponds out of which 24 can be used by anglers for fishing except during the closed season between March 15 and June 15 (both days inclusive). Anglers can fish in the serene streams (including Connaught Water and Pizzle Pit) without any problems as long as they follow the rules and obey signs. During the summer, junior angling training events also take place here. Staying at Park Grand Hotels provides comfortable accommodation and strategic locations along with affordable rates.

Walthamstow Reservoirs

Walthamstow’s nine individual reservoirs owned and operated by Thames Water are some of the best places to catch specimen coarse and game fish. You can do fly-fishing on reservoirs 4 and 5 all year round and catch best quality rainbow trout. For fishing here, you need a permit that can be purchased from The Gatehouse or self-service permit office. You will also need a rod license. A 10 percent discount on course and fly fishing season tickets is offered to Angling Trust members and the East Warwick reservoir can be used for free by Walthamstow Fly Fisher’s Club members.

The other Greater London coarse fishing venues include the following.
Colnbrook West Lake, West Drayton, Middlesex, Greater London: It is a very popular 4.5 acre venue that has a large head of Carp and other good sized bream, tench, roach, perch and rudd. Carp sacks are not allowed.

Fairlop Water, Barkingside, London:

It is a small coarse fishing lake that has carp to 32lbs, pike to 20lbs, small roach, perch and bream. Night fishing is not allowed.

Grand Union Canal, Hayes, Middlesex, England:

This is a coarse fishing venue that offers great roach fishing along with good shoals of bream. The canal also offers perch, pike, eels, carp and chub.

Lee Navigation, Enders Lock to Ponders End, Enfield, North London:

This coarse fishing venue stretch is 2.5 miles long, 16 metres across and has depths of 6ft at the middle. You can fish for bream to 5lbs, roach to 1lb, carp to 20lbs, pike to 18lbs and zander to 6lbs.

Lizard Fisheries, West Drayton, Greater London:

There are two man-made lakes here that provide some great coarse fishing especially in the warmer months. The main species found here include carp, bream, tench, roach, rudd and perch.

Orlitts Lake, West Drayton, Middlesex, England: This is a 10 acre coarse fishing lake that has many features and holds some large carp, good-sized tench, a small head of bream and some pike. You can do night fishing here.

River Thames (Ham – Petersham), Ham, Greater London:

This stretch of the River Thames used to offer some of the best river coarse fishing in the South East of England offering massive bags of roach and dace.

Stockley Lake, Hillingdon, Middlesex, England:

This attractive 4-acre coarse fishing gravel pit has good quantities of large carp and tench and good shoals of roach, rudd, perch and bream. In the colder months, it also offers pike fishing.

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