Picks Cottage Fishery is a five lake fishing complex available exclusively to members. Every lake on the complex is tailored to a different style of fishing to ensure some of the best sport available in the South East. Over the years we have invested in the complex to provide outstanding facilities and fish stocks for members. With an onsite tackle shop, café and toilet facilities, your time at our complex will always be enjoyable (even when the fish aren’t biting!).
“My 24 hour session at Picks Cottage was a long time coming. I’ve known about the venue for probably around 10 years now, I don’t know what’s taken me so long to get here. Work, family life, I can give you all the excuses. I finally got here and it was everything I imagined it to be. I think the draw for me at Picks Cottage is the type of carp that reside in here. There’s a real mixed bag and speaking with Jamie the owner, over the years they’ve stocked it with many different strains of fish plus there’s the originals. That makes for some really interesting fishing, you never know what you’re going to get”
The Float Pond
SPECIES: Carp, Tench & Crucians
PEGS: 5 (Inc. 1 Double Family Platform)
SIZE: 1/3 Acre
LAKE BOTTOM: Clean Clay
Developed in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Angling Trust, this intimate pond provides sustainable fishing for the traditionalist angler. A perfect location for members to introduce new comers to the grass roots of angling.
The Float Pond is used as our fishery stock pond to rear juvenile fish. The pond is planted with non-invasive marginal plants and extensive lilies to provide sanctuary and a sustainable habitat. During the winter the pond is protected by anti-cormorant netting, hence the Float Pond is only available from late Spring – early Autumn.
Top Match Lake
SPECIES: Carp (4-16lbs), Tench (1-7lbs), Bream (1-8lbs), Roach, Rudd & Perch
PEGS: 12 (Inc. 1 Double Family Platform)
SIZE: 1 Acre
LAKE BOTTOM: Clean Clay
The Match Lake offers a wide variety of species designed for match and pleasure anglers.
The lake is 1 acre in size with 12 well spaced pegs with a central island planted with a wide variety of plant species. We have also introduced numerous beds of lilies to provide additional features to fish to.
Middle Doughnut Lake
SPECIES: Carp (10-20lbs) & Wels Catfish (5-34lbs)
PEGS: 15 (Inc. 1 Disabled Swim)
SIZE: 1 Acre
LAKE BOTTOM: Clean Clay (Pegs 10-15), Weed/Silt (Pegs 1-9)
The Doughnut Lake is home to numerous double figure fish and great for a few runs. Some of the best fishing occurs during Spring and early Summer when the Carp feed from the surface. This lake is especially popular with families looking for a relaxed environment to enjoy specimen fishing.
Bottom S Lake
SPECIES: Carp (20-35lbs)
PEGS: 10 (Inc. 1 Disabled Swim)
SIZE: 1.5 Acres
LAKE BOTTOM: Weed/Silt
The S is our most challenging lake stocked with our largest specimen carp. With several residents exceeding 30lbs there are numerous 20lb+ fish many of which are named characters to target.
This beautifully mature lake is ideal for competent anglers looking to achieve a new PB. The rewards are there for anglers who adapt their angling approach. Critically balanced baits and pop ups often work best, it’s vital to lead your swim to find the best spots however.
The Barrow Lake
SIZE: 0.8 Acres
DEPTH: 7ft with submerged central island
LAKE BOTTOM: Heavy Weed/Clay
Refurbished in 2018, the Barrow Lake is stocked exclusively with Carp to 23lbs. The Lake has a submerged central island planted with lilies and large beds of weed. This small lake is very challenging and not for the feint hearted!