Chichester Lakeside Fishery Verified

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NUNNERY – An Elongated 1.5 acre pool with a few carp up to 28lb. Tench to 4lb, Rudd, Roach and Perch. It has become very weedy and there is plenty of bank side cover where fish can be found close into the margins. A difficult water to fish.
It is hoped to commence work on this lake in winter 2017
DEEP – As its name suggests, this water was partially drained and major works done to improve fishing in the spring of 2011. All the large carp and pike were removed leaving Bream to 8lb Tench to 9lb along with a large head of Roach, Rudd and Perch. It was then re stocked with approximately 2500 small carp between 4 to 10ozs in April / May time. Please note that the bridal path swims are quite steep. Light float tackle/ pole set up, small hooks with maggots, casters or soft pellet fished on the drop will work well, and loose feeding occasionally will keep the fish interested. It has proved to be a very popular water for the young angler and pleasure angler who want an enjoyable days fishing. Again this can be a very weedy lake in the summer. This lake has been identified as in need of major works commencing winter 2017.
TRIANGLE – small 1.5 ACRE water which can be quite a challenge due to heavy weed in the summer months. Carp to 34lb Tench to 7lb and Pike to 20lb can be caught along with. Fish over beds of particles or a boilie approach for the carp; float fished caster corn or maggot for the Tench. During the Pike season dead baits especially dyed sprat’s work well.
COPSE – A seven acre water, fishing is from 2 banks only, this lake is a good tester of skills for the intermediate Carp angler looking to catch hard fighting Commons and tricky Mirrors up to 30lb with an average depth of 6ft deeper spots can be found, this lake is a good night water and pre –baiting with particles can be an advantage especially if a silt covered gravel patch can be located. Other species are found in this water; watch out for the swan mussels.
EAST LAKE – At 12 acres this an intermediate and sometimes tricky water to fish, populated with Common Carp between 6 – 14lb. There are bigger fish in the lower and upper twenties including a thirty known as the Small Tailed Mirror. In 2014 the lake produced its first 30lb Common.  There is also a large head of Tench to 10lb and bream to 8lb plus Rudd and Roach. Day or night the lake can fish well with fish responding to a variety of tactics small pva / mesh bags of pellet, boilie whole or crushed, light spodding of particles then fish over with tiger nut, halibut pellets. Fruit flavoured boilies especially pineapple work well, heavy baiting is not advised as the fish move all the time and do not respond to big beds of bait. The lake itself is divided by a bar which runs mid way across the lake and links up to the island which is a good fish magnet, swims either side of the bar often produce and a walk around the far side of the lake will often find a quieter and sometimes more productive swim. The Bream and Tench can be caught on any methods but due to the nature of the water they tend to fall to Carp tackle and baits, there are silver fish but they are not really fished for. This is good starter water for the novice Carper who wants to catch fish or simply water for any angler that wants to put a bend in a rod. 36 Stock fish from VS fisheries went in in November of last year at an average weight of 9lb it is hoped that over the next 2 – 3 years they will reach nearly 20lb in weight.
WEST LAKE – an intermediate and at times productive water which is large shallow and weedy in places, it can be fished from 3 banks. Carp up to 43lb have been caught with a good head of Tench and Pike the latter up to 36lb.Being quite an expanse of water a session is advisable and pre baiting with particles or good quality Boilies can be an advantage. The Tench can be caught from all areas, the bank which separates East and West can often prove productive where as the north bank has shown to fish well for Carp. In winter the bay on the bridal path has given up some of the lakes better Pike.
In the past West was not as heavily fished as the other lakes on the complex however more anglers are now fishing due to the increase in some of the resident Carp packing on the weight. West offers a good challenge for the angler who is prepared to wait. The cow shed bank as it is known has produced some sizable fish from the margins. The Eel population can be problematic at times. In February of this year large expanses of reed and bulrush were removed from the summer bay and new swims have been built to cope with the demand for this popular day ticket water.
RUNCTON – Syndicate Lake.- £480.00
Invitation only or on recommendation from an existing syndicate member.
VINNETROW – Syndicate Lake – £500.00
Invitation only or on recommendation from an existing syndicate member.
PECKHAM / BOATING LAKE gin clear and very shallow it holds a small head of Carp up to 25lb some Pike and a well spread out population of specimen Tench. Silver fish plus the odd Bream can also be caught. Fishing is from the bridal path and main road bank only. Strictly no fishing on the approach road bank to the park. Early morning late evening sessions for the Tench are a good bet, the margins are deep so no need for a long cast. The lake does get weedy but is still fishable float fished sweet corn, banded pellet, red maggot do well or find a clear spot along the bridal path margins and fish boilie or particle for the elusive Carp.
LEYTHORNE at 5 acres a deep and in the summer picturesque pool with lots of flowering lily pads that cover a lot of the lake area. Fishing is from all 4 banks and care must be taken if you fish from the roadside banks some of the swims are tight and tucked away. Mirror carp up to 28lb along with some hard fighting Commons can be caught. Tench up to 5lb Bream up to 6lb and plenty of silver fish can also be caught. The lake is deep up to 9ft in parts and during the summer months the bottom can be very weedy, float fishing with light tackle or a pole can be a good approach for the Tench and silver fish and you don’t have to fish far out for the Carp which are mainly late evening, night and early morning feeders, a bed of particles fished over with a balanced tiger nut can be a successful method. A difficult water due to it being weedy but worth a bit of pre-baiting with particles to get the fish interested a weed rake is worth using to clear a spot.
At 52 acres Ivy is the largest of all the lakes, due to the local water ski ing club having a lease on the North basin anglers can only fish the South basin. The swims are all well constructed and offer a comfortable area to fish from. This lake like West and Runcton has the potential to produce some big Carp up to 39lb being caught as well as specimen sized Bream and Tench. The lake is relatively shallow and finding features with a marker float is essential some of the weed can be heavy but find clear spot bait up and wait. The fish show regularly in bays and travelling through the channels. Good quality bait is essential. If you find the big fish proving to be elusive get the float tackle out and fish for the Rudd which provides some fun fishing.
All the lakes hold non migratory Eels some up to specimen size, all though not every angler likes them some serious Eel hunters fish the lakes due to their size, they can be difficult to unhook due to the way that they have a tendency to gorge hook baits so please do your best at unhooking.

The lakes are patrolled on a regular basis by the Head Bailiff and his staff who are all experienced and knowledgeable anglers and their advice is well worth listening to. Due to size of the fishery there will always be work in progress and it is regrettable that there may be times when some areas may be closed for work to take place if this is the case prior notice will be given. Over the winter period major works have been carried out to improve overall access around the lakes. At certain times of the year charity events, sponsored fish in’s as well as carp matches may be organised again prior notice will be given. These events will be planned for 1 weekend in mid-April, mid-May and mid-Sept. East Lake is normally the venue for these events due to the high head of fish.

All the lakes do have resident wildlife and anglers should note that during the breeding and nesting season the population of Mute Swans, Canada and Greylag geese on the lakes can be very territorial and aggressive. In the case of nesting Swans on no account should an attempt be made to approach a nesting Cob or Pen. Anglers are also requested to keep to footpaths and only fish from identified swims, please take any litter away or use the bins provided – and most important of all please do not discard line or hooks.
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