Fishery Information

 

 

THE OLD RIVER LEA

 

3,900 metres of the east bank from the confluence with the relief channel at Stubbins Hall Lane to part way up Langridge Lake opposite Aquaduct lock and the opposite west bank from just below this point back down to the Fishers Green road bridge.

 

Unlike most of the so called rivers in our area this runs like a wild river, the river is lined with many bushes and trees overhanging the water making plenty of fish holding runs some shallow stony runs some much deeper. There are plenty of bends making differing eddies and back eddies.

 

The river is one of four rivers in England where Barbel are an indigenous species. For a few years the river held the Chub record. Both of these species are now prime targets. In 2012 several chub up to 9lbs 3oz have been banked and graced the angling press papers.

 

During the closed season the Barbel are seen spawning on most of the weed lined gravel shallow runs with shoals of Roach hiding in the streamer weed below pouncing on any stray eggs that did not lodge in the gravel.

 

During 2010 the river received a stocking of 200 small Barbel, and around 2,000 silver fish. In 2012 another stocking of Barbel took place. In 2015 a stocking of 200 18 month old 9" Barbel and 700 9" Chub were added to the stocks.

 

Records show - Barbel 16lbs+, Chub 9lbs+, Perch 3lbs+, Roach 2lbs+, Dace, Pike and even Trout to 3lbs.

 

Night fishing is NOT allowed on the river, regular checks are made during the year.

 

Fishing on the river extends between fixed times that vary throughout the season.

 

June to August an hour before sunrise to 11pm

September to October an hour before sunrise to 10pm

November to March an hour before sunrise to 8pm

 

The times may change so  will appear on the NEWS page of this website.

 

The river is open between the 16th June and 14th March inclusive

 

 

THE CORNMILL STREAM

 

Around 200 yards from its start at the end of Fishers Green Lane fairly overgrown but ideal for a short rod and a small bomb or float for the roving angler, no large specimens recorded but fun for those that like this type of angling - Roach, Chub and Dace with the odd Barbel.
 

The Stream is open 16th June till 14th March inclusive.
 

The fishing times permitted are the same as the main River Lea.

 

THE FLOOD RELIEF CHANNEL


1,000 metres from the Weir at Holyfield (Langridge) Lake to the confluence with the river at Stubbins Hall Lane.

 

Formed as part of the flood relief of the Lea Valley it was for the first couple of years barren of fish but it's now home to many species most at specimen size.

 

While the Barbel and Chub are free to progress up and down, Carp and Bream are the species targeted by most anglers with Roach hunted in the bottom stretch. The Carp top 30lbs and the Bream are around the double figure mark.

 

Carp to over 30lbs, Bream to 12lbs, Chub to 8lbs, Barbel to 16lbs, Perch to 4lbs, Pike to over 30lbs, and shoals of good Roach in excess of 1lb all frequent the channel.

 

The swims are mainly platforms.

 

The Relief Channel is open 24 hours during the season.

 

The Relief Channel is open 16th June to 14th March inclusive.

 

SEVENTY ACRE LAKE

 

As the name implies a large lake of some 65 plus acres with islands, bays and varying depths and a good food chain it provides the perfect habitat for fish to grow large. With the vast amount of bank this water has not been really been put to the test in recent years. Many years ago when commercials were unheard of and fishing in this neck of the woods was the various Lea Valley pits, canals and the Lea. In the summer there would be many anglers fishing for the Tench and Bream that abounded and in the autumn and winter Perch and Pike were the prey. Alas with the coming of the commercials the banks became almost empty for many years but now with many moving back to natural waters the next few seasons will put some unexpected fish on the bank that have been quietly growing.

 

Stocks consist of Carp, Bream, Tench, Perch, Roach, Rudd and Pike.

 

The size of the Carp and Pike will be a surprise to many.

 

There are big shoals of Roach and Rudd in all pits and this is proved by the numbers of Cormorants that feed.

 

The pit is open all year round 24 hours a day.

 

 

HOOKS MARSH

 

Very similar to Seventy Acre in its history more remembered for its Tench but still holding all species as Seventy Acre. In general it probably has more plateaus and certainly has as many islands and bays.

 

The two lakes are in fact connected with a pedestrian bridge crossing the link this bridge is the continuation of Cadmore Lane from Cheshunt and can if required be reached on foot parking the other side of the railway line.

 

The pit is open all year round 24 hours a day.

 

LANGRIDGE PIT

 

This section of the pit runs from the east side of the weir round to opposite the aqueduct lock on the canal over the other side of the river, there is a fence marking our boundary. A new bridge has been constructed to the island.

 

Several well used swims on the pit show the popularity of this water and these areas are the ones where fish may expect the dinner table to be laid.


The pit is open all year round 24 hours a day.

 

FISHERY RULES

 

Extensive and strict rules are printed in the Fishers Green ticket and on this website.

 

These rules are agreed by the committee of all the clubs in the Consortium and our Landlords the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority.

 

Bailiffs from the Parks and all the Clubs patrol this complex daily and have instructions to be very strict.

 

5 mph absolute speed limit, a ban for speeding is mandatory.

 

For any queries regarding times or rules please make contact via the routes listed on the CONTACTS page for either the CONSORTIUM HEADBAILIFF or the CONSORTIUM SECRETARY.

PADLOCKS

 

The complex has several gates all the locks are operated by the same numbers listed in the Fishers Green Consortium card.

 

Fishers Green Consortium 2017