This 7 acre lake set in the grounds of the National Trust’s Petworth House estate is surrounded by parkland where the estates herds of fallow deer can often be seen grazing.
The lake has benefited from large scale restoration work in recent years and has since been stocked with Crucian, Common and Mirror Carp, Tench, Roach, Rudd, Perch, Bream and Pike. The fish are now well established in their new surroundings and packing on the weight. They are now providing our Members with good mixed bags.
The Tench now average three to four pounds with the odd larger fish reported. The Bream have done really well, large bags are often caught. A few approaching double figures have been caught with a best of 9lb 7oz so far reported, although the average one will be 4 – 5lbs.
Some of the Crucians are over three pounds, the Roach, Rudd and Perch go to 2lbs and the lake also contains the odd Carp to mid double figures. There are numerous Pike to 25lb also. Match weights on the water have exceeded 80lb and pleasure bags to 100lb have been quite regularly reported.
This varied stocking of quality fish make this Lake ideal for the pleasure angler who appreciates the expectation of not knowing what the next bite could produce. The pole, waggler and feeder all produce results, with a little and often approach the preferred method of introducing loosefeed and groundbait. The most popular swims are on the road bank but don’t ignore the islands on the opposite bank where most of the carp are caught.
NB. Fishing is on the Lower Lake ONLY. The Upper Lake (one nearest Petworth House) is strictly No Fishing to our members.
Please be aware that The National Trust now charge for Parking at Petworth Park. – We have negotiated an exemption for our Members who will be provided with a permit. Members are advised that the Club will not be held liable if a Member is penalised for failing to properly display their permit.