West Stow Country Park

West Stow Country Park syndicate fishes on the mature gravel pit, situated on the edge of the country park, beside the River Lark in Suffolk.

The Lake

The lake is approximately 17 acres and features abound all over, with 3 large established islands, mature trees, reed beds and some lily’s also now gaining a foothold. The lake bed has a varying topography, with bars, plateaus, gullies, gravel, sand, clay & silt. Depths vary from 3 foot on top of the main bar to 17 foot in the deepest bowl, with average depths over the lake around the 9 foot mark. There are 27 swims, all of which are comfortable, well established, very well maintained and fishing is from these only, with every swim offering opportunity and variety.

The lake was the home of one of the oldest and most sought after carp in the country, The Dragon, which unfortunately finally passed on at the end of 2013, at the ripe old age of 50, one of the swims has been renamed in his honour.

Cars and vans are parked in the car park at the end of the lake. Access to the lake for anglers is via a large gate which is secured with a combination padlock. Getting round the lake will require a carp barrow of some description, with a decent path all the way round. The lake is fully otter fenced to help maintain the safety of our valuable stock from predation.

The Fish

The lakes stock is predominantly carp, with some good sized tench, some very large bream, not many silver fish and the odd pike. The carp are from several different strains and we have a wide variety of scale patterns on the Mirrors, wth several really good linears, lots of nice scaley fish, a number of near leathers and even the odd fully scaled, with lots of very attractive fish. There is also a decent head of really good Commons that have great body shapes and scaling. Fish weights continue to improve year on year and there is already a high number of fish over the 30lb mark, with several having reached 40lb over the years. An on going, well managed stocking program means that we have a wide range of fish ages in the lake securing the future of the fishery and further hand picked fish will be added year on year to ensure this continues.

The Syndicate

The syndicate has been established on the lake for a number of years and has continued to go from strength to strength each year, with some of the members having been on here from the start. The syndicate is for established carp anglers that have a number of years of experience and applying to join the waiting list will require a selection process to be gone through before you can be successfully added, details of which are supplied on application. Carp care and welfare is our primary focus, fishery rules reflect this and must be observed at all times. We actively encourage our members to feed the fish and look for members that understand that bait improves the the size and quality of the stock.

A number of vacancies tend to become available each year and if you are interested in joining this exciting and vibrant syndicate in the near future, please feel free to contact us for more details.