Pleasure and match anglers in East Anglia were given a reason to celebrate this week after the popular Barford Lakes fishing complex added another big-weight water to its portfolio.
Mill Lake, in Runhall, Norfolk, used to be a specimen carp fishery, but the picturesque two-acre venue has now been transformed by the owners of the award-winning site.
The purpose of the 25-peg stillwater, the ninth on the complex, is to offer something a little different to other popular waters on the complex, such as the Railway and Pleasure Lakes.
Mill Lake is fringed with reed and lily beds and boasts plenty of nooks and crannies where anglers can have a peaceful and prolific day’s fishing away from the pressured match-style environment.
The venue has been well stocked with fast-growing mirror and common carp, supplemented by decent number of tench ¬ a firm favourite with the Barford regulars.
Despite its relative immaturity, Mill Lake is already producing some extremely consistent weights, with the first club contest seeing the top six anglers all break the 50lb barrier.
“This lake is really a joy to fish and should appeal to everyone because there’s loads of room between each peg and no shortage of attractive features to fish to,” said Sarah Thompson, the owner of Barford Lakes.
“The Pleasure Lake currently has 35 pegs and it’s a smaller water than Mill Lake, which just shows you how much more room there is for anglers.
“It will give small clubs that don’t get a huge number of anglers attending their matches the chance to book the whole or half of a lake,” she added.