Considering the quality of fishing on offer and the size of the complex, Taswood Lakes is a relatively unknown fishery to those outside Norfolk. However, a visit is highly recommended, whether you’re a specimen carper or a more traditional or match angler.
With ten lakes to choose from, including four specimen carp lakes, Taswood is every anglers paradise. One of top carp lakes on the venue is Heron. The fishing on here has been excellent this year with over 25 recordings of carp over 30lb. There is also a massive head of fish around the 25lb mark making this ideal for those who like a challenge but at the same time want to catch fish. Boilies are the top bait this year with Cell, Sticky Krill or New Grange versions working well. Some recent catches have also been made on the surface. Avoid spodding as it spooks the fish so feed by catapulting or throwing out some chopped boilies and fish over the top. Only ten tickets per day are available for this water so pre-booking is advised.
For pleasure anglers there are a number of choices depending on what you want to catch. For a nice mixed net to 100lb we recommend Grebe Lake (12 pegs). Carp in here average around 6lb and can be taken on traditional baits such as corn, pellet, paste or even maggots. The Method feeder works well on here as does the pole in the margins. For bigger fish you can visit the 15-pegged Osprey Lake which contains bream to 13lb, tench to 8lb as well as chub and barbel to 5lb. The feeder works well on here, fished with pellets or corn on the hook.
The complex also has two waters with tonnes of double-figure carp, suited to carp anglers with less experience or who want a confidence boost. There are Grove and Spring Pools. The other carp lake is a harder water named Broadwing, which has carp to 43lb. More information is available on this venue in our carp news section this week.
TIP: When fishing on Heron with boilies, try tipping your bait with corn or a hi-viz pop-up making a snowman rig.
Prices: £7 a day, for the coarse lakes, £12 a day or £24 for 24 hours carp lakes except Grove & Spring which are £10 a day and £10 a night, pre-booking is essential on the carp lakes
Contact: 01508 470919 www.taswoodlakes.co.uk
Location: Taswood Lakes, Mill Road, Flordon, Norwich, Norfolk, NR15 1LX
Facilities: Café, tackle shop, toilets, disabled facilities, microwave, kettle, accommodation lodges
Rules: Max two rods per angler, barbless only, no leads over 2oz, no leadcore, no braid mainline, no carp sacks, no keepnets, no particle baits