Estate lakes can be brilliant places to fish and can hold an array of surprises.
As you’d expect, there are several key areas where you should fish. Margins and lily beds are the first features that spring to mind and will always hold a variety of fish, including carp, tench and roach.
Pike tend to follow the silverfish, as this is their food source. Roach move to the deeper end of the lake in winter so bear this in mind for pike location.
Bream always look for the biggest expanse of water containing the least amount of weed.
If you are after rudd wait for that warm south westerly wind, as they’re real sun worshippers.
With crucians you must target the margins. They always seem to hold up here.
Tench feed at the bottom of the shelf and quite often you only need to fish a rod length out to have a successful session.
As for eels, look for where the bait fish are. The best eel waters are those that haven’t been eel fished before.