On the search for a specimen roach this year? Well, we've compiled a list of some of the best lakes that you can go to and bag your first 2lb plus roach. If you think we've missed out a venue then let us know in the comments!
It’s not just big carp that inhabit Bluebell Lake, with roach up to 2lb stocked in big numbers and they have been coming out this winter. Cast a maggot feeder to the middle to find the shoals
Contact: 01733 226042 or go to www.bluebell-lakes.co.uk
BURY HILL FISHERY
Milton Lake is the place to head for a potential new personal best, with delicate pole and waggler rigs with maggot or caster scoring for redins to over 2lb.
Contact: 01306 883621
LINCH HILL FISHERY
Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire
Some of the sport’s biggest names have visited Willow Lake after the roach and it is no surprise when you consider that redfins over 3lb are a regular visitor to the bank.
Contact: 01865 882215 or go to www.linchhillfishery.co.uk
Burstwick, East Yorkshire
The seven acre Newbridge Lake is a popular carp runs water but the pool is known to hold roach to 3lb.
Contact: 07817 058054
SION FARM FISHERY
Use slightly bigger baits to try and get through the smaller roach. Corn, triple maggot or caster all worth trying for a potential personal best.
Contact: 01562 730386
The coarse fishing loch sprung to fame this year after matchmen caught a series of roach over the 2lb barrier. Use maggots and casters both shallow and on the bottom.
Contact: 01292 560343 or go to www.springwaterfishery.co.uk