Bluebell Lake, Bluebell Lakes

A less daunting lake on the Bluebell complex with a high stock density

Bluebell Lake Key Details

Day ticket or syndicate: Day ticket
How much?: £15 for day ticket, £30 for 24hrs, more per rod.
How do I get a ticket?: In the shop before starting.
How busy is it?: Busy weekends, quieter mid week.
Can you drive to the swims?: Yes, half of the lake is accessible.
On site facilities: Tackle shop, toilets and showers
Nearest tackle shop: On site
Average size: Doubles
Max realistic size: 30lb plus
Realistic catch rate: 2 or 3 per session, bigger hits on the right day
Best swims: Any that give you access to the snags or overhangs.
Best method: Zig rigs and stalking
Best bait: Boilies
Ideal fishing range: 20-30 yards
Strange rules you should know: Barbless only, no maggots, nuts, chickpeas or trout pellets, 16+ only.
Skill level to catch: Beginner/Intermediate
Location: Tansor, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 5HP.

Swan Lake, Bluebell Lakes

If you’re daunted by the size of Mallard Lake, and the other tricky venues on the Bluebell complex, then Bluebell Lake will be right up your street.

It has a large stocking density compared to the others and you will always have a chance of a bite or two, with multiple hits regular.

Target the snags and overhangs for big hits in the warmer months.

- James Armstrong

What do I need to know?

It’s also the most varied lake on the venue, with plenty of tench and bream present, though it’s the carp that most people come here for.

On a warm summer’s day these carp can be readily seen on the surface and it’s a great water for stalking and floater fishing.

There are plenty of features, with overhanging trees, lilies and also snags that the carp frequent at all times of year.

This water is best approached with short-range, mobile tactics, especially at either ends of the lake again because the margins are littered with features.

A 20-pounder is a distinct possibility, though continued stocking means there are plenty of smaller younger fish coming through.

There are also a fair few thirties present.

If you set up in the middle of the lake, which is relatively narrow, remember to be aware of anglers’ lines on the opposing bank because it can be quite tight at times.


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Jimmy began his angling on the river Ouse with his father fishing for roach. His passion grew quickly and soon developed a love for big-fish across the globe!

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