Mallard Lake, Bluebell Lakes

The biggest lake on the Bluebells complex with shedloads of 20lb plus fish.

Mallard Lake Key Details

Day ticket or syndicate: Day ticket
How much?: Day ticket £15, night ticket up to £37.50 for 4 rods
How do I get a ticket?: No booking required. Purchase tickets in shop before session.
How busy is it?: It can be busy, but target midweek and there’s always a free swim.
Can you drive to the swims?: On the road bank.
On site facilities: Tackle shop, toilets and showers
Nearest tackle shop: On site
Average size: 18-20lb.
Max realistic size: 30lb plus
Realistic catch rate: Multiple hits of 20 plus fish possible.
Best swims: Middle area of the Road Bank and also the middle of Nene bank fishing 50yrd or so.
Best method: Small yellow pop-ups and solid PVA bags.
Best bait: Pellets and yellow pop-ups.
Ideal fishing range: Variable.
Strange rules you should know: Barbless hooks only. No maggots. No nuts, chickpeas or trout pellets. Minimum age for fishing is 16.
Skill level to catch: Intermediate.
Location: Tansor, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 5HP.

Mallard Lake, Bluebell Lakes

The biggest lake on the complex absolutely packed with 20lb plus fish that are really packing on the weight.

In 2008 over 1000 carp were stocked in to the rich weedy pit. Those fish are thriving and growing fast and Mallard will soon become another jewell in the crown of Bluebells.


Packed with 1000 immaculate 20lb carp with big hits possible

- James Armstrong

What do I need to know?

Mallard is the biggest lake on this popular complex and is full of carp that are packing on the weight.

There are shedloads of fish over the 20lb barrier with a very good head of thirties present.

They are incredibly pretty fish, scaly mirrors and large commons.

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In early 2008, the lake was stocked with more than 1,000 carp which are thriving in the rich, weedy pit.

It has been topped up with smaller fish in recent years and multiple catches are more than possible. Get it right and you can be in for some arm-aching action.

The fish like to give away their location in the warmer months and can group together in large numbers. There are stalking opportunities and long-range swims, with weed, gravel and silt to target.

The floater action can be absolutely manic.

Feed mixers regularly with a Spomb and the carp will often act like Pacman as they devour each and every mixer.

Try mixing up the sizes of your floating baits; with 6mm and 12mm baits. A whittled down pop-up over the top, glued to the back of the shank is usually enough to outwit them.

In terms of fishing on the bottom, we would recommend small yellow hook baits and solid PVA bags filled with tiny pellets as a good starting point.

If the fish are in an obliging mood then don’t be afraid to keep the bait (boilies, hemp and corn mix) going in.


Don’t go to the Mallard without these:


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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