Swan Lake, Bluebell Lakes

A premium day ticket and syndicate venue offering some of the best carp in the country

Swan Lake Key Details

Day ticket or syndicate: Day ticket
How much?: £32.50 for 24 hours up to £280 for a 4-rod week ticket.
How do I get a ticket?: In the shop before starting.
How busy is it?: Busy year round
Can you drive to the swims?: Yes
On site facilities: Tackle shop, toilets and showers
Nearest tackle shop: On site
Average size: Over 20lb
Max realistic size: 40lb plus
Realistic catch rate: 1 or 2 per session, bigger hits on the right day
Best swims: Middle swims most consistent
Best method: Find a clear spot and you have a good chance
Best bait: Anything yellow on a stiff hinged rig.
Ideal fishing range: Wherever you can find a clear spot
Strange rules you should know: Barbless only, no maggots, nuts, chickpeas or trout pellets, 16+ only.
Skill level to catch: Intermediate to advanced
Location: Tansor, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 5HP.

Swan Lake, Bluebell Lakes

The great thing about Swan is you don’t have to be in a certain swim to catch. If you find a decent clear spot in the weed it’s not too hard to catch.

The biggest thing on there is to use a marker float. It's really important to find a clear spot so take your time to do so.

- James Armstrong

What do I need to know?

The residents in Swan lake definitely like a bit of bait if you can get on them and in my opinion, from my catch reports, they prefer particles.

Rig-wise, I caught on solid PVA bags but by far and away my most used was the hinged stiff rig.

They also love surface baits when it’s warm and zig rigs in spring.

All my zig fish were caught on black foam about 2ft beneath the surface.

The fish move around and it almost didn’t matter where I fished as long as I found a clear spot.

When you have got a banging south-westerly coming in they will definitely stack up towards the causeway bank, but the rest of the time then tend to be out in the middle or in the shallows.


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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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