Burghfield Gold Lake

Fish for a some wonderful carp in a beautiful water boasting a mixture of strains and sizes to 40lb plus. An average size of 20 plus.

Burghfield Lake

Day ticket or syndicate: Exclusive lake bookings
Realistic catch rate: Several fish in a session
How much: March – Nov: £150 (sessions start 11am and end 10am) Dec – Feb: £100 (sessions start 11am and end 10am)
How do I get a ticket: Fill out form - https://www.advanced-angling.com/our-venues/burghfield-gold-lake/how-to-book/
Skill level to catch: Intermediate
How busy is it: Lake bookings only for up to six
Location: Burghfield, Berkshire
Can you drive to the swims: No
On site facilities: Toilets
Best bait: Boilies
Average size: 20lb Plus
Max realistic size: 40lb

Burghfield Gold Lake

Gold Lake is a truly beautiful 3 acre specimen carp lake, with gin clear, weedy water and natural food source – the carp here have such growth potential.
This intimate lake now has 15 carp between 30lb+ – 40lb 11oz, around 50 carp between 20lb-29lb and another 35 carp between 15-20lb.
Over the past few years we have introduced 50 British “Jurassic” Holtwood mirrors, VS fisheries “Sovereign” carp and hand-picked “Emperor” strain carp, which are growing steadily alongside Gold Lake’s original carp stock.
We offer exclusive lake bookings for a group of up to 6 anglers.
Gold Lake venue opens all year round and is the up-and-coming Burghfield lake to fish.

It is a mega, mega venue with fish averaging 20 plus. 

James Walford

The Fishing

The lake is around 2,5 acres in size containing a real mixture of fish and strains. It is a mega, mega venue with fish averaging 20 plus.

The fish move around the lake so it is very important to ensure that you are on them. I always keep on my feet, walking its banks in search of any telltale signs of carp activity. You will see them eventually!

Once you have found the fish, the best thing is to pinpoint presentable areas because it does have a variety of substrates. Just a lead on a braided main line is all that’s needed. Simply flick this around the swim and feel for a nice firm drop. Once located, wrap it up, and keep it marked. It’s then a case of accurately introducing bait. I never introduce it all at once, just 5/6 spombs to begin with, then top it up after each bite.

In terms of rigs, most rigs work to be honest. I have caught fish using ronnies, chods and baits in solid PVA bags.

Don’t neglect the mobile approach. Introducing little handfuls of bait into marginals can rewarding!

Four Must Haves For Gold Lake



Sharp hooks

Quality bait

Gold Lake Rules

You and your party are required to comply with the following rules:
  1. All Covid 19 and social distancing rules on Advanced Angling website and correspondence from our office.
  2. All members of the party must hold and bring a current Environmental Agency rod license to fish any of our waters.
  3. Bring your booking confirmation email/ ID on your phones or in printed form ready to show a bailiff if requested.
  4. A maximum number of 6 people on Gold Lake may be in your party, no fishing on any other lakes on the complex. No other guests permitted who are not named in your booking confirmation.
  5. Only designated swims may be fished. No swim building or clearing.
  6. Gates must be locked at all times when not in use. If for some reason you lose the codes, please contact the office on 01425 674951 or our head bailiff team (Matthew Slade 07549842380 & Garry Dickson 07979234649)
  7. All fish caught must be returned to the water as soon as possible after weighing and photographs (no more than 3 minutes out of the water)
  8. When taking a photograph of the fish always have one foot kneeling down, never stand up with fish. Ensure you have a bucket of lake water to keep the fish cool.
  9. Only use Advanced Angling designated retention slings and mats.
  10. Do not use retention sling for any longer than is needed and for fish safety reasons do not use in hot conditions.
  11. Keepnets and carp sacks are not permitted.
  12. Strictly no moving of fish under any circumstances. Advanced Angling will ban and seek to prosecute anyone found doing so.
  13. Up to 3 rods may be used per person. No rod may be left unattended with bait or hook in the water.
  14. Minimum of 15 lbs breaking strain for mainline. No braided line. Any damages to tackle or line break off must be reported to the duty bailiff.
  15. Only Barbless hooks or Pallatrax Gripz hooks should be used. No barbed hooks. No bent hooks or long shank curved hooks.
  16. No fixed leads, death rigs or 360 degree rigs may be used.
  17. No surface fishing and no zig rigs.
  18. We only allow quality frozen/fresh baits on our waters. Shelf life and nut baits are banned. Unused bait must not be thrown into lake at the end of sessions.
  19. No bait boats allowed
  20. Do not place bait in an area that you cannot extract the fish from safely.
  21. Leadcore is banned on this venue.
  22. Quality fish care solutions must be used on hookholds or abrasions.
  23. When setting rods on alarms, please use your off switch to maintain the peace on the lake. Constant beeping is not acceptable.
  24. Any abuse to the bailiff team will not be tolerated and your group will be asked to leave.
  25. Whilst alcohol is not banned from the complex, drunken behaviour and any alcohol, drug or solvent abuse will not be tolerated and anyone found under the influence will have the whole group’s angling session terminated immediately.
  26. A reasonable standard of behaviour is expected at all times, meaning no shouting, loud music, using bright torches or any other anti-social behaviour.
  27. No wading, no swimming or boating.
  28. Care and respect for the site should be shown at all times including no cutting or climbing of trees.
  29. No litter will be tolerated. You will be asked to leave if there is litter in or around your swim. At the end of your session please take your litter home with you including cigarette butts.
  30. There is a portaloo provided in the Gold lake car park, please use as anyone caught defecating in the undergrowth will be asked to leave immediately. Please leave toilet facilities as you wish to find them. It’s essential that nobody puts any bagged waste in the toilet.
  31. No dogs (only guide dogs are permitted to be kept on leads at all times and dispose of all waste appropriately).
  32. BBQ’s are permitted, as long as the BBQ is self-contained and no damage is done to any vegetation or ground.
  33. Vehicles must be parked in the car park area assigned to their lake and must not be driven around the lake.
  34. There are cray fish traps in the lake – do not remove these.
  35. Any fish found distressed or dead should be reported to the Advanced Angling office or our fishery’s bailiffs.
  36. All fish, irrespective of size and species should be treated with the same respect. Under no circumstances should a fish be carried in your arms.
  37. All anglers will observe the out of bound signs.
  38. Please bring a basic 1st aid kit for your booking.
  39. Anglers fish at Advanced Angling Venues at their own risk. Please see our terms and conditions on www.advanced-angling.com
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