Heron Lake

A pretty water, lined with snags and overhanging bushes making it a carp Mecca.

Heron Lake

Day ticket or syndicate: Both
How much?: £25 for 24 hours day ticket and £600 for syndicate complex ticket
How do I get a ticket?: For day tickets contact the Waters Edge shop on 01908 690969. For syndicate ticket contact Dave Marle on 01908 612052
How busy is it?: Moderate
Can you drive to the swims?: No
On site facilities: Tackle shop, cafe and toilets
Nearest tackle shop: Waters Edge or Willards
Average size: Upper doubles
Max realistic size: Low 30's
Realistic catch rate: 1-2 fish per session
Best swims: No particular swims. The swim nearest the concrete sluice produces well all-year round. The margins also work well
Best method: Bottom baits in the margins fishing to snags and trees
Best bait: Boilies
Ideal fishing range: 15 yards
Strange rules you should know: No nuts
Skill level to catch: Intermediate to experienced
Location: Great Linford, Milton Keynes

Heron Lake

Heron is a picturesque lake and is lined with marginal snags and overhanging trees.

Consequently, the carp can be pretty predictable in terms of their location.

Target the margins, placing rigs close to the trees and you stand a very good chance of catching.

No need for distance casting, just underarm flicks are all that is required. 


If you want some close-quarter carping, check out out!

- James Armstrong

What you need to know?

A baiting spoon or pole can be a real edge here too. Shipping your rig out quietly with a baiting pole can keep things stealthy a deadly accurate. You can simply place your rig inside the spoon, cover it in bait then ship it out to the snags and drop quietly. 

Try micro pellets and boilie chops over the top of your chosen hook baits. Bright hook baits can work well, especially in winter, yellow Northern Specials and Pineapples in particular.

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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!

James | 13th December 2019