Lily Lake, Billing Aquadrome

A complex steeped in carp fishing history and a lake with some great fish up to 30's, what's not to like?

Lily Lake, Billing Aquadrome

Day ticket or syndicate: Day ticket and a night syndicate
How much?: £10 day ticket available and £150 syndicate allowing access to several lakes.
How do I get a ticket?: On the bank or at the front gate/fishing shop.
How busy is it?: Weekends can be busy as its a small lake.
Can you drive to the swims?: Yes, most of it.
On site facilities: Tackle shop on the complex, shops, pubs and food available.
Nearest tackle shop: On site
Average size: 15-20lb
Max realistic size: High 20's
Realistic catch rate: 1 per session.
Best swims: As close as you can get to island and caravan side
Best method: Target deep hard areas to avoid birdlife
Best bait: Boilies
Ideal fishing range: 10-40 yards
Strange rules you should know: The residents around the lake can be picky about where you can fish.
Skill level to catch: Intermediate/Advanced
Location: Billing Aquadrome, NN3, Northants.

Lily Lake, Billing Aquadrome

Though Billing Aquadrome itself is steeped in carp fishing history, in more recent times the venue has been fighting a constant battle to get more anglers on site, a losing battle in the opinions of many.

A confused bunch of lakes and stocking policies have left many carp anglers moving on quickly, but with a few tweaks the Lily lake could be a real jewell and its worth a visit or two.

I’m not aware of a better looking stock for miles around.

- Danny Chapman

The above are some of the fish moved in to the Lily lake in 2018/2019.

What do I need to know?

The Lily Lake has had an up and down past, with changes in rules, stocks and accessibility it has never really reached the potential it has had for decades but the future is looking better.

The fish that were moved out to create the ‘go-to lake on the complex’ years ago (the willow lake) have now largely been moved back to be replaced with an inflatable playground (not joking), but this effectively doubles the stock of 20lb+ fish that call the Lily lake home. 

This along with a selection of carp from the Kingfisher lake next door have propped up the stock and all the fish are absolutely immaculate, with many being wild and sort after strains.

I’m not aware of a better looking stock for miles around.

The issue though is that the stock and condition of the fish is at an absolute premium and would be on every carp angler wish list if the environment in which they live was as appealing.

The Lily lake itself is a stunner, but to fish there you will need to put up with strange rules, novice anglers, holiday makers, insane amounts of birdlife and constant strangers asking if you have caught anything. Oh and the nuisance fish.

lily lake billing aquadrome

As an example of the strange rules, if you want to night fish you can only choose between 5 pegs on one side of the lake. The stretch you can fish is around 100-120 yards (guessing) long and there will be 4 or 5 anglers with 2 or 3 rods each along this in a line, side by side – not ideal.

Those anglers in the corners have nothing to go on, and those in the middle are faced with a huge lily bed, you’re also not allowed to move.

In essence, the Lily Lake has some incredible fish and the potential to be great. But it will not hit those heights in the environment it is placed.

That said, it is 100% worth some day sessions and spending some time to try and winkle out one of its residents.

The best way to do so would be to stay mobile and cast to moving fish, they enjoy the corners nearer the static lodges during the days and the islands are a common route taken by most of the fish.

Use dark singles on chods to avoid the wildlife, or zigs if you dare, alternatively a PVA bag with a drop off lead placed well in one of the many holes in the weed will work a treat.


Don’t go to the Lily Lakes without these:


Chappers has been angling since he was five and has spent the last 10-years fishing across the World. Catching carp to 60lb, wild Arapaima to 400lbs, Siamese carp over 200lb, Maekong Catfish to 250lb and 100lb Redtail catfish.

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