Lodge Lake, Great Holm.

A venue containing a good head of carp, with a few beautiful ghosties to go at.

Lodge Lake, Great Holm.

Day ticket or syndicate: Day ticket or club ticket from www.mkaa.co.uk Night syndicate
How much?: Adult 2 rods full ticket - £45 Adult 3 rods full ticket - £58 Day tickets - £8 Senior 2 rods full ticket - £30 Senior 3 rods full ticket - £41 Day tickets - £5 Junior 2 rods full ticket - £10 Junior 3 rods full ticket - £41 Day tickets - £5
How do I get a ticket?: On the bank or from local tackle shop
How busy is it?: Fairly quiet, particularly midweek
Can you drive to the swims?: No
On site facilities: None
Nearest tackle shop: Angling Direct, Milton Keynes
Average size: Low doubles
Max realistic size: 30lb
Realistic catch rate: Several possible in a session
Best swims: The very first swim fishing over to the concrete structure. Also halfway along the paddocks once again fishing opposite the duck feeding area
Best method: PVA sticks and bags with bright baits. Surface fishing too!
Best bait: Boilies and pellets
Ideal fishing range: You can catch at a multitude of ranges
Strange rules you should know: None
Skill level to catch: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: Lodge Lake, Great Holm

Lodge Lake, Great Holm

Situated in Great Holm right next to the popular Kam Tong Gardens Chinese restaurant is Lodge Lake. Lodge boasts several lakes on the complex, but it’s the main one that generally interests the carp angler. With many carp present, and some prized ghosties, you can see why it’s so appealing. The stock mainly comprises of commons, but if you are lucky enough to catch a mirror, it will generally be a special looking one.

As a result of all this, the far bank is a carp magnet and produces many fish all year round.

- James Armstrong

Lodge lake comprises one main lake and a couple of surrounding ponds. All of them contain carp. Although you can only fish Lodge on one half of the bank, due to the many houses, you can still catch plenty of carp. As a consequence of this ‘out of bounds’ area, the fish of course migrate to there no doubt because they feel safer here from angling pressure. Not only that, members of the public feeds the ducks and swans etc, so carp will often receive free meals in the form of bread etc if they congregate there. In fact, quite often, you will see the mouths of carp slurping on the surface amongst the ducks as you feed them. 

As a result of all this, the far bank is a carp magnet and produces many fish all year round. Thus, make sure your gear is up to the job and you are capable of casting 100yrd accurately. A good method is to clip up to the far bank trees or concrete blocks and then walk around there to bait up. This method can be devastating, especially in the summer months. 

The carp absolutely love groundbaits, sweetcorn, boilies and particles, they are not particularly fussy fish so just give them something appealing and present a pop-up over the top. 

The Lodge fish also respond really well to surface baits, probably due to the ducks being fed so regularly. Therefore, always take a few mixers in the warmer months.

There are two main carp parking areas; the first next to the Kam Tong Gardens restaurant and the second next to Rooksley.

James | 3rd January 2020