Soham Bypass Lake, Soham, Cambs

Soham Bypass lake is about 2.5 - 3 acres in size with a lovely tree line around the lake. Holds a fairly good head of fish around 60 carp and a couple of tench.

Soham Bypass Lake

Day ticket, syndicate or holiday booking: Day ticket
Realistic catch rate: 1 a session
How much: £20 for 24 hours or £300 a year
Best swim(s): Areas where there is silkweed
How do I get a ticket: Bailiff on site
Skill level to catch: Intermediate
How busy is it: 4 out of 5 busy
Location: Soham
Can you drive to the swims: Yes
Best method: Ronnies on top of silkweed
On site facilities: Toilets
Best bait: Bright ones on ronnies
Ideal fishing range: 50/60yrd
Average size: 16-20lb
Max realistic size: 32lb

Soham Bypass Lake

A small, intimate lake set in the quiet village of Soham. It is just 3 acres in size and holds around 60 wonderful old carp to 32lb. They are very characterful and sought after. If you like the old girls, this is the perfect lake for you. There are also some very nice tench to be had.

Soham Bypass is where it all started for me when I was a teenager. Having grown up in the village over the road from the lake, I was always down there! After 2 years of fishing the place and getting to grips with everything, I must have had majority of them. Now, I’ve been fishing for sometime and travelled about and caught some mega carp from other locations, but I never realised just how special these fish actually are. A true history water.

Soham Bypass Lake, Soham

What tactics to employ?

I tend to fish open water right in the silkweed. First reason, the lake’s fished a fair bit and everybody does the same thing such as fishing to the island in the centre of the lake or gravels bars. Second reason, the fish seem to love the bloodworm in here like they do in any lake. I like to fish little pop-up rigs with long booms over a spread of 16mm and 18mm Core Baits boillie (3-4kg in total).

I have found that they love boilies covered in rock salt and lots of it, this seems to be a mega edge on this lake

Rigs wise I tend to stick to Ronnie Rigs on a long boom, using IQ from Korda and then the rest of the components are used from Rigworx Carp Tackle. Hooks are size 4 curve shanks.

Top tips

  1. Find the fish
  2. Don’t be shy on the bait
  3. Don’t be afraid to move

A lot of things have changed over the years while I have been away, but around the island always used to be good for a bite! There’s a fallen down tree at one end of the lake called The Snags Swim that always used to do bite too!


Soham Bypass Rules

Catch & release only?: Yes
Are there swim boundaries: No
Are mats provided?: No
Bait rules: None
Hook pattern rules: None
Fish care rules: Unhooking mats compulsory
Parking rules: Behind swim
Rig rules: None
Can I use spods/spombs?: Yes
How many rods?: 3
Are dogs allowed?: No
Is there an age limit?: All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

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