Members' Fishery Guide


Manor Farm Lakes, Battisford - Open All Year - Strictly Members only
GVAC took control of this, brand new site in 2001. We applied for, and received a Sport England grant through the Awards for All scheme. This grant, and other monies received, provided us with the finances to purchase platforms, signage, plants, fish stock and safety equipment. The grants also helped us provide a wheelchair-accessible platform and suitable path; the platform can accommodate five wheelchairs. This site is used for our very popular junior and disabled teach-ins. We have toilets on site, including wheelchair-accessible facilities. The two lakes hold a healthy stock of bream, small hybrid carp, crucians, roach, rudd, perch, gudgeon and tench. There are around 28 fishing platforms, incorporating additional wheelchair access. The site is overlooked by two houses and members must respect the occupiers' privacy. Additionally, GVAC members must park their cars on the concrete pad, and with due consideration. Most productive baits are maggots, pinkies, casters , worms, sweetcorn, pellets and bread. In view of the nature of the fishery, anglers should use pole or short range rod and line rigs. Our site manager, Barry Miller - one of our qualified coaches - will be happy to pass on his advice. Barry is part of our Junior Management team and through his continued involvement with events on-site, knows what baits and tactics are producing. He also has an intimate knowledge of the different pegs - his mobile phone remains in one of the swims!
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Maypole Farm Lake, Buxhall - Open All Year - Strictly Members only
This small Lake of 0.75 acres, has a dozen pegs. Maypole - a peaceful and tranquil site - is stocked with roach, rudd, tench, crucians, and perch to specimen size. Average depth is around 5ft and the water is always well coloured. The most productive methods, when after the roach and rudd, are light pole or waggler tactics. All methods will produce, with all permitted baits - see rule book. This site has become a firm favourite for many members who enjoy catching in quiet surroundings. Again, our site manager - NFA coach, Mark Brewster - is often on hand to pass on information. He and his daughter, Abi, fish the lake regularly, consistently taking double figure roach bags on hemp, tares and caster ... And elderberries when in season!
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Middle Farm Lakes, Barking Tye - Open All Year - Day Tickets Available
Following excavation in 2005, and thanks to further grant funding (see our grant page for details), Woody’s Lake and the Match Lake, opened 1st May 2006. The lakes accommodate more than forty pegs (including a number of double pegs) and offer members one water stocked with carp and additional silver fish, and general mixed sport from the Match Lake. The site has level ground leading to fishing platforms allowing full access for the disabled, as well as toilet facilities.
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Needham Lake - Open All Year - Day Tickets Available
This is a very popular site of approximately 4.5 acres with depths to 18ft. The lake is stocked with bream, roach, rudd, perch, tench, pike and hybrids. The most productive methods for silver fish are pole and waggler; feeder and ledger tactics prove fruitful when after the bream and tench. The best baits are caster, maggot, worm and pinkie. Floating baits are strictly prohibited: all baits must be at least 600mm (2ft) below water surface as per rule book. Pike fishing and other predator species (including Zander) is only permitted from September 1st until March 31st and pike anglers must use only imitation lures or sea fish baits, again, as per rule book.
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River Gipping - Strictly Members only
Close season as per current legislation - refer to your rod licence.
We control four sections; including Green’s Meadow and Pike’s Meadow, Stowmarket. These sections are very narrow and shallow but hold a stock of quality roach and chub; a roving/stalking approach is most productive. At Needham Market, we control the section adjacent to the lake, and that upstream into King’s Meadow. This area produces quality roach, dace and chub, with a few tench. Most accepted methods will produce, with all permitted baits. Chub of 5lbs plus and large roach have been landed on these stretches. The fourth section – Riverside - is at Great Blakenham/Claydon and members may fish stretches either side of the bridge. This site can produce good roach nets and occasional chub. All permitted baits: maggot, caster, worm and punched bread, work well, with pole tactics, or running line. if there is a good flow try running a stick float through, varying its pace until the fish respond.
Angling on the River Gipping at Needham Market, east of, and adjacent to, Needham Lake, south (downstream) of the large tree behind pegs 22 and 23, is permitted during the course fishing season (see Rod licence). Platforms will soon be erected along the stretch as pegging is on both banks. THERE IS STILL STRICTLY NO ANGLING DOWNSTREAM OF FOOTBRIDGE AND OFF THE BRIDGE ITSELF.
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Stonham Barns Fisheries - Open All Year - GVAC Members and Venue Day Tickets
Both lakes at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspel are available for GVAC members to fish seven days a week. See Stonham Barns Fisheries for information about the venue.

Please note that the fishery holds matches most weekends but one lake is normally free to fish.

If you visit any of our waters and have any concerns, please contact us on: 07592 014 627

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