|Fishery Name: Bawburgh Lakes - Colney1|
|Address: New Road, Bawburgh, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 3LZ
|Grid Reference: Entrance Grid Ref: TG 16520 09020
Actual Grid Ref: TG 17350 08760
|Sat Nav: NR9 3LZ|
|Phone Numbers: 01603 630187 or 01263 732752|
|Email Address: ?|
Colney can best be described as the jewel in the crown of this remarkable complex. It can also be described as easily one of the finest big Tench waters in the country producing many different double figure Tench every year and with very high average size of fish to back up these doubles.
This year alone (2013) Colney has produced female Tench over 12lbs and males to an incredible 10.12! Tench aren't the only monsters that inhabit Colney though, Big Carp, Bream, Roach, Eels and Pike also inhabit the lake and there is also potential for a very large Perch.
Colney has an unusual backdrop, from the river bank, looking across the lake you could be in the most stunning of rural Norfolk countryside. From the opposite bank you see the lake, far bank trees, and beyond that, the very edge of Norwich! Far from being unpleasant though, this back drop just adds the the unique atmosphere of this fabulous lake and the winter nights are beautifully lit by the city lights.
Home to the mighty 'Kens fish' a stunning male carp that reaches forty pounds, Colney is also the most popular carp lake on the complex. Containing around one hundred carp in its twenty five or so acres Colney would certainly not be described as an easy fishery but it has far from being 'hard' and she rewards hard working, thinking anglers with excellent fishing and some of the most beautiful carp in the country (just check out the gallery to see what I mean) Of the Hundred or so carp, around ten to fifteen are thirty pounders with the remaining fish being mostly in the twenties with a handfull of doubles. Some of those doubles are breed on's from the original stock and are quite stunning, we hope they will play a significant part in the future of this lake.
Big fish of note include 'ken's fish', the 'big simmo' (high thirty), the 'Pretty fish' (an astonishing thirty pound male), 'Tear drop' (thirty), the 'Fat and ugly' (mid/high thirty), the 'Mommons' (a batch of perfect fullys to 30 plus), the 'Big Dink' (mid thirty) and our group of thirty pound commons that include 'Cut peck', 'Black eye', 'Rooneys', 'not Rooneys' and another with no name.
Amazingly Colney has also held the British record for Bream with an 18.15 specimen reported in 2004. A handfull of very large bream still inhabit Colney with the largest fish reported in 2013 being a 17 pound plus monster caught by Darryn Stolworthy. A few double figure bream are reported every year and combined with the mulititudes of double figure tench, two pounds plus roach, twenty pounds plus pike and the big head of thirty plus carp Colney provides the multi species specimen hunter with an incredible array of big fish to target that could keep and angler occupied for many years to come. Added to this I truly believe that we have yet to see the best from Colney or the complex as a whole. The fish get bigger year on year and with the excellent water quality and incredible richness of the water it is not hard to see why.
It is not just the fish that thrive in these waters for the weed and invertebrate's that provide essential natural food for our fish and prove that quality of the water are most abundant in our lakes, supplying a stocked larder not only for our fish but also for the diverse wildlife that inhabits our complex.
Bawburgh fishery rules:
Bailiffs will insist that any member breaking these rules must leave the fishery and may result in membership being withdrawn.
Membership is offered on condition that the rules of the fishery are adhered to. Bawburgh Management reserves the right to refuse membership application or suspend membership should any breach of the rules take place.
Bawburgh Management reserve the right to limit access to, or close, all or any part of the fishery at any time.
Vehicle access to lakes restricted to main access tracks as shown on maps.
Tracks around back of Bawburgh and Colney Lakes are out of bounds and restricted to use only by fishery bailiffs while checking permits, and registered disabled anglers, who must first seek consent from the head bailiff.
Anglers not present in their swim, and leaving their rods unattended while fishing are committing an offence under EA National Bylaw 10 Phase 2.
All gates must be closed after use.
All vehicles must be parked in the fishery car parks at all times as shown on map.
No litter: Any angler found fishing in litter will be deemed responsible for that litter and loose their permit.
No climbing of trees, damage to or felling of trees.
All anglers shall be in the possession of a current Environment Agency rod licence and shall comply with the Salmon and Fresh Water Fisheries Acts and Bylaws thereof.
This licence is valid for use within the traditional open season only and is not valid after March 31st.
All fish must be returned alive to the water.
No fish to be brought to or taken from the fishery or otherwise moved from one lake to another including for use as live baits.
No wading, swimming, bathing, paddling, boating, or the use of dinghies for any purposes.
No children under the age of 15 years may enter the fishery unless accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 18 years, who will be deemed responsible for their action and safety.
All anglers must be in possession of, and produce on demand a valid permit, failing which, such angler will be asked to leave the fishery.
3 rods maximum on Bawburgh, Colney and Lodge Farm Lake, 2 rods maximum on Colney 2 and all smaller lakes.
All rods must be set no more than 2 metres apart. Whilst fishing for any species, a 3rd rod may not be used for pike fishing.
No keep-nets to be used on Bawburgh, Colney, Colney 2 or Lodge Farm Lakes and no carp are to ever be retained in keep nets on all other lakes except during officially organised matches.
No rods to be unattended or spread out in different swims.
Adequate sized, padded unhooking mats must be used for large fish of all species, which require unhooking on the ground. This applies to all lakes.
Specimen fish should be retained for as short a period as necessary before being photographed and returned.
All particle baits including seeds, nuts, grains and pulses must be properly prepared including soaking for 24 hours prior to cooking.
Members are expected to show consideration for other anglers and water users at all times and also comply with reasonable requests of fishery bailiffs.
Fishing is prohibited from the back of the island on Bawburgh Lakes into the back bays and arm.
No fixed lead rigs, which do not incorporate safe systems by which the lead can pull free from the rig.
Bait boats may be used for the delivery of feed only. Hook baits must be cast out. If you intend to bring a dog, they must be registered at the start of your membership.
Dogs must be kept under full control at all times and not allowed to foul the fishery, or cause nuisance to other members. Failure to adhere to any of these rules will see your dog removed from your membership and you will forfeit your right to bring them.
Members wishing to leave the fishery or their swim, for any reason, may do so for a maximum of 3 hours without removing their tackle from the swim, having first wound their tackle in.
Time-sharing of a swim (rotating occupancy) between members is not acceptable. Reserving of swims by means of placing random items of tackle in the swim is not acceptable.
Most importantly, the harming of any flora or fauna at Bawburgh Lakes will not be tolerated.
Pike Fishing Rules
Anyone wishing to fish for pike at Bawburgh Lakes must have attended the events on pike handling and welfare hosted by the PAC, dates to be advised.
This condition of your membership which was communicated to you on your application, failure to meet this criteria will forfeit your permit.
No pike fishing before 1st October or after 14th march.
Effective bite indication registering both runs and drop back bites must be used at all times.
Runs must be struck as soon as possible.
Minimum breaking strain line of 15lb.
Wire traces must always be used. Minimum 18 of 30lb wire.
2 rods only, this is to conserve pike stocks. Whilst pike fishing a 3rd rod may not be used for other species.
Treble hooks must be semi-barbed. (This means 2 barbless hooks with a barbed bait holding hook only). No more than 2 on each trace.
Adequate sized landing nets must be carried and used (42 minimum).
Spinning is allowed for perch and chub only before 1st October but the spinner vain must not exceed 1 in length and a wire trace must be used.
The use of Gaffs and Gags is prohibited.
Forceps and wire cutters must be carried.
An experienced pike angler must accompany inexperienced pike anglers at all times. Pike may be retained in tunnels or sacks only while camera equipment is being set up.
No live baiting.
Sorry but this is the only way we can ensure non-movement of fish on site and possible consequent spread of diseases.
Pike fishing at night is allowed at the fishery, although the pike angler must not fish with the intention of sleeping at their rods.
Eel and Perch Fishing Rules
The pike fishing rules apply to these species but with the following amendments:
No restrictions for eels or perch.
2 rods only.
Minimum breaking strain line of 6lb.
Wire traces must be used for deadbaits and lures/jigs.
Minimum breaking strain 10lb.
Single hooks only.
Plugs and Jigs including the tail must not exceed 3 and must have single hooks only.
Maximum deadbait size 3
Bird Watching Permit Rules
Membership is offered on condition that the rules of the fishery are adhered to.
Bawburgh Management reserve the right to refuse membership or suspend membership should any breach take place.
Access to the fishery is limited to between the hours of dawn and dust.
Vehicle access to the lakes is restricted to main access tracks, as shown on the map.
Tracks around the back of Bawburgh and Colney Lakes are out of bounds to cars and restricted to the use only of fishery bailiffs while checking permits and registered disabled anglers, who must first seek consent from the head bailiff.
No feeding of any forms of wildlife.
All gates must be closed after use.
All vehicles must be parked in the fishery car parks at all times as shown on the map.
No litter: Any member found in an area of litter will be deemed responsible for that litter and lose their permit.
No damage to or the felling of trees.
No swimming, bathing, paddling, boating, sailing or the use of dinghies for any purposes.
No camping allowed.
No children under the age of 15 years may enter the fishery unless accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 18 years, who will be deemed responsible for their actions and safety.
All members must be in possession of and produce on demand to bailiffs a valid permit, failing which, such member will be asked to leave the fishery.
Members are expected to show consideration for other members and water users at all times and also comply with reasonable requests of fishery bailiffs.
Bawburgh Management reserve the right to limit access to or close all or any part of the fishery at any time.
Members must keep to the tracks at all times.
Weil's disease (Leptospirosis)
It is a bacterial infection carried in rat's urine, which contaminates water and the banks of lakes, rivers and ponds. It is a serious disease in human beings that requires hospital treatment.
The early symptoms are similar to those of flu and normally start 3 to 19 days after exposure to contaminated water. Ever year people die from this disease, which is unnecessary because it is easily treated if diagnosed in time.
DON'T LET IT HAPPEN TO YOU.
There are a number of sensible precautions you can take.
Cover any cuts, sores or scratches with waterproof plasters or gloves.
Disinfect any wounds that occur at the waterside.
Wash your hands or cover food with a wrapper before you eat.
Do not put your hand in your mouth after immersing in river water and never place bait or fishing line in your mouth.
Do not touch dead animals, especially rats. If you develop flu-like symptoms that persist tell your doctor that you may have been exposed to Laptospirosis so that he/she can consider it in their diagnosis.
Do not leave food, ground bait or bait on the bank side.
Rats and Mink are being trapped on site, do not approach or tamper with traps at any time.
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