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- Longleat -

carp bream tench roach rudd perch crucian

Location in South West:
The Estate Office, Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW, England, UK

Nick Robbins - Longleat Water Bailiff - Tel: 01985 844496 / 07889 625999 [mobile]
Fax: 01249 811346

Day Tickets:
For prices please contact Nick Robbins [details above]:
For Tickets please pay on the banks.
Please note that for night fishing you must have entered Longleat and be at the lake side before 7pm.

parking, toilets, shops, food and drink

Best Baits:
Not available

Getting There: Longleat is just off the A36 between Bath and Salisbury [A362 Warminster – Frome road]. From the South East: M3 (J8) - A303 - A36 towards Bath – Longleat is just off the A362 between Warminster and Frome. From the South West: A303 in a London direction – A350 towards Warminster – A36 towards Bath – Longleat is just off the A362 between Warminster and Frome.

Where to fish. Coarse fishing venues in Wiltshire - LongleatLongleat Estate offers some of the highest quality coarse fishing available in Britain on its superb lakes, set in beautiful surroundings in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside.

The Estate redeveloped the fishing at Longleat in 1989 and over the last 10 years, with careful fishery management and an extensive stocking programme, the fisheries have flourished to become renowned nationwide.

The Estate’s fisheries consist of five lakes, each offering something different to cater for the specimen angler, the pleasure angler, the match anglers, and the complete beginner.

Top Lake:
The Top Lake, extending to some 7 acres, is a specialist carp fishery with 300 carp over 10lb. Over the last three years the Top Lake has really come into its own for carp fishing with the venue’s young, fast growing carp now reaching up to just over 30lb, with a good head of twenties. The fishery contains mirrors, ghosts, and commons, and the average size is high at around 14lb. Day-tickets and night-tickets are available for the Top Lake. No Unaccompanied Children On This Lake!

Middle Lake:
The 4 acre Middle Lake is a very heavily stocked, predominantly carp fishery, with a large number of fish in the 3lb to 8lb bracket with bags to 60lb plus taken on a daily basis during the warmer months, along with numerous 100lb plus hauls over the course of the season. The Middle Lake also holds a good head of quality roach to 2lb, and bream to 4lb making it an ideal pleasure fishery.

Bottom Lake:
Set in the grounds of Longleat House, the 2 acre Bottom Lake is ideal for novices, juniors, and more experienced anglers who want plenty of action. The lake is heavily stocked with small carp, perch, and crucians, with mixed bags to 60lb common place. The lake is the shallowest of the three lakes at Longleat making it the easiest for inexperienced anglers to fish. There is a car park right beside the Bottom Lake which also makes it ideal for the disabled or those with walking difficulties.

Shear Water Lake, Crockerton [Nr Warminster]:
Extending to some 37 acres, Shear Water Lake offers some of the finest fishing available in Britain, in a site of outstanding beauty. Completely surrounded by mature trees and bushes, Shear Water is without doubt one of the most scenic fishing spots in the country and its massive head of quality fish make it extremely popular.

The Estate took Shear Water back in hand in the late 1980’s and the fishery has now developed into one of the country’s top venues. The Lake holds a big head of carp from 2lb to 26lb providing excellent sport for the specimen and pleasure anglers. The lake also boasts a huge head of bream which produce bags regularly over 50lb. Quality roach, perch, tench and rudd are in profusion making Shear Water a truly mixed fishery. In 2002, 15 new carp were introduced to the lake, weighing in at 15-18lbs. Night Fishing Main Road Side Only

Little Shear Water, Crockerton [Nr Warminster]:
The 1½ acre Little Shear Water (directly below the main lake) is an outstanding roach venue with stacks of quality roach to 1lb 8oz that regularly produce bags of 30lb plus. The venue also holds a big head of carp (up to 22lb) well into double figures, plus a good head of perch, rudd and bream, making it an ideal all round venue for anglers who like small, intimate venues.

Venue Rules:
No nuts, peas, beans,or party mix
No keepnets or carp sacks
2 rods only
Barbless hook only – Rig checks will be carried out
No braided line
Minimum 10lb line, Top Lake
Bivvies only – strictly NO TENTS for night fishing
Spectators - £5.00 each.

2006 Opening dates:
Longleat Lakes 3rd March - 5th November 2006
Shearwater Lakes 3rd March - 31st December 2006

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