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Formerly, run as a private fishing club, we have been entertaining anglers for more than thirty years.

View of the lake


Our original microchipped stock from 1978 includes 1 known thirty a mirror 30lb 10oz. a 29lb 12 common, approximately 15 twenties and forty doubles, with many of the doubles being close to the twenty pound mark. Stock fish born June 2009 already hitting 23lb 8oz . There are also Ghost Koi to 19lb 14oz, Tench to 8lb 3oz, Perch to 2lb 9oz ,cruisian carp to 1lb and Roach to 2lb 15oz. Our Catch Records speak for themselves! There were over 200 twenty pound plus fish caught in 2012, plus a few thirties and lovely roach, rudd and ghost koi, including 41 personal bests. Our Fish Gallery shows you some of the inhabitants of the lake.

There are not many places around the South West that can give the chance of a 30lb+ fish at any time of the year, and very few that can give you the chance of catching multiple 20lb+ fish in the depths of winter. Those that have braved the British Winter and visited Stenhill Lakeside Holidays during the colder months have not been disappointed!

There is no better feeling than catching a carp when there is snow falling or on the ground, where other waters may be frozen solid!

The Lake

The lake is 1.1/4 acres and has 2 islands with overhanging willow trees. There are fantastic tree lined margins with reed beds which are ideal for stalking carp. The long island towards the narrower end of the lake now has the "Kiwi" island cabin with wood burner stove. It suits the angler that wants to catch the fish at close quarters wth more traditional tactics such as freelining, float fishing or using a centrepin. The smaller island opposite the lodge decking gives the fish some sanctuary with the overhanging branches offering cover.

Unlike other venues, there are no day ticket anglers onsite. Freedom to fish where you want and - hopefully - no squabbling over swims!! Please note that there are only 4 swims, so we can only accommodate a maximum of 4 anglers with 3 rods each.

View of the lake after the heated system has been on overnight

All Year Fishing

You can fish 24 hours a day, all year round. We guarantee fishing even when other lakes are frozen, due to our new heated aeration system. The picture shows the effect of the "heat wave" after a night when temperatures went down to -9C! (this is with just one of the heat waves running)

We pride ourselves on fish care and have received a gold award from the Fisheries Accreditation Scheme. This means that we have met the highest standards in areas such as habitat, quality, fish health and protection from predators.


Brian will be available to give tuition (at additional cost of £10 per hour) to ensure you catch as many fish as possible during your stay. Brian has 35 years experience of match and specimen carp fishing. He also knows the lake extremely well, having fished there for over 30 years!

We do get asked on how it is best to approach the fishing at Stenhill Lakeside Holidays, so we have included a page with some tips on how to make the most from your fishing sessions whilst here. To view, please click HERE.

Tackle Shop

There is a tackle and bait shop onsite to cater for all of your needs. We stock Marukyu bait, Mainline bait, Solar, JRC, Shakespeare, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Nash Tackle, Korda, Gardner, Enterprise Tackle, Sticky Baits and more. Please note that we do not sell maggots.


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