Heron

One of the four specialist Carp lakes a beautiful mature tree and shrub lined lake. Flat grassed banked swims, plenty of room for bivvys, the lake being split by fantastic beds of water lilies. Heron has been extended for 2012 encorporating the old Cinnamon lake with 5 new swims and for 2014 with the old Kingfisher lake adding almost another acre with just one extra swim.

Each swim is individual with out of bounds areas on opposite banks to avoid any over casting etc. The lake is a silty bottom, about 7 Acres in size and runs from around 3 foot deep to around 6 foot deep in areas.

This would be classed as a medium difficulty Carp water with a large head of mixed Carp including Ghosties and Grassies nearing the 40lb mark. Last season, the lake has yielded over a dozen 35lb + fish, 60 reported 30s and over two hundred and fifty reported 20s. The current lake record is 38 lb 12 oz.

As well as carp, this lake also holds some very large bream and coarse fish and a large head of pike running well over 25 lbs.

Heron Lake Swims

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  • 1. Bailiffs
    Although named bailiffs swim, it is free for anyone to fish. A close range swim with the main spots being the overhanging willow tree in the left corner and the island to the right
  • 2. The Cut
    Another close range swim, the best spots to try are usually the channels between the lily’s and the two islands (Average depth 4ft)
  • 3. Sunset
    The main feature is the large lily bed. A rod in the channel between the island and the lily’s is a good spot. Also don’t ignore the open water area to the right of the swim (average depth 4ft)
  • 4. The Bay
    A sheltered Carpy corner, the two main areas to target are the lily’s to the left and the far margin. Slightly deeper this end average 5 to 6 foot.
  • 5. Snags
    As the name suggests there is a snag to your right which is a sunken island which is marked with a white post and lily’s. Fish love to patrol around this and bask on top of this area.
    There is also a lily bed to your left and the far margin which produces plenty of fish (Average depth 5 foot)
  • 6. Rocky’s
    This swim has the sunken island snag to the left. The main feature is the far margin, especially the overhanging willow on the corner as well as the open water area which is a crossroads for fish traveling into the bay and the thinner arm of the lake (Av depth 5ft)
  • 7. 3 Ways
    This swim has plenty of areas to fish. You have 2 islands and a far margin to target. It is also big enough to fish as a double swim (Av depth 5ft)
  • 8. Hideaway
    A small close range swim which is often neglected by anglers, but as it is a quiet corner fish do often visit in numbers. The channel between the island and margin produces plenty of fish.
  • 9. The Bridge
    The first swim you come to up the middle spit, you have an overhanging willow in the corner as well as a far margin. Fish do move through under the bridge to your left when travelling to and from the main body of the lake. (Av depth 4ft)
  • 10. Conifers
    The main feature in this swim is the overhanging bushes and large conifer on the far margin. A bait in the near margins can also produce (Av depth 4ft)
  • 11. Nursery
    Again the main feature in this swim is the overhanging bushes on the far margin. There is also a nice close margin area and a small set of lily’s. This swim can produce large hits of fish. (Av depth 4ft)
  • 12. Reds
    This swim has the second bridge to the left and overhanging bushes on the far margin. Both areas produce fish. (Av depth 4ft)
  • 13. Hornets
    The main feature is the island and far margin. A bait between the island and the far margin is usually a good place to try. (Av depth 4ft)
  • 14. The Monk
    Probably the most popular swim on the lake. It offers a large piece of water with lots of lily beds and a far margin. When it fishes well this swim can produce really big hits (Av depth 3 to 4 ft)
  • 15. The Gulley
    The old river bed used to run about 3 rod lengths of the way across. Although now silted up this spot will still produce fish. The far margin lily beds always hold fish, keep your eye on the water as if mid water starts to show fish or bubbling then get a bait on it. (Av depth 3-4 ft)
  • 16. The Alamo
    Similar to the gulley the main feature is the lily’s on the far margin, and again if fish are showing mid water its worth casting a bait to them. (Av depth 3-4 ft)
  • 17. The Point
    Along with ‘The Monk’ one of the most popular swims on the lake. This swim commands the central section of the lake with plenty of great spots to try. Main areas are the lily’s to your right and the overhanging willow and bay on the far margin. (av depth 4ft)
  • 18. Kingfishers
    Lots of features to fish including close in margin, the far margin and also the lily’s. This swim is at the end of the lake that warm South Westerly winds push into. There are also pockets of week in this swim that also hold fish. (av depth 5ft)
  • 19. The Lodge
    Lots of features to try including lily’s and a far margin. There is also a shallow bay to your left that can hold plenty of fish in warm weather. (Av depth 4ft)
  • 20. Carp Park
    As well as being close to the car park it is packed with features. Various lily beds and the far margin with bridge that cuts through to the thin arm of the lake. Best bet on rod half way to the lily pad line and the other to the far margin. (Av depth 4ft)
  • 21. Stumps
    The main feature in this swim is the far margins overhanging bushes. Fish also get caught from the open water areas around half way out on the line of where the old lily pads used to be. (Av depth 4ft)
  • 22. The Lawns
    Again the main feature in this swim is the far margins overhanging bushes. Fish also get caught from the open water areas around half way out on the line of where the old lily pads used to be. (Av depth 4ft)
  • 23. Dugout
    Again the main feature in this swim is the far margins overhanging bushes. Fish also get caught from the open water areas around half way out on the line of where the old lily pads used to be. (Av depth 4ft)
  • 24. The Hedge
    This is a close range swim with a large lily bed out in front which always holds fish. It can also be worth trying a rod close in especially at night (Av depth 4 ft)

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