Papercourt FishingAbout

An Ideal setting with good access to the water makes this venue increasingly popular.

This venue is gaining popularity as the fish weights seem to be on the up and up. There have been several stockings of carp over the past couple of years, and these have included  the Sutton strain and a Horseshoe cross. The latest stocking, which took place in 2007, introduced a good head of Mark Simmonds fish which included 25 fish averaging 14lb, 12 fish averaging 17lb and with the best ones going in at around 19lb. Since then the original fish have also seen good weight increases, with fish now coming out over 40lb with more than 9 fish topping 35lb. Some of the newer stock fish are now coming out at around the 20lb mark, so all these fish are growing well and the venue should show huge potential in the coming years. There is a good stock of tench to complement the existing numbers of large fish. Currently, if you can get on the tench a good session can be had with the majority of the fish coming to sweetcorn, maggots, mini-boilies and bread fished in conjunction with groundbait feeders.

The venue is open to the elements with hardly any cover and this is why we should see a huge potential in this venue, with no leaf litter to cause any problems and a huge expanse of water to aid aeration. Also, due to the amount of sunlight it gets, there should be an abundance of natural food for the carp to feed on.

It is generally thought that in the coming years anglers will be seeing a large head of big carp appearing, which will add to the existing stock of 30lb+ fish, and numbers of 20lb+ fish are also coming through as a result of the stockings undertaken at this venue. Currently, there are a number of fish in the 38lb+ bracket, with at least two fish going over the 40lb mark.

Papercourt Sailing Club own and use this venue but the rewards are there for the taking and a dedicated approach will see fish on the bank. Please do not be abusive to any of the boaters as the water is there to be shared. Papercourt Angling works together with the club and has a good working relationship with its members. Also, be aware that there is a public footpath around this fishery and is popular with dog walkers. Please be polite to these people and do not feed any of the dogs as this has caused problems in the past.

A good tip for this venue is to keep vigilant and be prepared to move to find the fish. All in all, this is a fantastic venue and one that is gaining popularity daily. Certainly worth having a season on and with so many fish present this venue is well worth a visit.


Pike to 34lb 13oz.

Carp to 40lb 13oz.

Bream to 13lb 06oz.

Tench to 11lb 4oz.

Eels to 6lb 7oz.

Perch to 2lb 8oz.

Roach to 2lb 4oz.


Annual permits   – 15th March through to 14th March

Permits available for the Main Lake, or the Small Lake

Currently no closed Season on Main Lake

Closed season applies to the Small Lake