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We have the fishing rights on a 3.5 acre mixed fishery farm reservoir in the village of Bradfield.
The reservoir is used for irrigation on the farm and the club does not have any control over the amount of water extracted.


Scroll down to the Lanes Pond section for news of fish stocking.

Club Rules

The Club Rules have been revised in April 2023, please go to the Documents Page and download a copy. It is the member’s responsibility to abide by the rules.

Health & Safety

Bird flu has recently now been found it humans. If members find any dead birds at Bradfield Lake please do not touch them. Please use the link below to enter details. The committee will arrange to dispose of the bird.

Bradfield Lake

Members wishing to inquire about Bradfield Lake, e.g. about the water level, etc. Should email the Fishery Officer on the link below. Please do not contact the Membership Secretary.

Please note that as part of the ongoing improvements at Bradfield Lake, we have installed some turf on selected swims at Bradfield.

Marc Snelling, Fisheries Officer.

Carp Anglers

A reminder to carp anglers you can only fish with two rods at a time at Bradfield Lake. See the Club Rules on the Documents Page of this website.

Bivvys or equipment are not allowed on the North bank farm field. Only in the peg area between the path and the waters edge,

Work Party

There will be a Work Party at Bradfield Lake on Saturday 27th May, 9am to 12 noon.

Details on the Work Party page,

Wednesday Evening Matches These will commence on Wednesday 17th May, and then every Wednesday for the following 9 weeks. Meet at 5pm. The lake will be closed at 4pm for the match and will reopen at 10pm. If more members turn up for the Wednesday evening matches than there are pegs available, preference will be given the to those who attended the work party.

Fish Welfare

RULE 44 That anyone intentionally fishing for Carp or Pike on any Harwich Angling Club waters, should be equipped with a large landing net, an unhooking mat and forceps for unhooking of at least 10 inches in length.

As some of the Crucian Carp are showing signs of damage and the Tench are growing, along with a number of larger Bream are being caught: the Committee would recommend the use of an unhooking mat on these fish as well. The unhooking mat should be wet when used. At the next AGM the Committee are proposing to amend Rule 44 to this end.

In line with the increasing concerns about fish welfare Harwich Angling Club would like to highlight key aspects to improve the handling of your catch.

  1. Use only barbless hooks 
  2. No bolt/fixed rigs.
  3. A wet unhooking mat for larger fish, i.e. Carp, Crucian Carp, Tench and Bream.
  4. Landing net of appropriate size to be used when landing any sizeable fish.
  5. Disgorger of appropriate type for removal of hooks.
  6. When landing sizeable fish, it is preferred practice to not swing in fish, but use a landing net, unhook fish in net and return to the water from landing net.
  7. If handling fish wet hands do less damage and on no account handle with a cloth.

Harwich Angling Club Committee, 12th June 2022

Please check the Work Parties page for the latest work parties, for Health & Safety reasons the lake will be closed for fishing while the work parties are in progress. Work Parties

Just a reminder that members should stop fishing during thunder storms, carbon fibre used in modern rods and poles is a very good conductor of electricity.

Lanes Pond

On Thursday 2th April the EA delivered 2000 3″ Tench & 350 6″ Crucian Carp to Lanes Pond, See the slide show below.

We have arranged with the farmer to transfer some small Roach from his reservoir to Lanes Pond. We are going to be planting some water lilies in the margins. The EA are going to be supplying us with some oak planks to make some pegs. It is going to be some time before we can open the Pond to members.

The excavation of Lanes Pond has been completed, It will be between 5 and 7 feet deep. As of 20th March 2023 it is full. Work on landscaping the banks will be taking place.

The pond and both the farm reservoirs have been registered with the EA. A restoration and restocking programme has been agreed with the EA,


We have reached our membership limit so there is waiting list. Any one wishing to join should contact Richard Ruane, by email: ruanerichard@hotmail.com or phone: 07704 626535.

Club Documentation

All Club documentation is now on the Documents page, this includes COVID-19 rules, membership application form, club rules, etc


Only BARBLESS HOOKS are allowed at Bradfield Lake, Rule 37
Please take your litter home.

Several lengths of line, some with hooks attached have been found on the banks, please take any disused line home.

Request from webmaster

If any members have photos of catches made this year can the please sent them to me along with the location, date, bait used and any other useful information as I am up dating the web site Gallery,
A new itemised email is on the New Catches Report link below, just fill in the details next to the items, this link works with both computers and Smart Phones etc.


Marc Snelling with 5 Crucian Carp caught on 14th May 2023

Harold Griffiths caught this 2lb 5oz Crucian Carp on 5th May from peg 14.

Harold Griffiths caught this 3lb Bream on 5th May from peg 14.

Peter Standing caught this 15lb 12oz Mirror Carp while fishing for perch on a match rod. On 5lb main line, 4.4lb hook length and fine wire size 6 hook. With a lob worm bait.

Peter Standing with a 1lb 10oz Crucian Carp caught on a pellet, from peg 13 on 19th April. Lots of small silver fish being caught on maggots from most pegs.

Sean Parmenter-Roberts with a 14lb Common Carp caught from peg 13 on 8-8-2022

Sean Parmenter-Roberts with a 22lb Common Carp caught from peg 13 on 8-8-2022

A nice Crucian Carp caught by Rich Ricketts on 25th June 2022.

A Crucian Carp caught by Alfie Ricketts on 25th June 2022.

4 Crucian Carp caught by Dan Longley on 5th June 2022.

4 Tench caught by Dan Longley on 5th June 2022.

A great catch of silvers caught by Dan Longley on 5th July 2022

Harwich Angling Club

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Last updated 21st May 2023