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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.


Update on Bradfield Lake.

Bradfield Lake 8th August 2022

The farmer stopped pumping water out of the lake on Sunday afternoon and will not restart. The committee will continue to monitor the level. The hot weather will likely cause the level to drop further due to evaporation. Any member who sees fish in distress should contact a committee member immediately. At this point we may need to close the lake.

Keep nets are not to be used until further notice.

Swims through 9 to 14 are fishable, anyone wishing to fish for carp should use the dam pegs 12 to 14, where the water is deep enough to net carp.

It has come to the Committees attention that some members have been laying pieces of paving slab on the lake bed in order fish.  Most of these slabs are not level and could cause members to trip over and any accident may not be covered by the club’s insurance policy.  The committee are going to remove these slabs, only leaving the low -level platforms built on working parties and inspected by the clubs Health and Safety Officer. Please do not take materials from the fenced area and put them on the lake bed. If you feel we need more low-level platforms, please attend the work party on the 17th August, 5pm to 7pm, more details below.

Work Party

Dear member, on 17th August at 1700 to 19.30 hours. Please be aware that the focus of this work party will be to improve the access and the fishing swims along the north bank of the Bradfield lake. To this end, please bring tools useful for grass and shrub cutting. Also, tools for ground levelling and weed clearance. You will be split into teams and allocated swims to improve or tasks to complete by one of the committee. Hopefully the attendance will be as well supported as the last.   Cheers Duncan (fisheries officer).

Keep Nets Ban. The Committee have imposed a Keep Net ban at Bradfield Lake due to the low level of the water.

Wednesday Evening Matches final placings are on the Wednesday Evening Match page.

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

The Club Rules have been revised, please see the Rules Revised 2022 pdf on the Documents page.

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.

As you know from our previous email, we are working with Andrew Strachan to restore Ponds Lane fishery. 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.


The lake is no longer full, silver fish, tench, crucian carp and some carp have been caught during the day light hours.

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 10th August 2022