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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.


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.

Wednesday Evening Matches

Meet at Bradfield Lake at 5pm.Draw at 5.15pm, Fish 6pm to 9pm, light permitting.

Match Dates left to be fished.

June 29th, July 6th July 13th and July 20th.

Due the large number of members taking part this season, Bradfield Lake will be closed to the pleasure fishing members between 4pm and 9pm on the above dates.

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.

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

Wednesday night silver fish only matches will be starting on the 18th May 2022. Then the following 9 Wednesday evenings

Fish 6pm to 9pm draw at 5.30pm – meet in Bradfield car park 5pm. 10 matches 8 to count. 1 point for coming 1st in a match 2 points for 2nd and so on. Person with lowest points for 8 matches is the overall winner.

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,

Bradfield Lake, The new season starts on the 16th June 2022. Please note that the padlock code on the gate is due to be changed and that if you want to go fishing from the 16th June 2022 you will have needed to renew your membership. 

Membership Renewal, this is due on the 1st June 2022.

We have not reached our membership limit so there is no 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 full, silver fish, tench, crucian carp and some carp have been caught during the day light hours.

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

Steve Longley caught 5 Crucian Carp on 2nd November 2021, 2 are shown above.

Dan Longley caught this nice Tench on 2nd November 2021.

On Wednesday 4th August a number of members fish Bradfield Lake, lots of fish were caught, including a number of Tench which were introduced last year.

Steve Longley with a nice Bream caught on the evening of4th August 2021

A 12oz Roach caught by Harold Griffiths on the evening of 4th August 2021

Several good size Crucian Carp have been caught recently, a number of Common Carp up to 18lb and Bream to 3lb 8oz.

7oz Tench caught by Sydney Emerson on 7th July 2021, the first one caught out of the ones put in the lake in December 2020. 2 more were caught on the evening match on 14th July.

Liam Willis caught this nice Common Carp on the 31st March.

On the 1st December Con Keilty caught this big Perch from the pipe swim on the dam using a worm bait.

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Last updated 23rd June 2022