Fishing at Walthamstow

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We are delighted to be able to once again open our fishery at Walthamstow. We will be doing this in stages opening for season ticket holders initially.

The safety of our site users and staff is of great importance to us. That is why we have introduced measures across the site that we politely request are understood and adhered to. Some of these measures may require short term closure of specific fishing areas and a longer process for purchasing tickets. This also means that all night fishing events are postponed for the foreseeable future.

The site will now open at 10.30am. For any further enquiries please contact the fishery rangers on: 07747 641179

About Walthamstow

There are ten individual reservoirs that make up Walthamstow Reservoirs, of which some are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as they have rich bird habitat and terrestrial fauna. It is internationally recognised for the diverse range of birds that it attracts.

This ‘nature haven’ also offers anglers the chance to fish for specimen coarse and game fish.

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Coarse fishing

With six different coarse reservoirs, and the Coppermill Stream to choose from, there are many challenges for all angling abilities. The predominant species are carp and bream, but there are also quality barbel, chub, eels, pike and perch to be had.

19 acres, ave depth: 10ft

Reservoir 1 is the easiest of the coarse fisheries. It holds many carp up to 37lb, and the bream fishing must rank with the best in the country.

A huge percentage of the bream are over 10lb with the largest specimens reaching in excess of 17lb. Large beds of particles, pellets or boilies are often successful for both species. There's also a decent head of pike present to over 20lb.

25 acres, ave depth: 10ft

This is our premier carp reservoir with three fish (common and mirror) having been caught in excess of 40lb. The largest, a beautiful mirror of 45lb 12oz. There are many 30lb+ specimens (many 35lb+), backed up with a huge number of 20s. There are also bream to over 16lb, pike over 20lb and eels in excess of 5lb.

A season ticket is available covering the 1, 2 and 3 reservoirs priced at £300. The season starts on 1 June and ends 16 March. Also available is a permit that covers all coarse reservoirs and the Coppermill stream priced at £375 per year.

25 acres, ave depth: 10ft

A little harder than the popular 1, 2 and 3 reservoirs, catch rates have been increasing steadily over the last two years due to an ongoing restocking policy. With nearly 400 fish recently stocked up to 20lb (with more to be added) and a good number of ‘original’ fish up to 46lb 8oz already present, this is turning into an excellent fishery. Mid double bream and 20lb+ pike are also present.

38 acres, ave depth: 19ft

This is a tricky, under-utilised water but the rewards are there for those who persevere. Predominantly a large carp water it has in the past produced fish to well over 40lb.

Most specimens go to just under 40lb, but any carp is well worth it. There are also good pike and trout present. The former can be fished for on any method, but a trout day ticket is required if you wish to take any home for the table.

74 acres, ave depth: 34ft

A rarely fished reservoir that could throw up a surprise or two. Only a handful of anglers have given this reservoir any consideration as stock levels are unknown. It has produced quite a few different 30+ specimens, the largest, a common weighing in at 39lb 12oz. An exciting prospect anyone looking to fish a challenging water with an unknown element.

A season ticket covering the two Maynards and the Lockwood is available for £150. This entitles you to a full years fishing as there is no close season on these waters. Season runs from 1 March.

34 acres, ave depth: 19ft

Another challenging water where you will often find that it is you against the fish, not seeing another soul all day. This reservoir holds two carp that have been caught over 40lb backed up by a good number of 30lb mirrors and commons. Season tickets are available on the water for only £60 per season.

The excellent roach that this stream was famous for may have long gone but it still contains some very impressive specimens of many species. Both mirror and common carp to over 30lb, pike to 35lb, bream to 14lb, chub nudging 8lb, barbel well into double figures and perch to over 3lb.

An excellent mixed fishery especially considering that it is less than 1km in length.

Fly Fishing

The three fly fishing reservoirs are stocked throughout the season with a total of 11,000 top quality rainbow and brown trout. The trout are stocked at a minimum weight of 2lb 4oz meaning fish larger than 5lb are regularly caught, with maximum weights into double figures!

The high quality reservoir water is home to high numbers of diverse insect life, meaning stocked fish very soon turn into firm fleshed, hard-fighting 'wild fish' and can double their weight by the end of the season.

Reservoir 4

Fly only trout lake, catch and release or take out.

Reservoir 5

Fly only trout lake, catch and release or take out.

East Warwick

The third fly fishing reservoir, which can only be fished on a catch and release basis with a season ticket. Season ticket holders must also be a member of the Walthamstow Fly-Fishers Club (WFFC). We also work with the WFFC to provide events, competitions and beginners courses.


Phone: 07747 641 179

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