About The Fennes Fishery
Carp fishing lakes in Braintree, Essex
The fishery was built in 1993 on former water meadows and the lakes each take their names from the original fields on which they now stand.
Ash grounds lake
Ash grounds lake is a well established spring fed water comprising of 5.8 acres and a 1000+yrds of well tendered bank its an attractive 60-peg lake that is well stocked with common and mirror carp with some weighing in at 33+lbs and for the pleasure and match angler this lake also holds roach, rudd, perch, bream, tench, F1’s and crucian carp with match weights in excess of 120lbs possible
With more than a 1000 yrds of bank Ash grounds has several attractive islands within easy casting distance this lake also offers many sub surface features including gravel bars and an undulating bed with some deeper pockets with depths to 10ft, the margins are also home to a varied array of aquatic vegetation including Reed mace, Bull rushes and water lilies providing both cover and spawning sites.
Hobbs croft lake
This lake was the first dug at Fennes Fisheries over 27 years ago, originally stocked as a Trout lake. This all changed in 1993 when the Trout were removed and coarse fish were stocked.
This lake offers both open water and the opportunity to fish close to islands and features. Hobbs Croft covers 3.5 acres and has 20 pegs.
This lake has a larger grass area that makes it ideal for visting families wanting to experience fishing.
Summer parking is available in a designated area.
This lake holds the same species of fish as Ash Grounds, one of the largest Carp in this lake weighing in at 32.4lb.
This is a great lake for the angler starting out in carp fishing as the general stamp of fish are slightly smaller but still provide an excellent days fishing.
Features in this lake are easy to find with a marker rod and float set up.
Hill & Black lake
Hill & Black Lake is a former raised farm irrigation reservoir which was drained re-contoured and landscaped when it was converted into a fishery in 1994. Unlike some lakes that have been converted from farm reservoirs that can some times look sparce and featureless the Fennes has made great strides in landscaping this water and providing features.
These features include the soil from a former bank which used to divide the water into two has been used to create the three now well established islands.
The depths range from 8ft to 4ft with numerous sub surface features that consist of clear gravel patches, silt gulleys and large weed beds.
Again this lake holds the same species of fish as the other two lakes on the Fennes complex.
All three lakes contain Roach, Rudd, Bream, Tench, Perch, F1s, Specimen Common and Mirror Carp.
There is all weather car parking, well tendered banksides which is also accessable to disabled anglers with well maintained ladies and gents toilets.
In addition to the angling The Fennes has a superbly stocked on-site tackle shop which sells a wide range of fresh baits, ground baits, shelf life & frozen boilies incuding Main line, Sticky baits, CC Moore, pop-ups and wafters luggage, pods, alarms, metal wear, trollies, rods, reels, whips and terminal tackle from Korda other major brands . Hot and cold drinks & snacks also available.
Along with the tackle shop an on-site catering van is available on weekends and bank holidays
The Fennes is open from 7.30am until sunset all year round with the exception of Christmas day and boxing day