Maldon Road, Hatfield Peverel, CM3 2, Essex, United Kingdom
Overseen by the Colchester Angling Preservation Society, Bovington Lakes amounts to two bodies of water situated about a mile away from Oliver’s Lake. The former gravel pits have blossomed into two wonderful fisheries.
Bovington I is noted for being on the tricky side, but it’s loaded with a variety of great fish. This is the smaller of the two lakes at three acres. It boasts lovely banks covered in reeds and trees, plus a total of 32 pegs. A small stocking of carp from VS Fisheries was added in February of 2018, providing a mix of linears and mirrors.
Bovington II is about six acres in size, with 32 pegs. This spot has been the property of the Colchester Society since 1991. Stocking has taken place over the years to ensure quality fish, with a particular focus on specimens.
What size do the fish go to?
Bream up to 18 pounds and carp in the five-to-15 pound range have been found in Bovington I, but there have been some exciting exceptions as well. Carp of about 30 pounds can occasionally pop out of the water. Pike up to 20 pounds are also a highlight of Bovington I.
Tench over 11 pounds have been hauled out of Bovington II, along with a complement of big pike clocking in at over 20 pounds. Carp can be rather monstrous at over 40 pounds in some cases. A good proportion of mirror carp in the 30-pound range has been spotted, while shoals of roach come in at around a pound apiece.
What tactics work well?
Members at Bovington Lakes can use a maximum of two rods in the summer, while three rods are permissible in the cooler months. Loose feed and nuts are banned.
What facilities are on site?
Bovington Lakes does not have designated spaces or facilities for disabled anglers.
An access gate must be closed and locked at all times. Anyone found not closing or securing the gate faces a lifetime ban from the Colchester Angling Preservation Society.
Is parking available?
There are some parking spots at Bovington Lakes.