Bowsaw & Billhook Lakes


Odiham, Hook, Hampshire, RG29 1HZ, United Kingdom

Fishery Information

Tucked near the historical village of Odiham in Hampshire, the Bowsaw and Billhook Lakes are less than 10 minutes from the M3 motorway.

These are two lakes, as the name suggests. Each are host to many area angling clubs, with Sundays specifically set aside as match days.

Bowsaw Lake is the larger lake at 1.7 acres. Home to a good spot of carp and tench, this water has just gone through a restocking program that kicked up the amount of mirror and common carp.

Billhook Lake is a touch smaller at 1.4 acres. It is home to carp, tench, bream, F1s, barbel, chub, ide, perch, and roach. This is a versatile lake that is used for both pleasure and match fishing, with plenty of big catches lurking under the water.

Night fishing must be booked in advance.

What size do the fish go to?

The recent restocking program at Bowsaw Lake opened up a fleet of 15 to 25 pound mirror and common carp. The biggest mirror carp is around 36 pounds, while the biggest tench was seven pounds, eight ounces.

Billhook Lake turns up a good variety of carp, ranging from four to 23 pounds. The match record for a five-hour match on this lake was 284 pounds, just to provide an indication as to what’s waiting in these waters.

What tactics work well?

Protecting the fish and wildlife at Bowsaw and Billhook is a priority, so all fishing tactics must follow the basic rules.

This means no keepnets unless authorized, no dogs, no fires, no shock sticks, and no barbed hooks or bolt rigs.

Nets must be dry before use.

Is parking available?

There is parking on location at Bowsaw and Billhook Lakes.

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