Carthagena Lock, Broxbourne, EN11 6TA, Herts, United Kingdom
Once known appropriately as Heartbreak Pit, Brooke Lake is one of the oldest gravel pits in Hertfordshire. It’s about five acres in size, with depths from eight to 13 feet.
There are plenty of features on these waters, including reed fringes, lily pads, silt channels, gravel bars, and more. There’s always something new to explore and always a new spot to try.
Brooke Lake is stocked with about 200 carp, plus tench and crucians.
The Carthagena Fishery has put in serious work over the last five years to develop Brooke Lake into a top-tier spot, with the development of spacious swims a priority. Four of the 14 swims are doubles, allowing for two anglers to fish side by side.
Brooke Lake is a syndicate fishery, with season tickets available from March 15.
What size do the fish go to?
The average size of carp in Brooke Lake is 18 pounds. A dozen fish rate over the 30-pound range, with some approaching 40 pounds.
Tench over 12 pounds, eight ounces are also found in these waters. Crucians up to four pounds swim the lake.
What tactics work well?
Brooke Lake is noted for being a very fine place to test out skills and enhance specimen tactics. Surface baits are winners in the summer months, while bottom bait techniques are apt for year-round success.
The lake is still good sport in the winter, too.
What facilities are on site?
There are some huts for shelter on the jetty at Brooke Lake.
Is parking available?
There is parking on the premises.