Cottage Ln, Reading RG30 3UW, United Kingdom
The Burghfield Fishing Complex features four venues, each of which is well-maintained and stocked to top-quality standards.
The Burghfield Blue Pool is noted as one of the most “prolific carp fisheries in the country,” with several of the large fish in the four acre lake. Of note are the British Emperor carp, hand-selected by the complex.
The Burghfield Gold Lake is a three-acre specimen carp lake, offering exclusive small group bookings for up to six anglers.
At the Burghfield Main Lake, carp is once again the name of the game. This spot is home to several big catches, including the biggest English common carp in the country. This giant, known as “The Burghfield Common,” tips the scales at 62 pounds, eight ounces.
Finally, the Burghfield River Kennet carries big barbel and bends up to a weir pool at the upstream end to the gravel shallows. The majority of stocks in the river are large, so be prepared for a challenge.
What size do the fish go to?
The Burghfield Blue Pool holds 32 carp between 30 and 40 pounds, along with over 100 between 20 and 29 pounds. The 62 British Emperor carp come in at 12 to 20 pounds.
The Gold Lake features 15 carp between 30 and 44 pounds, along with about 50 between the 20 and 29 pound range.
The Main Lake holds the aforementioned Burghfield Common, plus a number of other carp in the mid-40s. The water also includes the famous Leney strain, ranging up to 30 pounds.
Barbel over 17 pounds inhabit the River Kennet, along with chub of over seven pounds.
What tactics work well?
Finding the larger chub in the River Kennet is a matter of using maggot through the feeder, while standard pellets and boilie hooks turn up the carp.
The margins are the space to be at the Blue Pool, where a good while stalking should turn up great results.
Is parking available?
There is ample parking at the Burghfield Fishing Complex.