Gold Lane, Government Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2PT, United Kingdom
Cited as one of the United Kingdom’s “premier day ticket venues,” Gold Valley Lakes has plenty of opportunity for anglers of all skill levels.
The Gold Valley complex was purchase in 1992 by John Raison, whose family has been in the fishing business since the early 1930s. The facility began with unfished stock, with offerings from private estate lakes and game waters, and has blossomed into an incomparable spot with thousands of fish unique to Gold Valley.
The venue is available for day fishing, as well as match and corporate events.
The lakes at this facility include the titular Gold Lake, an original lake expanded in the 1930s. It now features 58 swims across its six acres, with large stocks of carp, bream, tench, crucians, and more.
Middle Lake is noted for variety. It is three and a half acres in size and includes 40 platforms, with parking nearby. The centre of the lake is shallow at two feet, but the depths branch outward to four feet toward the bank. This sets the fish closer to the back for strategic angling.
Syndicate Lake is six acres with 42 platforms. This is noted for big carp, with an average depth of five feet complete with three-foot margins.
Bat Lake is just under an acre in size and has a large stocking of F1s as its signature. Depths run up to four feet.
What size do the fish go to?
Carp, both commons and mirrors, range up to 30 pounds or more in Gold Lake.
In Bat Lake, the carp run up to 16 pounds, while F1s come in heavyweight sizes as well.
What tactics work well?
Pole fishing with maggots works wonders on Bat Lake. Success is possible with a host of tactics on this pond, especially if anglers are working with meat and corn to land big carp.
Boilies and pellets turn up the carp magic on Syndicate Lake, while a pellet waggler is great in warmer conditions. The specimen carp appreciate the margins in particular.
The pellet waggler approach regularly turns up good results at Gold Lake.
What facilities are on site?
There is a café at Gold Valley Lakes, complete with a fully licenced bar. Check out the baps and sandwiches for lunch.
There is also a bait and tackle shop on the premises.
Is parking available?
There is ample parking at Gold Valley Lakes.