A quiet lake nestled in private gardens in the midst of Epping Forest, the Paradise Estate Lake truly earns its name. Taken on by the Hollow Angling Society in 2004, this lake is truly a beautiful getaway for anglers and visitors. The Hollow Angling Society put a lot of time and effort into improving the banks and providing for comfortable spots, with a platform and 11 flat bank swims providing access to both float and ledger fishing.
Stock in the Paradise Estate Lake include common and mirror carp, koi carp, perch, and roach. There were rumours of tench, but the Hollow Angling Society hasn’t reported seeing any.
Views of ghost koi in their pure white glory are a notable highlight, especially as they dip around the island and mid-water margins.
The main lake is prefaced by a smaller lake, cleared and stuffed with smaller carp for younger anglers. The banks can be dangerous, however, so youngsters should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
What size do the fish go to?
Common and mirror carp range up to 23 pounds. Koi carp have been found up to 14 pounds, while roach hit around one and a half pounds. Perch are in the two and a half pound range.
What tactics work well?
Fishing on Paradise Estate Lake is on the lighter side, either using a pole or a float on a line. Light quiver tipping is a popular way to maximize adventure at this spot, so variety really is the spice of life thanks to this Hollow Angling Society locale.
What facilities are on site?
The gate to Paradise Estate Lake is locked to non-members, so be advised that this is private property. Guest tickets are available from the secretary, so plan ahead if you are bringing unregistered friends.
Is parking available?
Parking can be found in the estate about 100 yards from the Paradise Estate Lake. This leads to a path that ventures through a locked gate and through an orchard. Wildlife is plentiful in the area and it is not uncommon to catch a glimpse of rabbits, deer, and foxes in the early morning.
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