Stillwater Back Lake
Ash Vale, Surrey
OS Map Reference: SU 891 519
Postcode: GU12 5AB
Water Type: Mature Gravel Pit
Designation: Specialist Carp Water
Size: 5 acres
Maximum Depth: 8 feet
Head Bailiff: Matt Shaw
Deputy Bailiff: Mr R Wilkinson
Local Police: 101
Mirror Carp to 35lb
Common Carp to 26lb
Bream to 5lb
Tench to 8lb
Perch to 3lb
Crucian Carp to 2.5lb
Pike to over 20lb
Roach, Rudd, and Eels to 6lb +
The Back Lake was originally developed as a Match fishery, but has become much more of a Specimen water in recent years. The original stock of Carp have grown to good sizes and offer a good chance at that 30lb fish of a lifetime!
Carp fishing on this venue can be very rewarding with exceptional specimens falling to the obvious bottom tactics. Recent stockings have added some new fish that are happier to grace anglers nets, but the water is easily classified as a challenge!
Use bottom tactics to present baits on the bars or in the silty gulleys for best results, and margins can be well worth the effort if you are quiet!
There is a good stock of Bream in this pit that are rarely fished for and could give exceptional results on the tip or waggler, well worth the walk.
The Back Lake also contains a good head of Pike and produces some good sport with live baits and anchored dead baits.
Fishery Report by Lee Manto: June 2012
I was fishing Stillwater Back Lake for the first time since I got my membership after talking to a few members it was clear to me that they were all fishing over big beds of bait and they said the fishing was really hard. So I set up using four grains of sweetcorn on a hair rig and a small PVA bag of pellets. Well, within a hour of starting fishing I had 3 Carp out and the biggest was only 11lb 15oz, but it just shows, its always good to try something different. Good luck and tight lines, Lee
Bags of up to 200lb of Bream averaging 3-4lb with some fish up to 7lb have been reported by pleasure anglers on feeder methods and mixed bags of silver fish on the pole and waggler can be taken from most pegs, with Roach, Rudd, Perch, skimmer Bream and occasional Tench to 6lb being caught.
Eels have also been caught to over 6lb + and can offer an interesting option to those with an interest in this species.
Farnham Angling Society Record
|No Records Caught From This Venue Yet!|
- All banks may be fished (Except for the Pin which is out of bounds).
- Fishing only from designated swims - Members may only fish from the designated swims on both the Front Lake and the Back Lake at Stillwater.
- Please ensure that the gate is locked at all times, even if it was open on your arrival.
- Night fishing is allowed, but we must stress that junior members are not permitted to fish at night without an accompanying AND adjacent SENIOR MEMBER. (see bye-law 4.r )
- All Catfish must be placed into the holding nets for removal as required by Cefas.
Just off Lakeside Road, Ash Vale, Surrey
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From Aldershot town centre take the road towards Ash and Guildford, turn left at the roundabout before the football stadium into Ordnance Road. Go straight across the mini roundabout and turn right at the top of the hill into Government Road.
Follow Government Road through until it leads into Lakeside Road, you will eventually reach a narrow railway bridge which only allows one car through at a time. The gate to the ponds is just before the narrow railway bridge on the right hand side.
After entering the first gate, follow the track to the second gate which provides access to the secure car park.