|OS Map Reference:||SU 819 615|
|Water Type:||Mature Gravel Pit|
|Designation:||Specialist Carp Water|
|Maximum Depth:||12 feet|
Head Bailiff: P White
Deputy Bailiff: K Hurd
Local Police: 101
Mirror Carp to 53lb 8oz
Common Carp to 40lb 8oz
Grass Carp to 37lb 8oz
Koi Carp to 32lb
Pike to 27lb 2oz
Perch to 3lb
Bream to 18lb
Rudd to 2.5lb
Eels to 5lb
Tench (Female) to 10lb 4oz
Tench (Male) to 9lb 9oz
Without doubt the Society’s main specimen water where most of the species present grow to above average size. This eight acre lake is one of the more difficult waters, as stocks of the larger fish are not high. But when a big Mill Lane Grass Carp, Koi or Crucian is drawn over the net, the cost in rod hours seems almost irrelevant. The lake is also a highly rated Pike water.
Mill Lane is our premier Carp fishery, containing 34 Carp, 7 of which can exceed 40lb + at the right time of year, and include two 50lb+ fish, with the remaining fish in the 20-30lb class. A fish known as Whiskers has been reported over 50lb and Tench have been coming out in 2018 into double figures. The venue requires a very dedicated approach, but the patient and dedicated can reap considerable rewards.
Mirror Carp to 53lb, Common Carp to 41lb, Koi to 32lb and Grass Carp to 37lb are present in the lake which offers a very attractive and secure environment and the lake also contains other specimen sized fish, including Eels to 5lb plus, Tench to 10lb (Average size 6-7lb!), Bream to 18lb, Pike to 27lb and Perch to 3lb.
Like most specimen
waters, the fishing is far from easy and you should be aware that a substantial
investment of time is usually required to obtain success with the specimen fish. As the lake also contains some good Pike, Members are reminded of the need
to comply with the specific Bye-law 4.s regarding this delicate species.
The species here require specialist tactics and the abundant weed makes this one of our most challenging venues, although the catches can be mind blowing with colossal fish of all species. This is a fenced and secluded water, providing a pleasant and private fishery for our members.
Anglers use specialist tactics for most of the species in Mill Lane, whether they are after monster Carp or Bream. The weed makes presentation difficult and it is important to know exactly where your bait is landing to help ensure success.
A frequent tactic is finding a hole in the weed with a marker float and then casting a bait into the hole with a few free offerings or if you can find a reasonably sized hole, another tactic that has brought good results is fishing over a bed of hemp.
The Pike make an interesting quarry in winter and give good sport on suspended dead baits fished above or on the weed.
Just off Mill Lane, Yateley, Hampshire
Take the B3272 through Yateley, heading in the direction of Reading. After the shops and petrol stations on your right, turn right into Mill Lane, there is a signpost on the corner marked ‘Yateley Industries’. Follow the road for half a mile, you will see a recessed gateway on your right hand side, this is the fishery entrance.
Members must park within the fishery, not on the public highway. Three car parks are provided within the fishery, see map. Parking within the lay-by on the track to the right of the main access, is restricted to disabled anglers only.
All banks may be fished (but not the island). This is a fenced and secluded water, providing a pleasant and private fishery for our members.