Stillwater Front Lake

Ash Vale, Surrey

OS Map Reference: SU 891 519
Postcode: GU12 5AB
Water Type: Mature Gravel Pit
Designation: Carp & Specimen Water
Size: 6 acres
Maximum Depth: 8 feet
Facilities: Secure Parking
Flushing Toilets
Contacts: Head Bailiff: Michael Phillips
Deputy Bailiff: Ms. M Jenkins
Local Police: 101
Stock: Carp to 36lb
Bream to 11lb
Tench 10lb +
Pike to over 20lb
Eels over 8lb

A lovely, mature six-acre gravel pit with a good head of big carp. Although particularly scenic in the summertime, Stillwater has enough features above and below the water to retain interest all year round.

Despite being a prime carp water the lake also attracts the attention of both pleasure and specialist anglers seeking good fish of other species.

The Front Lake holds a good head of Carp both Mirrors and Commons up to 33lbs of which 3 are 30lb+ also a good mixed bag of Bream to 10lb+, Tench to 10lb+ and Perch.

Both lakes hold eels to 6lb+.

Tackle and Tactics

Stillwaters classic lilly beds are attractive to all species, but it is the Carp that are the target on this venue.

Most anglers use standard bottom tactics for the Carp with the successful ones making full use of the typical gravel pit features of margins, bars and silt gulleys.

The Carp attain serious weights on this venue and big baits to dissuade the Bream can be very successful.

Stillwater also offers excellent fishing for Bream and Tench with those that make the effort rewarded with good bags on the feeder or waggler.

Local Bye-Laws

  • 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
  • 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 ).
  • Catfish which are caught must be placed in the retention nets at the fisheries for removal (Bye-law 10). Any Member or Guest not doing so, will face disciplinary action, as none of the venues are CEFAS approved for Catfish.

Record Fish

Farnham Angling Society Record

Species lbs:ozs:drms kilo.grms Date Captor
No Records Caught From This Venue Yet!


Just off Lakeside Road, Ash Vale, Surrey

Directions & Parking

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.