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Bowyers Water

This 35 acre mature gravel pit is one of the premier big fish waters in the Lee Valley! It is an ideal fishery for anglers looking for a challenge. Uncluttered banks and a superb head of specimen Carp make this a very special venue. This water is full of features ie, gravel bars, plateaus, islands and large beds of lily pads.


Bowyers Water is predominantly targeted for its renowned Carp, several of which are over 40lb. There is an impressive number of fish over 30lb, including some cracking original Commons. Additionally, the home-grown Carp stocked in 2006 have been landed to over 34lb in recent seasons. Tench and Pike are also present.


The pit has many underwater features including bars, plateaus, gullies, tree stumps and expansive weed beds. Don’t ignore the islands as fish are regularly seen showing around them. As most of the lake is shallow, search out the deeper water and clear spots amongst the weed. The swims on the lake are very comfortable being formal and constructed to a very high standard.


The fish come out to most modern Carp rigs and baits, with action coming during both daytime and night. Scattering boilies over holes in the weed beds produces takes.


There is a limit of three rods per angler. Anglers should be aware of fishing in the vicinity of overhead power cables on the Western Bank. NB – poles are not permitted. Summer weed growth can make angling difficult in many areas for prolonged periods.


Bowyers Water is run as a limited 50 member Day/Night Season Permit fishery. A waiting

list is in operation for this fishery. 


A limited-space car park is available adjacent to Waltham Common Lock. A security key can be purchased with the permit for this car park.


Access from Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Herts.