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Stanstead Innings (1, 2, 3 on map)

Stanstead Innings is one of the jewels in the Lee Valley Regional Park fisheries portfolio! The complex comprises of 3 gravel pits Abbotts Lake, Banjo Lake and Stock Pit totalling just under 33 acres.  Abbotts Lake contains a cracking head of specimen Carp topped by the stunning ‘Chub Common’, Banjo Lake has benefitted from a proactive stocking programme and contains between 150-200 Carp between 10lb and 30lb and Stock Pit contains some stunning looking Carp.  All the swims are comfortable and constructed to a very high standard and good access is available.


The water is primarily fished for its large Carp with the lake record now standing at 50lb!

During recent seasons the younger, scaly fish have shown excellent growth rates since their introduction and are packing on the pounds! There are a number of specimen Tench present, to over 14lb, along with Bream to over 16lb and Pike to double figures.


The Carp tend to show themselves regularly during the productive periods so keep a watch for activity and be prepared to move to get on them. Fish can be spotted during the Summer months cruising on the shallows so targeting the drop-offs around these areas can be a good bet.


The lake is a typical gravel pit with numerous underwater features. Modern Carp tactics and baits will produce. Strong tackle is recommended as the fish are large, fight hard and will try to bury themselves in weed.


Three rods are allowed all year round. Strictly no fishing from the bund or in the nature reserve behind it. No casting onto the out-of-bounds shallow areas.

Please note the fishery is shared with a sailing club which can become busy at times.


Abbotts Lake is run as a limited 60 member Day/Night Season Permit fishery. A waiting list is in operation for this venue.


There are 3 designated parking areas around the fishery for angler’s vehicles. These can be accessed by purchasing a key when applying for a permit.


Access from Marsh Lane or Netherfield Lane, Stanstead Abbotts.