Barden Lake

A large mixed fishery of around 25 acres, this gravel pit has become a Mecca for Carp anglers. The head of large Carp is phenomenal, many anglers have caught well over 100 different doubles each in a season, mainly twenties and thirties with the occasional 40lb. There are specimen Tench and Bream into double figures, enormous nets of Bream (well over 100lbs) are regularly taken and individual fish have been recorded to over 17lb. The large Roach and Rudd are more elusive, but dedication can produce spectacular results. One day ticket angler had thirty Roach in one session, three of them exceeded 2lb. Perch also show at times and will respond well to a noisy plug. Pike have been caught to over 30lb with a good head of twenty pounders present.
DSC_0737   Austin Battell with a fierce looking Pike

BARDEN LAKE - Ted Bryan - 11lb 8oz Bream

Ted Bryan with a double figure Bream

BARDEN LAKE - Kevin Smith - 9lb 15oz Tench

BARDEN LAKE - Neal Rogers - 33lb Ghost Common

Neal Rogers with a stunning 33lb Ghost Common


This is a Member and Day Ticket water

Members fishing is from dawn till  1 hour before park gate closing time.
24 hour fishing for special country park Night Card holders.

No 3rd rod fishing unless you hold a current Barden Night Ticket

Day Ticket angling from park gate opening time to 1 hour before park gate closing time.

Minimum dimensions for unhooking matt: XL or Euro size.

No lure fishing from 1st April – 30th September inclusive

Disabled access and platforms.

Toilets in main car park

Parking at each end of Lake. Haysden Country Park car-park and Audley Avenue car parks

(Car parking charges apply).

Car-parks are locked at night, times displayed at the entrance.