Chichester Lakeside Fishing Park
Coarse & Sea Angling
2021 - 2022 Season
The holiday park is surrounded by a total of eleven lakes ranging in size from 52 acres down to 1.5 acre pools. The lakes were originally excavated in the late 1930 40’s and were stocked shortly after.
The lakes offer a challenge for the novice angler right up to the serious specimen hunter and can be fished on 24hour / 48hour / 72hour tickets, week-long tickets and season tickets.
Tickets can be obtained from the Park office between the hours of 9am – 5pm (7 days a week) or on the bank side from the Fishery Staff.
UK rod licenses are required wherever you fish on UK inland waterways.
These can be purchased online from the Environment Agency website directly, or from the Post Office in Chichester.
Landing net, unhooking mat, and if fishing primarily for Carp, then a Carp-care Kit must be carried. There are fishery rules printed on your ticket and anglers are asked to adhere to them.MORE ABOUT FISHING LICENCES
The main species are Carp to 57lb, Pike to 36lb, Bream to 12lb, Tench to 12lb. Rudd, Roach and Perch are abundant in most of the lake, Eels can also be caught in all of the lakes.
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Holiday Home Owners
Park Holidays UK Holiday Home Owners are able to apply with a 50% discount (with proof of Ownership) on all charges including syndicate fisheries, annual fishing passes or day tickets.
Fishing Holiday Deals
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Tickets for 2021 – 2022 Season (starting 15th March 2021) are priced for individual lakes and are for up to three rods - tickets are not transferable between lakes. Visiting anglers please note that these lakes are not stocked to the level of some commercial waters that they may have fished before.
JUNIOR ANGLERS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AT ALL LAKES AT ALL TIMES
All day tickets are now £10 per day for all applicable lakes that accept day tickets.
|NUNNERY / EAST / COPSE LAKE|
|24hrs||Up to 3 rods||£20*|
|24hrs||Up to 3 rods||£25*|
|TRIANGLE / DEEP / PECKHAM Lakes|
|Day ticket (7am -7pm)||£10.00 (2 rod limit)*|
No Night Fishing on these lakes! £10* per swim (swims are not sharable unless with a junior)
*All bookings subject to a £1.00 (+VAT) online booking fee
Chichester Lakeside Fishery Rules
1. Swims must be pre-booked ~ visit fishingticket.com
2. Our Covid-19 safety precautions have made some minor changes including;
3. Fishing Bailiffs do not take payments for fishing – via fishingticket.com only.
4. 24 / 48 / 72 hr sessions operate from 09:00hrs thru 08:30hrs. A 30 minute ‘gap’ prevents cross traffic.
5. Please sanitize your hands regularly but take care not to harm the aquatic life with some sanitizers.
6. Safety First! Adhere to Safety Signage / Instructions from Park / Fisheries staff. Do not access into waters.
7. Anglers fish at their own risk; parents / guardians should take responsibility for children. Respectful Behaviour Standards and following the rules are expected at all times and those falling short of these will be asked to leave without refund. Removal of fish is prohibited and will be reported to the Police.
8. Lakeside Fisheries do not take any responsibility for Equipment, Adverse Weather or other Unforeseen Events that may require lakes to be closed or limited – no refunds will be given.
9. Bookings can ONLY be made from fishingticket.com.
10. Anyone over the age of 16 years of age or older must be in possession of An EA Rod Licence (these can be purchased on line at the EA website or from a Post Office.
11. You must have with you a suitable Landing Net and Unhooking Mat and if fishing for Carp a Care Kit.
12. Barbed / Micro Barbed Hooks Only. No fixed or Bolt Rigs.
13. All fish to be released immediately – No Keep Nets.
14. Rods are not to be left unattended at any time – your rods, your responsibility.
15. Anglers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible Adult.
16. No Bait Boats. No floating baits or Artificial baits. No pre-baiting with large amounts of particles / Boilies on East Lake.
17. Tickets are priced for individual lakes. Tickets are not transferable between lakes.
18. Strictly no Boats, Fires, BBQ’s, Guns, Laser Pens, Alcohol, Radios or Excessive Noise.
19. Please park considerately and do not litter – take it home! Please respect the park and our wild life.
20. No Pike fishing March – October.
21. The Reception Office bookings records will confirm all payments; queries without a receipt will be dismissed. The Park Office reserve the right to refuse / withdraw any booking at their discretion.
An Elongated 1.5 acre pool with a few carp up to 28lb. Tench to 4lb, Rudd, Roach and Perch. It has become very weedy and there is plenty of bank side cover where fish can be found close into the margins. A difficult water to fish.
As its name suggests. Bream to 8lb Tench to 9lb along with a large head of Roach, Rudd and Perch (Day Ticket fishing only). Please note that the bridal path swims are quite steep. No night fishing on Bridleway bank. Light float tackle/ pole set up, small hooks with maggots, casters or soft pellet fished on the drop will work well, and loose feeding occasionally will keep the fish interested. It has proved to be a very popular water for the young angler and pleasure angler who want an enjoyable days fishing. IT DOES GET VERY WEEDY IN THE SUMMER THE FISHERY STAFF DO RAKE IT THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER.
NB – Nunnery & Deep Lakes have been designated suitable for Beginners and Intermediate anglers – if you are fishing for Silvers and small fish only then there is no need for an un-hooking mat and Pan Nets are acceptable. Advice is available from the Bailiffs if required with notice
Small 1.5 ACRE water which can be quite a challenge due to heavy weed in the summer months. Carp to 34lb Tench to 7lb and Pike to 20lb can be caught along with. Fish over beds of particles or a boilie approach for the carp; float fished caster corn or maggot for the Tench. During the Pike season dead baits especially dyed sprat’s work well (Day Ticket fishing only).
A seven acre water, fishing is from 2 banks only, this lake is a good tester of skills for the intermediate Carp angler looking to catch hard fighting Commons and tricky Mirrors up to 30lb with an average depth of 6ft deeper spots can be found, this lake is a good night water and pre –baiting with particles can be an advantage especially if a silt covered gravel patch can be located. Other species are found in this water; watch out for the swan mussels.
At 12 acres this an intermediate and sometimes tricky water to fish, populated with Common Carp between 6 – 14lb. There are bigger fish in the lower and upper twenties including a thirty known as the Small Tailed Mirror. In 2014 the lake produced its first 30lb Common. There is also a large head of Tench to 10lb and bream to 8lb plus Rudd and Roach.
Day or night the lake can fish well with fish responding to a variety of tactics small pva / mesh bags of pellet, boilie whole or crushed, light spodding of particles then fish over with tiger nut, halibut pellets. Fruit flavoured boilies especially pineapple work well, heavy baiting is not advised as the fish move all the time and do not respond to big beds of bait. The lake itself is divided by a bar which runs mid way across the lake and links up to the island which is a good fish magnet, swims either side of the bar often produce and a walk around the far side of the lake will often find a quieter and sometimes more productive swim. The Bream and Tench can be caught on any methods but due to the nature of the water they tend to fall to Carp tackle and baits, there are silver fish but they are not really fished for. This is good starter water for the novice Carper who wants to catch fish or simply water for any angler that wants to put a bend in a rod. 40 VS Mirrors where stocked in November 2016 and these are now well into double figures.
An intermediate and at times productive water which is large shallow and weedy in places, it can be fished from 3 banks. Carp up to 43lb have been caught with a good head of Tench and Pike the latter up to 36lb.Being quite an expanse a session is advisable and pre baiting with particles or good quality Boilies can be an advantage. The Tench can be caught from all areas, the bank which separates East and West can often prove productive where as the north bank has shown to fish well for Carp. In winter the bay on the bridal path has given up some of the lakes better Pike.
In the past West was not as heavily fished as the other lakes on the complex however more anglers are now fishing due to the increase in some of the resident Carp packing on the weight. West offers a good challenge for the angler who is prepared to wait. The cow shed bank as it is known has produced some sizable fish from the margins. The Eel population can be problematic at times. Due to the fish sizes this lake is becoming even more popular with session anglers.
RUNCTON AND VINNETROW
Syndicate Lakes Only ~ Enquiries via the main park office or call 01243 787715
PECKHAM / BOATING LAKE
gin clear and very shallow it holds a small head of Carp up to 25lb some Pike and a well spread out population of specimen Tench. Silver fish plus the odd Bream can also be caught. Fishing is from the bridal path and main road bank only. Strictly no fishing on the approach road bank to the park.
No fishing from out banks at any time - this is a water sports lake.
No Fishing - Nature reserve - You may be prosecuted for attempting to fish on this lake.
Early morning late evening sessions for the Tench are a good bet, the margins are deep so no need for a long cast. The lake does get weedy but is still fishable float fished sweet corn, banded pellet, red maggot do well or find a clear spot along the bridal path margins and fish boilie or particle for the elusive Carp.
All the lakes hold non migratory Eels some up to specimen size, all though not every angler likes them some serious Eel hunters fish the lakes due to their size, they can be difficult to unhook due to the way that they have a tendency to gorge hook baits; please do your best at unhooking.
The lakes are patrolled on a regular basis by the Bailiff and his member bailiffs who are all experienced and knowledgeable anglers and their advice is well worth listening to. Due to size of the fishery there will always be work in progress and it is regrettable that there may be times when some areas may be closed for work to take place. At certain times of the year charity events, sponsored fish in’s as well as carp matches may be organised. Check the Fishing Ticket.Com website for availability in advance.
All the lakes have resident wildlife and anglers should note that during the breeding and nesting season the population of Mute Swans, Canada and Greylag geese on the lakes can be very territorial and aggressive. In the case of nesting Swans on no account should an attempt be made to approach a nesting Cob or Pen. Anglers are also requested to keep to footpaths and only fish from identified swims, please take any litter away or use the bins provided and most important of all please do not discard line or hooks, you are not the only one who uses the lakes.
Travel to the Lakes
Although the fishing lakes are on site they are a considerable walking distance so we recommend access via a short drive out of the park and back through a seperate entrance. Outside main reception is a boarded sign showing a map of the lakes.To get closer to East / West Lakes by car turn right at the top of the main Entrance drive and follow the road for approximately 1 mile until you reach the mini roundabout at the Walnut Tree Pub, turn right, follow the road for ½ mile until you get to the pedestrian crossing by the school on your right. On the bend turn right down School Lane and go down the track over 3 speed humps turning left at the wooden gate / signed entrance down a tree lined track. You will then arrive at East Lake. Guests of Lakeside Holiday Park may walk to the lakes via the new path installed by pitch Copse 28a – don’t forget your barrier fob which you’ll need to activate the electronic locks or you’ll need to walk back along the public bridle path.
THE ACCESS GATE TO THIS PART OF THE FISHERY WILL BE LOCKED AT NIGHT FROM 1900 HOURS UNTIL 0700 HOURS IN THE MORNING. THERE WILL BE NO ENTRY OR EXIT UNLESS IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. A CONTACT NUMBER IS AVAILABLE FROM RECEPTION.
WARNING: Theft, poaching or killing of any fish will result in prosecution.