Once one of the South of Englands most popular waters Bedfont Lake has been the water that many of todays well known anglers first wet a line. Situated just off the A30 near Feltham, Bedfont is a four acre venue comprising small bays and beds of Norfolk Reeds and Lily Pads.
There are silt gulleys and gravel patches locatable over most of the lake and the depths can vary from nine feet up to just a few inches in some area’s.
The current venue record is held by a Common of 41lb 3oz which is backed up by up to a dozen fish over thirty pounds with a very good head of twenty pluses. Figures from last season have shown that the small stocking the lake received a few years ago have been growing on well with all these fish now being in excess of twenty pounds.
Bedfont Lake is also home to some very nice Pike and Perchwith the former going over twenty pounds and the latter being landed at in excess of four pounds. The lake also contains some nice Tench and a few quality Roach although these are notoriously shy and difficult to catch.
In the Summer months Bedfont Lake can get extremely weedy and to be successful the angler needs to spend a little time and thought about how he will approach the water.
The most successful anglers at Bedfont are those who have spent time locating the fish and perhaps trickling in bait to a few chosen spots on a regular basis even when not fishing. In the colder months the weed dies back and the water becomes clear. At this time disguising your end tackle is paramount as the lakes residents have seen it all. Last season small particle such as brightly coloured fake corn was catching a few fish as was bright mini pop ups.
Bedfont Lake is by no means an easy water but the rewards are there for the angler willing to put in the time.