If you’re looking to stay in the area, you may also be interested in our guide to camping in Suffolk.
Catching your own breakfast, lunch or tea is a patient and popular art, and the variety of water yielding good fishing in Suffolk draws keen anglers in droves. There are dozens of angling clubs and societies operating in the county, sharing helpful local knowledge with visitors, as well as various fishing sites. One fine example of a Suffolk fishing site is High Lodge, Saxmundham.
Individuals, families and corporate groups can all enjoy excellent fishing – for just £6.00! The site currently has 2 half-acre, well-stocked lakes containing a mix of coarse fish including Carp up to 20lb, Tench up to 4lbs and Roach & Rudd up to 11lb. Both lakes attract a wide range of birds and wildlife, and one lake is open to the public, the other to overnight guests. Other facilities which includes free car parking, refreshments and toilets.
High Lodge lakes can accommodate up to 12 pegs each making them ideal for competition purposes.
Due to its central location and easy access, High Lodge is the ideal location for corporate activity days that involve fishing. Equipment hire is available for Corporate Customers Only.
Sea Fishing in Suffolk
Sea fishing in Suffolk is popular too. Lowestoft and Orford beach fishing has a long tradition, and provides a fantastic family opportunity to combine beach fun with some serious lines. You can be taken out to sea to continue your angling by the charter boats to be found at quays and harbours.
And if you don’t fancy what the successful fishers have proudly brought home, just pop their catch in a freezer and offer them the bait that restaurants of Suffolk dish up – the professional catches of sole, plaice, cod, sprats, shrimp, lobster, crab…which can be purchased straight from the fishermens’ sheds on the beach, and from the early-morning stalls of Suffolk harbours.
Marsh Farm Camping and Caravan Site is an idyllic site with 5 large, well stocked fishing lakes spread over 6 acres of water. You don’t need to stay at Marsh Farm to fish – they sell day tickets – but when you’ve seen the place you may well want to stay there! Tench, Roach, Carp, Rud, & Bream stocked. See Marsh Farm Camping and Caravan Site for more information.
Carlton Meres Country Park – Caravan Park and Fishing Lakes, Rendham Road, Saxmundham, IP17 2QP
There are 2 very well stocked lakes that are open to the public with the correct rod license. The two lakes boast acres of water catering for all types of fishing from Carp through to Tench, Rudd and Bream. There are many different swims located around the lakes to allow the fishermen peace, quiet and of course, space. For those of you keen Carpers out there, we recommend you try the well stocked lake, with carp weighing over 40lbs. Carlton Meres also hold in-house fishing tournaments for anyone who wants to enter.
Please Note: Fishing Permits are available to anyone staying at Carlton Meres. Permits are only issued upon presentation of an Environment Agency Rod Licence.
Prices: Day Ticket £20 (6am til Dusk). Limited pegs available so please book before your visit. Night fishing is permitted to Residents only.
We have a 2 acre fishing lake which is a family owned, private fresh water fishing lake situated near Halesworth, with Carp, mirror, up to 30 lbs, common, crucian, rudd, and Tench. Quiet area with plenty of wildlife. Cookley Lake has 20 pegs. Open all year. Easy parking near lake. £6 one rod or £10 for 2 rods. Fishing dawn to dusk with barbless hooks. Tickets must be collected from Hillhouse Farm, Walpole, IP19 9AR before going fishing. Tickets can be obtained in advance by phoning 07850 671422.
Stoke by Nayland
You can enjoy a tailor-made Fishing Break at the fabulous Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa– set in 300 acres of beautiful undulating Constable Country on the Suffolk/Essex border, making use of the excellent course fishing on one of the Hotel’s large lakes. This is also a great option for family breaks as the non fishing enthusiasts can enjoy a wide variety of other facilities offered at the Hotel, including Golf, Spa, and a fully equipped gym and pool, leaving the fisherman in peace to concentrate on the challenge of catching some quality fish.
Baker’s Puddle, Mill Road, Buxhall, Stowmarket, IP14 3DW- Tel 07887 788 965
Bakers Puddle in Stowmarket is a family owned, private fresh water fishing lake situated in the heart of the Suffolk countryside providing anglers with not only excellent sporting potential but also an extremely relaxing environment to enjoy their sport or hobby. It’s open all year round to both day ticket anglers and season ticket holders alike. Bakers Puddle is well stocked with an array of quality fresh water fish worthy of catching by any standards!
Fishing is with barbless hooks only. Various bait options available on request. We have a large stock of Common Carp, Mirror Carp and Crucian Carp up to 35Lbs, Tench and Bream up to 4Lbs, Rudd up to 2Lbs Purch and Chubb. Amenities Include: on site toilet facilities, mains water, electric hookup and waste disposal for touring caravans with ample car parking just yards from the lake.
Barham Pits Claydon, Ipswich
Barham is accessed via Claydon village. It contains all species of fish but the main types are Carp, Pike, Tench and Bream. It fishes both winter and summer and so is a good all round fishery. Depths vary dramatically and a good knowledge of the water is required to obtain the best fishing. Barham Pits day tickets can be purchased from Gipping Angling & Preservation Society.
Barton Mills Lake, Mildenhall
Tickets can be purchased at local tackle shops. You’ll be fishing for Crucian Carp, Rudd, and Tench. Barton Mills offers fishing tuition and refreshments. This water is suitable for disabled anglers.
Contact Lark Angling & Preservation Society, Mr R West 01842 815421 for more details.
Blue Waters – Swan Lake, Old Stowmarket Road, Woolpit, Bury St. Edmunds
Parking, disabled access, accommodation, match bookings are all available. Coarse Fishing for Bream, Carp, Roach, Rudd, Tench. Suitable for disabled anglers. Barbless hooks only.
This private lake can be hired by the day.
(£45) 01787 278178
Brandon Lake, Rememberance Fields, Church Road, Brandon, Suffolk
Next to the Little Ouse this lake of approx 3 acres, has plenty of features. Brandon Lake features Carp to 25 lbs, Tench to 7lbs, Bream to 6lbs, also Roach, Perch, Eels and a couple of pike. All tactical methods work well with Corn, Trout Pellets and Bread being the favorites. Night Fishing available on officially organized nights. Suitable for disabled anglers.
Tickets can be purchased from the Brandon & District Angling Club, contact Paul Macloughlan 01842 812 979
Creeting Lakes, Braziers Hall, Creeting St Peter, Stowmarket, IP14 5BW
Day ticket venue with 2 lakes set in Suffolk countryside. A total of 44 pegs, ideal for match or pleasure anglers. Toilet on site. Coarse Fishing for Common, ghost & mirror carp up to 19lbs. Rudd, roach, tench & bream to 2lbs.Barbless hooks only. No keepnets, except for matches. No bait bans. Open year-round. Suitable for disabled anglers.
Adult £6 for one rod & £10 for two, concessions £4 for one rod & £6 for two. Please call 01449 612364
Goslings Farm Shop, Trimley St Martin, Felixstowe
Well stocked carp lakes open all year round.
Highbridge Fishery, Bridgeham, nr Thetford, Private Fishery, Open All Year
www.highbridgefisheries.co.uk 01359 252393
Hill Top Farm, Nayland
Hintlesham Fisheries, Fenn Farm, Hadleigh Road, Burstall, IP8 3EG
Kates Hill Lake, Raydon
Keddies Farm, Brandiston Hall, Waldingfield
By Appointment Only- 01787 247220
Lakeside, Long Pond/Cable Pond, Clare- Call Wilf Garnere on 01787 278315
£5 from house not on the bank
Marsh Farm, Sternfield, Saxmundham, Suffolk
Rushbrook Farm Lake, Lavenham
Day tickets are £6 and can only be purchased strictly from Sudbury or Haverhill Angling centres. Not open on bank holidays.
South Elmham Lakes Trout Fishery, Old Hall Farm, St. Nicholas, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 0PS
South Elmham Lakes offer peaceful quiet fly fishing for quality rainbow and brown trout. Open all year round. £20 for 3 fish, plus 3 catch and release. The Suffolk-based lakes are home to abundant wildlife, and teem with aquatic life. Bookings Tel. 07500703389
Established over 40 years the 2.5 acre lake offers the day ticket carp angler some of the best fishing in Suffolk.
Stocked with hundreds of carp up to 27lb to give action packed sport in picturesque surroundings overlooking the waveney valley.
Tickets by advance booking.
Weybread Carp Fishery, Mill lane, Weybread, IP21 5TP
01379 588 141 Email: [email protected]
Manor Farm Fishery
Two mature lakes situated side by side in the peaceful Suffolk countryside just 6 miles from Ipswich. Ideal for a relaxing day of pleasure fishing. Group/match bookings also welcome. The lakes are easily accessible and there is ample parking. Toilet facilities also on site.
Our stock includes mirror, common & crucian carp, bream, roach, rudd, perch and tench.
Willow Lakes Trout Fishery, Ash Farm, Chediston, Halesworth, IP19 0BB
Willow Lakes consist of two lakes of 1½ and 2 acres, well sheltered from cold winds with deep water close to the banks making long casting unnecessary. There are prolific hatches of “buzzers” & sedges with good evening rises from May onwards. Fishing is from 1st March to October 31st. Tel: 01986 785392
Willows Reservoir, Wix
Nightfishing by arrangement- £3 per rod – £10 day and night
Tickets can be purchased from Steve at house 0966217431
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