King’s Lynn rivers come into form but lakes dominate

Darren Seal with the 37lb 9oz Mirror carp
Darren Seal with the 37lb 9oz Mirror carp
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KLAA by Darren Reed

The last week has seen some encouraging signs coming from the rivers, as catches have been reported from both the Middle Level and Ten Mile Bank.

The lakes have continued to fish very well during the last seven days.

Ten Mile Bank: Denver-Railway Bridge has been the most productive stretch, as this is where the anglers have been finding the feeding fish.

KLAA member Kelvin Allen enjoyed a recent visit to this stretch, catching 50 lb of skimmers to 2lb, also having a bonus fish, a zander of 10lb 3oz whilst tip fishing. Bream to 4lb have also been recorded and roach have started to show.

Danby Drove has also shown bream to 4lb and skimmers to 1lb all on the tip.

Cut off Channel, Stoke Ferry: Bream to 7lb have shown to tip anglers fishing traditional bream-style tactics when offering worm, caster and maggot as a hook bait.

Relief Channel, Denver-Downham: Bream to 8lb have been reported.

Middle Level, St Mary’s-Magdalen High Road has been the only stretch on the level showing any form, no reports have been received other than at this stretch.

Bream to 7lb have been showing at the high road end to tip anglers fishing tight to the far side, skimmers to 2lb tench to 4lb perch and the very odd roach have shown in catches reported.

Bream to 4lb have also shown between St Mary’s-Peppers. Carp to 9 lb have also shown, also a zander to 19lb has also been recorded. Tip anglers have been the more beneficial, pole anglers have also been rewarded. Best baits have been worm, caster, maggot and corn.

Springside: Another very good week for anglers fishing this lake, carp to 19lb have been reported. Tench to 5lb also show to anglers fishing the method feeder when presenting meat, pellet or boillie as a hook bait.

Quality roach and rudd also show very well when targeted with a waggler or pole when fishing off bottom. Maggot and caster for hook bait have been very rewarding.

Bear Lake: Multiple catches continue to be reported, carp to 15 lb showing on the method feeder, pole anglers are also finding the carp feeding. Best baits have been meat, pellet and corn.

Queen’s Lake continues to dominate all the lakes with its current form. Another good week has been reported from anglers with bream to 8lb showing to the traditional bream style set ups, closer in skimmers to 2lb, plus quality roach and rudd showing on the waggler and whip.

Shepherd’s Lake: Carp to 13lb have been reported by carp anglers fishing carp tactics, boillie has again been the more rewarding in targeting the carp, but chub to 4lb have also shown a liking to the carp baits that are being offered, roach also feeding when targeted.

Ken Hill: Tench to 2lb, roach and rudd showing on the waggler and whip when offering corn as a hook bait.

KLAA open match Sunday, July 24, at Middle Level Peters Bridge. Draw 8.30am, fish 10-3pm. Meet at car park at Peters Bridge. To book a place contact Ian Hoddy 07825162206.


Could all anglers be aware of giant hogweed growing on the riverbank, it isn’t common but this non-native plant is spreading. It can be an irritant if touched and cause burns in severe cases if sap comes into contact with skin. A fact sheet can be found on website or there is a plant app for smart phones.

If anglers find any plants can they report the location to KLAA directors whose numbers are in their books. There have been some found on the banks of the Relief Channel between Downham and Denver. Could anglers keep away from this area until the EA remove it.

l Match results from Townsend Lakes fishery, Sunday, Cuckoo Canal: 1 Andy Adams – peg 14 – 236lb 10oz – short pole pellet; 2 Nigel Wright – peg 10 – 153lb 40z – short pole maggot; 3 Alan Owen – peg 6 – 109lb 120z – shallow pellet down track.

l Another good week at the Nar Valley Fisheries complex with Fenn Lake hitting top form.

This weekend’s biggest fish from Fenn Lake was a lovely Wels catfish of 30lb 2oz caught by Paul Edgar; however Brandon Vickers had the best session with eight fish gracing his net. Brandon had a busy Saturday night with four Common Carp (three between 6lb and 15lb) and the other a superb 29lb 10oz specimen, Mirror Carp of 19lb and 14lb, and two Wels Catfish of 20lb and 15lb completed the catch.

Darren Seal continued a very successful season on Lake Geneva with another personal best carp and his first ever English thirty in a bag of six fish. The session started with a 23lb 9oz Common followed by 16lb 2oz Mirror, 14lb 15oz Common, 16lb 3oz Mirror, 19lb 8oz Mirror, culminating in an awesome 37lb 9oz Mirror carp. For more information contact Chris 01553 636507.