Needham lake


Needham Lake - Open All Year - Day Tickets Available

This is a very popular site of approximately 4.5 acres with depths to 18ft. The lake is stocked with bream, roach, rudd, perch, tench, pike and hybrids. The most productive methods for silver fish are pole and waggler; feeder and ledger tactics prove fruitful when after the bream and tench. The best baits are caster, maggot, worm and pinkie. Floating baits are strictly prohibited: all baits must be at least 600mm (2ft) below water surface as per rule book. Boilies are permitted to be used (in moderation) at Needham Lake for the 2009/10 season. Pike fishing and other predator species (including Zander) is only permitted from September 1st until March 31st and pike anglers must use only imitation lures or sea fish baits, again, as per rule book.

Angling on the River Gipping at Needham Market, east of, and adjacent to, Needham Lake, south (downstream) of the large tree behind pegs 22 and 23, is permitted between 1st NOVEMBER and the following 14th MARCH ONLY, inclusive (this rule applies to BOTH BANKS and STRICTLY NO ANGLING DOWNSTREAM OF FOOTBRIDGE).

Battisford lake


Manor Farm Lakes, Battisford - Open All Year - Strictly Members only

GVAC took control of this, brand new site in 2001. We applied for, and received a Sport England grant through the Awards for All scheme. This grant, and other monies received, provided us with the finances to purchase platforms, signage, plants, fish stock and safety equipment. The grants also helped us provide a wheelchair-accessible platform and suitable path; the platform can accommodate five wheelchairs. This site is used for our very popular junior and disabled teach-ins. We have toilets on site, including wheelchair-accessible facilities. The two lakes hold a healthy stock of bream, small hybrid carp, crucians, roach, rudd, perch to over 3lb, gudgeon and tench. There are around 28 fishing platforms, incorporating additional wheelchair access. The site is overlooked by two houses and members must respect the occupiers' privacy. Additionally, GVAC members must park their cars on the concrete pad, and with due consideration. Most productive baits are maggots, pinkies, casters, worms, sweetcorn, pellets and bread. In view of the nature of the fishery, anglers should use pole or short range rod and line rigs.  


Woody's Barking Tye

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Middle Farm Lakes, Barking Tye - Open All Year - Day Tickets Available

Following excavation in 2005, and thanks to further grant funding (see our grant page for details), Woody’s Lake and the Match Lake, opened 1st May 2006. The lakes accommodate more than forty pegs (including a number of double pegs) and offer members one water stocked with carp and additional silver fish, and general mixed sport from the Match Lake. The site has level ground leading to fishing platforms allowing full access for the disabled, as well as toilet facilitiesknow about us. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line.

Also on site is woodys lake stocked with carp to 10lb with weights of over 100lb very realistic during matches.




Maypole Farm Lake, Buxhall - Open All Year - Strictly Members only

Maypole Farm Lake is a peaceful and tranquil venue of around 0.75 acres. With around a dozen pegs, roach and rudd are the main target species. There are a few perch in the lake, and in the past, fish have been banked to specimen size. Very occasionally, tench and crucian carp also come to anglers’ baits. Average depth is around five feet and the water is usually well coloured. The most productive methods for roach and rudd are light pole or waggler tactics. With maggots tending to attract small fish, casters are a favoured bait, along with tares – or elderberries when in season - fished over hemp. Bread and sweetcorn produce a larger stamp of fish for the patient angler and swapping to these baits late in the day, often brings rewards. This site has become a firm favourite for many members who enjoy catching good bags of silver fish in quiet surroundings.

River Gipping


River Gipping - Strictly Members only
Close season as per current legislation - refer to your rod licence.

We control four sections; including Green’s Meadow and Pike’s Meadow, Stowmarket. These sections are very narrow and shallow but hold a stock of quality roach and chub; a roving/stalking approach is most productive.

At Needham Market, we control the section adjacent to the lake, and that upstream into King's Meadow. This area produces quality roach, dace and chub, with a few tench. Most accepted methods will produce, with all permitted baits. Chub of 5lbs plus and large roach have been landed on these stretches. Angling on the River Gipping at Needham Market, east of, and adjacent to, Needham Lake is permitted during the (river) coarse fishing season (see rod licence). It is hoped that platforms will be erected along the stretch, as pegging is on both banks. THERE IS STILL STRICTLY NO ANGLING DOWNSTREAM OF FOOTBRIDGE OR FROM THE BRIDGE ITSELF.

The fourth section - Riverside - is at Great Blakenham/Claydon and members may fish stretches either side of the bridge. This site can produce good roach nets and occasional chub. All permitted baits: maggot, caster, worm and punched bread, work well, with pole tactics, or running line. If there is a good flow try running a stick float through, varying its pace until the fish respond.

Cattawade (river stour)

The club took tenancy of this venue in December 2015.  The usual river closed season applies but members can enjoy sport here through the winter and with a bit of raking of weed from June 16th.  It is a great roach venue, with match weights in the 25lb range not uncommon.  Natural baits will work.