Memberships available from Birds Tackle, Breakaway Tackle and Gladwells Stowmarket
Needham Lake- Open All Year- Day Tickets Available
This is a popular site of approximately 4.5 acres with depths to 18ft. The lake is stocked with Bream, roach, Rudd, perch, tench, hybrids and pike.
The most productive methods for silver's is pole or waggler; Feeder and ledger tactics prove fruitful when after the bream and tench. The best baits are caster, maggots, 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.
Pike fishing and other predator species (including Zander) is only permitted from October 1st - March 31st and pike anglers must use only imitation lures or sea fish baits, As per rule book
Middle Farm Lakes Barking Open All Year
Day Tickets are no longer Available. Members Only
We opened this venue in 2006, following a successful grant application from the Environment Agency and People's Millions Lottery.
The venue provides wheelchair accessible pegs and onsite toilet facilities. Disabled anglers with proven mobility problems may drive to their chosen peg at this venue.
Since opening, the lakes have hosted many events for young anglers and the disabled - they are being used as they were intended!
The Lower Lake, Woody's is to the right of the car park, as you enter and has 17 pegs, some are double. The lake is predominantly stocked with small carp but also has a good head of silver fish with depths of 1-2m. All permitted baits will work for the hungry carp, and is a great venue for newcomers to fishing. Please observe special rules in place for fish welfare reasons, (See rule book for keepnet usage).
Jim's Match Lake is to the left of the car park and has 24 pegs. The lake is stocked with bream, roach, crucians, rudd and tench. A good quality groundbait with either maggots, pinkies, squatts, caster, corn, pellet or worm will work throughout the year.
You may snare the occasional carp.
Plumb up carefully to find underwater features, fishing down the edge, down the track or across against the central island. Depths vary throughout.
Reopening for fishing from Friday 23rd June 2023
Manor Farm Lakes, Battisford - Open All Year - Members Only.
GVAC took control of this venue in 2001. The club applied for and received a Sport England grant (Awards for All scheme) to develop the waters which provided us with the finances to purchase platforms, signage, plants, fish stock and safety equipment. This venue has been used for our popular junior coaching. It's also very popular with our club members with its peaceful surroundings. There are toilet facilities also. The two lakes hold healthy stock of bream, small hybrids, carp, crucians, roach, rudd, perch to over 3lb, gudgeon and tench. There are around 28 fishing pegs, incorporating a wheelchair platform.
Members are asked to respect the local residents access and privacy: parking between the lakes; while leaving enough room and with due consideration for farm vehicle access.
Most productive baits are maggots, pinkies, casters, worms, sweetcorn, pellets and bread. Best results are achieved using float-fished tactics.
Maypole Farm Lake, Buxhall - Members Only - Fish all year round.
This is a 3/4 acre lake with 13 swims which was redeveloped in 2015 to give better access and parking facilities.
A very peaceful and tranquil venue stocked with roach, rudd, tench, crucians and perch to specimen size. The average depth is around 5ft with best results achieved by using fine lines, small hooks and baits. This venue is a firm favourite for many members who enjoy catching quality roach using Mr Crabtree tactics.
Our Needham Market section of the Gipping comprises the stretch along the south bank that runs adjacent to the lake, upriver into King's Meadow; and designated pegs on the north bank beside the picnic site. Strictly no fishing below the footbridge. Here, the river holds roach, rudd, perch, chub and pike.
All methods and permitted baits will produce on their day. See the Special rules section for more information.
Our ‘Riverside’ section is located on the Great Blakenham/ Claydon border. Members may fish both sides of the bridge.
This stretch is known to hold roach, perch and chub, and pole- or rod-fished maggots, caster, worm and punched bread can work well.
Running a stick float through when there is a flow and the water holds colour can prove fruitful. Alternatively, nail the bait to the bottom and target bonus fish.
These four sections are strictly members only.
GVAC also controls the fishing at Green’s Meadow and Pike’s Meadow in Stowmarket. These stretches are narrow and often shallow. As such, they’re best approached with roving tactics
The club took tenancy of this venue in December 2015. The usual river closed season applies but members can enjoy sport here though the winter and with a bit of raking of weed from June 16th.
It was a great winter roach venue, with match weights in the 25lb range not uncommon until a fish kill in 2020.
Pike are being caught as well as modest silver fish bags now. The fish recolonization is an ongoing part of the redevelopment of this venue.
The "pools" section, situated to the left side of the main A137 when travelling away from Ipswich, has platforms for anglers to enjoy. It is permissible to access the swims behind the garage via the grounds of the garage where you will find a gentle slope down to the bank. Park at the pub across the road from the old bridge and please make sure you display your laminated parking permit at all times.