The Carp Society, Burford Road, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3QQ
Tel: +44 (0) 1367 253959
Horseshoe Lake is situated on the Gloucester/Wiltshire border, in the Cotswolds near to the town of Lechlade. The 62 acres fishing complex is owned by the Carp Society and the fishing at this ex-ARC worked gravel pit is amongst the finest in the country.
Summer Bay and Winter Bay
consists of two main 'arms' or 'bays' known as Summer Bay and Winter Bay with
depths from an average of 4ft in Summer Bay to an average of around 11ft in
Winter Bay. Itís weedy in all areas, some very dense and mostly sparser
silkweed, hence there is only a handful of larger clear bottom/gravel areas.
Fish stocks are up to 30lb in weight and there are at least 100 at 25lb, mid doubles to low twenties - running into several hundred, therefore an overall average weight would be around 18 to 20lb. The current lake record stands at 42lb 10oz.
Alongside the carp fish of all species swim the lake. Bream in excess of 14lbs,
Tench in the 6-9lb bracket are common and Roach at 3lb plus, rudd, pike and
perch are also likely to bite during the winter months.
The fishery also enjoys an excellent modern centrally-heated toilet and shower block including facilities for the disabled angler.
Horseshoe Lake also has a small shop stocking rig bits and pieces and bait which can be ordered in advance.
Horseshoe Lake fishing permits are available to Carp Society Members only. New permit options are available from 1 April for 2005/2006 season. The fishery also has a number of swims which can be reserved for disabled anglers.
For more information on Horseshoe Lake visit the website for the Carp Society.