The Top Lake, Churchgate Lakes

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The Top Lake
Churchgate Lakes, Essex

Churchgate Lakes’ The Top Lake is a picturesque venue of three acres that sits in the unspoilt Essex countryside. There are over 500 carp present, with a good head of double-figure fish and plenty of twenties to go at. With the right tactics the action can be hectic and proves to be a lot of fun for any carp angler. Also, there is an on-site shop that supplies all your tackle needs, and even has tea and coffee-making facilities. A lovely day-ticket venue that is sure to provide you with an enjoyable and action-packed day’s fishing.

Contact: 01245 325289
Stock: 500-plus fish
Species: Predominantly carp
Lake record: 28lb
Rules: No floating baits and no keepnets
Tactics: Small pop-ups and fishing tight to the far banks produces fish
Tickets: £10 a day for two rods