Holme Fen Fishery is located near the village of Colne on the edge of the Cambridgeshire fens. It has been developed from a recently completed gravel extraction site, being managed by Martin Dawson and Mike Hawes since 2010, both of whom have extensive experience of managing fisheries of this type.

The complex has been purposely designed as a specimen carp, day ticket fishery, where PB’s will be regularly broken. It is available for individual or group bookings of 48 or 96 hours. The Meadows is 26 acres in size and currently holds approximately 200 fish, with a good number over 40lb. In addition, Poachers Pool is 4 acres in size and stocked with carp in excess of 30lb, and this will open shortly for group bookings of up to 4 anglers. The 63 acre complex has been extensively landscaped by the owner with conservation in mind. Purposely designed, oversized swims have been built for angler comfort, each designed to provide plenty of water and a host of features to fish to. Norfolk reed, bullrush and lillies have been planted in the margins and island shelves, with hundreds of trees planted around the complex to create a beautiful fishery. All banks have been grassed and a secure fence installed around the whole perimeter for added security. A significant investment has been made on new stock to complement the existing original carp. All fish have been uniquely chipped so we can monitor growth rates, provide accurate details of stock and observe condition. Chipping the fish also provides a valuable security measure should any of the fish be removed and found at other locations (chips cannot be removed or de-activated). A detailed feeding plan has been devised in consultation with Premium Carp Fishing (PCF), to assist the health and growth of the stock, which have responded well and are in excellent condition. We hope you enjoy your stay and catch a PB!

Additional Info

Lake Size26 Acres
Type of FishCarp 46lb+
RulesOur rules exist to ensure Holme Fen Fishery becomes one of the best carp fishing venues in the country, and also to ensure the safety of both you and the fish. We ask you abide by our rules at all times whilst on the venue, as failure to do so may result in you being asked to leave and receiving an instant ban. The owner maintains the complex to a high standard with conservation at the forefront of his planning, so please respect this and help to protect both the vegetation and wildlife. Fishing strictly by prior booking only .When arriving at the site (no earlier than 12:00) enter the gates and park in the car park. You can walk around the lake to identify the swim you wish to fish and it is acceptable for you to take a bucket and leave in your chosen swim but please only one per angler! Once you have decided where to fish you may drive to the swim (as near as permitted) to unload your equipment before parking your car in the nearest designated car park. Your car must then be left in the car park for the duration of your stay – it should NOT be used to travel to the toilet to the gate to pick up a takeaway or around the lake to see other anglers irrespective of the weather conditions. All slings, mats and nets must be dry prior to entering the site – anybody caught unpacking damp equipment will be asked to leave immediately without refund. Fish safety is of paramount importance. Minimum age is 18 years unless accompanied by a parent. No non-angling guests permitted on the fishery. 3 rod maximum. No naked chod rigs, braid, leadcore or leaders (such as snag/shock leaders) of any kind. No braided mainline apart from on spod and marker rods. Minimum of 1 meter tubing on all mono or fluorocarbon lines rigs (if you have trouble with this try Korda tubing as it is easy to thread). Pellets may be used but must be purchased from the fishery in advance through this website. No bait boats. Micro-barbed hooks only with maximum size 6. No longshank or long curved hooks. Maximum lead size of 4oz. Minimum line strength of 12lb although we recommend 15lb. Suitable EXTRA LARGE slings and SIDED carp mats or cradles must be used – no flat or beanie mats allowed. Minimum landing net size of 42” arms. Please make sure all fish are weighed and photographed as close to the water as possible, avoid carrying fish as this will aid their recovery. These are big fish so please ensure your equipment is suitably sized. Anybody with inadequate equipment will be asked to purchase replacements from the fishery or asked to leave without refund. Please ensure you have the correct equipment before booking. Carp may only be held in a large recovery sling to assist weighing and photographing – the maximum time should not exceed 30mins. No carp to be placed in a sack. No nuts to be used. Other particles baits (seeds pulses etc.) may be used but must be well soaked well cooked and used in moderation. Nobody is permitted to use a boat at any time. In cases of weeded fish please be patient and put the rod back on rest and wait. No artificial (plastic) bait apart from zig bugs. Fishing is allowed from designated swims only. Please do not damage the vegetation. No dogs allowed. No rods to be left unattended (unofficial 40m remote rule applies however please be aware that this could lead to you being in trouble with the Environment Agency). Always respect other anglers and do not cast into adjacent swims. No loud music (if it can be heard 10m away it is too loud). No fires. You may use BBQ’s but please ensure these are placed on bricks or slabs provided, do not place directly on the grass No movement of fish. Fish should be returned to the lake they were caught. Badly damaged fish must be retained in a sling and reported to the emergency numbers immediately. Please carry fish care treatments to use on all hook holds marks or damaged fins etc. Your ticket permits fishing from 13:00 on the date of arrival. You must leave the fishery no later than 11:30 on your day of departure. Do not arrive on site before 12:00 (there is nowhere for you to wait) – if you are early the local villages of Earith or Somersham have local amenities. On your arrival you may walk the lake and set-up your gear but there must be no fishing before 13:00. Failure to comply may result in an additional days fishing payment. Anglers may not leave the site after 20:00 or before 06:00 unless in an emergency. Takeaway deliveries must be made before 20:00. Food must be collected from the on-site collection point so ensure the takeaway driver has your mobile and you have provided them with the gate combination number – do not leave rods in water unattended or use cars to collect. All anglers must complete a catch report. Pictures of all 30lb plus fish should be emailed to the fishery team within 2 days with your name and size of fish, date, bait used plus any other information you think applicable. Please email returns (including pictures) to info@holmefenfishery.co.uk with your completed catch return. Alternatively catch returns can be completed on-site and left in the collection box. All rubbish to be taken away with you. Any angler with rubbish in their swim will be asked to leave and those leaving rubbish in a swim will be banned. If there is rubbish in your swim upon arrival please report to this to the bailiff. Use the toilet provided near your swim – the bushes are not a toilet. Emergency Numbers (to be used for emergency calls only): Martin 07531 910515 Mike 07950 666058.
Night TicketYes
Cost £40 a day

From the M11: Take the A14 north towards Huntingdon. Exit the A14 at Bar Hill and take the B1050 towards Longstanton, Willingham and Earith. Continue on this road until you reach the T junction at the lock and bridge in Earith, turn left towards Earith High Street and then take the 2nd turning to your right B1050 Colne Road towards Colne, Somersham. After 150 metres you will pass the sign to Fenland Fisheries following the Clone, Somersham round a road sharp left bend then right bend. Continue for a further 500m where you will see an Earith Lakes Fisheries tourist sign. Turn right into Holme Fen Drove and follow the road for a further 700m where you will find the fishery on the left.

From Peterborough: Take the A1 south to the A14, exit at St. Ives, then follow A1123 to Earith. In Earith take a left onto the B1050 Colne road as follow the instruction above.

From Ipswich, Colchester: From the A12, take the A14 in the direction of Bury St. Edmunds, continue on A14 towards Newmarket. Exit A14 onto A142. Proceed on A142 turning left onto A1123 at Soham. Stay on the A1123 via Wicken, Stretham, Wilburton and Haddenham into Earith. In Earith Turn right onto the B1050 Colne road as follow the instruction above.

From Norwich/Norfolk: Exit the A47 just after Swaffham. Turn left onto the A1122 to Downham Market. Turn left onto the A10 towards Ely then take the A142 direction of Chatteris as far as Sutton. Turn left onto the B1381 via Sutton to Earith. In Earith Turn right onto the B1050 Colne road as follow the instruction above.

From A1 North: Exit onto A14, exit A141 March. Take the Huntingdon, St. Ives road (A1123) via St. Ives and Bluntisham to Earith. In Earith take a left onto the B1050 Colne road as follow the instruction above.


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