Malcolm Barker Lake
Bishop's Stortford CM22 7PA
Malcolm Barker is a mature gravel pit of approximately 1.75 acres. The margins are reed lined and depths vary from a few to 9 feet or so. Although the swims are flat, care should be taken when fishing as the margins are deep. There are several patches of lilies otherwise the water is usually weed free. The lake and car park are fenced in and access is via a combination locked gate. Please do make sure the gate to the otter fence around the lake is kept closed.
Getting there: Just as you come into Bishop's Stortford from the Spellbrook side of town (A1184), after the traffic lights at Whittington Way, take the next turning on the right into Pig Lane - you will also see signage for Twyford Business Centre at this junction. From the Town side Pig Lane is a little past the Boy's High on the right. Head over the railway bridge and take the first left (Twyford Bury Lane) and continue until the end of the lane - the lake is on the right. This is a single lane track so keep an eye out for oncoming traffic - there are passing places.
The River Stort Backwater section is also accessed via the Malcolm Barker car park.
Species: Roach, Rudd, Tench, Bream, Carp, Crucian, Perch, Pike & Eels
Open all year - no close season
Pike fishing 1 October to 14 March (inc.)
Fishing 6 am to 10:30 pm (off water) - no night fishing
Dogs not permitted