Fisheries 2017 Challenges
To celebrate 50th Anniversary of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, the Fisheries team ran three exciting events during 2017 to mark the occasion! These events were in the form of challenges for permit holders to enter by catching specific target fish from the venues. We had very positive responses and numerous entries for all three events, and we would like to thank all those that took part. The Prize Draws have now been made and the winners are below:
50 'Most Wanted' Challenge
We selected a number of fish from our waters that are deemed to be the most sought after in their venue. Any permit holder that caught any of these individual fish during 2017 was then eligible to enter the prize draw for a FREE season permit. The winner of the 50 Most Wanted Challenge was Charlie Hazeltine with his capture of the Mirror Carp known as ‘Pecs’ from Nazeing Meads at a weight of 42lb 2oz. Congratulations Charlie, and well done!
'50lb+' Fish Challenge
Any permit holder that caught an individual fish weighing 50lb or more during 2017 was eligible to enter a prize draw for a FREE season permit. The winner of the 50lb+ Challenge was Chris Bromley with his capture of the Common Carp known as the ‘Chub Common’ from Abbotts Lake, at a lake record weight of 50lb! Congratulations Chris, and well done!
'50 stocked Fish' Challenge
We stocked 50 new Carp across a number of our Fisheries. Any permit holder catching any of these individual fish during 2017 was eligible to enter a prize draw for a FREE season permit. The winner of the 50 Stocked Fish Challenge was Lee Bundock with his capture of one of the 10 new Carp stocked into Ashley, at a weight of 10lb 11oz. Congratulations Lee, and well done!
The Authority’s fisheries are truly regional as a natural development of its eutrophic gravel pits, post aggregate extraction. These fisheries have carved a niche in a flourishing and currently most popular section of modern angling. This, coupled with the unique pioneering partnerships with the country’s major conservation bodies has pushed the Authority’s Fisheries to the forefront of sustainable, environmentally compatible, responsible specimen angling.
The unique section of Old River Lea (Sir Isaac Walton’s river) and the Lea Flood Relief Channel constitute the country’s premier Chub fishery, where we recently held the British river record for the species and is one of only four natural Barbel rivers in the United Kingdom.
The Old Lea itself is a magnet countrywide for specimen anglers. Geographically, Lee Valley Regional Park as a whole caters for all disciplines in modern freshwater angling. However, the current 25 strong angling venues under Authority ownership offer a diversification of specimen coarse angling that barely satisfies local catchment, M25 corridor or national needs.
Permits and tickets
To fish in Lee Valley Regional Park you'll need to purchase a Season Permit for the fishery you intend to visit: application forms are available by postal application only from Lee Valley Park Fisheries. For Day Ticket fishing on Banjo Lake and Stock Pit you must book in advance by texting the Fishery Bailiff on 07907 212035 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
An Environment Agency rod licence will also be needed to fish in Lee Valley Regional Park. These can be obtained from Post Offices. Permits and licences need to be available for inspection at all times when fishing in the Regional Park.
NB: all fish must be returned alive into the venue from which they are caught.
Our comprehensive guide, Get Hooked details all the angling available in the park. To receive a copy call the Fisheries Office on 01992 892 291, email email@example.com or click on the right hand side of the page on the image of the Get Hooked guide book to view online.
Useful contact numbers
General enquiries: 01707 632 300
Emergency: 0800 807 060
Closed season: all riverine systems continue with the mandatory close season of 15 March - 15 June inclusive. The only exception within the park is the Lea Navigation from Bow Locks to Aquaduct Lock. Therefore, from the Navigation northwards and ALL rivers, streams, flood channels are closed to any form of angling whatsoever (including Crayfish trapping). ALL gravel-pits, lakes and ponds which facilitate angling are open all year round and are therefore not included in the closures mentioned above.
There's an ongoing programme of consolidation and improvements carried out by the Fisheries Team, the Fisheries Task Force, Honorary Wardens and Volunteers. This takes the form of both a proactive response to the regular monitoring, bi-annual surveys, data collection and the weekly Honorary Warden reporting which collectively formulates planning for restocking, repairs and improvements to both directly managed and licenced fisheries.
Fisheries both support and actively assist in the development of the Authority’s Biodiversity Action Plan.