Welcome to the Bury St Edmunds Angling Association

Association Waters

Middle Reservoir, Barrow Lake, Badwell Ash and Water Lane Reservoir will remain open each day throughout the entire year. During fish spawning, certain swims will be closed. Please refer to association rules before fishing the waters.

APRIL – SEPTEMBER 05.00 – 21.00
OCTOBER – MARCH 07.00 – 17.00

Water Lane

Post code IP30 0DU. Just south of Sicklesmere on the A134 take a left turn signed to Bradfield St. Claire and Cockfield Green. The reservoir is situated on the left about half a mile from the A134.  There is a low building and a small car park beside the reservoir’s high banks. Please be aware that parking is limited. Please take care pulling out of the carpark.

Fishing is permitted from the numbered platformed swims only. The water mainly holds roach, carp, bream and tench, with Perch also present. Carp have been caught to around the 20lb mark, however, you can expect the average to be around 8-14lb. There is currently a lot of work being done to the lake to remove and cut back trees and fallen branches. Details of work parties are put on Facebook and the website.

Middle Reservoir

Postcode IP30 0LP. This reservoir is not much further along the A134 from the Water Lane turn off. The entrance is on the left about 50 yards beyond the speed restriction sign on the outskirts of Bradfield Combust. No other way in or out must be used.

Follow the entrance road in front of a house and behind some cottages and the reservoir will be seen on the left. Two parking areas are clearly signed and must be used. Members are allowed to drive around the reservoir and fishing from vehicles is permitted, however, if these areas are waterlogged vehicles must be left in the designated car parks. Parking on and/or obstructing the road is not permitted as it is used by farm vehicles at all times. 

Do no fish between the electricity signs or to the right of Peg 1 near the irrigation pump. A site map is in the notice board by the first car park.

The fishery has a sloping bottom and is about 12 feet deep in the middle. It holds Carp, Roach, Bream and Pike. The Bream & roach can be caught using bait like corn, pellet and maggot. Fishing out in open water using method feeder is also a good tactic. Anglers fishing for the carp have success on boilie, pop ups and wafters, fishing the margins or around 1-2 rod lengths out. You can expect to catch carp as big as 27/28lb. Currently the known biggest is a 27.8 common, caught in May 2022. The lake holds multiple 20lb+ fish and you can regularly catch carp around 15-19lb mark. 

Middle Reservoir is also available on a night permit in addition to regular membership. For details, please contact Josh, our fishery officer. 

Night fishing is permitted for those holding a valid night permit.

Barrow Lake

Postcode IP29 5AX. From the Bury to Barrow road take the first turning right (Sharpes Hill) as the village is approached. Stay on that road until a T-junction is reached. Turn left down the hill towards Barrow church. A combination locked gate leading to the Fishery is at the bottom of the hill on the right. Gate must be locked after both going in and out. Do not park on the grass.

The lake and its surrounds are plastic lined.  Pegs 1 and 3 are earmarked for use by disabled anglers who have the right to request another member to vacate these swims. Angling is permitted only from the platform numbered swims – one angler per peg except an adult with a child under 12 years or a spouse.

The toilet and kitchen facilities must be used with respect and left clean. The club combination will open the lock except in winter when the lock will be changed to prevent use when the plumbing has been drained.

The lake holds Bream, Tench, Roach, Rudd and Crucian Carp. No junior members unless accompanied by a senior member.

Shakerland Badwell Ash

Postcode IP31 3DL. From Bury take Gt Barton road to Ixworth A143, at the Ixworth roundabout take the 3rd exit to Norton,

As you enter Stowlangtoft take a left at the crossroads to Hunston/Walsham. Follow road to Badwell Ash.

 As you enter Badwell Ash (Village sign) take a right to Great Ashfield (Westley Way)

Enter via gate 100mts on left. Enter via combination lock (same number as for Barrow Lake)

The lake is old gravel workings up to 8 feet deep. Fishing from marked pegs only.

It holds Carp (average 4-8lb), Roach, Rudd, Tench, Goldfish and Bream.