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Waters

Maldon Angling Society currently has 16 stillwaters and 14+ miles of river and canal.

Totham Pit – Great Totham

A mature 70+ year old gravel pit of 8+ acres with heavily wooded banks and 50+ swims.  There is an interesting combination of shallows, bays and deeper water.  Most of the fish grow large here with tench to 9lb+, bream to 10lb+ and carp to 30lb.  Other species include roach, rudd, big perch, pike to 20lb+, eels to 7lb and a few ancient crucian to almost 4lb.  Night permit fishing allowed.

Totham Pit Summer

Totham Pit in the summer

Totham Pit in the spring

Totham Pit in the spring

An aerial photo taken in 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late winter on the shallows with an easterly breeze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The deeps in springtime taken from Colliers bay.

Location: Great Totham
Sat Nav Post Code:  CM9 8NN
Close season: None
Opening Times: 5am to 10pm (night fishing with standard night permit)

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Howells Lake – Langford

Our most popular carp lake.  A five acre carp lake containing a good head of common and mirror carp to around 30lbs.  This venue used to get quite weedy in the warmer months but now remains largely weed free.  The carp respond well to stalking / floater tactics as well as being caught over larger beds of bait applied by session anglers.  Night permit fishing for Howells night permit holders only allowed.

Howells in the winter

Howells in the winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Langford
Sat Nav Post Code: CM9 4SY
Close season: None
Opening Times: 5am to 10pm (night fishing with Howells night permit only)

Howells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howells from the air in 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Howells in the summer

Howells map

Howells view

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Bog Grove - Great Totham

A very well stocked tree lined reservoir with 25 swims containing tench, crucian, roach, rudd, bream, chub, carp to mid doubles and some smaller species to keep the float angler guessing.  Night permit fishing allowed between 1st October and 30th April.

Bog Grove in the summer

Bog Grove in the summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bog Grove Snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Location:
Great Totham
Sat Nav Post Code:  CM9 8NL
Close season: None
Opening Times: 5am to 10pm (night fishing allowed between 1st October and 30th April with standard night permit)

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Little Park Lakes – Langford

A pair of small lakes with easy access.  The lower lake with the island contains some large tench and bream along with roach, rudd, big crucian and carp to 20lb.  The upper lake is shallow and fed by a small stream.  Following restocking after de-silting it now produces roach and perch along with hard fighting carp to low doubles and the occasional bream to 7lb+.

Location: Langford
Sat Nav Post Code:  CM9 4ST
Close season: None
Opening Times: 5am to midnight (both waters)

Little Park Top Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Park Top Lake in winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Park from the air in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Slough House Farm – Heybridge

An attractive lake of around five acres with extensive marginal reed beds and an island.  This lake gets quite weedy in the warmer months and contains carp to upper twenties along with perch and rudd to occupy float and feeder anglers.  There are also a few tench to 6lb+ and the occasional big bream.  Night permit fishing allowed with max 1 night in the summer (Apr – Oct) and two nights in the winter (Nov-Mar).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The western end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The eastern reedier end beyond the island

Slough House Sunset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slough House Farm sunset

Location: Heybridge
Sat Nav Post Code:  CM9 8JA
Close season: None
Opening Times: 5am -10pm (night fishing allowed with standard night permit)

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Little London Reservoir – Goldhanger

Smaller than Bog Grove at around 1½ acres and stocked with roach, perch, crucian and common carp over the last few seasons.  Has produced some good bags of silver fish in the right conditions along with tench, bream to 8lb and carp to low twenties.  Night permit fishing allowed.

Little London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members should note that there is a memorial to a local angler at Little London who was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Location: Goldhanger
Sat Nav Post Code:  CM9 8LX
Close season: None
Opening Times: 5am -10pm (night fishing allowed with standard night permit)

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Rook Hall (3 Lakes) – Little Totham

Rook Hall No.1 in the spring

Rook Hall No.1 in the spring

Three very different waters all fed by the same stream.  The closest water to the car park is a very interesting array of spits and bays and contains a good head of tench, roach, bream to 7lb+, perch, rudd, crucian and a few carp.  500 ide were stocked in Feb 2011. Each season sees bags of tench landed with individual fish ranging from a few ounces to in excess of 6lb.  The smaller central pond holds carp to mid doubles and silver fish.  The furthest lake from the car park holds bream to 7lb, roach, rudd and a good head of carp to upper doubles.
Rook Hall Middle Lake
Rook Hall No.2
Rook Hall No.3 in the spring

Rook Hall No.3 in the spring

  Rook Hall March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rook Hall No.3 from the first swim in early spring.

Location: Little Totham
Sat Nav Post Code:  CM9 4RB
Close season: 1st October – 31st January
Opening Times: Dawn to Dusk

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Railway Pond – Heybridge

Possibly more renowned for its weed rather than its fish this roadside pond has produced some good bags of fish for those anglers willing to try it.  Small tench, roach, crucian and ghost carp keep most anglers busy.  Can now be fished on a day ticket available from JP Tackle in Maldon. Night fishing for all members.

Railway Pond 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Railway Pond 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two shots of the Railway Pond in February

Location: Heybridge
Sat Nav Post Code:  CM9 4LE
Close season: None
Opening Times: No time restrictions

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New Hall Reservoir

Resembling a truncated section of canal this small stillwater is always well coloured, even in the depths of winter.  20lb+ bags of roach to 1lb+ have been reported along with skimmer bream, rudd and occasional tench.  This venue also contains some large eels which have caught some anglers unaware.

The view from the car park end of the lake.

The view from the far end of New Hall.

Location: Purleigh
Sat Nav Post Code:  CM3 6PN
Close Season: 1st April to 30th April
Opening Times: 5am to 10pm

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 Chelmer and Blackwater Canal from the Gasworks at Chelmsford to Heybridge Basin

Chelmer and Blackwater Rushes Lock

Chelmer and Blackwater Rushes Lock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 12 miles of canal including popular stretches at Hoe Mill, Papermill Lock, Heybridge Tesco and Heybridge Basin along with quieter stretches such as the Speeney. Known to hold roach, big shoals of bream, tench, chub, perch, pike and carp to over 30lb but most of the more remote stretches still remain largely un-fished. Night fishing allowed and day tickets available on the bank. The whole of this stretch is shared with Chelmsford AA, Kelvedon DAA and Colchester APS.

Chelmer and Blackwater Langford

C&B Canal rulebook map

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click C&B Canal rulebook map for a pdf version of the above map.

Close season: 15th March to 15th June inclusive
Opening Times: No time restrictions for members, 5am to 10pm for day ticket anglers

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River Blackwater – Wickham Bishops to Langford.

Over a mile of untamed river with two parking areas along its length. This stretch has produced chub to 5lb along with roach, perch, dace and gudgeon with the very occasional barbel reported. Perfect for the roving angler.

IMPORTANT – From 16th June 2011 the Wickham Hall stretch should be accessed using the following Wickham Hall Farm River Revised Access.

River Blackwater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close season: 15th March to 15th June inclusive
Sat Nav Post Code:  CM8 3JB to CM9 7RX
Opening Times: 5am to 10pm

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Whitehouse Farm – Tolleshunt D’arcy

Opened to members in Spring 2010.  This 1.6 acre farm reservoir contains bream to 7lb+, decent roach to 1½lbs, hybrids to 4lb+ and carp to mid twenties.

Whitehouse FarmfromWestBank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from the west bank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note:  This is an irrigation reservoir and water levels can vary, usually being at their highest in the early part of  the season.  The access track is long and bumpy and the farmer often rears ducks on the lake so this is not an ideal venue for floater fishing!

Location: Tolleshunt D’arcy
Sat Nav Post Code:  CM9 8AA
Close season: 1st October to 31st January
Opening Times: 5am to 10pm

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Brick Kiln – Inworth.  A small pond with only a handful of fishable swims and plenty of surface cover.  Contains silver fish, brown goldfish, carp to mid singles and a few exotics such as albino grass carp.

Brick Kiln 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brick Kiln 7

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Inworth
Sat Nav Post Code:  CO5 9SH
Close season: None
Opening Times: 5am to 10pm

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Heron Hall – Tolleshunt Major.  This fishery opened to members on 1st Jan 2012.  A three acre farm reservoir with an island and depths of up to 14 feet.  There is secure off road parking about 150 yards from the lake.  Contains lots of rudd, tench and carp to mid doubles.  1,000 small ide and 1,250 skimmers were stocked in March 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Tolleshunt Major
Sat Nav Post Code:  CM9 8TU
Close season: None
Opening Times: 5am to 10pm

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Slough House West – Heybridge.  Our newest water which opened on 1st July 2014.  As the name implies this lake lies close to our existing Slough House Farm fishery and is around 1.5 acres in size with an island, surrounding trees and reed beds.  This is a well coloured shallow lake of around 3-5 feet deep containing carp to mid doubles and lots of small roach, interspersed with some larger specimens, together with a few rudd, bream and eels. There are about 20 swims, some of which have platforms accessed via plank entrances.  Access is down the track directly opposite our entrance to Slough House Farm in Scraley Road.  Please follow the MAS arrows and park behind the farm buildings close to the lake.

View from the RH bank:

View from the car park bank:

View from the LH bank:

Location: Heybridge
Sat Nav Post Code:  CM9 8JA
Close season: None
Opening Times: 5am -10pm