Furnace Lakes


Furnace Lakes Fishery

Guildford Road (A 281)
West Sussex
RH13 0QZ

Tel: 01403 791163

Please note: Anglers cannot pre-book or reserve swims on any of the lakes at this venue

The Furnace Lakes record carp - 48lbs 7ozFurnace Lake Estate is a six lake fishery set in scenic ancient woodland in the Sussex countryside and is widely regarded as one of the top big carp and catfish venues in the UK. In 2007 it took the title for home of the biggest British catfish when a new rod-caught record was set from the venue at 91lbs. This fish is now estimated to be in the region of 114lbs.

New owners Terry and Karen took over at the end of August 2014 and live on site at the house. Long standing member of staff Liam remains as part of the team with his vast knowledge of fishery management.

As a result of the change, work is now taking place to enhance the fishery. A new cafe will serves a wide range of food and drinks from early in the morning until late evening whilst the bait and tackle shop is to be repositioned in larger premises.

New features are to be added to some of the lakes whilst Furnace Lake itself will receive new large woodchip pegs and a handfull of small wooden lodges are to be added to each lake for anglers to use. Details of these will follow shortly.

The fishery is open 365 days a year including Christmas and New Year.

To ensure the safety of anglers, their vehicles and equipment, high-tech security systems protect the premises round the clock. Furnace Lakes closes its gates at dark and re-opens at first light.

An easy way to get your tackle to your pegAll six lake are heavily stocked with top quality fish to maximum capacity and all contain carp to well over 40lbs. In addition, several lodges and toilets are strategically located close to the lakes. Each of the toilets has washing facilities with hot and cold water, whilst the lodges are equipped with a kettle, microwave, hot and cold water. Plantation Lake also has its own lodge and toilet. Although there is no electricity to this lodge it is equipped with a gas cooker, hot water and a kettle.

A tranquil scene at Furnace Lakes FisheryThe Furnace Lakes complex has its own internal network of hard roads. Anglers' vehicles are not permitted beyond the car park but the fishery operates a collection service to and from pegs using its three four wheel drive all-terrain vehicles and trailers (right). This service is only available during normal gate opening times and has its own careful drivers. It is offered at no additional charge but is designed only for anglers who are fishing for a minimum of 24 hours. It is not available for dawn-to-dusk day ticket anglers.

The tackle shop at Furnace Lakes FisheryTo ensure anglers can make the most of their sessions at Furnace Lake, three full-time bailiffs are available to offer advice and assistance and to bring visitors up to date about latest catches as well as current baits and techniques.

A popular venue with anglers from all over the country, Furnace Lakes Fishery has been developed on an historic site where iron masters of the 15th and 16th Centuries made cannon and cannon balls for the navies of Tudor kings and queens including Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth I.

Another shot at Furnace Lakes FisheryThe fishery and surrounding land originally formed part of the much larger Hyes Estate, which was once owned by the W H Smith & Son, retail chain and used as a Trout fishing and shooting estate.

Indeed, Hyes Lake - formally known as Furnace Pond - the lake immediately on the left as you enter the fishery, dates back more than 350 years and was the original water at Furnace Lakes.

Click on the map for a larger versionWith the emphasis placed on providing high quality fishing in an attractive and quiet environment, Furnace Lakes is a venue which has to rank amongst the best in the country for pleasure and specimen fishing offering anglers a superb opportunity of catching a new personal best or a fish of a lifetime.

For a detailed map of the Furnace Lakes waters please click on the map to the right.

Some recent Furnace Lakes beasties!

2016 Ticket costs

Roman, Kiln, Specimen and Plantation Lakes*

(No juniors, visitors or spectators under 12 allowed)

Please note: there is a minimum stay of 24 hours on Plantation Lake

Day ticket
24-hour ticket
£35.00 (three rods max)
48-hour ticket
£65.00 (three rods max)
72-hour ticket
£95.00 (three rods max)
96-hour ticket
£125.00 (three rods max)
120-hour ticket
£155.00 (three rods max)
Full week (seven days)
£180.00 (three rods max)

Furnace and Hyes Lakes

(All juniors 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult)

Day ticket
£10.00 (one rod)
£15.00 (max three rods)
24-hour ticket
£30.00 (max three rods)
36-hour ticket
£45.00 (max three rods)
48-hour ticket
£55.00 (max three rods)
72-hour ticket
£80.00 (max three rods)
96-hour ticket
£105.00 (max three rods)
120-hour ticket
£125.00 (max three rods)
Full week (seven days)
£155.00 (max three rods)

Juniors under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
Anglers are allowed one guest per peg on all lakes subject to a guest fee
Whole lakes are available for rent from mid-September to March

Click here to see the Furnace Lakes rules

Roman Lake

Roman Lake - carp to nearly 50lbs

Roman Lake - carp to nearly 50lbsRoman Lake is named after Stane Street, the Dorking to Chichester Roman road which runs through the Furnace Lakes site.

Although four acres in size, there are only 14 purpose-built pegs on Roman Lake - all with wood chip pegs, whilst a central island in the shape of a dog's bone and the lack of corner pegs ensure no swim will be invaded by a neighbouring angler. An abundance of lily pads and margin growth gives plenty of cover for anglers as well as plenty of features to fish to.

A beautiful 42lbs Roman Lake mirrorRoman Lake holds a good head of large catfish which run from well over 60lbs to over 90lbs. This includes the 91lb specimen which holds the British Origin Record. This fish is now estimated to be somewhere in the region of 114lbs. There are also a large number of carp to 44lbs. Again this lake is heavily stocked with top quality fish to its maximum capacity.

Once hooked, these catfish tend to make an initial run after which they lie dormant on the bottom of the lake before making another run. This behaviour leads many anglers thinking that after the initial run they have lost the fish and become snagged on the bottom.

A beautiful Roman Lake carpTrying to move a 90lb deadweight usually has only one result - a snapped line and a quality fish with a hook in its mouth until it can disgorge it itself. As a result, it pays to be patient when playing these fish if you want to get it onto the bank. Whilst anglers fishing for the carp can usually get away with using 15lb line, it is best to use minimum line strength of 20lbs when going for the catfish. Those targeting them should also head for the deeper water in the centre of the lake, and again they should once again go equipped with suitable tackle, a 50 inch landing net, a Cat mat and a sling.

Roman Lake - carp to nearly 50lbsBest time for carp is late September to March. Roman Lake varies in depth from between six and 13 feet and has a gradually sloping bottom. This makes plumbing the depth essential for those looking for the deeper spots. Once found, accurate casting is required to ensure your bait hits the same spot every time.

As one would expect with fairly large water holding a good head of carp, all traditional and modern techniques work well. Anglers going for the catfish tend to use 21mm Halibut pellets or fishmeal boilies although they should note that live and dead baits brought onto the site from outside the fishery are not permitted.

Roman Lake - fish to the island or liliesUnusually for a carp fishery, Roman Lake tends to yield few fish from the surface with anglers fishing to the island or lily pads getting the best results. The margins are also particularly productive, especially at night when the bank side is quiet.

Roman Lake has its own fishing lodge equipped with hot and cold water, where anglers can make drinks and prepare their own food using the microwave. The lodge also has its own toilets, again with running hot and cold water.

Anglers should note that juniors, visitors or spectators under the age of 12 are not allowed on this lake because of the size and quality of fish.

Plantation Lake - carp to nearly 50lbsPlantation Lake

Plantation Lake is a seven acre water which has been developed specifically to meet the growing demand for big carp fishing at the venue.

With many outstanding features including a total of nine islands, several plateaux and deep holes and plenty of bank side vegetation, reed beds and lily pads, Plantation Lake offers a total of 20 woodchip pegs.

Lily pads on Plantation LakeThe lake is equipped with its own fishing lodge which has a gas cooker, kettle and a sink with hot and cold water. The toilet again has its own hot and cold water.

Plantation Lake has been highly stocked with 160 genuine English mirror and common carp, a large number of which weigh well over 40lbs. In addition there are numerous teens, 20s, 30s and 40s and the fishery is expecting the appearance on the bank of a 50lb plus fish this year. This lake is heavily stocked with top quality fish.

They don't come much better than this! - a Plantation carp at 39lbsAs is to be expected for a water of this quality, anglers should also go equipped with suitable tackle, including a large landing net (minimum 42 inch) and a good quality unhooking mat.

Anglers should note that juniors, visitors or spectators under the age of 12 are not allowed on this lake because of the size and quality of fish.

Specimen Lake - Three acres in sizeSpecimen Lake

At three acres in size but with only eight purpose-built wood chip peg, Specimen Lake has a central island. Again this lake is heavily stocked with top quality fish to maximum capacity and is excellent for mirror and common carp to 45lb, plus a good number of tench and perch.

One of the main differences between Specimen Lake and Roman Lake is that carp can be taken off the top quite readily, virtually throughout the day.

More commons than mirrorsFishing the margins and tight to the islands works well. Although there are fair numbers of perch to 3lbs in this water, they have really only been retained to keep down the carp fry and few anglers bother to fish for them, although a 3lb perch is a fine fish!

In addition, there are more common carp than mirrors in Specimen but because the water holds fewer anglers the fishing seems to be more productive.

Specimen LakeHere again the depths vary, this time from three feet in the margins to about 10 feet in the deepest part of the lake and once more the water has a shelving bottom.

Baits and techniques for fishing this lake are much the same as those for Roman Lake with both modern and traditional methods working well. However, because good quality fish can be taken off the surface, dog biscuits, bread crust and floating pellets are popular baits.

Anglers should once again note that juniors, visitors and spectators under 12 are not allowed on this water for any reason.

Kiln Lake

Kiln Lake - carp to 55lbs

At four-and-a-half acres in size and opened for angling in 2004, Kiln Lake is again heavily stocked with top quality fish to the maximum capacity including a good number of sizable carp to 55lbs.

Kiln Specimen Lake at Furnace Lakes FisheryVarying slightly in depth from six to nine feet all over the lake, it pays to plumb the depth if you want to be precise and find the deeper holes, although so far most anglers have tended to fish to one of the eight islands or the gullies in between where they have seen the fish patrolling.

Designed specifically for specimen Carp anglers, Kiln has 17 double-sized purpose-built wood chip pegs.

Woodlands back onto Furnace Lake's Kiln LakeProven baits on this lake are Cell, Hybrid and Activate boilies along with a bed of pellet or particle mix. In the warmer weather fish are also being taken off the surface with dog biscuits and even the traditional loaf of unsliced bread.

Anglers should note that juniors, visitors or spectators under the age of 12 are not allowed on this lake because of the size and quality of fish.

Furnace Lake - very heavily stockedFurnace Lake

The largest of the Furnace Lakes Fishery waters, it has enough room to accommodate more than 40 anglers on well-spaced and varied pegs. A choice of angling from big carp to silver fish including bream and tench to 8lbs, roach and rudd to 3lbs and pike to well over 30lbs. Few anglers tend to fish for the perch although a 4lb perch is a good catch. The lake is to receive a number of new double size wood chip pegs and the introduction of further large carp.

Furnace Lake holds some great fish!Furnace Lake held the British Rod Caught Record for perch in the 1930's with a fish of just over 3lbs.

The water is very heavily stocked with several hundred large carp to 40lbs.

In addition to using traditional and modern carp fishing methods, the bankside vegetation around Furnace Lake and the beds of lilies make this a great water for surface fishing as both provide plenty of cover for both fish and angler.

Furnace Lake - suitable for all anglersVarying in depth from 10 feet at the deep end and five feet at the far end from the entrance, Furnace Lake has bottom which shallows gradually and a gulley which runs down the centre of the lake giving anglers the opportunity of fishing swims with different characteristics.

There are purpose built bivvie swims down one side of the lake, which are large enough for anglers to double up, making Furnace Lake popular with night anglers.

Hyes Lake - formerly Furnace Pond

Hyes Lake - easy to catch

Hyes LakeAbout two and a half acres in size, Hyes Lake incorporates two small islands and is one of those waters where, although it holds some big fish with the record standing at 28lbs 6oz, even the novice angler can expect to catch well.

Stocked with carp to just under 30lbs, the majority in the 5lb to 12lb range with at least a half a dozen which run to more than 20lbs, the water also holds tench to 6lbs, crucian carp, roach and rudd to 3lbs, perch to 4lbs and a large number of skimmers to 4lbs.

A regular haunt for night fishingAn all year round popular lake for all anglers, day and night times. Although the lake has a flat and even bottom and is only about four feet deep, one of the more popular methods of fishing it is either with the feeder, particularly in winter, and on the surface in summer with dog biscuits, chum mixer, bread crust and large floating pellets.

Pleasure anglers who like to float fish usually use maggots, corn, luncheon meat or casters fished over either groundbait or coarse fish pellets. Again, fishing either close in, to the weed beds or to one of the island usually tend to be most productive.

Visit Furnace Lakes on the Net

Furnace Lakes has a new fishery website which can be found at The site it includes full details of the tackle shop, information on each of the lakes and details of the fishery's rules. A secondary website can be seen at which includes maps of each lake showing pegs and depths of swims.

Furnace Lakes is also on facebook - to see their page click on the Facebook logo below


How to get there...

Map of how to get to Furnace Lakes Fishery

From Guildford follow the A281 and signs for Horsham. Continue on the A281 for about 12 miles until you come to Bucks Green. The entrance to Furnace Lakes is about two miles further along the A281 on the left hand side signposted Carp Fisheries.

SATNAV users should enter the Postcode RH13 0QZ although this will take you to another location. Only turn off the A281 once you see the sign for 'Carp Fisheries' at the entrance.

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