Wildmoor Lake at Wildmoor Waters - tailored for specimen carp anglersWildmoor Waters

The Willows
Wildmoorway Lane
South Cerney

Tel: 07711 826 459 (mobile)

Developed for experienced and discerning anglers who want seclusion, privacy and quality specimen carp fishing on a totally private site in the Cotswold Water Park, Wildmoor Waters offers fishing from three Scandanavian-style waterside lodges which are ideal for individuals, couples or families.

A nice 30lbs 12oz Wildmoor Waters commonOver recent years Wildmoor has built a reputation as one of the Midland's top 'big carp' venues offering angling for specimen commons and mirrors to nearly 40lbs and leathers to over 30lbs. It is estimated that there are more than fifteen 30lb-plus fish in the lake.

The quality of the carp fishing can be judged by the fact that there are over 500 fish at Wildmoor with the average size being being betwen 16lbs and 20lbs, plenty between 16lbs and 25lbs. The majority of the fish currently being caught are coming in at over 20lbs.

Looking across Wildmoor Lake to the luxury lodgesRegularly featured in many of the leading specialist carp magazines, Wildmoor Waters opened for angling 14 years ago and was developed in association with leading fishery biologist Dr Bruno Broughton. Dr Broughton's association with the fishery also means that the lake has been sympathetically developed to provide the maximum benefit to both the fish and anglers.

Since its initial stocking, many of the fish have more than doubled in weight and are now providing exciting sport for anglers.

Another nice one!In addition to the angling, Wildmoor Waters offers anglers a photo-service where the owner will take photographs of decent fish with their captors and provide prints before anglers leave the site. A range of Cotswold Baits boilies, pellets and particles is also available on site.

The luxury lodges on Wildmoor Lake are available either for a long week-end break from Friday to Monday or for mid-week angling breaks from Monday to Friday, although they are available for longer stays.

Anglers are asked to telephone the fishery on 07711 826459 (mobile) for availability.

The three luxury lodges on Wildmoor Lake accommodate four people and are equipped to a high standard being double glazed, fully insulated and centrally heated. They are divided into three rooms - a bedroom, a bathroom and the main living area. To find out more about the cabins please click here.

Click here to see some Wildmoor Whoppers!Some cracking fish have come out of Wildmoor Waters since it opened including this fully-scaled beauty.

To get a taste of what could lie in store for you, follow this link to the Wildmoor photo library.

Wildmoor Lake at Wildmoor WatersWildmoor Lake

At four-and-a-half acres, Wildmoor Lake is Wildmoor Waters' out-and-out big carp water and offers fishing from the three luxury cabins. The water is known to hold 500 fish to the high 30s with a good number between 15lbs and 25lbs which are growing quickly.

Although about 60 per cent of the fish are mirrors with the remaining 40 per cent being commons, there are a about half a dozen large leather carp which are known to run to 35lbs. In addition there are linears to mid-20s and fully scaled mirrors to the high 30s.

Looking out to the island on Wildmoor LakeOf the fish, about 60 per cent weigh between 12lbs and 20lbs, about 30 per cent between 20lbs and 30lbs and the remainder being between 30lbs and 40lbs - giving anglers a good chance of catching a fish of a lifetime on the right day.

Between five and six feet deep around the margins, much of Wildmoor Lake is a maximum of seven feet deep, although there is a long trench off the road side bank which starts at 12 feet deep and runs up to five feet deep at the bottom end of the lake.

Another shot of Wildmoor Lake at Wildmoor WatersOne of the most popular techniques on Wildmoor Lake is to fish a pva bag stuffed with particles, pellets and hook samples fishing boilies from the Cotswold Bait Creations range which can be purchased on site. Amongst the most popular of these tends to be 'The One' boilie which has already accounted for plenty of decent fish.

Brightly coloured pop-up boilies, particularly orange and yellow, are also very popular being easily seen by the fish in the relatively clear water. Using the zig rig where the boilies are popped-up from the bottom using a long hook length is a particularly favoured method.

One of the new lodges on Wildmoor LakeOther tactics which work well are to use natural baits such as a large cluster of maggots fished on a maggot clip and sweetcorn. Hair-rigged 6mm to 10mm pellets also work well, particularly when fished over a bed of smaller feeder pellets.

A very good way of catching fish in the summer is to fish floating baits with a controller float, using bread or dog biscuits. However, when fished in open water these floating baits can often attract the attention of swans, ducks or passing seagulls - so persistence pays off.

The far end of Wildmoor Lake at Wildmoor WatersFishing a floating bait close into the margins can be very productive on warm summer evenings and nights when the fish patrol the margins grubbing around and looking for food which has been washed into the bankside.

The fish on Wildmoor Lake also react well to a new wind. If the wind is blowing into the far corner as you enter the fishery it is highly likely the fish will be down this end of the lake and feeding. Wildmoor Lake sometimes also fishes well on on the back of an easterly wind when fishing to the island and in the margins can be productive. The Wildmoor Lake carp also feed well in a south-westerly wind which has been blowing for a day or two.

Anglers should also be willing to respond to moving fish. Quite often dropping a pva bag filled with goodies next to a fish just under the surface will draw it down to the bottom and give a good chance of catching.

One of the nice things about this water is that it seems to fish equally well in the daytime as it does at night, although hot bright weather does tend to put the fish off until early evening when the temperatures cool down, through the night and into the early morning.

In winter it is obviously better to fish the deeper water. However, because the carp keep moving and because even in the coldest months there is usually plenty of anglers bait going into the water, they are nearly always on the look out for something on which to feed, a factor which makes Wildmoor Lake almost as good in winter as in summer.

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Wildmoor on the Web

Wildmoor Waters has an impressive website where details of how the waters are fishing, photographs of latest catches, information on booking and news from the venue can be found. The website also has a useful section showing how to make up the most successful rigs for the lake. Follow the link to visit their site,

How to get there...

Click on the map for more detailWildmoor Waters is just outside the village of South Cerney, near Cirencester. Having made your way to Cirencester, take the A419 and leave it at the Spine Road Junction and follow the signs for South Cerney. At the first crossroads, turn right into Station Road. Take the first turning right after the 30 mph signs into Robert Franklin Way and turn immediately right into Wildmoorway Lane. Wildmoor Waters is the third entrance on the left.

Click on the map to the left for more detail.

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