IN THE 1960s, not
having a long-term secure fishing in
St Albans, the club literally dug
this fishery out of disused
watercress beds. Since then, we have
extended the area to what you see
today and it has become the club's
prime local water. Set in now
idyllic (and secure) surroundings it
is very popular with members being
so very local and have easy access
for for juniors and our less active
members. A number of dedicated
disabled pegs are available close to
parking. Within this setting,
kingfisher, little grebes, heron and
even munkjac deer are often seen.
All this within a short distance of
the centre of the City of St Albans. And the fishing is superb!
In recent years roach over 2lb, carp
over 20lb, crucians over 3lb, tench
and bream over 5lb have been
reported. Plus rudd, perch, gudgeon
and even rumoured odd catfish (we
don't know where they came from!).
Trout fishing is available
during the coarse close season at
extra cost. Any trout caught during
the coarse season may be retained at
Matches are held on
this water. In recent seasons
results have soared and 80lb in five hours
and 49lb in three hours are the best
recorded weights (2018). Pleasure fishing
bags often well exceed this.
During 2017 a new
house was installed. This is
replacing many of the existing
portable buildings to provide
meeting (coaching) rooms, kitchen unit and toilet block.
This will ensure that Riverside
remains a great venue to run
coaching events and similar. Our
Open Days, held on alternate years,
are very popular.
The lake suits many
styles of angling with simple float
tactics in the margins accounting for
many quality fish. When it's busy a long
pole, waggler or even small bomb can be
worth trying. Bait wise pellet, hemp and
caster, maggot and worm are all good.
Paste, bread, corn and meat also account for
many fish (no cans please).
In the winter the clear water can make
things more challenging - but the fish
are still to be caught and light feeding
and being prepared to stay until the
light fades can often produce surprising