Alton & Ardleigh Coarse Fishing


Alton has over the years matured into a picturesque tree lined water with numerous bays and deep open areas making for one of the prettiest venues to visit whilst taking in the views and wildlife as well as testing your angling skills.

In recent years the venue has become known for offering some of the best roach fishing available to both match and specimen anglers alike, with 2 pound plus specimens being the targeted fish and large bream shoals still present at the venue.

More recently a number of Mirror and Common carp have been stocked into Alton and night fishing is available under the season ticket. With future stocking programs scheduled along with the assistance of the Environment agency in creating a sustainable fishery of the future, we are looking to offer a challenging venue for the dedicated angler to enjoy whilst taking in the magical views on offer.


Ardleigh Reservoir is located near Colchester and was opened in 1971. The reservoir has become an established fishery and in addition to the main reservoir has two further fishing lakes located at either end of the reservoir. 

These include Wick lane lake that is 12 acres in size and holds a wide variety of fish species similar to the main reservoir with some good size carp to over 30lb. The second lake is Ramada lake which is 3 acres in size, this is stocked with match fish including a number of bream and is ideal for anglers new to fishing as you are almost guaranteed to catch a fish. 

What you need to know

  • Children go free - juniors under the age of 18 (accompanied by an adult permit holder) can fish for free within the rules and limits shown on the adult permit.
  • All anglers must be in possession of a valid Anglian Water fishing permit and a current Environment Agency Fishing Licence.
  • Day Permits are available from Alton Water Visitor Centre and Watersports Centre, Breakaway Tackle, Birds Tackle and Viscount Tackle.
  • Season Permit Application Forms are available to download from the website and from Alton Water Visitor Centre and Watersports Centre.

Fishing prices 2024/25

Permit type
Day ticket 2 rods in advance - Adult
Day ticket 2 rods in advance - Concession
Day ticket 2 rods purchased on the bank (no concession)
24 hour season (no concession)
Season ticket (dawn till dusk - 3 rods) adult
Season ticket concession
Joining fee (24hr only)

For the safety of the fish

We want you to get the most out of your visit, but we also want to ensure our fish are treated with respect. When in possession of a predator permit you must abide by the following rules:

  • Dead sea baits only
  • Landing nets and unhooking mats are required
  • No live baiting
  • Wire traces to be used when fishing for pike, zander and perch


Alton & Ardleigh Fishing Rules

Alton Water Fishing Rules

Fishing, walking, cycling, water sports

Our water parks not only bring vital water resources for the region, but they also provide a fantastic day out for all the family.

Whether you're looking for an action-packed day on the water, a spot of fishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing walk in beautiful surroundings, look no further than our fabulous water parks.