|Letchworth Garden City Angling Association was founded in 1952, and has a subscription of 650 members. With the choice of venues from rivers to still waters, we are sure you'll find something to suit your fishing styles. Letchworth Garden City Angling Association has a membership of 650 full paying members made up from Seniors , Juniors / Senior Citizens and Disabled anglers. Membership with the association runs from 1st May to the 30th April. Historically LGCAA have always operated a closed season at Poppy Hill from the 1st of April to June 15th inclusive. This year however it is the committees intention to offer its existing 2009 membership the opportunity to fish right through to May the 30th.|
All members where applicable must be in possession of a current Environment Agency rod license and should carry them at all times with their club books when fishing association waters. Membership fees for the 2009/2010 season are as follows:
•Senoir Citizen*: £45
•Man & Wife*: £115
•Family Ticket* (Man,Wife & 2 Junior**): £150
* Membership includes a key to the gate at Poppy Hill, 2 keys are provided with Man & Wife and Family tickets. Replacement keys are available by contacting the Membership Secretary at a cost of £5 per key.
** Junior tickets are available to anyone between the ages of 12 and 16 on June 16th and hold a junior Environment Agency rod license. Children under the age of 12 do not need a rod license and can fish in the same swim as a senior on most of our waters using one of his 2 rod maximum allocation.
Membership entitles you to fish the following association waters:
Poppy Hill at Henlow, River Ouse at Felmersham & Ely, River Cam at Clayhithe, Counter Wash at Welches Dam, Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes, Ivel Protection Association Waters (Holme Mill, Back Meadows, Biggleswade Common, Sandy New Road, Sandy, Girtford Bridge, Blunham) and The Blue Lagoon at Arlesey.
It also entitles you to purchase an additional supplement to fish the Green Lagoon at Arlesey as a member. Supplements and keys are now available from Ultimate Angling Centre in Hitchin.
Thomsons Tackle In Arlesey who previously handled Green Lagoon supplements is no longer open. Non members can fish only the Green Lagoon on a day ticket, available from our Bailif on the bank.
Lake 1 is the first lake you come to on your left as you enter the Poppy Hill complex. It covers an area of approximately 2.8 acres with two islands in the main area of the lake. Depths range from about 5 to 7 foot with the shallower areas being found down "The Arm" (narrower section). Water tends to remain coloured all year round in here.
With swims to suit everyone's angling style (32 in total), you'll be spoilt for choice for somewhere to fish. If you like your overnighters there are wide open swims big enough to fit your bivvy, or maybe it's a days pleasure fishing your after then the secluded swims amongst the trees might be more your thing. For the serious match angler with seatboxes there are platform swims amongst the Norfolk reeds.
This lake as with all the lakes on Poppy Hill is a mixed fishery and you will find most species in here. Carp to over 20lb, Pike to over 20lb, Tench to 10lb plus quality Roach Rudd and Perch. Bream average about 5lb-6lb although there have been some reports of fish into double figures; in fact several were stocked at 9lb in 1999.
Drained in 1998
1998 saw the entire lake drained to reduce the sizes of the islands and increasing the fishing areas. During this period the fish were removed and put into the other lakes around the complex. After the remodelling had finished and the lake filled again we tried to return most of the original stock back into lake 1 but as you can imagine this was no easy task and most of the lakes kept more than they gave back.
•Green and Blue Lagoon
•River Ouse (Ely)
•River Ouse (Felmersham)
•River Cam (Clayhithe)
•GUC Milton Keynes (North)
•GUC Milton Keynes (Central)
•GUC Milton Keynes (South)
•IPA River Sections