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Trent Country Park
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Trent Park has two lakes that are open to anglers. Both lakes sit at the bottom of the valley opposite the old Trent Park manor buildings, which are now owned by Middlesex University.
The smaller lake, opens out from a shallow narrow lake to the path way that splits the two lakes. There are a number of fishing pegs for this lake. The shallow water in the narrow end of the lake makes fishing here difficult in anything but warm weather as the fish tend not to head here due to reduced levels of oxygen in the shallow water.
The larger lake ranges from a few feet in depth through to about 7-8 feet near the wall before shallowing up again towards the final island and overflow. There is a natural flow of water through the lakes and this tends to be in the same direction as the wind blows so fishing can be good towards the Left hand side of the lake
There are a few islands in the lake and plenty of natural cover for fish. There is plenty of wildlife here and look out for the Terrapins that have been in the lakes for years. As with most Park Lakes, fishing in cold weather can be very challenging, but in warmer weather fishing here in such beautiful surroundings can be a joy.
Trent Country Park


EN4, Cockfosters Road,

Map Location:
Link to Google Map

Getting There:
If you drive you park in main car park on Cockfosters Road or the back car park on Ferny Hill/Hadley Road and walk down to the lakes which are well signposted. Note it is quite a hike down to the lakes so consider leaving unnecessary tackle at home The main entrance to Trent Park is a short walk from Cockfosters tube station on the Piccadilly line, although it will take you about 20 minutes to walk from the station to the waterside, longer if you are weighed down with lots of gear.

Venue Type:

Fish confirmed:
Bream, Carp - Common, Carp - Mirror, Carp - Crucian, Gudgeon, Perch, Pike, Roach, Tench,


£5 per day ticket from the bailiff although in 5 years I have never seen one.

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The smaller lake only has a few pegs that you can successfully fish from. The pegs nearest to the pathway separating the lakes gives you access to the deeper water and to the reed beds. Simple light ledgering or float tactics should get a few fish in.
The larger lake has a number of decent pegs, those near the wall walkway to the left of the lake (looking towards the manor house) have deep water right in front of them and fishing within ten feet of the bank can produce good catches of Bream, Roach and the occasional Tench.
Some of the other pegs more to the right of the lake will require longer casts due to the very shallow water, but again these should be in easy reach of a medium feeder rod or a light carp rod, coupled with a decent well spooled reel. Cast as close to the far bank as you can as the bigger fish like to hide in the relative quiet and safety under the overhanging trees.
Light spinners on the lake can produce Pike and LondonAngler has had good fun here in summer with Pike up to 8lb being caught on light gear. You will need to change your spinner/lure depending on where on the lake you are fishing as depth changes considerably depending on areas. Also be prepared to lose tackle on underwater snags.
WARNING: Trent Park is not an easy water to fish and certainly not one for the occasional angler looking for half a dozen double figured carp on the bank in an hour or two. Blank sessions are by no means unheard of here, indeed London Angler has probably had as many blank days as successful days here. However, it is one of the most natural lakes that you can fish anywhere in this part of the capital and due to the difficult nature of the fishing, coupled with the relatively long walk to the lakes, it is not unusual to have the lake to yourself. For the patient angler, prepared to put in the time and effort this can be an incredibly rewarding venue to fish, if at times a little frustrating.

Floating crusts can work if you are able to get the bait out to where the Carp are. The Carp are more likely to take natural baits due to the small number of people who fish here as pellets and bollies are not going in to the water on a regular basis. Fishing maggot on the float near the wall will keep you busy catching a range of fish and the occasional Tench. Sweetcorn will also attract fish and stands out well on the vegetation littered bottom. Brandlings or parts of Lobworm will catch perch and Bream and whole lobís can be deadly for Tench which can be prolific particularly around dusk, just look out for the thousands of tiny bubbles which will appear on the surface of the water, indicating that a shoal of feeding tench has moved in.

£5 on the bank

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Reviewer: Davie 9/4/2012 10:51:34 PM Overall: 37 /50 ( 74 %)
First time at Trent

I popped up there today for the first time to take my son on his first fishing trip and will definitely be going back. Trent Park is easy to get to on the Piccadilly Line, although it is about a 20 minute walk to the larger lake. We only had a couple of hours there and, following the advice on here, went to the left (East) side of the larger lake where we floated some maggots and done a bit of spinning across the front of the reed beds. My son managed a perch and a carp - both small, but his first catches and he was delighted. We only saw two other anglers around the lakes and it was a beautiful afternoon. There are other activities in the park and it would probably be worth spending the day there even without the fishing. Well worth the trip up there.
Quality of fishing: 8/10
Access to venue: 7/10
Pegs: 6/10
Facilities: 8/10
General Cleaniness of Venue: 8/10