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  • Can I have a BBQ or Picnic
    Generally speaking the answer is no unless you have made special arrangements with us in advance. The reason is that we have an affordable café here and the profits from it help the running of the lakes. We don't object to anglers bringing a bite to eat with them whilst fishing or people with special dietary needs. Redbridge Lakes is a place to chill out and its unfair on your fellow members if you are partying whilst they are there to relax.
  • Can members bring guests
    Members are encouraged to bring family and friends with them. It is your responsibility as a member to check your guests are abiding by the rules and you should always be present so you can let them in and out of the front gates, shop and café . Please don't expect our staff to allow access to your guests if they call on the gate intercom. Members can also bring along anglers as guests on the ODD occasion The Fishing fee for Guests is £ 15. We would expect your guest to become a member if they enjoy their day and would like to come again.
  • Do I need to be a member to visit
    Yes you need to be a member in order to gain access. If you know a member, you could ask them to bring you along as a guest.
  • Can I take a look around before I join
    It would be great if we could afford to employ someone to show people around before they join, yet this is not commercially viable. We do have the occasional open days and you could always ask a member to bring you along. Please look through the website and if there is anything you are unsure about, please drop us an email and we will do our level best to answer your questions. Or you can simply join up and if you don't like what you see when you first visit, we can refund you on that day.
  • How much does the fishing cost
    Fishing costs have remained the same now for over 10 years. Its just £10 for a full day or £2 for and hour. We don't restrict you to just one rod, you can have another if you wish. Children under 16 ( Max TWO ) don't pay for fishing, so long as they are sharing a swim with a paying adult. We have poles and Nets here that you can hire for FREE. you just need to purchase a rig and bait. Rigs cost £5 and are reusable. Allow about £2. for bait. Fishing Guests Pay £3 per hour or £15 per day.
  • I want to bring my children to learn how to fish
    That's fine, if you are not and angler yourself, you may wish to come along to one of our instruction days. or if you check out the videos on this site, you will find lots of useful tips . Beginners are encouraged to stay close to the café, there are plenty of fish around here and you will normally find a member who can help if you get into trouble.
  • What discounts are there for senior citizens and disabled
    Everyone pays the same here, it keeps things simple. We will make some concessions for disabled groups and the like, so long as one of the group becomes a member. Please email us and agree in advance.
  • what fish are in the lakes
    Predominantly we are what is know as silverfish lakes. We do have some nice carp in Lake Daisy yet we don't consider ourselves as a carp fishery. Roach Rudd Ide Hybrids Chub Bream Tench Crucians Brown fish Gold Fish Orfe Gudgeon Eels Perch Commons Mirrors
  • How do the fishing competitions work
    Generally, our fishing competitions are on Sundays and Wednesdays and they are restricted to Members and the occasional guest. Unless we send out a newsletter telling you the lakes are full, you will always find space to leisure fish. Its great to get involved in competition fishing, you will meet lots of other competitive , yet friendly anglers here who will be more than willing to give you tips on how to improve your fishing. We normally meet up in or around the café in the morning and arrange where everyone will fish. the start time is generally 10am and we stop fishing on the whistle at 4pm. Your fish are kept in the keepnet during the day ( we can loan you one at first ) and we weigh them just after the final whistle to see who has caught the most. We encourage anglers of all abilities to join in. Don't worry being humiliated by a great angler who catches more than you. its a great way of learning and there is lots of fun and banter at the same time. Your day ticket costs the same £10 and there is an additional fee of £10 that goes into the prize fund. Some of our competitions involve you joining into opposing teams and the winning team shares the prize equally between them, so even if you only catch a tiddler, you could be in the winning team and share a prize. You may wish to join our Match anglers Facebook group called : Redbridge Lakes Match Group. Here you will see lots of information about the competitions and photos of the fish that have been caught and you can ask any questions you need answered. Don't be afraid, come and join in the fun, you will enjoy it.
  • Where does the water come from
    The water is mostly road run off from Roding Lane North and some that seeps through from the Claybury hills. Its filtered naturally through the silt trap, more commonly know as the King Fisher pool and through reeds on the islands where it finally gets pumped back to lake Cuthbert. You will be amazed how many pipes are under the landscape.
  • How deep are the lakes
    The lakes are about 60cm near the bank and 150cm in the middle, this is consistent across and around both lakes.
  • Disability access
    Access for those with difficulties has been taken into consideration and you will find we have appropriate disabled toilets and ramps into the café and other areas. We have built a hard pathway that leads around the nature trail and up to the bee hives. Access to the bankside for fishing is available in many spots and should not be challenging.
  • What are your opening times
    Opening time vary throughout the year depending upon the daylight conditions. As a rule of thumb, we open at at around 7am and close 30mins before sunset. We send out regular newsletters by email with lots of current information including open and closing times. The Café is staffed 3 days a week generally Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and bank holidays where you can be served with a cooked breakfast or lunch. At all other times the café is open with a self serve facility
  • Can I use a keepnet
    Fish welfare is of a major concern, so we only allow keepnets on competition days. At all other times, fish Must be returned straight away after gently being unhooked.
  • What are the bait restrictions
    We don't have restrictions on baits. Yet we do ask you to use common sense and not introduce masses of boilies and other strange concoctions into the water More importantly, Please don't throw your unwanted bait into the lake or on the banks at the end of the day. This only encourages Vermin and stagnates the water causing oxygen deficiencies and harm to the ecology.
  • What is the difference between a barbed and barbless hook.
    A barbed hook is much more difficult to remove from a fishes mouth and can cause untold damage, where a barbless hook is much kinder and is easily removed. Therefore BARBED HOOKS MUST NOT BE USE HERE.
  • Can we swim in the lakes
    Absolutely NO Swimming. Unless a prearranged open water swim is booked with our management team
  • Can I feed the ducks
    Feeding the wild foul is not so good apart perhaps in the winter when the lakes are frozen. At other times the birds have plenty of natural food to eat here that is much better for them. Bread left on the bankside can encourage a vermin problem, so we do ask you to refrain from feeding the birds.
  • How to I Photograph a fish
    If you catch a nice fish and you want to take a photo: Remove the hook and place the fish into a landing net and keep it in the water whilst you are getting your camera set up. Ideally Big Carp should be held low to the ground upon or close to an unhooking mat. Other species can be held over the landing net and close to the ground. Please don't let us see a photo of you holding a fish whilst standing up, or swinging from a line. Fish welfare is of major importance, they give you lots of pleasure, so please treat them with respect and make sure they re returned to the water unharmed.
  • Do you hire out equipment
    We have poles and landing nets here that you can borrow for FREE. You will need to purchase a rig costing around £5. that you can use again on another occasion.
  • Can we book the lake for an event
    Yes, So long as your activity does not restrict the other members , we will always try and accommodate you.
  • What are those broken shells on the bank
    Mink and Otters are probably the only swimming creatures tough enough to break the fresh water muscle shells. We don't have any Otters here, but we do have a few Mink
  • Can a club book the lakes for fishing
    So long as one person in the club is a member, we can arrange in advance for clubs to book a number of swims.
  • How long have the lakes been here
    We built the lakes in 2008. Photographs of the build are outside the tackle shop
  • Can I purchase the lakes honey
    Occasionally we do have some Honey for sale normally from July to around September. Get in quick as it sells out very quickly
  • what is the recycle shop
    The recycle shop originated from the friends group to raise funds for the development and upkeep of the Nature Trail. Any access funds are donated to an appropriate charity. Members bring along items they wish to donate and others leave a cash donation for the item they wish to take.
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