Fishing at Head Fen Country Retreat

Enjoy Fishing at Head Fen Country Retreat, a 10 year old fishery which is situated in the Fenland countryside, just north of Little Downham, Near Ely in Cambridgeshire . This superb 10 acres complex has something to offer anglers of all abilities. If you are a seasoned specimen hunter looking for big weights and the challenge, or purely a pleasure angler looking for a good days sport, your demands will be catered for on this custom built well stocked 3 lake venue.


snake lake fishing lae at head fen country retreat

A 13 peg water designed with the pleasure angler in mind. This is the smallest water on the complex and is stocked with Common, Mirror, and Ghost Carp which go to double figures up to 15lb, plus Bream up to 6lb.


snake lake Fishing at Head Fen Country retreat

A 36 peg oval shaped lake with a large island, designed for anglers who like to use conventional float and feeder tactics as well as the pole. The lake is stocked with a range of fish, with Chub from 5lb, Bream from 6lb, Barbel from 8lb, Tench from 6lb PLUS F1’s, Roach, large Perch, Gudgeon, Crucians and not forgetting the big head of carp weighing up to 25lb.


snake lake - Fishing at Head Fen Country retreat in cambridgeshire

A 28 peg uniform snake shaped lake. 13 yards wide, average depth of 4ft down the middle to 2ft in the margins. This lake holds nothing but Carp from 1lb to 12lb with lots of F1’s too making it a perfect venue for angler’s looking for some serious sport on the pole. 

The Reservoir

Fishing at Head Fen Country retreat - specimen common carp

The Reservoir is exclusively available to Head Fen Country Retreat residents.

This superb lake holds our best specimen fish, which includes a very good head of 20lbs+ carp with the record currently sat at 33lbs. Our Cathedral Lodges are located right by the Reservoir and residents enjoy fishing straight from their decking.

Head Fen Fishing tarrif

Summer Day tickets

1 rod – £10

2 rods – £15

Day Tickets – Adult

1 rod – £8

2 rods – £13

Day Tickets – Concessions


Entry and Exit

To keep our residents and fishers safe we have introduced a car number plate recognition entry system. When booking in for day fishing the car registration number will be required. This will allow access in & out on the day booked only. For weekend fishing please book by 4.30pm on the Friday to guarantee a peg, phone calls over the weekend may result in refusal. You must not allow anyone else to follow you through the barrier!

Resident tickets

Residents at Head Fen Country Retreat have the option of buying a discounted ticket for their whole stay, at £35 per person per stay. This includes all fishing lakes on site.

Annual membership

We offer a yearly membership for regular anglers. Please get in touch with the office for further details and pricing.

Head Fen Lakes Gallery

angling rules

  • 5mph speed limit on the fishery at all times
  • All 4 lakes are strictly catch and release only, any fisherman removing fish to other lakes or from the premises will be banned
  • Fishing tickets must be purchased before the day of arrival via Head Fen Country retreat’s Reception Team on 07971 574375, anyone caught without a ticket will either be charged double or banned from site.
  • All anglers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • All children must be accompanied at all times and must not run around the lakes
  • Fishing from designated platforms only
  • No keepnets, no fixed rigs, no lead core and no braid line
  • No Floating Baits, no live baits, no dead baits, no dog or cat meat, no nuts are to be used
  • Must have at least 12 inches between float and hook
  • Periodic checks of rigs and equipment will take place to ensure the safety of our fish
  • Barbless hooks only up to max size of 10 (10-4 normally), no micro barbed hooks
  • If fishing for larger Carp then extra strong hooks must be used
  • No fixed or bolt rigs, No braid of any sort, No free lining
  • Only free running in-line method feeders permitted
  • Boilies can only be used as hook bait / NO Loose feeding boilies
  • Maximum 2kg of ground bait
  • Maximum 2 rods per angler
  • Size 8-4 hooks on the reservoir only
  • Minimum 15lb line to be used on the reservoir only
  • Rod’s must not be left unattended, no running and disturbing other fishermen
  • No abuse to fish is tolerated, no striking hard and not playing the fish in the correct manner and causing physical damage. Fish care kits must be used
  • Every fish must be landed using a landing net and placed over the unhooking mat/cradle
  • All photos of fish must be taken leaning over an unhooking mat, not held up high
  • Any dead or distressed fish must be reported to reception immediately
  • Fish must not be passed around and only photographed in the swim they are caught from
  • No unwanted bait to be put in lake after fishing.
  • Litter to be taken home and not left around fishery
  • Dawn to dusk fishing only – No night fishing allowed
  • No vehicles are allowed on any grass areas and must be parked considerately in spaces provided
  • No fires or barbecues around the lakes
  • No Drones

Headfen fishery reserves the right to change permitted baits if necessary in interest of fish and fishery