St Johns Lake

Probably the best big carp day ticket water in the UK
Arguably the most famous day ticket water in the country, this 18 acre gravel pit has proved itself as one of the top day ticket lakes on the Linear site for many years and is well known throughout the carp fishing fraternity. We at Linear have lost count of the many anglers who on their first visit to this very scenic water have gone home thrilled in the knowledge that they had caught a personal best carp, tench, catfish, pike or even bream there.

A majority of the carp that the water now holds are in excess of twenty pounds in weight with at least 40 weighing in excess of 30lbs. Many of these bigger fish have been caught at over 36lb and at the right time of the year at least seven of them have been recorded in excess of 40 pounds. In fact during recent years, four different fish were caught in excess of 47lb. The complex record for a common is 48lb and for a mirror it is 48.12 pounds.

St. Johns, along with Manor Farm Lake for their sizes, could possibly be amongst the most prolific twenties and thirties day ticket waters in the country and with the carp in both lakes continuing to grow, Linear expect the waters to produce even bigger fish in the future.

Linear is continuing a stocking policy on St. John’s that has seen nearly 400 good size carp introduced over the last four years – the continuing plan is to introduce selected fish from their stock waters on a regular basis

The tench fishing is first class and fish to over 12lb along with bream of over 15lb have been recorded. Catfish regularly feature in catches and continue to be targeted by dedicated catfish anglers, the biggest recorded in 2016 was a staggering 90lb, a new lake record. We are reliably informed that there are now five fish over 70lb in the water, one which weighs over 80lb and the other 90lb. Pike to over 20lbs have been caught and in the past the water has produced them to over 28lbs.


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Please remember that the gates will be locked between 9pm and 8am (March-Sept) and between 6pm and 8am (Oct-Feb). If you arrive during these lock up times you must wait with your car in the early arrival car park by Hardwick Lake.

PLEASE TAKE CARE IF CROSSING THE B4449 ROAD FROM THE HARDWICK CAR PARK.


One small area of bank is out of bounds to fishing on the west bank of St. Johns and an even smaller area of the east bank of Manor Farm-this is clearly signposted.

THERE IS NO CLOSE SEASON ON ANY OF THE LINEAR DAY TICKET OR SYNDICATE WATERS