Lakes

The Lakes

Bishops Bowl Fishery is situated in a lovely rural setting just outside of the villages of Bishops Itchington and Harbury on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire borders. The lakes are set in a former 90 acre limestone quarry which has been allowed to flood naturally. The quarry work many years ago has created an attractive stone faced bowl, which has two areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific interest, whilst the whole site is recorded as a Site of Interest for Nature and Conservation.
This unique fishery offers a wide variety of lakes which cater for anglers of all abilities.

Click on the red markers near the lake name below to see a brief description – at the end of the brief description click More….. to jump to the full description.

Lake Info

GREENHILL LAKE
A 24 acre lake sheltered by cliffs, some of which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Flora and fauna abound, but the expanse of the water is broken by a number of islands, channels and bays. Depths vary from 2-35ft, and it is relatively untouched as it has not been fished since the early 1980’s when it was a trout water.

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Mitre Pool
The margins of this 5.6 acre lake are lined with Norfolk Rush, providing habitats for a variety of wildlife. The lake has developed naturally, being bordered to the east by a limestone cliff face, with depths varying from 4 to 34ft, and shelves and ledges throughout providing the most interesting of fishing.

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WALWORTH
A 1 acre lake with 16 pegs incorporating the pond previously known as the dinosaur dip, this lake has a wide variety of features throughout with depths from 2-7ft.

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WHITE BISHOP
A 1.5 acre, 26 peg pleasure and match lake with depths 2-12ft, with the margins producing good results.

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Marshes 1
A 14 peg lake, ideally suited to club and pleasure anglers. Each peg has plenty of character surrounded by Norfolk rush and an abundance of wildlife.

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MARSHES 2
This is a 12 peg lake situated adjacent to Marshes 1. Both lakes are stocked to the same level per peg, meaning that they can be booked and fished as one by larger club.

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CLIFFS
Flanked by a unique geological feature, most of which is designated SSSI, this lake is extremely sheltered from the wind.

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Rushglen
A 3.5 acre lake, full of features – islands and rush beds. Classed as our runs water, with lots of carp from 5-20lbs.

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Eastwell
An intricate lake with lots of rushes and hidden underwater features. A lake with hardly any carp.

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MITRE POOL IS CURRENTLY UNDER REDEVELOPMENT AND CLOSED TO ANGLERS
The lake is stocked with approximately 500 mirror and common carp between 10 and 30lbs. This is the “runs” water. During 2011, 42 different 20lb+fish were banked, with 7 over 25lbs. Loose fed boilies is the most productive approach fishing over blanket weed or against the many underwater features. The margins produce lots of fish, so a discreet angler benefits as the fish are easily spooked! Pike in excess of 20lbs can be caught between October and February (inc). It is a productive pike lake with lots of mid doubles from the margins on dead or live baits (live baits may not be brought on to the site, only purchased from the onsite shop, subject to availability) The lake also contains large quantities of Bream, Tench, Roach, Rudd and Perch. It is a particularly challenging lake for those targeting large tench and bream, but very rewarding with fish in excess of 8lbs.
(An new range of boilies available in the shop have been trialled on this lake, with good results)
Available for day tickets and night fishing there are a total of 15 pegs each with ample room for bivvies.

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Mitre

Charges:
Day ticket £10.00 – based on 2 rods, additional rod £2.00.
Night ticket up to 25hrs £22 maximum 3 rods.

Please purchase your ticket from the shop on arrival at the site.


WALWORTH
In 2011 the best match weight recorded was 120lbs of small carp and tench. In the same match, the average weight per angler was in excess of 50lb showing this lake has huge potential for an enjoyable day whether pleasure or match fishing. Pellets, paste and luncheon meat are the best baits during the summer months, with the silver fish coming to maggots and casters over ground bait during the winter. It has a large stock of Carp from 4oz to 10lb plus, Bream to 4lbs, Crucians to 2.5lbs, numerous Tench to 4lbs, Roach, plus Rudd and Perch.

The lake is suitable for pole fishing ideal for club matches and pleasure anglers who want to catch a wide variety of fish.Easy access pegs available in places.

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Club and match booking available.
Day ticket £7.
Concessions £5.
(based on one rod) Additional rods £2 each up to a maximum of 2 rods.

Please purchase your ticket from the shop on arrival at the site.


WHITE BISHOP
This lake is consistent throughout the year, providing good catches of silver fish during the winter months. Match weights have been recorded in excess of 140lbs, comprising carp, bream and tench in equal measures. Luncheon meat and paste scores well during the summer with maggots and pellets during the colder months. Silver fish weights have exceeded 50lbs, with many fish coming shallow on maggot or caster fed regularly. Tench fishing in this lake is remarkable, with fish exceeding 7lb being caught and numerous around the 3-4lb mark. Easy access pegs available in places.
Night fishing available for carp up to 20lb+, but availability is subject to match bookings.
Club and match bookings available.

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Charges:
Day ticket £7.
Concessions £5.
(based on one rod) Additional rods £2 each up to a maximum of 2 rods during day.
Night ticket up to 25hrs £22 maximum 3 rods.

Please purchase your ticket from the shop on arrival at the site.


GREENHILL LAKE
A 24 acre lake sheltered by cliffs, some of which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Flora and fauna abound, but the expanse of the water is broken by a number of islands, channels and bays. Depths vary from 2-35ft, and it is relatively untouched as it has not been fished since the early 1980’s when it was a trout water.

Anyone wishing to get away form the hustle and bustle of commercial carp fisheries can spend time in relative isolation on a truly amazing water. The stock levels have never been quantified, but on a still, sunny day from the bank, shoals of roach, bream and tench can be seen as well as large numbers of carp easily in excess of 20lbs, not to mention large pike.

Carp in excess of 32lb and many different fish over 20lb regularly banked. This water is a barely fished and is a great challenge to any specimen hunter. Pike fishing on this lake is available October to March (inc), and is exceptional during the colder months with lots of double figure fish caught, including a number in excess of 20lb, the largest being 26lb 8oz. Dead or live baits work well. (live baits may not be brought on to the site, but can be purchased from the onsite shop, subject to availability). Call to check stock before you arrive.

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Charges:
Day ticket £10.00 based on 2 rods.
Night ticket up to 25hrs £22 maximum 3 rods.

Please purchase your ticket from the shop on arrival at the site.


RUSHGLEN
A 3.5 acre lake, full of features – islands and rush beds. Classed as our runs water, with lots of carp from 5-28lbs, large bream to 9lbs, and roach exceeding 2lbs. An ideal lake from which to catch lots of fish as it has a high stock density. It is popular with night anglers who want plenty of bites.

Charges:
Day ticket £10.00 based on 1 rod.
Night ticket up to 25hrs £22.00 based on 2 rods.


EASTWELL
An intricate lake with lots of rushes and hidden underwater features. A lake with hardly any carp, it is aimed at the tench and crucian anglers with tench to 5lb, and crucians over 1lb. An ideal getaway for the more traditional angler. Max 2 rods per angler.

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Charges:
Day ticket £7.00
Concessions £5.00


MARSHES 1
It has been stocked with crucian carp, tench, bream, barbel, chub, mirror and common carp, roach, and rudd. With weights in excess of 90lbs of tench, this is proving a very popular lake for anyone looking for a good days fishing. Pellets, meat and paste work well in the summer, with maggots, pellets and caster in cooler months.


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Charges:
Day ticket £7.
Concessions £5.
(based on one rod) Additional rods £2 each up to a maximum of 2 rods.

Please purchase your ticket from the shop on arrival at the site.


MARSHES 2
It is stocked with crucian carp, tench, bream, barbel, chub, mirror and common carp, roach, and rudd. Lots of silver fish can be caught all year round. There are some lovely tench and bream to be caught with larger baits such as luncheon meat, pellets and corn.

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Charges:
Day ticket £7.
Concessions £5.
(based on one rod) Additional rods £2 each up to a maximum of 2 rods.

Please purchase your ticket from the shop on arrival at the site.


CLIFFS
Stocked with crucian carp, tench, bream, barbel, chub, mirror and common carp, roach, and rudd. Bream are the largest species in this lake, with fish ranging from 3-7lb commonplace, with an abundance of other fish too.

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Charges:
Day ticket £7.
Concessions £5.
(based on one rod) Additional rods £2 each up to a maximum of 2 rods.

Please purchase your ticket from the shop on arrival at the site.