About The Site

This site is just a brief overview of where I fish in the fens and the best baits and methods I have found to work best for me.

I have just added my most frequently visited waters, as there is so much water to cover in the fens, it would take me forever to add every single one!

This site will be changing all the time. I will be adding more photos and more waters I have visited as I go along.

I also have a fishing diary, which I update regularly, on how a water is fishing, and how I got on when I visited it.

Please feel free to comment on my website or send me some of your fenland fishing experiences to: admin@fenland-fishing.co.uk

I do hope you find it useful, when finding a venue to fish in the glorious fens!

John Cullom


33 Responses to About The Site

  1. steve says:

    We’ve got the lads annual fishing trip booked for the fens this year.
    We are based near Ely
    Any suggestions – combination of rivers/lakes- experience ranges from basic to very good.
    Also could you recommend a good tackle shop?

    • admin says:

      Hi Steve,
      If you fancy rivers, then the obvious choice I would suggest is the Great Ouse. The river is very good, no matter what experience you have. I tend to visit the ten mile bank area, as it is a very good bream/tench area and very quite. It belongs to the Kings Lynn Angling Association, and tickets can be bought on the bank. £5 from dawn until dusk. Another stretch would be the coopers stretch in Ely itself, again £5 on the bank.

      If you fancy a drain, the Middle Level out towards Kings Lynn is also another good venue. Great for all experiences and full of Bream and Tench.

      Other rivers or drains I suggest would be the River Lark, Forty Foot at Ramsey.

      As for lakes, there isn’t that many but there are a few. The ones I visit a lot, are the Block Fen Lakes over at Mepal. The best lake for your group, would most likely be Block Fen A. Very easy water and full of carp. I have had short evening sessions there, and have been very successful. Block fen lakes belong to the Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society (cfpas) Ticket are £7 from dawn till dusk.

      You also have the Head fen fishery, just outside Little Downham and Dents between Ely and Downham Market. The tackle shops I would recommend would be Hooked over in Newmarket or Benwick Sports in Soham.
      Hope this helps!

  2. warwick bradley says:

    Hi, I’d like to know where I can bivvy up in the ely area, specifically for bream, and where night fishing is allowed.
    Many thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Warwick,
      There a few areas of the Great Ouse round Ely you can bivvy up. You have ten mile bank, which allows night fishing. There is also the Coopers stretch and the Ely Beet Club stretch. All the bailiffs on these waters are very helpful and the rate to fish the night is reasonable. I tend to do my night sessions on ten mile bank. Very prolific for it’s bream. Hope this helps!

  3. Tom says:

    Any advise on the fishing at Ramsey!
    Thinking of doing a trip up there with some mates to maybe catch my first zander!

    Any advise would be well appreciated!

    • admin says:

      Hi Tom,
      Ramsey Forty Foot seems to produce a lot of Zander, although they can be caught all the way along towards Chatteris.
      Most of my zed catches, have been with course dead baits.
      Tight Lines!

  4. Simon Brough says:

    Nice blog and some lovely looking fish. The Rudd fishing seems to have really taken off in your neck of the woods with some big fish caught. Are they throughout the Fens or localised?

    • admin says:

      Thanks Simon.

      Very lucky to have the good Rudd fishing on my doorstep. The big Rudd are throughout the fens, it’s just a case of putting the time in to find them.

      Good Luck!

  5. Dave says:

    Hi I am staying riverside caravan park at Easter at little port is the fishing good and doi need to join a club just started fishing again after 30 years so bit of a novice now

    • admin says:

      Hi Dave,
      The river season is now closed, but there are a couple of lakes nearby that are open al;l yer. If you want a commercial, then dents farm fishery at Hilgay is worth a go. Only about 20 minutes away and tickets can be bought on the bank.
      You are also very likely to catch.
      If you fancy a challenge, then the Roswell Pits at Ely are also worth a go. Only ten minutes away.
      Hope this helps.

  6. Tony Elliott says:

    New web site for Offord and Buckden Angling Society

    • admin says:

      Hi Tony,
      Thanks for the updated link. Have added to website/tested and works fine.
      Sorry I am late in replying, but the website has been down for a while, and I have only just got round to fixing it.

  7. Ian says:

    Where is the best place to catch my first zander guys ?
    I’m bored to catch any more pikes..

    Any advise would be well appreciated!

    Many Thanks!

  8. Damian says:

    Hi John,

    Very nice website, it’s been very helpful. I just started pike fishing in the UK in Cambridge, river Cam mainly. I have the CFPAS permit but I wouldn’t mind a bit of travelling, what places can you recommend me? I was thinking about Roswell Pits and Ely Great Ouse since they also look like nice areas to visit, are they good for pike on lures at this moment? Thank you


    • admin says:

      Hi Damien,

      Roswell pits are good for pike, aswell as the Ely Great Ouse. You can also buy tickets on the bank, and they are bailiffed regularly.

      Good Luck!

  9. James Price says:

    Hi, I have in laws that live in Chatteris and I’ve always thought about bringing some fishing gear down with me. I’m going down in the next few weekends so thinking of getting a few hours out somewhere on the fens. Can you recommend anywhere, how much it would be and what fish are likely to be there? I’m after anything that bites really!
    Thanks in advance!

    • admin says:

      Hi James,
      The Forty Foot drain near Chatteris is a good place to go and you can get day tickets on the bank.
      There is also the Twenty Foot and Sixteen Foot drains nearby, which is also worth a shot.
      Again you can get day tickets on the bank.

      Hope this helps.

  10. scott belbin says:

    Hi Mate,
    Your site is great and very informative. when you say ‘day tickets on the bank’ does that mean a bailiff comes around and collects the money and dishes out tickets each day?
    if so how do we identify them?

    I fancy a couple of days up there but would hate to upset anybody by misunderstanding.

    • admin says:

      Hi Scott,

      They usually have photo id’s around there neck, or simple card id’s which they produce.

      So quite easy to identify.

      Hope this helps.

  11. Deano says:

    Hi mate

    Ive recently moved to Cambridge and want to try and catch some predators this winter but not too sure where to start. Any suggestions of lakes/river stretches where I can catch some pike/zander? I am willing to travel outside of Cambridge but preferably not too far.

    Cheers, and nice site by the way!

    • admin says:

      Hi Deano,
      The River Cam before it joins the Great Ouse near Ely, has a good population of Pike and Zander.

      You also have Great Ouse itself in Ely Town centre also does well and the Old West at the Lazy Otter pub, between Cambridge and Ely, is also worth a shot.

      Let me know how you get on!

    • admin says:

      Hi Deano,
      The River Cam before it joins the Great Ouse near Ely, has a good population of Pike and Zander.

      You also have Great Ouse itself in Ely Town centre also does well and the Old West at the Lazy Otter pub, between Cambridge and Ely, is also worth a shot.

      Let me know how you get on!

  12. mark fox says:

    I have been to the Lazy Otter a few times but not fished it…is it any good for the rudd around there?

    • admin says:

      Hi Mark,
      The Lazy Otter can be very good for Rudd, during the summer months. There is also some lovely bream and tench there.

      However your best bet is to go there very early morning or in the evening. Gets extremely busy with boat traffic.

      Hope this helps!

  13. Christopher Pollard says:

    Hi John, my and my sister are coming up for a pike fish this summer. To be honest like nothing more than miles of bank to lure fish. Do you have any recommendations? We are staying in isleham. Was looking at Ely. Can you spin from Ely town centre and walk to Roswell pits? Also the other side it looks as though there is a footpath the other side of Ely to the river cam. Is that fishable on a day ticket? Was also looking at 10 mile bank and branch bank? Is branch bank a pay on the bank day ticket? Sorry for all the questions not local and don’t want to upset anybody by fishing in wrong areas that are private. Any help you could give me would be great. Also after my first zander so any recommendations for lure types in the summer would be most helpful. Cheers chris

    • admin says:

      Hi Christopher,
      Ely town centre is free fishing and good fishing with Lures. However the meadow that runs along the river between Ely and Roswell belongs to a local angling club, but tickets can be bought on the bank.
      If you want to Fish Roswell, it also belongs to an angling club, but again, tickets can be bought on the bank.

      Good Luck!


  14. Ben says:


    Was up around the hermitage lock area today and managed a couple of nice pike. I am not local and would love to spend a bit more time for the pike around this area. Could you point me in the direction of a spot or two that may give me a bit of sport.

    I drove up to Ely and the fisherman’s car park. Busy stretch! Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Well Done around Hermitage Lock. Can be a hard area. River Lark at Prickwillow is a good area for a bit of spot, or the Ely Beet club stretch of the Great Ouse between Queen Adelaide and Littleport.
      Hope this helps!

  15. Christopher Pollard says:

    Thanks for the info John and for getting back to me. This website is superb for info. I will let you know how I get on after I go. All the best. Chris

  16. Sy says:

    Hi just reading bk i looked at elys cooper stretch last Saturday and couldnt see noone fishing or bailiffs. Just wondering if you can still fish this stretch as me and son are after some pike next Saturday any info about this is much appreciated many thanks sy

    • admin says:

      Hi Sy,

      You can still fish this stretch, and it produces well. Bailiffed regularly, so make sure you have spare cash available!

      Good Luck!

  17. Adam Smart says:

    Hi ,

    I am looking for a lake that has big carp to catch and is not a runs water that I can join for a year , any help would much be appriated 😀

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