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We have 7 lakes that are open to the public........

The three main pleasure lakes are located next to each other just a short walk from the reception and bait shop. Our lakes are stocked with similar ratios and sizes of silver fish and carp to 19lbs. These waters have between 22 and 26 pegs per pool.

A fourth pool, Woodland Pool  can be found - as its name suggests - on the edge of the wood at the end of the track which runs past the three main lakes. Although Wood Pool is smaller than three other waters with only 10 pegs it is an interesting little pool with plenty of charm and character and well worth a visit.

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Dodleston Lake (Specimen)

For the specimen fisherman we have the Dodleston Lake which is situated in a quieter part of the site and away from the main lakes. With some massive carp action! Catches of fish from 12lb to 28lbs are the norm on this water.

For a unique Chester Lakes experience booking is essential via our online booking system due to huge demand and a limit of our eight pegs on this water.

All our specimen lake pegs are set-up with electric hook-up and lights - you can park your car and setup your bivvy right by the water’s edge. There is NO CAMPING around this lake to ensure peaceful fishing. STRICTLY only over 21 years of age can fish.

Our 7th - Gorstella Lake, is now available to the public. BOOK ONLINE. There are 6 pegs. STRICTLY over 21 years of age can fish this lake.

Eccleston Lake (First Lake)

An acre in size with a central island and 20 pegs, the rectangular shaped Eccleston Lake. Please note:- Camping is not permitted around this lake.

The lake is deepest off the right hand bank as you approach it from the restaurant where 11 feet of water can be found between the bank and the island. It is also deep between the left hand bank and the island where the bottom is 10 feet deep. The remainder of the pool is about seven feet deep.

With no particular hot spots, Eccleston has a two feet wide shelf about a foot deep all the way round the edge which has been planted with lilies, iris's and other waterside plants.

It holds some 12,500 fish with carp being the predominant species. These include common and mirror carp to 18lbs with the average size being between 6lbs and 10lbs. The lake is also stocked with roach and rudd between 10oz and 12oz; perch to about 1lb; skimmer bream to 7lb and thousands of small tench about six inches in length.

Sweetcorn, soft hooker pellets, meat and paste are all good baits for the carp on Eccleston, particularly when fished up in the water no more than two feet deep.

Unless you are going after the double figure carp it pays to fish light with nothing stronger than a 3lb line and 16 or 18 hook. Best bait for the roach and rudd tends to be caster whilst sweetcorn, worm, meat and pellet are good for the tench. As is to be expected, worm and maggot are best for the perch with bread, sweetcorn, small pieces of worm, meat, caster and maggot all good for the skimmers.


At about an acre in size, Aldford Lake is the middle of the three main pleasure/match waters at Chester Lakes and is the venue's main competition water. Please note: Camping is not permitted around this lake.

With 26 well-spaced pegs the pool has banks which drop at 45 degrees to its maximum depth of 12 feet in the centre. The water off the bank nearest the cafe runs between five and seven feet deep whilst up to eight feet of water can be found in the bay on the far left of the water.

Alford has been stocked with 14,500 fish which include common and mirror carp to 16lbs but averaging between 5lbs and 9lbs; roach and skimmers to 1lb; rudd and perch to 10oz and thousands of small tench which once again were stocked at about six inches.

Because Alford is Chester Lakes main match water, most anglers fish it with the pole using quarter inch cubes of luncheon meat or sweetcorn as bait. Once again, unless going for the bigger carp, it pays to fish light with nothing bigger than a Size 16s hook to 3lbs line.

Alford is also the venue for Chester Lakes' Sunday Open Matches. For more information contact us.

Once again there are no particular hot spots on Alford and the secret tends to be to attract the fish into your swim with samples of hook bait and then keep them there by feeding little and often.

Pulford Lake

The closest of the three main waters to reception, Pulford Lake is again about an acre in size but unlike the other two tends to be an out-and-out waggler water with a method or cage feeder useful for getting to the deep 12 foot water along the centre of the lake or for fishing the bottom which tends to average between nine and 10 feet wherever you fish.

The fish in Pulford are again the same species and general stamp as in the other two main waters, although the carp are growing faster and bigger than in the other two because of the large amount of oxygenating weed which is present.

One of the advantages of Pulford is that the lake is currently heavily overstocked because it is being used as a holding water for the new pools which are being created.  

Most popular baits on Pulford tend to be sweetcorn and corn skins - a piece of sweetcorn with the soft insides squeezed out; paste baits and soft hooker pellets. All baits are best fished fairly shallow with regular feeds of feeder pellets being thrown in over the float to bring the fish up in the water.

Although Pulford is a large and open water which some anglers may find daunting particularly those who prefer smaller, more intimate venues, it is easy to fish with accessible pegs and plenty of bankside space to spread out.

However, anglers need to find and fish the swims where there are breaks in the oxygenating weed and to tempt the fish by feeding the swim with small but regular offerings of hook bait.

It is surprising how a steady stream of free offerings can get the fish to feed competitively.

The water furthest away from the cafe and main car park, Wood Pool is basically horseshoe shaped running around a central promontory which makes for an interestingly irregular shaped pool with plenty of reeds and marginal grasses, open swims and bags of character.

Stocked with more than 5,500 fish it is regarded as an easy water to fish. That makes it ideal for the adult and junior to fish together.

With 10 pegs, it is deepest in the bay immediately to the left of the entrance where, surprisingly, there is just over 20 feet of water. However, halfway along this left hand bank the bottom shallows rapidly to six feet and then to five feet as it rounds the corner to the right hand side of the island.

Camping is permitted around Pulford, we recommend anglers looking for a peaceful visit, to book one of our other lakes.

Contact Us

Chester Lakes, Church Road,
Dodleston, Chester, CH4 9LQ

Tel: 07860 133 133
No phone calls after 8pm at night please (emergencies only)

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