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We have the fishing rights on a 3.5 acre mixed fishery farm reservoir in the village of Bradfield.

The reservoir is used for irrigation on the farm and the club does not have any control over the amount of water extracted.


There will be a Work Party on Saturday 12th September, 09.00 to 13.00.

If you move down the bank to fish be careful some areas of the lake bed are very soft and slippery.

Only BARBLESS HOOKS are allowed at Bradfild Lake, Rule 37
Please take your litter home.

The club are looking to added an extra water to replace Dock River, if any member knows of another water in the area that may be available please contact the Chairman, Harold Griffiths, on 07786 512144.


Please note that membership fees for the 2020/2021 season are now due.
In these unprecedented times it is unfortunate that we have all been unable to fish the lake during lockdown, necessary, but obviously beyond our control.
Harwich Angling Club would like to offer senior and senior citizen members who have subscribed to the club in the season ending 2019/2020, a £5 discount for next season 2020/2021.
This discount is for renewals only and not applicable to new members. Junior under 19, under 12 and non fishing prices will stay the same as these are already discounted rates.
The prices have not changed for this year:
Senior £45 (£40 with discount)
Senior Citizen (65 years+) £35 (£30 with discount)
Junior Under 19 years -£15
Junior Under 12 years - £5
Non-fishing member £2
Night fishing £10
To renew please post me your membership card, payment and a self-addressed envelope (no stamp required for Harwich addresses). Payment can be made by bank transfer, cheque or cash.
All members are reminded to follow rules issued in our emails of the 11th & 19th May 2020. These rules are just below this notice.

Please note that the restriction on fishing consecutive days will be removed from the 1st June 2020.

Please feel free to give me a ring with any queries, Kind regards,
Richard Ruane
Harwich Angling Club
Membership Secretary
07704 626535
5 Highfield Avenue, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex. CO12 4DP


In line with the increasing concerns about fish welfare Harwich Angling Club would like to highlight key aspects to improve the handling of your catch.



On Monday 15th June a Work Party at the lake made 2 new access points to the first 2 swims on the south bank to enable some of our less mobile members to fish more comfortabley during periods of low water levels. The committee would like to ask members to leave these 2 pegs available for the less mobile members.
The working party have started work on a third peg on the south bank, the 2 large slabs have been laid, but the steps still have to be made at the next work party. The committee are working to improve facilities at the lake, dispite the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic.

improvement to pegs 1 improvement to pegs 2 improvement to pegs 3


On Wednesday 4th March the Environment Agency delivered the first fish to help restock the lake. Approximately 800 small roach about 3 inches long, with a few larger ones and some small bream were put in the lake. We are talking to the EA about them supplying us with some tench, bream and crucian carp in the future.

EA fish delivery 1 EA fish delivery 3 EA fish delivery 2 EA fish delivery 4


A decision was taken at the AGM to extend the Youth Membership from 12 to 16 year olds to 12 up to 19 years of age.


A committee member stabbed his finger on a thorn during the November Work Party, it turned septic and needed medical attenion, the committee advise wearing gloves on working parties. If you cut yourself on a working party or while fishing you should wash the wound with clean water (best to keep a bottle in the car) and then cover the wound with a plaster (keep some in your tackle box). Then thoroughly clean it when you return home.


Please click on the link below to read the Clubs General Data Protection Regulation statement.



The new application form in now available by selecting the APPLY page.

If you are renewing your membership and none of your personnal details, including your car's details have changed, you do not need to complete a new membership form. Just send your existing membership card and payment to the Membership Secretary.


Please do not leave litter or discarded fishing tackle, especially line at the lake, take it home.


Health and Safety Document

Members please read the club’s new Health & Safety document; Peter Standing has produced this document as part of the Angling Trust and our insurance company’s latest requirements.

Request from webmaster@harwichac.org.uk

If any members have photos of catches made this year can the please sent them to me along with the location, date, bait used and any other useful information as I am up dating the web site Gallery, as many of the current photos on the Gallery are very old.

A new itemised email is on the New Catches Report link below, just fill in the details next to the items, this link works with both computers and Smart Phones etc.




Recently a committee member challenged two people at Bradfield Lake at 10pm, they said they had come to look at the lake with a view to joining the club, as it was dark by then this did not seem likely.
The club has installed CCTV a camera overlooking the car park and committee members will be visiting the lake in the evenings. gallery_images/cctv camera3


Bradfield Lake

Since re-opening the lake, good catches of silver fish including Roach over a 1lb, Bream to 3lb 8oz and a number of Common Carp up to 18lb have been made.

Graeme Peck Crucian Carp 8-8 2020

Graeme Peck caught this lovely Crucian Carp on the 8-8 2020 from the dam using bread bait.

Peter Standing Crucian Carp 1lb 120z

Peter Standing caught this 1lb 12oz Crucian Carp on 29-7-2020 from peg 1 using a 15mm pellet.

Harold Griffiths 2lb Crucian Carp 28-5-2020

Harold Griffiths caught this 2lb Crucian Carp, plus another one of 1lb 6oz, along with a mixed bag of Roach, Rudd and Hybrids on the afternoon of 28th May 2020

Finn James Bream 25-5-2020

Finn James caught this lovely Bream using sweet corn bait on Monday 25th May 2020

2Bill Bill Broadley caught this nice Crucian Carp estimated as about 2lb on Monday morning 25th May 2020

Jeff Mortiner 3lb Eel 21-05-2020

Jeff Mortiner caught this 3lb Eel on 21-05-2020 using a dead bait

Duncan Wrigley 2lb 5oz Crucian Carp 5-1-2020

Duncan caught this fine 2lb 5oz Crucian Carp on 5th January 2020.

Graeme Edgar 1-1-2020

Graeme Edgar with the first first to be caught at Bradfield this year, well done Graeme.