There can be few places quite like Clawford to get away from it all and enjoy a day’s world-class fishing. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, our lakes are home to an incredible variety of fish including tench, rudd and carp up to 32lb. (You know it’s a good sign when you may even be joined by a kingfisher on your rod.) If that’s not enough, less than 30 minutes away, Bude offers some of the very best sea fishing in Cornwall.
At just over two acres in size Clawford Lake is simply stunning! This is our specimen carp lake with the largest fish a common called ‘Arnie’. There are around ninety carp in total averaging 18lbs with a good head over 20lbs. The amazing row of White Willow trees on the far side are a great spectacle and really connect you with such a beautiful location. The fishing is challenging but high quality with less than 10 swims on the lake. Clawford has some great features to find which the fish love such as bars, plateau’s, reed beds and three islands. It has a maximum depth of twelve feet and a mixture of silty areas and firmer spots. There is also a handful of Perch to over 3lbs. Good quality boilies and pellets are the best approach for a few bites.
90 Carp, Perch
Carp up to 36.5lb (average 18lb)
Boilies and pellets
Mallard Lake holds two hundred carp and is known as our ‘runs water’ with plenty of rod bending action for you to enjoy. Our largest fish is a common called ‘Lucky’ at around 31lbs 8oz. There are plenty of swims to choose from and also three islands and numerous bays and overhanging trees for fish to hide. The carp in here love boilies and pellets but can be caught off the surface too with bread or dog biscuits which provides some fantastic heart thumping sport. The lake bed is predominantly silty particularly at the deeper end but there are some firm areas to be found with numerous bars, raised plateau’s and bays. There are also Perch to 3lbs 8oz in Mallard. The Kingfishers are seen here on a daily basis, and you may even get one perch on your rods!
200 Carp, Perch
Carp up to 31lb 8oz (average 12lb)
Woodpecker Lake is well stocked with Carp up to 22lbs and Tench, Roach and Perch over 1lb. There are around 200 carp in this lake averaging around 8lbs. There are three islands and underwater features such as plateaus, silty areas and firm spots to fish on. There are some large beds of Norfolk reed in the margins which the fish love particularly in Spring and Summer so fishing those areas can produce some great sport. The carp here love boilies but if you’re after a mixture of species maggot, worm and pellet can be really effective. Fishing on Woodpecker is available from one side of the lake only so please check the fishing map before you fish.
Approx 200 Carp, Tench, Roach, Perch
Carp up to 22lb
Carp runs water, mixed silvers fishing
7 – Only from one side of the lake
Boilies, maggot, worm, pellet
This is the largest lake on the complex at three acres in size and is home to our fabulous floating lodges. Fishing is for residents of the Floating Lodges only. There are carp to 10lbs, Perch to 5lbs 5oz, Bream to 4lbs and Roach to 1lb 8oz. Lodge Lake is home to Clawford’s largest Perch which was caught at 5lb 5oz in 2023! Grass snakes and kingfishers are regularly seen on this lake so have your camera ready!
Carp, Perch, Bream, Roach
Carp to 8lb, Perch to 5.5lb, Bream to 4lb, Roach to 1.5lb
Mixed pleasure fishing
For guests staying in Floating Lodges only
Pellets, sweetcorn, maggots
There are Carp to 8lbs present along with Crucian Carp and Tench up to 1lb in weight. Large beds of lilly pads provide the perfect features for a great days fishing. Maggot, worm and pellet are the best approach here using float fished tactics. Sunset Lake is named because of the fantastic views throughout the day but particularly in the evenings – a truly special part of the Clawford complex.
Carp, Crucian Carp, Tench, Perch, Golden Tench
Carp up to 8lb
Mixed pleasure fishing
For guests staying in Cocoons only
Maggot, worm, pellet
Snake Lake is approx. 20m wide at its widest point which makes it great for pole and light feeder work. There is an abundance of carp up to 9lbs in size and there are small perch and Tench to 1lb. Tere are a number of small Golden Tench in the lake too.
Canal Lake is new for 2024 and is set up for beginners and family fishing with plenty of bites from small carp, perch, roach and tench. The carp go to around 3lbs in size with the perch, roach and tench all up to 1/2lb. Float fishing tactics are best with maggot and sweetcorn hookbaits.
Carp, Perch, Roach, Tench, Golden Tench
Carp to 9lb (3lb in Canal Lake, 9lb in Snake Lake) Perch to 1/2lb, Roach to 1/2lb, Tench to 1lb, Golden Tench to 1/2lb
Beginners/Inexperienced anglers & families
Sweetcorn and pellet
Moorhen Lake has lodges down one side with fishing swims located on the opposite and end bank. There are seven swims to choose from each with different views and features to enjoy. In front of the lodges there is a bridge across to one of the islands which has benches for our guests to use. There are three islands, one of them a distinctive ‘M’ shape which is why we named the lake Moorhen. There are some large reed beds in the margins and lilly pads to fish too. It holds Carp to 8lbs, Tench to 3lb, Crucian Carp to 1lb Barbel and Chub to 1lb, Rudd to 1/2lb and some fantastic Perch to 3lb 8oz. Float and feeder fished tactics work well here with sweetcorn, pellet and meat hook baits. You can really hide away on this lake if you want a peaceful and secluded days fishing.
Carp, Tench, Crucian Carp, Rudd, Perch
Carp to 8lb, Tench to 3lb, Crucian Carp to 1lb, Barbel to 1lb, Chub to 1lb, Rudd to 1/2lb, Perch to 3.5lb
Mixed pleasure fishing
Sweetcorn, pellet and meat
This lake has the biggest variety of species at Clawford. There are Crucian Carp and Rudd to 1lb, Roach to 1 ½ lb and Bream, Perch and Tench to 4lbs 8oz. There is also Chub to 1lb. You could even be surprised by the two resident Koi carp known as ‘Carrott’ and ‘Casper’ which we think have never been caught! There are two islands, mature lily pads, bull rushes and tree lined margins. If you want a mixed days fishing in beautiful surroundings Jenny Wren is the lake for you. Waggler or feeder fishing is best here with maggot, caster, worm and sweetcorn hookbaits. The Kingfishers love this lake and frequent it more than any other lake at Clawford!
Crucian Carp, Koi Carp, Green Tench, Roach, Rudd, Bream, Perch, Chub
Crucian Carp, Rudd, Roach and Chub up to 1lb, Bream to 3lb, Perch and Tench to 4lb 8oz, Koi Carp to 16lb
Traditional pleasure lake
Maggot, caster, worm, sweetcorn
Heron Lake contains Carp to 10lbs, Bream to 2lb and Roach to 1lb. There are also Rudd and Perch so be prepared for plenty of bites from multiple species for a great mixed days sport. There are 15 swims to choose from and three islands with mature trees and reed beds making great features for you to take advantage of. Pellets fished in mid water or on the bottom work best here. The herons visit this lake on a regular basis, watch out for the noisy one which is very territorial!
Carp, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Perch
Carp to 10lb, Bream to 2lb, Perch to 3lb, Rudd and Roach to 1lb, Barbel to 1lb
Match style fishing
Pellets, sweetcorn, maggots, worm, meat and paste
Fishing on the ‘Caribbean’ looking lakes is for Lake Pod residents only.
In Pod Lake 1 there are plenty of Carp to 7lbs, Bream to 2lb and Roach, Perch and Tench to 1/2lb. This lake has a silty bottom with maximum depths of around nine feet. Float fishing tactics work well here with pellet hook baits and the carp love as surface fished piece of bread or biscuit.
Pod Lake 2 has Carp to 9lbs and Tench to 1lb. Float and feeder fishing tactics work best here with pellet hook baits.
Sit back and relax on the veranda of your Pod and enjoy some great fishing too!
Carp, Bream, Roach, Perch, Tench
Carp to 7lb, Bream to 2lb, Roach, Perch & Tench to 1/2lb
Mixed pleasure fishing
For guests staying in Lake Pods only
Pellet, sweetcorn, meat, worm, bread and biscuits
This is the perfect lake to catch your first fish or learn new techniques and skills under the guidance of our onsite fishing experts. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and with an abundance of fish means your guaranteed to catch! Absolutely perfect for children and families to make some great memories together. There are Carp, Roach, Rudd, Tench and Crucian carp in the Beginners Lake and we have a platform overhanging the lake for you to fish from with ease.
Carp, Roach, Rudd, Tench, Crucian Carp
Carp to 6lb, Roach to 1lb 8oz, Rudd, Tench & Crucians to 1lb
Maggots, sweetcorn, pellet
Dragonfly lies just below our Meadow lodges at the far end of the resort. It is long and narrow so fishing the margins and towards the single island are the best approach. It is predominantly a carp lake with fish to 20lbs in size. There are Tench to 1lb and some small perch and rudd. The best tactics here are maggot and worm fished with a waggler for the tench, rudd and perch. For the carp boilies and pellets are best on Dragonfly.
Carp, Tench, Rudd and Perch
Carp to 20lb
Mixed Carp and silvers fishing
Boilies, pellets, maggots and worms
Fishing on Buzzard and Kestrel is exclusive for guests staying in the Signature Pods. With a great view across the resort and down the valley why not sit and relax on your veranda and do a spot of fishing too.
Buzzard lake is well stocked with mirror and common carp to 7lb, Tench to 1 ½ lb and Barbel to 1lb. There is also the odd Perch to 2lbs.
Kestrel Lake has Carp, Tench and Barbel for you to catch. The lake is 9-10 feet deep by the overflow structure which gives you plenty of depth to fish in. Float and feeder fishing work best here but don’t be surprised to see carp cruising under your rod tips so keep some floating biscuits handy.
Carp, Tench and Barbel
Carp to 7lb, Tench to 1lb 8oz, Barbel to 1lb, Perch to 2lb
Mixed pleasure fishing
For guests staying in Signature Lake Pods only
Sweetcorn, maggots, worm and pellet