Slough House West

Brief description of fishery:

As the name implies this lake lies close to our existing Slough House Farm fishery and is around 1.5 acres in size with an island, surrounding trees and reed beds.

This is a well coloured shallow lake of around 3-4 feet deep containing Carp of all sizes but up to around 16/18lb and lots of small Roach and Rudd, Bream to around 5lb, Tench to around 4lb and the odd Perch.

This water also contains quite a large abundance of Eels up to around 3lb.

There are about 18 swims and tends to be most productive around the island, although some very good bags of Bream have come out from the open water side of the island on feeder or float tactics along with the odd Tench and Carp.

Being right next to the farmers yard, we urge you to be careful where you park and to move your vehicle without quibble if asked by the farmer.

Slough House West does have a few problems water quality wise. Being on the site of a previous chicken farm, it does suffer from ground seepage which raises the ammonia levels in the water.

This tends to peak during and just after wet weather and does seem to have an effect on the fishing with it becoming more difficult at these times.

It is unfortunately something we can do very little about as it is historic, except to continue to monitor the water quality with the help of the EA.

For this reason we are unlikely to be stocking the water any time soon.

Recent stockings include..

320lbs of Bream (January 2021)

181lbs of mixed sized mixed silvers (January 2021)

225x Tench to 1lb 8oz (January 2022)

Fishing Times

April 1 to March 31

5am to 10pm

Strictly no night fishing.



Off Scraley Road, Heybridge CM9 8JA
Map reference                                                    871/091
What3Words Entrance location                      unfocused.madness.burden

Access & Parking

Take the B1022 from Maldon to Colchester and just before leaving Heybridge turn right into Scraley Road. After approx. half a mile find the fishery entrance on the left hand side opposite the entrance to Slough House Farm Reservoir. Keeping the chicken sheds to your left, proceed and take the third turning on your left immediately in front of a large barn. After 50 yards, turn right to find the fishery and car parking areas. There is no defined parking area, but please park sensibly as it is a working farm and be prepared to move your vehicle if asked by the farm.



  • Bream
  • Common Carp
  • Eel
  • Mirror Carp
  • Perch
  • Roach
  • Rudd
  • Tench