Exit the M3 at Junction 4a, signposted Farnborough, and bear left, following signs towards Yateley / Reading. Proceed straight on for approximately two miles passing the Royal Engineers Gibraltar Barracks. Shortly after the barracks turn right at the roundabout and go straight across at the next roundabout. Follow the road for approximately one mile through Cricket Hill into Yateley. Turn left at the roundabout at the end of the road onto the B3272 and after 100 metres, turn right into Sandhurst Road.
The entrance to the eastern side of the complex: Summer Pit, Match Lake, Nursery and Copse Lake is the first gate on the RIGHT, 200 metres past Weybridge Mead.
The entrance to the western side of the complex, Split, Horseshoe, Tree Lakes etc. is the second gate on the left 250 metres past Weybridge Mead, just before the sharp right-hand bend.
This complex is possibly the most famous carp angling venue in the world. Although the majority of anglers that fish these famous lakes target the carp, there is an abundance of other species to go for. The lakes hold double figure tench and bream, along with record breaking crucian carp, specimen road and perch as well as good sized river species. Massive catfish can be found in two lakes on the complex, these are nearing the 70lb mark. Permit includes: Horsehoe Lake, Nursery, Pumphouse Lake, River Blackwater, Split Lake, Summer Pitt and Tree Lakes.
The Split Lake holds carp to over 35lb and cats to over 68lb. It also holds bream and tench of specimen sizes. The Split holds good heads of both carp and catfish, the latter now topping a whopping 65lb. The carp populations are good and include Sutton strain fish. Backing up the stocks of carp and cats are good numbers of roach, bream perch and rudd.
A fish survey completed in December 2008 showed a good head of both carp and catfish to 30lb and 50lb respectivly. Tench, bream and pike where also present in numbers, all species into double figures. A stocking of silver fish will take place in January / February 2009 to enable the catfish to perform their natural habit of hunting live prey. After a full year since the management works were carried out on the Split Lake, CEMEX Angling are happy to announce that this past season has been the best on record for captures of not only specimen cats but also bream, tench and carp. All have graced the net of those fishing there last summer and have been surprised themselves with the advancement of the fishing in such a short time. Many of these anglers have broken their PB’s several times in one session on the venue. Tree work, restocking and marginal enhancement have all been given attention to here and the results are better than we expected. With three cats in the 60-70lb bracket the introduction of 2000lb of prey fish has certainly seen a return with many of the well known residents also putting weight on consistently.
Nursery - 7 acres
The Nursery Lake found on the east side of the complex is a mass of bars, snags, lily pads, tree roots and small islands covering a little over 7 acres with an average depth of 3 feet. This CEMEX Angling venue is largely un-fished although it holds large stocks of mixed fish with a good head of large carp to satisfy the specimen hunters among our members. The stocks are generally made up of roach, perch, large bream and the carp, which all take the usual specimen/match type baits. Terry Hearn also fished and confirms it’s one of his favourite lakes.
Several work parties have undertaken some great work on the venue over the course of the winter undertaking many of the trickier jobs when the lake has been quiet so not to disturb its anglers. Several large trees have been removed from the margins allowing more space for not only the anglers but the fish as well. Removing these large snag features has allowed more light in, so intensifying the potential of the marginal features
1) Night fishing is allowed on the Pumphouse Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Summer Pit and the River Blackwater with a day & night permit , but no bivvies are allowed. Anglers must be awake at all times.
2) The Sandhurst Road gates are fitted with high security keyed padlocks. Please close and secure the gates behind you. Keep your key safe; replacements will be charged at £10:00 each.
3) Please respect the toilet facilities and keep them clean.
4) No treble hooks may be used on the Split Lake at any time.
5) Height barrier, take care. Key required.
6) Night fishing is allowed.
7) No bait boats.
8) The following lakes are strictly out of bounds without the correct additional
permit. Car Park Lake: Copse Lake: Match Lake: North Lake: Pads Lake:
Sandhurst Lake and South Lake.
A full list of specific rules for each lake will be sent out with your ticket.