Ponders End to Picketts
Ponders End is situated between Chingford and Enfield and is easily accessed via Lea Valley Road with adequate parking in Wharf Road. Picketts Lock has limited parking adjacent to the lock but there is a car-park in nearby Lee Park Way.
Throughout this section it is a very slow moving river of
varying depth and width that can offer some of the best fishing on
Above the lock the river is shallower where roach,
perch, chub, tench and bream can be found. In the winter the
section just upstream of the lock to opposite 'The Navigation' P.H.
is fished with bread punch for the roach
The cutting below
has always been good fishing especially after rain when there is extra
water coming from the Mill Stream. However, for some unknown reason the
large shoal of roach and skimmers (especially in winter) have moved on
and there has been no news of their return. In Autumn pegs 7 to 12
try for roach.
Perch will be found in all
pegs right down to the Lock
The wide area by the Ford factory is noted for big bream that
will feed all year round but there are also plenty of good roach
and perch here. In winter this area can also be very productive
for pike anglers.
During the summer months the large bream shoal will regularly
patrol down as far as the pipe bridge ( Peg 35) with the section
opposite the blue doors being the best.
On sunny days you can often see them swimming just under the
surface. Whilst this is a great sight they dont
normally feed when you can see them. Below the pipe bridge there are
no factories and the off-side is lined with trees which are the boundary
of the golf course. This section
is the home of large carp. In the summer bream shoals can turn up
in any of the pegs.
For those interested in large carp the reed beds opposite the middle
40s are very popular with these fish especially in the early part of the season.
The river widens in the mid 80s and this is a good holding area
for large bream. The section upstream of Picketts is another very
popular stretch for roach, perch, bream and the occasional tench.
The bank is a bit lower here which makes the fishing much more comfortable.
- The most popular method for the bream in summer is to fish large pieces of bread-flake or sweetcorn overdepth in conjunction with a bread or cereal based ground-bait.
- When conditions are hard try
pinkies and worm with casters.
- As the season progresses a change to caster can bring results whilst in winter a single maggot or pinkie to a very small hook on light line (22 to 12 oz.) will often tempt them.
- For the roach try hemp and
tares in summer and bread-punch in winter.
- Please park sensibly at Picketts
Lock and do not obstruct any premises. If
there is no room try the disabled car park in Lee Park
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