Woodpecker Lake

An Exclusive Syndicate Lake in Rural Cambridgeshire!

For those of you who enjoy a relaxed and peaceful environment surrounded by unspoiled country side and an abundance of nature this is the syndicate for you. Located close to St Ives and Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, Woodpecker is a mature and established 15-acre lake set in beautiful countryside. Originally stocked in the 1980’s then used as a trout lake for approx. 20 years, the current syndicate was established in 2011 and has grown year on year. Fish have been chipped over the years to create an accurate record of stock, growth rates and general condition with approximately 120 known fish including 30 over 30lb, seven of these are over 40lb including 4 x 50’s to a lake record of 55-08. There are approximately 60 original Commons including 13 over 30lb to 35-05, a handful of original Mirrors with the remainder being Mirrors stocked over the past 5 years.

The lake, being a clear gravel pit can get weedy in the summer months but has always been fishable albeit a little closer to the lake edge. There is an abundance of features to fish too, with many bars, troughs and silty areas. Purpose built swims are dug into the bank with plenty of room to bivvy up and relax, spaced to provide plenty of water yet still be sociable. The is a flush toilet and a security / Otter fence is erected around the perimeter of the fishery, providing a safe environment to enjoy your fishing. Woodpecker is a popular syndicate and to date has sold out every year so a waiting list (midweek Sun 15:00 to Fri 11:00) is in operation. Any available Full ticket are offered to existing midweek members

Syndicate information

2019 – sold out, waiting list in operation for Midweek tickets only
Woodpecker Carp Syndicate Full Ticket (7 day) – £750
Woodpecker Carp Syndicate Midweek Ticket (Sun 15:00 to Fri 11.00) – £550

Site rules
  • All nets and unhooking mats must be fully dried preferably in the sun prior to bringing on site
  • No litter to be left in swims. Litter to be taken home at the end of your session
  • No guests without prior agreement
  • Only fish in designated swims, do not damage trees or vegetation.
  • Any person fishing must have a current EA rod licence
  • Please have respect for other anglers, only fish obvious swim areas, and ask adjacent anglers where they are fishing. Swim demarcation is identified on the lake notice board, please familiarise yourself.
  • Lake boats can only be used to assist release of snagged fish, there must be 2 people available, and life jackets must be worn (available in the toilet). Request help from fishery management if you are on your own.
  • We accept no responsibility for any damage or loss to equipment or vehicles which may occur whilst at Earith Lakes Fisheries.
  • The fishery is a natural environment which we do our best to maintain; as such we accept no responsibility for any personal accident which may occur as a result of being on site at Earith Lakes Fisheries. Trips, slips and other such incidents can and do occur and are generally beyond our control. Please report any incidents to the office in order for them to be recorded.
Woodpecker Syndicate
  1. 3 rod limit
  2. Micro barb or crushed barbed hooks only
  3. Must use at least 1m of tube or leader. No braided main line
  4. Drop off lead systems only inc. chod rigs
  5. Large sided unhooking mats or cradles must be used at all times (no beanie mats), landing nets over 42”, no sacks or keep nets
  6. No rods to be left unattended (next swim rule applies where appropriate and with remote sounder where proven to work)
  7. No baits to be left on hooks outside water. No food or bait to be left in open (Owners dog on site)
  8. Manufacture prepared tigers are permitted in small quantities. No other nuts permitted. All particles to be fully soaked prior to fishing and used in moderation. Management may ask to check baits and will ban any that are poorly prepared. Baits are available on site (pre order and have them ready on arrival)
  9. Maggots can only be used in moderation between 15th Nov and 15th Feb
  10. All caught fish must be scanned and a log of id, weight, swim and angler recorded
  11. Bait boats can only be used where they do not affect other anglers, and lines only dropped into safe areas which you could cast your marker float to when requested.


Below you’ll find some of the resident carp which reside in this lake. We can’t add all of the images we receive to this gallery so here are some of our favourites.

Woodpecker Lake Media

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