Shallowbrook Lakes

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Shallowbrook Lakes is a popular fishing lake, and I’d be surprised if an angler in Norfolk hasn’t heard of this fishing lake. It’s a mature, well-run complex and offers incredible pleasure and match fishing. It’s always busy on the weekends and what makes this fishery popular, is fishes well during the colder months because it’s such well stocked. Furthermore, it’s situated on the outskirts of Norwich in a nice little rural area, easily accessible and signposted by car. I’ve fished this for a number of years, so here are all the lakes and what they offer.

Carp Lake

Shallowbrook Lakes offers The Carp Lake. This lake is about 2 acres in size and has 11 permanent fishing spots. It is mainly populated by carp weighing up to 30 lbs or more, making it suitable for skilled anglers. Additionally, there are Bream, Tench, and Pike, but anglers should be prepared for the possibility of catching a larger fish. This lake does produce both specimen tench and bream also, and bites for these often come at night. You can have good fun flicking a cage feeder out during the days when the bites slow up.

Carp Lake Bait and Tactics

For the carp, It’s been reported most tactics work well, just make sure you find a clear area as it can get pretty silty. I wouldn’t overfeed here, as I see anglers putting way too much baiting in and killing the fishing. If you’re going to spod out, I recommend a mix of hemp, pellets corn and if you want the bream and tench, add some maggots and chopped worm. If you’re solely after the tench and bream, simple scaled-down carp tactics should work OK. Smaller boilies and a maggot ring has produced in the past

Snipe Lake

The lake measures around 2.5 acres and has around 20 designated areas for fishing. The edges of the lake are covered in gentle aquatic plants and a few lily pads, while the water beyond the edges has a depth ranging from 10 to 18 feet.

In the upper corner of a lengthy and slender island, there is a small bay which is highly recognized and consists of multiple pegs.

Snipe Lake has a diverse range of fish, including numerous small perch, roach, and rudd that can provide plenty of action for fishing enthusiasts. Those looking for larger roach can have success using hemp and casters as bait.

There is plenty of tench available during spring and early summer, leading to both plentiful catches and significant success for fortunate anglers who manage to find them. Additionally, there are also large bream, crucians, eels, and perch weighing up to 3lb 12oz.

Snipe Lake Bait and Tactics

Pole fishing is the most effective fishing, and depends on what you want to catch. If you don’t care then fish with pellets, anything will take that and that’s my first choice. Using worms works well for the bream and maggots for the tench. Corn does work, but best for fishing later in the evening. In the colder months, I prefer feeder fishing, a cage feeder with maggots and worm are my go-to winter feeder fishing arsenal. If you want the perch, I have a mate that fishes for the perch in his lake and has netted a 3lb fishing prawn on the bomb and flicking maggots over the top to draw in the silverfish.

Meadow Lake

Meadow Lake at Shallowbrook Lakest 3.5 acres in size and is our most popular one. It has 46 permanent fishing spots and the depth in the middle ranges from 6 to 14 feet. It offers a good selection of fish, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced anglers. The fish you can catch here include Roach, Rudd, Perch, Bream, Carp (up to 20 pounds), and even Pike weighing in the double digits. You can fish this lake with maggots for the newbie, or you can go for the bigger fish using pellets on the pole/feeder. You’ll catch Roach, Rudd and Skimmers all day close in on maggots

Meadow Lake Bait and Tactics

It’s a lake where you can use any bait and it works. I’m a massive fan of pellets, and 6 mm all day on the pole in warmer months. The method feeder is pretty decent, but there isn’t much to know about this lake. For young and new anglers, close in with maggots is advised, with a large stock of smaller fish to be had.

Horseshoe Lake

The Horseshoe lake, which has recently undergone restoration, is now specifically equipped for match fishing. It contains a substantial number of carp weighing up to 4lb, along with Roach, Rudd, Bream, Silvers, and Perch. The exact weights are still unknown, but we have a strong belief that this lake will be a successful fishing spot in the spring. We plan to organize open Shallowbrook Lakes matches here and are also available for bookings for private matches. Additionally, they offer tutorial days for those interested in learning more about fishing on this lake. I’ve never fished this lake, small match-style lakes are never my thing but reading and speaking to the anglers, everybody seems this lake does hold some promise.

Horseshoe Lake Bait and Tactics

I’ve been told maggots and pellets produce almost every time. Keep the bait going in. You’ll have to let me know in the comments how you’d approach this lake


Shallowbrook Lakes, fits the category of mixed coarse fishery, much like Billingford Lakes and Taswood Lakes. It’s not as popular but offers some great fishing and is good for young anglers to practice their craft. Like most fisheries, it’s about building your knowledge of local fisheries and becoming a venue expert. Please let us know how you get on in the comments below.

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I’ve attached a video from a local angler and his YouTube channel Nitro Carp