Acton Burnell is famous for both its fish and spectacular scenery, and many famous anglers have visited these lakes to catch its huge carp.  There are two lakes at Acton, both can be very tricky, but there are some fantastic catches every season. 

I took control of the lakes in 1992, shortly after they were drained, emptied, limed, fertilised and de-silted and then re-stocked with the magnificent carp that reside there today.  Since 1994 both Acton Lakes have been run as very exclusive syndicate waters, and there has always been a minimum two year waiting list.

Fishery management

During Winter 2019 we have constructed an otter fence around the entire complex to ensure the future of the fish stocks and fisheries longevity. To further enhance the experience for anglers a road has been constructed making access to all swims all year round possible. We have huge plans for the acton Burnell complex, with a spectacular stocking planned for November 2021 of over 100 x 30lb+ carp

The Fish

In the lower lake in 1993 we introduced 96 young carp, three to five years old weighing between 10lbs and 24lbs. Over the years we have gradually de-stocked to maximise the potential of the best fish.  The lower lake now holds 20 originals, nearly all of which are big 30's together with numerous 40's and a 50lb common the lake record "Bill" at 55-04lbs, along with at least seven other 40's. In addition there are 42 young hand picked doubles that are growing well for the future which have already reached 24lb.

A further 36 stunning C3 Superfreaks were stocked into the lower lake in November 2016 along with 90 young fry. The future looks bright!

The top lake holds approximately 120 fish of which 25 fish are different 40's.  Yes, 25 different 40's. These include a current lake record mirror of 49.10lbs and a common of 48.11lbs. In addition to the big girls there are approximately 60 different 30's.  

Open Access

If you want to fish Acton and can't get into the syndicate then try booking one of our open access weeks. You can book the lake's exclusively for small groups of 6-8 anglers. Open access runs from mid April to the end of May. We are now taking bookings for 2016. For more information and prices ring the office on 01952 463141 or email

 ACTON BURNELL Carp Syndicate Fishery Rules

1, 3 x rods are allowed

2, Otter Fence , all gates must be closed at all times ( no excuses )

3, Braid only allowed on spod & market rods

4, No boats of any kind

5, No drones are permitted on the fishery

6, No Zig rigs, Ronnie Rigs or 360 Rigs or any similar Rigs

7, Chest waders can used sensibly for casting & landing fish

8, All nuts are banned ( maize, wheat, hemp, seeds are ok )

9, No plastic leaders

10, No plastic baits

11, No pets allowed

12, Strictly no guests are allowed

13, TIME RULE : you can only visit the fishery once per week, if you fish every week then the

Maximum time  you can stay is 48 hrs or if you fish every other week Ie: twice per month you can

Stay 72 hrs .

14,  Retaining Slings : you can hold a fish for up-to 15 minutes maximum to get organised , No longer.

Fish Care : The carp must be carried out of the water in the sling with and net rolled up inside .

15, Arrival time : you cannot arrive at or leave the fishery in the hours of darkness.

16, No self take photography or self video’s

17, No shelf life  Boilies, ( freezer bait only )

Please note that certain updates have been made to the Rules of Acton Burnell on our Your continued use of your membership will be deemed acceptance of the changes to the Rules set out in the Overview section of the Syndicate.

Finally if you break the rules you will be asked to leave the fishery and banned immediately

If you are not happy with  any of the rules call us on 01952-463141 for a re- fund before the season starts. We have a long waiting list, so your place can be given to another angler immediately .

Basic Porter Toilets during open access

Apply in writing to:

Rob Hales
Badger Hall
Badger Lane
Burnhill Green

Add details about where you fished in recent years, you will receive a confirmation letter by return to inform you that you are on the waiting list.




Acton Burnell Statistics


52lb 08oz

Lake record