Welcome to Berners Hall Fishery

Set in the heart of rural Essex countryside just outside Fyfield, near Ongar, is Berners Hall Fishery. This Essex carp and cat fishery has 3 different lakes all with the backdrop of the tranquil River Roding valley. The lakes vary from two newly created carp lakes to a large 24 acre reservoir for those looking for some big water, big fish action. All the lakes are by pre booking only, this enables both a smooth booking process and guaranteed swims for those looking for a truly unique experience.

Berners Hall Fishery Map

Berners Hall Fishery Map


The Res

The Res has 24 designated swims on 24 acres of water. The depth of water does vary throughout the year but generally, the deepest points are approx. 14-16 feet with a clay-based bottom. The carp get caught on all tactics, bottom baits, pop-ups, Zigs and surface at short, medium and long-ranges all depending on conditions, swims, weed beds and the time of year.

The lake has been carefully stocked with over 600 hand-selected carp & 14 catfish from some of the UK’s best-known fish dealers, some of which we have been growing on in our stock lakes since 2006.  This has ensured there is a good cross-section of all strains of carp including the original fisher pond mirrors, clean commons, heavily scaled mirrors, fully plated and linears. The carp range from brand new virginal doubles to a very large head of beautiful 20’s & as we write this we estimate there are 35+ different 30lb carp present. The current lake record Mirror is a fish known as ‘Rambo’ weighing in at 44lb 9oz and the lake record Common is ‘Buster’ at 40lb.  With both good numbers and sizes of fish present, this water offers a realistic chance of an all round great session. And let’s not forget about the catfish, with the average size around 35-40lb with better specimens reaching a whopping 65lb+.

Meadow Lake

Sheltered between the reservoir and the River Roding within stunning countryside is Meadow Lake.  The lake was purposely designed and stocked with carp anglers in mind. It has a range of underwater features and an island so there are plenty of good fishing areas other than the margins.  The lake has been stocked with the same strains of carp as ‘The Res’ to sizes 30lb+ with a good head of 20’s and doubles. It has 5 purpose-built wood chipped swims socially positioned along one bank with plenty of water, features and opposite bank fishing available.  With close convenient parking only a very short distance away and with flat banks this lake is also very accessible to everyone. This lake can be fished by individuals by pre-booking a swim or groups 4/5 exclusively hiring the lake.


Sheltered in the picturesque river meadow between the Reservoir and River Roding and next to Meadow Lake. It is the smallest of the 3 lakes at 1 acre in size and has a range of depths with many man-made underwater features to find.  It has 2 good-sized wood chipped swims to fish from and is very sheltered from the elements. The lake has been stocked with 60 carp to 30lb+ with a good head of 20’s and clean doubles to also target. It offers a closer range fishing experience to the other lakes and is great for intimate stalking, floater fishing etc.  Please note with only 2 swims this lake is for exclusive hire only. Ideal for individuals or small groups wanting their own lake to fish, pre-booking is available please contact us for more info. Car parking is also conveniently close to this lake which makes unloading for a session a breeze.

Day Tickets start at £20 for the day and 24hrs will cost you £30.

Onsite there are toilets and 4 car parks to choose from depending on which lake you are fishing as well as the Total Fishing Tackle shop where you can stock up on all the essentials. They even have a dedicated boilie range that is produced by Nash Bait that the lake sees a lot of, so if you are unsure what bait to take, The Berners Hall Bait by Nash is the one for you.

Please read and understand all fishery rules before fishing commences. The rules can be found here.