Rookery Waters has five fishing lakes stocked with Carp, Tench, Roach, Rudd, Barbel and Chub. Our lakes are available for both pleasure and match fishing.
A pleasure and match fishery in rural Cambridgeshire,
where all ages and abilities can enjoy five fishing lakes set in beautiful and peaceful natural surroundings.
Enjoy a full English breakfast or a sandwich from Wednesday to Sunday (7:30am – 10:00am) and light snacks and refreshments all day.
Tackle and Bates.
Run by Rookery Water’s Fishing Manager Alex Bates, our on-site Fishing Tackle Shop is open from 7am to 7pm and stocks major brands such as, Guru, Daiwa, Preston Innovations, Drennan, Bait-tech, Sensas, Sonubaits, Dynamite Baits, and Mainline.
Rookery Waters offers many services such as: school visits, walks, bird watching, children’s parties and corporate events.
Fishing Lakes in Cambridgeshire
About Rookery Waters
Rookery Waters is located within Rookery Farm, just outside Pidley, near St Ives. The family have farmed the 230 acre mixed farm (arable and beef) since the 1970’s and now run the fishery alongside it.
Rookery Waters began in 2002 when the family decided to change a water storage reservoir into a popular fishing lake; Rook. Since then, they have gone on to build four more lakes with varying features, catering for both pleasure and match fishing. In 2015 construction finished on The Rookery Café and Tackle and Bates Shop.
Taking a comfortable win from unfancied peg 15 was Peterborough Angler Ben Townsend catching steadily all day on maggots,worms and meat on several lines down the margins and tight over to weight 52 carp for a very impressive 156.10lb. Runner up on his return to the fishery after a 6 year absence was current matchmen of the year Lee Thornton from peg 34 the middy backed rod booked his place in the August final by starting on paste short before switching long with meat tight over to catch carp and brown goldfish for 121.12lb.
Next Saturday's qualifying open is again on Jay draw 9am fishing 10.30-4.30pm
1st Ben Townsend peg 15 156.10lb ABC Bait Company 2nd Lee Thornton peg 34 121.12lb Middy 3rd Graham Welton peg 45 108.14lb Stanjay Tackle 4th Richard Chapman peg 37 95.02lb MAP
Thursday £1,000 qualifying open Magpie lake
Making it a hat-trick of wins on Magpie was Matrix Backed Mark Pollard! After Drawing peg 38 there was only gong to be one outcome! Using 4mm loose feed with a banded 6mm pellet on the hook presented 10" deep to catch 81 carp for 224.10lb.runner up using corn and pellet in the margins was graham Welton from peg 13 3rd spot and qualifying for the final was Guru sponsored angler Barry Mason who used meat and paste for 116.04lb.
Next Thursday's open is on Jay Lake draw 9am fishing 10.30-4.30pm everyone welcome.
1st Mark Pollard peg 38 224.10lb Matrix/Dynamite Baits 2nd Graham Welton peg 13 138.10lb Stanjay tackle 3rd Barry Mason peg 33 116.04lb Guru/Bagem 4th Dave Rees peg 27 94.10lb Hooked Newmarket
Weds over 60's open Jay Lake Match organiser Dave lack showed the rest of the field the way with a superb 139.10lb of carp averaging 2lb All taken on paste and pellets close in to the reeds in the margins. The ever constant John Belshaw second with 106.02lb all caught on corn and pellets.
Next weds over 60's open to be fished on Magpie draw 9am fishing 10-4pm everyone over 60 welcome.
1st Dave Lack peg 18 139.10lb 2nd John Belshaw peg 27 106.02lb 3rd Chris Saunders peg 33 81.10lb 4th Ray Pullman peg 20 75.00lb ... See MoreSee Less
Once again taking the top spot was Gavin butler from peg 31 he started long pinging 6mm pellets before switching to a shallow approach! He also fished worms and casters down the margin in the last hour to catch carp pushing 6lb. Runner up and booking his place in the final was 2015 fisho finalist Steve Freeman from peg 35 he caught on paste and meat short for 128.10lb
Next Saturday's qualifying open is on Jay lake draw 9am fishing 10.30-4.30pm.
Making the long trip worth while was Colchester based angler John Shepherd from peg to he alternated his to long margin lines to keep the fish coming on meat,pellet and corn. Runner up on the golden peg was Tony Dawson using meat and pellet in the margins to catch carp averaging 2-3lb.
Next Thursday's open is on Magpie lake draw 9am fishing 10.30-4.30pm Everyone welcome.
1st John Shepherd peg 02 94.06lb Sensas coleman tackle 2nd Tony Dawson peg 11 93.12lb Bait-Tech 3rd Tony Watling peg 41 86.04lb stanjay tackle 4th Mark cross peg 05 79.00lb Hooked Newmarket
Weds over 60's open Magpie lake
Taking the the win from peg 12 was pole repair man will Hadley. Using pellet and corn in the margins and a small method over to the island to catch carp upto 3lb. Running the winner close was Ken gammon on his favoured catmeat approach.
Next weds over 60's open is on Jay lake draw 8.30am in cafe.
1st Will Hadley peg 12 77.06lb 2nd Ken Gammon peg 22 70.14lb 3rd Nigel locker peg 6 63.00lb 4th Roger Abbott peg 02 61.04lb ... See MoreSee Less
Making it back to back wins and fast becoming fishery expert was Mark Pollard. The Matrix backed rod fished pellet shallow tight to the pads on 6mm banded pellet over loose feed 4mms.runner up was Graham Welton from peg 27 he caught shallow on pellets before catching some better fish down his left hand margins on dead maggots!
Next Saturday's open is again on magpie draw 9am in the cafe register in the Tackle shop before 9am
1st Mark Pollard peg 03 148.04lb Matrix/dynamite Baits 2nd Graham Welton peg 27 133.10lb Stanjay Tackle 3rd Simon Godfrey peg 38 124.06lb Tackle & Bates 4th Jason Fulcher peg 13 111.00lb Tackle & Bates 5th Tony Dawson peg 05 108.04lb Bait-Tech
Thursday £1,000 qualifying open Magpie
The lake fished hard for most due to the spawning activity! Out on top once again from peg 3 was Mark pollard using pellet shallow right next to the pads! Carp averaging a smaller stamp of 1-2lb Runner up was Vinny easy from favoured peg 38 all caught tight in down the margins on corn and pellet.
Next Thursday's open is on Jay lake draw 9am everyone welcome
Weds over 60's open Jay Lake Not massive framing weight for this contest but close and from all areas of the lake. John Bagy Belshaw has been in superb form of late with another match win on Jay using pellet corn and cat meat to catch small carp upto 3lb from peg 27.
1st John Belshaw peg 27 75.04lb 2nd John Pratt peg 31 61.10lb 3rd equal Dave Lack and Nigel Locker 57.14lb
A different lake for a change in the Saturday open. Anglers found the lake fishing very hard with anglers targeting the silvers to keep a few bites coming! Overall winner was bar hill based Rob Humphries who booked his place in the August final with 42.08 all caught shallow on maggot and casters! Runner up was Marcus Normington from peg 11 he caught on the slow sinking bomb for 34.10lb Next Saturday's qualifying open is on Magpie lake draw 9am in the cafe
1st Rob Humpries peg 24 42.08lb Tackle & Bates 2nd Marcus Normington peg 11 34.10lb Tackle & Bates 3rd Tom Edwards peg 05 29.10lb
Thursday £1,000 qualifying open Jay Lake
Top spot went to Haverhill based angler Len Stephens from peg 02 he presented meat and hemp at 14.5m tight over to catch carp averaging 2-3lb for 114.10lb and won the golden peg too!! Runner up from peg 27 was Tony watling who caught small stockies and brown goldfish down the margins for 103.02lb. Tim Bates took 3rd place with 90.00 all caught on meat tight across!
Next Thursday's open match is on Magpie Lake.
1st Len Stephens peg 02 114.10 Cambs fish preservation 2nd Tony Watling peg 27 103.02lb Stanjay Tackle 3rd Tim Bates peg 18 90.00lb Tackle & Bates 4th Jason Fulcher peg 09 86.12lb Tackle & Bates
Weds over 60's Magpie Lake
John Belshaw. Made the most from peg 01 he fished his favoured corn and pellet tactics to just sneak ahead of Roy Whincup who caught on maggots and pellets to finish with 56.14lb
Next weds over 60's is on Jay Lake Draw 8.30 in cafe
1st John Belshaw peg 01 57.08lb 2nd Roy Whincup peg 05 57.14lb 3rd Dennis Jarvis peg 32 50.08lb 4th Kevin Peacock peg 10 42.04lb
Bank holiday Monday open Magpie 19 pegs £1,000 final qualifier
Josh pace fished pellet long on the deck to catch carp pushing 4lb to take the win and book a spot in the final from peg 05 Runner was ever consistent Gav butler who also pinged pellets long and fished worms and casters down the edges for 104.04lb
1st Josh pace peg 05 121.02lb Sensas mk1 2nd Gavin Butler peg 35 104.04lb Tackle & Bates 3rd Tony Mcgregor peg 11 89.02lb Tackle & Bates 4th Tom Cole peg 17 86.02lb Jl Tackle ... See MoreSee Less