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Century Ponds • Two Carp & Silver Fish Lakes Situated Near Bristol
is a two-pond Carp
and silver fish
venue located at Stockwood Vale
, Keynsham, Bristol, containing a good stock of Carp to mid-twenties.
The easy-to-access venue holds a total of 26
anglers and has ample on-site parking. Disabled access facilities include exclusive bank-side parking, five double-width platforms and level access to over ten platforms.
To reach Century Ponds, turn off the A4175 Bristol Road at the mini roundabout by the 'Rest-a-While' transport cafe, continue for 200 yards to the bottom of Stockwood Hill, then take the left fork into Stockwood Vale. After ½ mile turn left (look for the Century Ponds sign on the gate) and follow the farm track around the crop fields to the venue.
Fishing at Century Ponds is by advance day ticket
only. Day tickets are not sold on the bank. A current Keynsham A.A. licence is also required.
Century Island Pond • Silver Fish & Smaller Carp
The three-quarter acre Island Pond
was constructed in 2000
, with depths ranging around from 2ft at the wide end to 8ft at the dam end. The pond holds 13 anglers on sturdy purpose-built platforms, including two double-width disabled swims with level access.
The pond holds a good number of smaller Carp to mid-doubles, and is often used as a silver fish match venue. New stocks of Crucian Carp and Tench were added to the pond in 2004, while good numbers of Bream are also present following the stocking of batches in 2002, 2003 and 2008. A significant batch of 6-8 inch Carp was added in February 2008. The Island Pond also contains a good number of Roach and Perch, some of which top the 2lb mark.
The Island Pond has a relatively flat bottom with sloping banks leading to a meter-wide margin shelf at about 3ft deep. The island is also bordered by a shallow shelf, and is planted with Eucalyptus, Willow and a Cherry tree in memory of former Match Secretary Charlie Horswell. Aeration fountains were installed in 2006.
Century Old Pond • Larger Carp & Silver Fish
The Old Pond
was created in 1989
, and is a half-acre, spring-fed lake with depths ranging from 2ft at the narrow end down to 8ft at the dam, with deep holes to 10ft. The lake holds a total of 13 anglers on purpose-built platforms, three of which are double-width disabled swims.
The Old Pond is home to a large stock of Carp to 25lb-plus, Perch to nearly 3lb, Bream to 4lb-plus, Roach to well over 2lb. The pond also holds good numbers of Tench, Crucian Carp to 2lb-plus and one or two Chub, not forgetting a carpet of Gudgeon and the odd Eel or two.
The Old Pond is the venue for the All Night Carp Series, and holds a total of 13 anglers on purpose-built platforms, three of which are double-width disabled swims.
Venue Rules • Rules For Fishing Century Ponds
• Day tickets will not be sold on the bank
• Day tickets are not transferable
• Fish at designated platforms only
• No fishing the ponds when a shoot is in progress
• Two rods maximum per angler
• Do not leave your rods unattended
• No tin cans
• No bait boats
• All nuts are banned
• Cereal groundbait 1kg per day maximum
• No loose feeding boilies
• No braided mainline - hooklengths only
• Barbless hooks only
• Maximum hook size 10 barbless
• No fly fishing allowed
• All carp anglers must use unhooking mats
• Bailiffs reserve the right to check rigs at any time
• No fish to be transferred between ponds at any time
• No Carp to be kept in keep nets, Carp sacks or weigh slings
• Keep nets allowed for silver fish only
• No vehicles allowed on the bank
• Strictly no fires or barbecues
• No loud music
• Take your litter home with you
• No night fishing allowed
• Gates unlocked from 7am to 10pm from 1st Apr to 31st Oct
• Gates unlocked from 7am to 6pm from 1st Nov to 31st Mar
• A £30 gate unlocking fee will be charged
The lakes are on private property
and all persons on site must be Keynsham A.A. licence holders. Junior Members must be accompanied by an Adult Member when fishing at Century Ponds. A PIN code
is required to pass through the security gate at Century Ponds. The code is issued when purchasing day tickets.
It is the Member's responsibility to check that the water is not closed for matches or clay pigeon shooting. Anglers and their guests are reminded to leave the venue quietly and safely. The venue is situated on a working farm - please drive carefully on the farm tracks and in Stockwood Vale.
Any angler found breaking these rules will be asked to leave the venue immediately, and may face expulsion from the Association.
Shooting Dates • Century Ponds Closed Every Other Sunday Until 1pm
Keynsham Angling Association shares the Century Ponds site with Stockwood Vale Gun Club
, who use the venue for clay pigeon shooting every other Sunday morning until 1pm
. Members are not permitted to fish the ponds during these times.
Sunday Shoots 2019
October 13th, 27th, November 10th, 24th, December 8th, 22nd
Sunday Shoots 2020
January 5th, 19th, February 2nd, 16th, March 1st, 15th, 29th
April 12th, 26th, May 10th, 24th, June 7th, 21st
July 5th, 19th, August 2nd, 16th, 30th, September 13th, 27th
October 11th, 25th, November 8th, 22nd, December 6th, 20th
Anglers are requested to arrive at the venue no earlier than 1pm. Signs will be posted on the approach road to the ponds when a shoot is in progress.
Century Ponds • Wildlife & Surroundings
Century Ponds is set in the relaxing countryside of Stockwood Vale, which is a thriving natural habitat and is largely isolated from the bustle of the nearby town of Keynsham. The Vale is teeming with wildlife.
Newts, Frogs, Moorhens, Canada Geese and Ducks populate the waters, whilst the banks and surrounding countryside are home to a variety of flora and fauna, including Grass Snakes, Voles, Badgers, Foxes, Kingfishers, Squirrels, Cormorants, Dragon Flies, Herons, Deer and Buzzards.
The ponds are bordered by Hazel, Willow, Hornbeam, White Poplar, Red Maple, Horse Chestnut, Oak, Hawthorn, one or two Orchids and thriving natural hedgerows. The ponds are populated with Yellow Iris, Water Lily beds and marginal Reeds.
Record: 67lb 8oz (2008)
Austin Holness, Conningbrook Lake, Ashford, Kent.
Clay Shoot Dates
is closed to Members on alternate Sundays
until 1pm for clay shooting.
1st, 15th, 29th
2nd, 16th, 30th
♣ Full Details
The next Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 5th October 2020 at Keynsham Cricket Club, 7:30pm prompt. All Members are eligible to attend.
The fish in Century Ponds can be tempted all year round to a variety of baits and techniques.
Corn, meat, boilies, pellets, bread, maggots, worms and casters will all bring good results.
Try smaller baits in winter and feed lighter.
Several of the Association's waters are near overhead power lines carrying up to 132,000 volts. These lines are within reach of rods and poles. Members must maintain a safe fishing distance and must NOT carry assembled rods or poles under these power lines. Always look up.