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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, with some 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 half a 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 Angling Association licence is also required, along with a current EA rod licence.
Century Island Pond • Silver Fish & Crucian 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 healthy stock of Crucian Carp, Tench, Roach, Bream, Perch, Rudd, smaller Carp, along with Gudgeon and Eels. The Island Pond is often used as a silver fish match venue.
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 • 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, which was netted in 2022, is home to a large stock of Carp averaging 7lb-plus, with a few fish weighing in excess of 20lbs. The Old Pond also contains a small number of Roach, Perch and Eels.
The Old Pond 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
• No nuts
• No loose feeding boilies
• No floating baits
• Cereal groundbait 1kg per day max
• Carp pellets (not trout) 1kg per day max
• One large tin sweetcorn per day max
• One large tin meat per day max
• No limits on maggots, caster or worms
• No braid
• Barbless hooks only
• Max hook size (Island Pond) 14 barbless
• Max hook size (Old Pond) 10 barbless
• No fly fishing allowed
• Carp anglers must use unhooking mats
• All fish to be landed with nets
• No Carp to be kept in keep nets, sacks or slings
• Silver fish can be kept in nets for 5 hours max, weather permitting
• No fish to be transferred between ponds at any time
• Bailiffs reserve the right to check tickets, membership and tackle at all times
• No vehicles allowed on the bank
• Strictly no fires or BBQs
• No loud music
• No alcohol
• 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 2023
October 8th, 22nd, November 5th, 19th, December 3rd, 17th, 31st
Sunday Shoots 2024
January 14th, 28th, February 11th, 25th, March 10th, 24th
April 7th, 21st, May 5th, 19th, June 2nd, 16th, 30th
July 14th, 28th, August 11th, 25th, September 8th, 22nd
October 6th, 20th, November 3rd, 17th, December 1st, 15th, 29th
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 • Working Party Dates At Century Ponds
We have now announced a number of working party dates at Century Ponds and River Chew for 2023. Each day will start at 10am, and will be either on a Wednesday, Thursday or a weekend.
Work at the ponds will include ground clearance, hedge trimming, grass cutting, peg maintenance and other work needed throughout the year. It's likely to be a few hours each date and anyone attending will be given a free day ticket or can stay and fish for free on those dates.
There will also be some dates on the River Chew to do some clearance. Tea and coffee available, as will all the tools needed. All are welcome. Thanks.
Working party dates for 2023 are as follows:
Wednesday 22nd February, Wednesday 29th March, Thursday 27th April, Wednesday 24th May, Thursday 22nd June, Saturday 29th July, Wednesday 30th August, Thursday 28th September, Wednesday 25th October and Thursday 30th November.
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.
Clay Shoot Dates
is closed to Members on alternate Sundays
until 1pm for clay shooting.
3rd, 17th, 31st
2nd, 16th, 30th
1st, 15th, 29th
♣ Full Details
The next Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 7th October 2024 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.