SET WITHIN the grounds of the National Trust’s Osterley Park, near Hounslow. The beautiful tree-lined estate Middle lake is a lovely place to fish where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital’s hectic life.
A shallow estate lake, the Middle lake is the only pool within the grounds open to accessible season ticket angling, and what superb views you have.
There’s mixed sport to be had with a good head of bream, pike, roach, rudd and tench. Carp to 34lb are also present, but do prove elusive, while double figure pike can be targeted in the winter months.
Most anglers target the bream on the lake with groundbait feeder tactics, while bags of roach and rudd fall to fl oatfi shed maggot over loosefeed with a bit of hemp, spreading out the shot on your line so you catch on the drop.
For the pike, legered seabaits such as mackerel, sprat and herrings will encourage takes in winter. Try popping up the bait with polyballs to raise the bait off the silty bottom.
Access to the House and Park is via Thornbury Road on the north side of the A4 Great West Road.
Follow the brown tourist signs on A4 between Gillette Corner and Osterley Underground Station. From the M4 leave Junction 13 then follow the A312/A4 towards Central London.
Day tickets: Season tickets are £25 per year.
Contact: The Estate Office, tel: 0208 2325064.
Nearby tackle shop: Hounslow Angling Centre, 265/7 Bath Road, Hounslow, tel: 0208 5706156.
Bans: No keepnets. Please check at the Estate office for a full set of the fishery rules.
Facilities: Car parking.
Main species: Carp, bream, roach, rudd and pike.
Best baits: Bread, corn, meat, sweetcorn and maggots.