Formerly a working gravel pit, the Day Ticket Lake was first stocked with bream, roach, tench, pike and English strain carp by Dereham Angling Club in the 1970's.
In 1990 Norfolk Koi Import Ltd owned by Joseph Van Haam took on the lease of the fishery and Catch 22 was born.
In the 1990's the Day Ticket Lake was made bigger, landscaping work carried out, plus tree planting and swim construction. Hard work was endured by various people to create one of the best fisheries in the UK.
The Day Ticket Lake is now approx. 21 acres and has 31 bankside swims. These are nicely spaced apart giving anglers room to comfortably fish. Nine of the bankside swims are 'doubles' which have room for two people on them. Pegs 3, 4, 5, 7, 15, 20, 23, 28 and 31 are double swims.
Peg 1A is situated in the far top left hand corner, beyond Peg 1 on the bankside. It's a single person swim and gives anglers their own private area to fish.
The exclusive Island Swim is available for 2 people to fish. This double peg is situated approx. in the middle of the lake and gives anglers the chance to fish areas that can't be reached from the bankside.
Reachable by boat.
It has a platform at the front of the swim and an area behind this to bivvy up on. There's room for two 1 man bivvies.
The Nature Reserve swim is located along the northern bank and gives anglers a secluded area to fish from the bankside.
It has room for two anglers.
There's a platform to fish from with an area behind to bivvy up on. There's room for two 1 man bivvies.
In 1992 and 1994 under MAFF license stunning carp known for their strong fighting ability were imported from the Netherlands. The carp are a Germanic and Royal Italian strain, based on classic river carp hence their length and capacity for growth. They also possess a strong fighting ability.
Going on catch reports, there are three known forties, seventy thirty pound plus and hundreds of 10 to 30lb. There are also smaller carp that have spawned on, although these are not usually caught until they get above 10lb.
The pike were stocked in the days of Dereham Angling Club in the 1970's.
We aren't sure on numbers, however we know of ones that have been caught to 30lb. We allow pike fishing from 1st November to 1st March.
Also stocked in the days of Dereham Angling Club, the bream go to a specimen size of double figures.
There's a good head of silver fish with the majority being between 0.5 to 1.5lb. There's a few specimen sized ones that go over 2lb.
Often favouring sweetcorn or small white boilies, the tench are usually caught in the Spring and Summer months. They average 5-6lb with the bigger ones going to 14lb.