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Our two newest lakes, Chestnut and Hawthorn, were excavated in 1999 and opened for fishing in 2000. Together with Ash Lake, they form our dedicated 80 peg Match Fishery. All three lakes are stocked in a similar manner, so that if used together, they should compare favourably. Stocked predominantly with carp, the Commons and Mirrors range in size from a few ounces up to 16lb, and the Ghosties range from 1lb up to 12lb. The bulk of the fish average between 3lb and 8lb. These are the fish that win you the Match. Also stocked are Tench, Skimmer Bream, Chub, Perch, Rudd, Roach, Golden Orfe, Gudgeon and Crucians, which are all worth fishing for if the carp are reluctant to feed. Match weights to 60lb are common through the summer, with occasional weights over 100lb. No Day-Ticket anglers are allowed on these lakes.

Ash Lake
is the original match lake, opened in 1994, and has 25 pegs. Figure-of-eight shaped with 2 islands, every peg can fish across to the islands at 12-14 metres.The average depth of the lake is 4ft. Best match weight 139lb 8oz. Occasional multiple ton-plus match weights from this lake.

Ash Lake 

Chestnut Lake 

Chestnut Lake is long and oval, with a central line of four islands. There are 25 pegs and all can fish over to the islands at 12-14 metres. Depth 3ft at one end and 5ft at the other. There are a lot more small fish in here than in the other two match lakes, particularly Tench and Crucians. A 3hr evening match was won with 95lb 12oz from peg 12 on this lake. Best match weight 168lb 10oz from peg 14.


Hawthorn Lake is unusually shaped. With seven long thin islands with lots of gaps and two peninsulars, it twists and turns. There are 30 pegs around the lake and all can fish over to the islands at 11-13 metres. The average depth is 3-4ft. The big Ghosties in this lake are well known for charging off through the gaps and round the islands. You have been warned! Also there are lots of Tench and Skimmers in this lake. Best weight 164lb 4oz from peg 11.

Hawthorn Lake 


Ash Lake Chestnut Lake Hawthorn Lake Ash Lake



OUR GTI Foston Open Matches are held every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year. Draw at 8.30am in the Match Car Park and fish 10am to 4pm. Entry Fees are £13 including pools, with the top three places and section winners usually paid, plus a £300 "Golden Peg" prize (subject to minimum entry numbers). To book in, phone Graham on 01623 657394 or be in the car park before 8.20am.

Also Monday Evening Open Matches are held throughout the summer, (May to end of August), draw 5.30pm, fish 6.00pm to 9.00pm, and Monday afternoons on Bank Holidays, draw 12.30pm, fish 1.30pm to 7.30pm.

Our Open Match Results are usually published each week in the Angling Times Match News Midlands section and Anglers Mail Matchmail East Midlands section.

All 3 match lakes are available for Club Match Bookings on weekdays (£5 per peg) and at weekends (£6 per peg). To check availability phone 01400 282190.

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Match Rules:

  • Barbless hooks only (no microbarbs)
  • Maximum 6hr match duration
  • No Groundbait, Hemp or seed baits
  • No Cat or Dog meat
  • No bloodworm or joker
  • Leave no litter; use the bins provided
  • Matches to be fished to NFA Rules
  • Please observe the rules on the Notice Board concerning fish care when weighing in