Tiddenfoot Lake        Open all year

Tiddenfoot Video

Tiddenfoot is situated on the outskirts of Leighton Buzzard. The land is owned by South Bedfordshire District Council and forms part of the Tiddenfoot Park. The lake is a flooded sand/gravel quarry. It is well established with good weed growth and a very rich food supply. Depths are variable, with the shallow side of a few feet to 20 feet in the deeper areas. The lake is well stocked with many species of fish. Catfish to 99lb are present in the lake, anglers can expect multiple captures in a session. There are good quality carp in the lake, four now over forty pounds. The lake was stocked with fast growing Simmonds mirror carp, a few of these fish have now reached 30 pounds. Expect these fast growers to hit 40 within another couple of years. The lake record is now 44lb.

Tiddenfoot contains some superb tench,  it has produced double figure fish in the past few years. The lake is also known for large crucians to 4lb. Rudd to 3lb and bream to 17lb have also been reported. One mystery is the presence of big eels. Eels over 5lb have been caught but bigger fish have been seen and lost at the landing net.

If you want to night fish at Tiddenfoot a night pass (50) is required. This can be purchased at the same time as your club membership or at a later date. Parking is in a car park with a barrier, tall vehicles have to park on the road. Three rods are allowed. Special rules apply to those night fishing, read the rules on the back of the night pass. Anglers fishing for carp or catfish must use a minimum of 15lb line and safe rigs. There is no closed season on the lake. Baitboats may not be used. Please note : Junior anglers may only fish Tiddenfoot when supervised by an adult member.

A 42lb 8oz catfish caught on May 18th 2006 by Andrew Hodgkins. Andrew was fishing on the shallow side with halibut pellet.

A view from the shallows toward the deeper water.

A 42lb 8oz catfish

An angler playing a large catfish.

A cat nearly in the net. Anglers are advised to use a net with sufficient length from the spreader to the draw string. A big cat is a long fish. A forty can be four foot six inches long.

A catfish being played from the shallow side.

The fish finally arrives over the net.