The Lighthouse Lake

The Lighthouse Lake

Bull’s Quarries Rd, Tytherington, Frome BA11 5BW.

Open 7 days a week from 6am to 8 pm.

General description

The Lighthouse lake is a peaceful still water on the outskirts of Frome Town. It was constructed around 35 years ago and was first stocked with mixed coarse fish from Longleat Lakes. Later, a small number of carp were introduced from Berkley Lake and it is now a thriving mixed coarse fishery suitable for all types of fishermen.

The lake is situated on an old estate which has now been turned into a B&B and a healing centre. As such, onsite there’s a host of features including a large car park, café, toilets and a play area for children. Anglers visiting the lake are welcome to use all these facilities.

The lake is just over 2 acres and currently supports 12 well-spaced swims. There are 3 islands, plenty of marginal habitat and lilly pads in various locations around the lake. The top end is around 3-4 feet deep and is popular during the summer months when fish are basking in the shallower water. The bottom end is between 5-6 feet deep with a gentle sloping shelf which the fish tend to feed on.

The fishery is managed as a traditional mixed coarse water with silver fish dominating the stocks but a few surprise carp are always ready to take you unawares. Most anglers tend to fish simple float tactics either on rod & line or the pole. If you fish small baits like maggots, you will catch a fish a chuck and bites will come quicker than the time it takes for your float to settle. If you want to target the bigger fish, then sweetcorn or pellet can be used to deter the small fish and give the bigger ones a chance to take the bait. Anglers fishing these tactics will normally finish up with a wonderful bag of roach, rudd, tench, perch and a few carp. If you are lucky you might catch one of the more elusive crucian carp which were stocked by the Environment Agency in 2017.

However, don’t be fooled as the carp go into the mid-20s and they are some of the most beautiful fish to be found locally. The carp in the Lighthouse Lake are generally long and lean, making them hard fighting and good fun to catch on lighter gear. Most of the fish are scale and fin perfect, with very little sign of damage from poor angling practice. Let’s keep it that way!

Carp anglers regularly visit the lake for a chance to catch these beautiful fish even if they don’t break the 30lb mark. Fishing the bottom over a bed of feed works well but the most fun comes in the summer months when the carp can be targeted using surface baits. The Lighthouse Lake is a great place for some evening stalking sessions to take carp off the surface using bread or dog biscuits, you won’t be disappointed!

If you are looking for somewhere safe and suitable to teach a young person to fish, then the Lighthouse Lake is the perfect place to go. You can catch small roach, rudd and perch all day long using a simple float setup on a whip. All you need is half a pint of maggots and your float won’t sit still the whole day. All the pegs have platforms to provide a safe and level surface to fish from. Furthermore, visit the café if you run out of food and drink, if the fishing doesn’t tire them out you could always take them to the play area and let them burn off any leftover energy!

Known Species

  • Bream
  • Common Carp
  • Crucian Carp
  • Mirror Carp
  • Perch
  • Roach
  • Rudd
  • Tench

Swims / Pegs

12 x Swims

4 x Accessible Swims

Lighthouse Rules

Looking after the Lake.

Please leave the lake as you’d like to find it, tidy up your litter.

No open fires or BBQs around the lake

Only use the designated fishing stations, maximum of 12 anglers

Toilets are available at the café, please use them

We do allow dogs, please keep them on a lead and clean up after them.

Looking after the fish

All nets including weighing slings must be dipped in disinfectant prior to fishing

Two keep nets are required, one for carp and the other for other species

No carp over 5lb in keep nets

No rods to be left unattended

Barbless hooks only

No nuts, beans or peas as bait, boilies as hook baits only.

Don’t hold fish with a cloth, don’t stand whilst holding fish, use an unhooking mat

Catch and release only.

Looking after yourself

No drugs or alcohol on site.

Anglers under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Opening hours

6am to 8pm.