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Here we have comprised a brief guide to the eighteen swims on the Mainlake.

01. Lodge Swim
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One of the more popular swims in late spring & summer, The lodge has a reputation for big hits of fish and breaking anglers P.B.s. On the left towards Mothers End is shallow around 4-8ft with the out of bounds bank giving you a large area of unpressured water. Carp can often be seen cruising here throughout the summer months. To the right of the swim it gradually shelves off to 8-10ft giving you a good range of depths for winter & summer months. One of the most comfortable swims around, it is wood chipped, has its own seating area, is close to the anglers lodge and has parking behind.  

02. Howler's Bay
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An easy access swim, with parking next to it, Howlers is popular for those doing a quick over nighter. This swim has an abundance of features to go at. To your left you will find a small island, over hanging trees and a large expanse of lilies. With these features and quite deep margins its always worth a bait here, especially on a warm summers evening. At a distance of 60-70 yds, is the original brook with the odd scattering of oak tree stumps along its former banks. The brook was around 14ft wide and 7ft deep but is now silted up, creating a larder of natural food for the carp, including bloodworm rich beds. The average depth of the swim is 10ft sloping up to about 5ft in the margins.

03. Chocolate Finger
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As the name suggests this swim protrudes out some distance into the lake away from the heavily reeded margins. This not only gives the angler a good vantage point of the lake it also allows you to land fish safely. A prolific & productive swim, as with its neighbouring swim Howlers Bay, the main feature is the original brook. To the right it shelves from 10ft to 12ft with the brook coming in closer at a distance of around 50-60 yds. A good swim to intercept fish patrolling from the shallow lodge end, to the central deep area off the dam.

04. LH Point
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Left Hand Point is both a highly productive and hugely comfortable swim. The surrounding trees and shrubs create shade in the summer and shelter in the winter. Carpeted with bark chippings, you can bivvy up here in confidence that you and your fishing gear will stay clean and mud free here. This is the ideal swim to have a social with a fellow angler bivvied in right hand point. A step to get nearer the water level has also been constructed to aid anglers in landing and returning fish. Depths are 10ft 70yds out with the bottom being mainly firm clay with spots of softer silt here and there. One of the most popular swims in the winter months, a quick flick through the catch reports show just how much form this swim has.

05. RH Point
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Like left hand point this swim is enclosed by trees, lined with wood chippings and even has its own bench and seats. As with left hand point this swim commands a big area of water and allows the angler fishing here to watch virtually the whole lake for signs of carp. To the right of the point is slightly deeper water with some firm gravel areas and a drop off around 25-30 yds. The same as Left Hand Point, this is a popular and productive winter swim, with the added benefit of parking only yards away.

06 Graveyard
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Located next to the car park looking out along the dam wall, you have two options where to fish this swim from. With a large drop off coming from the point to the jetty to your right the depths go from 5ft dropping off to 8ft then gradually reaching 13ft. A quick feel around with a lead will reveal the shallower areas are firm clay and gravel patches with the bottom becoming softer towards the deeper water. With its diverse range of depths, the Graveyard is a good choice all year round. During the spring and summer months carp can often be seen cruising around this swim absorbing the suns rays.

07. Hyde Bay
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Hyde Bay is one of those swims that just scream’s out carp, especially in the summer with a warm wind blowing into it. Crammed with carp attracting features, the margins are densely reed lined, shaded by overhanging trees and have several weed patches with depths around 4-5ft. Further out the depth reaches 10ft, where several gravel and silt patches can be found amongst the predominantly clay bottom. A comfortable, clean swim to fish, it protrudes out past the nearside cover making the landing and observing of fish easier. Only yards away from the car park and toilet/shower facilities ,this swim is a popular choice for day or quick over night sessions.

08. The Steps
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The steps swim is a cosy and comfortable place to bivvy up in. Often overlooked by those favouring swims further along the dam wall, it can produce all year round here. Like Hyde Bay, marginal features are a plenty with plenty of bankside cover. Located on the east side of the dam, carp are often found here on a big south westerly wind. Depths range from 5ft in the margins and the bay to your left, to 12ft further out and next to the main outlet. A clean and comfortable swim to fish, with a good view across the lake, this is definitely not a swim to be ignored.

09. Thatchers Point
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A nice secluded spot nestled amongst the reeds, this swim produces summer and winter. Situated in front of the hatchery road and just a small stroll from the car park, it is easily accessible all times of the year come rain or shine. To the left is a heavilly reed lined bank with the lake overflow and now redundant jetty. This area often holds carp especially with a warm wind blowing. The average depth to be found here is around 12ft. 

 

10. Lion Swim
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A favourite with some of the regulars at Fryerning, the Lion Swim is a consistent performer, regularly throwing up fish. Snuggled in amongst the dense bankside foliage, yet with plenty of room for a bivvy, once set up in here you are in your own little haven. The perfect spot to watch for carp signs, a huge area of the lake can be seen from here, with some amazing views up towards Mothers End. Depths run to 12 to 13ft with the bottom consisting of silt with odd firmer patches of clay. A look through the catch reports show that this swim is good all year round, with many fish succumbing to zigs, especially during the early part of the year.

 

11. Dam Wall Center
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Located as the name suggests in the centre of the dam wall, this is one of the most famous swims on the lake having a great heritage. Many P.B.s have been broken here, with some truly amazing catches over the years. A  hugely comfortable double swim that offers a superb view of the lake, with a large granite boulder. Commanding a massive amount of water, depths of 12 – 14ft can be found along with 18ft to your far right at 60-70yds. Most of the bottom consists of soft clean silt, with the odd hard patches amongst it, an area that the carp are never far from.

12. Warblers
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Warblers is a lovely spot to fish from, nice and secluded, it is set amongst vast banks of reeds, wild plants and a willow to your left. With a stunning view you could never tire of, it’s a pleasure to watch the water from here. The swim has plenty of angling options, to your left is the deep central part of the lake, littered with bloodworm rich silt beds and depths to 13ft. To your right, towards the Island, the water becomes shallower at 8 to 10ft, with the bottom much firmer. The left hand margin can be productive here, especially in the summer months when the nearside cover is at its most.

13. Millstone
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Named after the millstone on its bank, this swim features regularly in the catch reports fulfilling many anglers dreams. This Is the very spot where Adam Penning broke his UK P.B. with a fish of 47lb 4oz, on his second visit. The first swim on the dam wall that gives access to the island, a major feature of the lake and obvious carp haven. The right hand side of the island margins have depths of 4 to 5 ft, sloping down to about 8ft. The front edge of the island is shallower at 2 to 3ft, dropping slightly as you go to the right into the bay with bottom being mainly hard clay and gravel. The bay to the right averages 4ft and is a great place to intercept fish especially during the warmer months. Not only a summer swim, fish often turn up here in the coldest of weather.  

14. Island Bay
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A beautiful idyllic location being secluded and out of the way, you really are in your own paradise when angling here. A carp’y looking swim, which is rammed with features, including reeds, weed beds and the island itself you cant walk past without having a quick look in here! Given the right conditions, this can be an excellent place to fish, with carp frequenting this area a lot in spring and the summer. Shallow and weedy at times, with depths of only 2-4ft, this can be a challenging swim, where stealth is of paramount importance. The opportunist anglers swim, it's the perfect place to do a bit of stalking or surface fishing. During times of spawning this swim can be closed to angling, with the interests of the carp in mind.

15. Willows Cast
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Like its neighbouring swim Island Bay, Willows Cast can be carp soup at times. Situated behind the island, there is a deeper channel running through centre of the swim, a natural patrol route for the fish. Predominantly shallow with some weed in the height of summer, depths range from 2-4ft with the bottom being mainly clay. The margins are clear water meaning the swim requires a stealth approach.

16. Royal Box
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A popular location on the lake, home to many of the Fryerning A-Team. An extremely comfortable swim, which is fully wood chipped with a table and bench situated behind it. Easily accommodating two anglers, with stacks of water and features to go at, this is a perfect social swim. To the left is the tip of the island and the mouth of the island channel. Depths around the island are 5-8ft getting deeper as you go right towards the centre of the lake, here you will find depths of 10 -12ft at 60yds, a prime spot for multiple catches in the winter.

17. Log Swim
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Located opposite the anglers lodge, the Log Swim is often neglected due to the walk involved and the popularity of The Royal Box to its left. Hidden away amongst trees, bushes and pampas grasses, those who angle here regularly reap the rewards.

Commanding a large part of the shallower water with depths averaging 6-8ft, Carp regularly parole through here, traveling from the deeper end of the lake up towards the shallows and vice-versa. Features include a small raised gravel area at 30yards to the right and margins brimming with cover including reeds, overhanging trees and bushes. 

18. Last Swim
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As the name suggests this is the last swim along this bank and the longest walk on the lake. Like the log swim this tends to get little pressure from anglers resulting in the carp being a bit less cautious here. Often fish can be seen cruising here carefree especially in the summer months. Similar to the lodge swim opposite this has a big area of water towards Mothers End that can be highly productive and only fished from this swim. There is no need to fish to far here as the marginal cover does to hold fish.