Fishery Rules

It is the responsibility of all anglers to be aware of the fishery rules prior to fishing. Always check with the bailiff or member of staff if there are any doubts. These rules exist primarily to protect our fish stocks and to ensure the enjoyment of the fishery for all anglers. There are additional rules for night fishing below.

  • Barbless hooks only, maximum hook size 10
  • No keep nets except during matches
  • Banned baits:  Groundbait,  artificial bait,  Surface bait,  Pet food, Trout pellets, Boilies, bloodworm, joker, Peanuts and Tigernuts
  • Only coarse pellets purchased from Hampton Springs may be used
  • Chopped worm -one kilo limit
  • No braided line including hook link
  • Fishing only allowed off stands provided
  • Rods and equipment must not be left unattended
  • No radios to be played when fishing
  • No dogs allowed around the fishery at anytime
  • No children under 14 to be left unsupervised
  • All landing nets to be dipped in the disinfectant tanks prior to use (and keep nets if in fishing match)
  • No swimming
  • Litter must be placed in the bins provided


Minimum tackle requirements – 42 inch landing net – suitable unhooking mat

  1. A valid environment agency rod licence is required to fish our lakes.
  2. Over 18’s only.
  3. Two rods maximum.
  4. No overnight guests or spectators allowed.
  5. The gates to the fishery will be locked overnight. Anglers may only leave if there is an emergency situation.
  6. Each Angler must be in possession of a workable head torch.
  7. No tents or windbreaks. Only fishing Bivvies and umbrellas are permitted.
  8. Parking in designated areas only.
  9. Dip tanks are provided and must be used for nets, slings and unhooking mats.
  10. All fish are to be treated with respect and returned to the waters as soon as possible.
  11. Barbless hooks only (max size 8), no crimped hooks, no wire traces, no treble hooks, no spinning.
  12. No nuts, groundbait or surface baits. Only our pellets and boilies can be used.
  13. No wading, swimming or dogs allowed.
  14. No open fires, BBQ’s, loud radios or TV’s. Gas stoves are permitted.
  15. Toilets are available 24hrs and MUST be used.
  16. Alcohol is to be used sensibly and in moderation. Drunkenness or bad behaviour will not be tolerated. No drugs.
  17. We will not accept responsibility for injury, loss, damage or theft to persons, property or vehicles.
  18. If you do not comply with the fishery rules you will be asked to leave.