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General Fishery Rules


  • Arrival time: not before 2pm.

  • Departure time: by 10am (lake to be vacated by 9am).

  • Keep fishery gates closed at all times.

  • Respect equipment provided.

  • No swimming.

  • The rowing boat is to be used for the purposes of placing rigs, retrieving snagged rigs and baiting only. Only to be used by swimmers. A life jacket must be worn.

  • No open fires.

  • No loud music or shouting.

  • No excessive drinking or rowdy behaviour.

  • No litter, please use dustbins provided.

  • If you smoke, please use ash trays provided.

  • Please recycle glass, cans and plastics using the containers provided.

  • Please do not remove overhanging branches from trees and do not cut back bank side vegetation.

  • Respect the wildlife.

  • Dogs are allowed by prior arrangement (the entire property is securely fenced).


Fishing Rules


  • Single barbless hooks only, up to size 4 maximum.

  • Maximum of three rods per angler.

  • Maximum of three anglers (four by prior arrangement with nine rod limit)

  • For parties of two or more anglers, an additional shared dedicated catfish rod is permitted (a catfish rod and reel is available for hire).

  • Anglers under the age of sixteen to be supervised at all times.

  • Rods are not to be unattended at any time.

  • Minimum of 15lb main line.

  • No braided main line.

  • No lead core.

  • No leaders of any kind.

  • A minimum of 60cm of rig tubing must be used.

  • No split shot behind rigs to pin down line, putty is permitted.

  • No fixed leads or leads over 3oz.

  • Only bait (excluding hook baits) supplied by Bears Lake are allowed.

  • No nuts of any kind to be used.

  • Bait boats are allowed.

  • Use landing net, unhooking mats and weigh slings provided (these must not be brought onto the fishery).

  • Wherever possible, fish over 30lbs are to be weighed, photographed etc. whilst still in the water. 

  • When weighing, make sure all fins are flat against body before lifting fish.

  • No watches to be worn when handling fish.

  • Use the carp care kits provided.

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