High Newton

Fishery Rules

Fishery Rules

All persons fishing WADAA controlled fisheries must have in their possession a current membership card, guest permit or day permit, these must have been purchased prior to commencement of fishing. These must be produced on request to any member or authorised person. Any person unable to show proof of membership or entitlement to fish may be requested to leave the fishery and may be subject to further disciplinary or legal action. Membership permits and day permits are not transferable.

All persons fishing WADAA controlled fisheries must be in possession of the appropriate Environment Agency Rod licence and must ensure they are familiar with and comply with the current Fishery Bye Laws of that Agency.

The Directors shall have the right to close, without notice and for whatever reason, any of the Association’s waters.

No competitions shall be held on WADAA waters without the prior knowledge and consent of the Directors.

Fishing on all WADAA controlled waters is not permitted from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise (except by prior arrangement on Cleabarrow Tarn).  Fishing on Bigland Tarn cannot start before 8 am and must cease at Sunset.

The following are not permitted on WADAA waters:

  • Camping (except at Cleabarrow by prior arrangement)
  • Fires or barbecues
  • Radios
  • The bringing to and consumption of Alcohol
  • Musical instruments
  • Unauthorised guns or any other implement for the taking of, or injury to, wildlife
  • Any disturbance to stock, wildlife or nesting birds or damage to walls, fences, trees or standing crops
  • Dogs are not permitted to accompany members or day permit holders on any, or any part, of the Association fisheries.
  • No boat fishing other than on Grasmere.

Wading is not permitted. Access to the water is up to ankle height in wellington boots only, for the purpose of unhooking fish.

Wading, no restriction on Grasmere and Rydal Waters only.

Fishing using barbless or de-barbed hooks only.

The Association is wanting to offer good quality fishing in the wonderful surroundings of the Lake District, and as such expect high standards of behaviour.  This includes no loud or unruly behaviour, shouting or swearing.

Members’ vehicles must not be parked so as to obstruct any access or other vehicle. Members park their vehicles at Association waters at their own risk. Neither the Association nor Water Authority accepts responsibility for vehicles and/or their contents.

All litter must be taken home. Any member found leaving litter on any WADAA water may be subject to an immediate suspension of membership.

All members and non-fishing guests accompanying members shall keep to the banks and permitted footpaths when on WADAA waters. Non fishing guests of members are bound by these rules and it is understood that members accept responsibility for their guests.

All members are welcome to use the platforms designed for disabled anglers but must immediately vacate those pegs should they be required by a disabled angler to fish.

Members must not employ social media sites to criticise, defame, abuse, or misrepresent WADAA, its policies, directors, employees or fellow members or employ social media in such a way that may bring WADAA into disrepute. Members must not post information that may be considered in any way privileged or confidential or which is not already in the public domain. Members may not incorporate the name WADAA on any unauthorised site.

Any member found to be using or under the influence of controlled drugs or adversely under the influence of alcohol while on WADAA fisheries will be subject to the company’s disciplinary policy.

If any member shall fail to comply with these rules or Environment Agency Fishery Bye-laws or by their direct action cause the loss of any WADAA fishery or facility or fail to give consideration to other anglers on WADAA waters that member may be suspended or expelled by the Executive Committee. Upon an offence being reported to the Directors the member concerned shall be suspended from the Association whilst the Directors investigate the allegation. The result of any investigation will be provided by the Directors together with their ruling within fourteen days. Should a member be suspended or expelled no refund of subscription fees will be given.

Guest tickets are available to members (not juniors) to enable a guest to fish with them on Ratherheath and Cleabarrow. The member is responsible for the conduct and safety of the guest. All club rules apply to guests. Guest Tickets are available via our website.

Any Fishery Rule may be added, removed or amended at any time subject to ratification at the following Annual General Meeting.