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The fishing on this spring-fed tarn is excellent, with stocks of carp to over 20 lbs and tench to around 8 lbs. There is also a much smaller number of large, old bream, again running up to about 8 lbs. Large numbers of roach, rudd, crucian carp, and perch are now present too.

We have introduced Electronic Catch returns on all our waters, for further information please use the following link: Catch Return Instruction

A few years ago the fish stock in Cleabarrow was badly predated by otters with the loss of many large carp. Since then WADAA has carried out a major restoration project on the fishery.  Please ensure that all gates used are continuously closed and padlocked at all times during your visit.An otter-proof fence has been erected, the weed has been brought under control, the overgrown islands cleared and numerous snags removed. Further work to replace the existing pegs and walkways is now complete and this little gem of a fishery is once again back to its best.

Cleabarrow has also been generously restocked. Most of the carp are currently in the low teens but with odd larger specimens. The tench were less affected and the fishery can boast a number of fish to 8lbs with plenty around the 5 – 6lb mark. A small number of good bream up to 8lbs are also present along with a population of golden rudd. Cleabarrow is a managed mixed coarse fishery; species include: Carp 20lbs+, Tehc 8lbs+, Bream 6lbs+. Roach, rudd, perch, eels and crucian carp.

All the usual baits are effective including boilies, pellets, meat, sweetcorn, and bread. Fish patrol the islands and shoreline and bait placed close to overhanging vegetation often produces a run. The carp are easily spotted in warmer weather and can be stalked in the margins with surface baits.

Cleabarrow has nine substantial pegs and five prepared bivvy sites for overnight fishing.

The fishing at Cleabarrow is now reserved for WADAA members. Night fishing is available at the Tarn, this is booked through the member’s own “My WADAA” account.

Fishery Rules

Permit holders agree to read and comply with the fishery rules as printed below and/or displayed on the fishery notice boards and to comply with the Environment Agency Fishery Bylaws. Failure to do so renders the permit invalid. You must carry this permit with you while fishing.

For full rules please follow this link: Cleabarrow Fishery Rules Updated March 24

Drawing (Map) showing pegs at Cleabarrow: Drawing by Chris Westworth



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Cleabarrow Tarn is situated opposite Windermere Golf Club (about 2 miles from Bowness) on the B5284 Bowness to Kendal road.

Postcode: LA23 3ND

Co ordinates: 54.3578084, -2.8897195

Park on the pin at the side of the road. Then follow the side road and go through the gate on the right into the field. Follow the path down to the lake and enter through the gate. Please ensure the gate is closed to keep the otter out!

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