The fishing on this spring-fed tarn is excellent, with stocks of carp to over 20lbs and tench to around 8lbs. There is also a much smaller number of large, old bream, again running up to about 8lbs.

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. 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 it’s 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.

All the usual baits are effective including boilies, pellet, meat, sweetcorn and bread. Fish patrol the islands and shoreline and a 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 four prepared bivvy sites for overnight fishing. This must be booked in advanced with the administration officer.

The fishing at Cleabarrow is now reserved for WADAA members but memberships are readily available. For more information please refer to the membership page or call the contact number.




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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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