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Grasmere is situated on the eastern side of the A591 Ambleside to Keswick road just before Grasmere village. This small lake is one of the region’s best natural coarse fisheries holding prolific shoals of roach, quality perch, and big pike. Genuine thirty pounds plus pike have been caught in the past and twenty-pound fish are caught every year, along with good numbers of doubles. Grasmere is a large un-stocked natural water; species include: Pike 20lbs+, Perch 4lbs+. Roach, eels and trout. The occasional salmon and sea trout pass through at certain times of the year. We have introduced Electronic Catch returns on all our waters, for further information please use the following link: Catch Return Instruction

Grasmere is surprisingly underfished for other species. The roach have a high average size and 2lb fish are not uncommon. Similarly, 3lb perch are by no means unusual.

Access is good along the roadside bank, and on the far shore from the outflow to the end of the footpath. The shoreline from here right around the top of the lake and back to the Daffodil  Hotel is private.

The biggest problem with Grasmere is the lack of free parking, although this tends to protect the fishery from overuse. There are two lay-bys on the main road taking three vehicles each. Once those are full you will have to find either, parking in Grasmere Village or the car park at White Moss, near Rydal Water – both options will cost you and with a long walk with piking gear.

Open Hours

The fishery is open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

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: Grasmere Fishery Rules Updated March 24

Please see the depth chart for Grasmere:



Day Tickets

Day tickets are available for £12 a day. This is for the use of 3 rods only and are available to fish in the highlighted areas above.

The nearest ticket agent is Barney’s News Box which is one mile from the lake (Open from 10 am to 5 pm daily). Please see the day tickets page for more information.

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