All anglers should be aware that Ratherheath as undergone major work and investment in 2019. The lake is now fully otter protected and has seen significant improvements to its access. There are now 6 disabled access pegs, with a level access path from the private car park. There have also been upgrades to the existing pegs, along with extensive weed management projects. You would be nieve to not give this fishery a visit now!

Ratherheath Tarn has been WADAA’s most popular coarse water and holds good stocks of carp, roach, bream, tench and perch. The roach and bream fishing can be superb with plenty of skimmers and larger bream in the 5lb – 7lb range. The roach average around 8oz although better fish are present. Tench are generally on the smaller side, but fish around the 4lbs mark are beginning to turn up in increasing numbers.

Many anglers fish exclusively for Ratherheath’s head of carp. These fish currently top out around the twenty pound mark but there are large numbers in the low to mid teens. During the warmer months Ratherheath carp are invariably on the surface and stalking with floating baits is a favourite and often very successful tactic.

The tarn enjoys a private and secluded woodland setting just a couple of miles from Kendal, and offers 30 well spaced pegs. The fishing is at its best from March through to October – hard going through the colder months. There is good access for wheelchair anglers.

As of 2019 night fishing is now available at this fishery. This is for members only and is from the car park bank only. This must be booked 72 hours in advance with the Association Officer.

Due to popular demand day tickets are now available on Ratherheath, the can be purchased on the day tickets page or via any of our ticket outlets (please see the day tickets page)


Fishery Rules

  • No access whatsoever is permitted on days or evenings when shooting is taking place (see below).
  • Maximum 2 rods per angler.
  • Night fishing is permitted on the bank adjacent to the car park for members only (must be booked in advance).
  • Anglers wishing to fish overnight must book in advance with the Secretary/Administrator 72 hours prior to the visit. A maximum of three anglers per night will be allowed (excepting accompanied juniors). Consecutive nights are not permitted.

Fishery Closed dates: No fishing is allowed on any of the dates below

September 2019: 6,14,20,28

October 2019: 4,12,19,26,30

November 2019: 9,13,20,23,30

December 2019: 4,7,14,18,28

January 2020:4,8,11,18,22,29,30

February 2020:1


Ratherheath update

As many of you will be aware lots of work has been done at Ratherheath this year. The largest task was to clear the weed. The video below shows the investment the club has made to the lake and explains what has been done so far.



Night fishing at Ratherheath is currently restricted to WADAA members only. For details of membership please refer to the membership page.

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From the roundabout at the northern end of the A591 (Kendal bypass) continue north towards Windermere. After just under half a mile you reach the next section of dual carriageway. From here take the first turn left into Ratherheath Lane and follow this down to the fishery. Sorry – day permits are no longer available for this fishery but WADAA memberships are readily available.

Postcode: LA8 9JR

Co ordinates: 54.3552484, -2.793104

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