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 substantial 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. At times catches of up to ten fish in a session are not uncommon. At other times location is the key to success and weather conditions play a large part in where the bulk of the fish will be found.
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.
Ratherheath will re-open for day tickets from Friday 19th April 2019, these will be available on the day tickets page or from any of our outlets. Please note the price of these tickets is subject to change.
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.
The 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