Bigland (Otter Tarn)

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Bigland (Otter Tarn)

This beautiful 11 acre fishery is set in the low fells to the south of Newby Bridge. Bigland is a fascinating water to fish with its many islands, spits and hidden corners not to mention a varied, and at times, prolific fly life. Bigland fishes well to all methods but, in particular, those anglers who prefer an imitative style of fishing will find this water well suited to their tastes – as will those who enjoy a stalking type approach to their sport. 

The early season buzzer hatches provide exciting surface sport during April, usually followed by good hatches of olives from early May. Later in the year trout rise freely to the big sedge hatches that occur on warm summer evenings (along with clouds of midges!). Terrestrials are always on the menu especially beetles, hawthorns, black gnat and heather fly-in season. Caenis, damsels and daddies add further variety. The largest food source at this lake is there a massive abundance of hog lice and shrimps which provide year-round food for the numerous rainbow and brown trout.  Fish can often be found cruising along the banks and it often pays to fish along the margins. The fishery is stocked regularly with rainbows averaging 2lbs along with a good mix of blues and larger fish in the 3-8lb range. As with most fisheries, the warmer summer months can be tough going at times but by early September the trout are normally hard on the feed once again. Given a mild winter, Bigland can provide surface sport through into December and generally fishes well even in the coldest weather. 

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

All members and day tickets please be aware that there is now a new fishing hut at Bigland, it is located near the farmer’s barn. Therefore, please park in the signed area by the barn and walk down to the lake via the gate; the hut will be on your left.  This is for the members and day ticket holders to use as they wish. 


Bigland is open all year to WADAA members and day ticket anglers. 

Please note that there is no longer an honesty box at Bigland. Tickets must now be purchased online or at one of the ticket outlets before the commencement of fishing. The club apologies for any inconvenience, however, this option has been abused by anglers recently so we have had no choice but to remove it.


Fishing is allowed from 8.00am until sunset. No access to the site is permitted before this time. No Night fishing 

Bigland 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: Bigland Rules

Float tube dates for 2022  

Please ensure that anyone float tubing shows consideration to other people fishing, especially on the bank.

May 7th and 21st

June 4th and 18th

July 2nd and 16th

August 13th and 27th

September 10th and 24th

October 8th and 22nd

Take a look

A video of Bigland by The Student Fisherman.(


To find Bigland take the A590 from the roundabout at Newby Bridge towards Ulverston. Turn left after a mile and keep following the road uphill for approximately 3/4 mile until you come to a T Junction turn left. After 1/2 mile turn left over the cattle grid – signposted ‘Otter Tarn’. Follow the tarmac track past the farmhouse to the fishery car park. 

Postcode: LA12 8PB 

Co ordinates: 54.2392837, -2.9822255 

Interactive map

Day Tickets

Day permits are £26.00 for a two fish limit (2020), catch and release is permitted and, as with all our other waters, barbless or de-barbed hooks are essential.

The nearest permit agents are Newby Bridge Motors, five miles away on the A590 at Newby Bridge (open 7.00am until 10.00pm daily) or Bowness Bay TIC near the steamer pier at Bowness.

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