High Newton

High Newton

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High Newton

High Newton is probably the best ’top of the water’ rainbow trout fishery in Cumbria and can provide exhilarating sport to the dry fly at any time of the year.

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

This 11-acre reservoir occupies an elevated position with a fantastic outlook over the Coniston Fells, the Cartmel Valley, and out to Morecambe Bay. This does mean early season can be a little exposed and windy but, as soon as the weather warms, that same wind brings hordes of terrestrial fly onto the water, and fish can rise continuously throughout the day. Even during the warmest of the summer months when sport slows on more sheltered waters, the trout can still be pulled to the surface. Free rising trout, crystal clear water, easy access, and plenty of bank space make High Newton the first choice for anglers who prefer to fish imitative patterns and target cruising fish. Buzzers are favored at the start of the season, but be ready for Black Gnats and Beetles anytime from mid-April. From then on, right through to November, terrestrials are at the top of the menu. Hawthorns, Beetles including the Brackenclock, and big falls of Ants follow in succession with the first of the Craneflies appearing in numbers in late summer and into autumn. For experts, the Caenis hatch in June is a real test. During July and August early -morning and late evening buzzer hatches can have the water churning. On breezy days try a team of small spiders drifting across the wind – but be ready for savage takes! Later in the year September and October can give some brilliant sport with the bigger fish feeding hard before winter. The Association stocks regularly with top quality rainbow trout averaging 2 lbs with good numbers of fish in the 4lb -8lb bracket.


High Newton is open all year* and is for WADAA members only. There are no Day Tickets available on High Newton.

*As a result of the increasing impacts that climate change is having on summer trout fishing, WADAA has developed a detailed set of actions, triggered when conditions become critical for fish health. These may result in the temporary and short term closure of venues. Closures will be indicated using the traffic light system on the homepage of the club website and in your MyWADAA account. Further details can be obtained from the club on request.


Fishing is allowed from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.

There is a wheelchair, easy access platform, and wheelchair access for visitors on this fishery if arranged in advance through the contact number.

High Newton 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.

To see the full rules please follow this link: High Newton Fishery Rules Updated May 23


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To find the fishery from the A590 travelling west look out for signs to High Newton and follow these to the village. Take the first turn right after passing through High Newton village and follow the road steeply uphill for half a mile. The fishery is on the left.

Postcode: LA11 6JE

Co ordinates: 54.2464966, -2.9231150

Interactive map


Parking in roadside bays, alongside the reservoir.