General Fishery Rules


1. All persons fishing WADAA controlled fisheries must have in their possession a current membership card or day permit. These must be produced on request to any member or authorised person. Any person unable to show proof of membership or entitlement to fish may be requested to leave the fishery and may be subject to further disciplinary or legal action. Membership cards and day permits, other than Hotel memberships are not transferable

2. All persons fishing WADAA controlled fisheries must be in possession of the appropriate Environment Agency Rod licence and must ensure they are familiar with and comply with the current Fishery Bye Laws of that Agency.

3. The Executive Committee shall have the right to close, without notice and for whatever reason, any of the Association’s waters.

4. No competitions shall be held on Association waters without the prior knowledge and consent of the Executive Committee.

5. Fishing on all WADAA controlled waters is not permitted from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise (except by prior arrangement on Cleabarrow Tarn)

6. The following are not permitted on Association waters:

Camping, fires or barbecues, radios, musical instruments, unauthorised guns or any other implement for the taking of, or injury to, wildlife; Any disturbance to stock, wildlife or nesting birds or damage to walls, fences, trees or standing crops; Wading, other than on Grasmere and Rydal Water. Dogs are not permitted to accompany members or day permit holders on any, or any part, of the Association fisheries.

7. Members vehicles must not be parked so as to obstruct any access or other vehicle.

8 All litter must be taken home. Any member found leaving litter on any Association water may be subject to an immediate suspension of membership.

9 All members and non fishing guests accompanying members shall keep to the banks and permitted footpaths when on Association waters. Non fishing guests of members are bound by these rules and it is understood that members accept responsibility for their guests.

10 All members are welcome to use the platforms designed for disabled anglers but must immediately vacate those pegs should they be required by a disabled angler.

11 Members must not employ social media sites to criticise, defame, abuse, or misrepresent the Association, its policies, committee members, employees or fellow members or employ social media in such a way that may bring the Association into disrepute. Members must not post information that may be considered in any way privileged or confidential or which is not already in the public domain. Members may not incorporate the name WADAA on any unauthorised site.

12 Any member found to be using or under the influence of controlled drugs or adversely under the influence of alcohol while on WADAA fisheries will be subject to the clubs disciplinary policy

13 If any member shall fail to comply with these rules or Environment Agency Fishery Bye-laws or by their direct action cause the loss of any Association fishery or facility or fail to give consideration to other anglers on Association waters that member may be suspended or expelled by the Executive Committee. Upon an offence being reported to the Executive Committee the member concerned shall be suspended from the Association whilst the Executive Committee investigates the allegation. The result of any investigation will be provided by the Executive Committee together with their ruling within fourteen days. Should a member be suspended or expelled no refund of subscription fees will be given.

14 Any Fishery Rule may be added, removed or amended by the Committee at any time subject to ratification at the following Annual General Meeting.


15. Fishing on Bigland Trout Fishery, High Newton, Ghyll Head, and High Fairbanks shall be by fly only preferably using barbless or de-barbed hooks. Only one rod may be in use at any time. This rod shall be held at all times while the fly is in or on the water. When fishing sunken line tactics the fly must be continuously worked.

16 The use of any groundbait, maggots or bubble floats when game fishing is strictly prohibited.

17 The total bag limit for trout on all Association waters (except sport fisheries) is two fish per member per day and four fish per member in any calendar week (Monday – Sunday inc). Sharing of bag limits is not permitted. Under no circumstances should trout be cleaned or gutted on any or any part of the Association’s fisheries.

18 Any member found to be offering, or to have offered, for sale any game fish from Association waters will be expelled from the Association.

19. Anglers fishing Bigland Trout Fishery must post a catch return in the book provided when leaving the fishery.

20. The use of float tubes is permitted on Bigland Trout Fishery subject to the published list of dates.


21. No coarse fish may be removed from, or introduced to, any Association water other than with the written consent of the Association.

22. A maximum of two rods is permitted on Ratherheath Tarn and Cleabarrow Tarn. On the Association’s other coarse fisheries not more than three rods may be in use. Rods shall not be left unattended with a baited hook either in or out of the water. For the purpose of this rule tackle left more than ten metres from the owner is deemed to be "unattended".

23. Keep nets are not permitted on Ratherheath Tarn and Cleabarrow Tarn except during authorised matches.

24. Carp must be returned immediately to the water and must not be retained in keep nets or carp sacks except where permitted in official matches.

25. Pike fishing. The use of live baits is strictly prohibited on all WADAA waters.

26. During the period 15th March -15th June inclusive the use of maggots is not permitted on Rydal Water or Grasmere. On Grasmere and Rydal during the period 15th March to 15th June the only permitted baits are fly, worm, lures and dead baits.

27 Anglers fishing specifically for carp or pike must ensure that they have adequate tackle for handling larger fish including large nets, mats and unhooking equipment.




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