Derwent Water

Unlike most of the larger lakes Derwent Water is relatively shallow having an average depth of just under twenty feet. In terms of fish production this gives it a significant advantage and the lake carries a higher biomass than most of its counterparts in the region.

There are trout present, and some large ones at that. It is still worth a go with the fly from a boat, particularly in the early part of the season and during the mayfly hatch in early June. After that the words flogging and dead horses are the first that spring to mind.

Perch and roach are present in large numbers, the perch being abundant and of a good average size with some real specimen fish about. The roach too flourish in this fishery but seldom receive much determined attention.

With all this food about it's hardly surprising that most anglers now target the lake for its pike stock. Pike are numerous and can reach good weights with fish over 20lb caught regularly.

During the summer months most of the action is concentrated around the shallower bays where lure, or even fly fishing, can produce good bags. Come winter and the colder weather the fish move out into the main body of the lake and are generally taken by deadbait.

Access for anglers is good along the eastern shore although parking can be a problem during the busier holiday periods. It is more limited along the quieter western shore largely due to the lack of parking rather than shoreline access.

Boat fishing is a preferred option for regular visitors and launching and hire facilities can be found at the Keswick end of the lake..

Map & Directions

Keswick sits on the northern shore of the lake and is reached from the M66 via the A66 from junction 40. The more accessible parts of the lake lie of the B5289 Borrowdale road.

Contact & Details

Type of fishing


Keswick Angling Association control the fishing on Derwent Water and offer a range of permit options for visitors starting with a standard adult day permit at £6.00. These and others are available from several outlets in and around Keswick. See their website for up to date details.

For boat hire and launching see ;

Derwent Water Marina

Nichol End Marine

Keswick Launch Company

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