Bigland Trout Fishery (Otter Tarn)

WADAA now manage this beautiful eleven acre fishery 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. 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 3-5lb 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.

Bigland is open all year round and daily from 8.00am until sunset. Please note that access to the site is not permitted before 8.00am. Day permits are available along with annual club memberships.

Float tubing

Float Tubing is permited at Bigland on every Friday and on a number of Saturdays during the year. For 2018 on the dates as stated below:

Every Friday from 4th May to 26th October 2018 inclusive.

In addition, the fishery will be open to float tubes on the following Saturdays in 2018:

19th May

9th June

7th July

11th August

15th September

6th October



Map & Directions


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. Permits are self service at the fishing lodge.

NB. The postcode covers a large area and can be misleading on some sat navs. Better to follow the instructions above. Don't confuse Bigland Trout Fishery with the nearby Bigland Hall or Bigland Tarn - not the same place.


Contact & Details

Mungeon Farm, Backbarrow, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8PB
07488 534113
Type of fishing
Stillwater - Trout (stocked)


Full Day permits are available either at the fishery or online. Permits cost £20.00 and the bag limit is 2 fish. Catch and release is permitted. Please note that half day, sport or evening permits are no longer available.

WADAA membership is open to everyone and costs £140.00 plus the joining fee of £30.00. Membership gives unlimited fishing on Bigland Trout Fishery, High Newton, Ghyll Head and High Fairbanks.

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