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Lake District Tourist Guide - Local Information

Fishing in the Lake District

The Lake District offers superb fishing for all types of anglers fishing the lakes and tarns. The fish caught are mostly Wild Brown Trout, Perch, Roach, Eels and Pike.

Lake District Fishing Permits and practices

Most of the National Trust lakes, tarns and becks can be fished if permits are purchased. Some waters are either private or for conservation only so you are always advised to check. On some waters fishing is free. On all National Trust waters lead weights and live bait are not allowed. Guides are available for hire if you wish to improve your skill or knowledge of the area.

Windermere, Ambleside & District Angling Association

Windermere, Ambleside & District Angling Association on website gives helpful information on all aspects of fishing in the Lake District. A detailed guide with many fishery maps shows the best places to fish. Find out about the Association and its fisheries plus extra information on hiring a boat, guided trips, tackle shops, Lake District fishery byelaws and even accommodation offering free fishing.

Penrith Anglers Association

Penrith Anglers Association has fly-fishing for genuine wild brown trout and grayling in the unspoilt Eden Valley in Cumbria and 37 miles of fishing on the Rivers Eden, Eamont, and Lowther.

Ulverston Angling Association

Ulverston Angling Association, has two coarse fisheries: Ulverston Canal and Sandhall Ponds, both located near Ulverston on the edge of the Lake District. It also has Knottallow Tarn: a brown trout fishery that can be fished on a day ticket. New in 2008 are their E-tickets: day tickets available to purchase from their web site.

Rare fish

The Char

The Char is a native of Lake Windermere and a local delicacy. Found also in Ennerdale Water, the Char is a rare species.

The Vendace

Even rarer is the Vendace, a small herring like fish. Bassenthwaite (a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve) was home to the Vendace: one of the U.K.'s rarest fish. Increased sediment in the water is one factor that has been impeding the breeding of the fish there. The Vendace feeds largely on free-swimming organisms such as water fleas and is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). In the Lake District, it is only found now in Derwent Water. Pre 1951 there were two populations in Scotland but both were believed to be extinct. In 1997-1999 Vendace from Cumbria were taken to Scotland: Loch Skene and Daer Reservoir. Survey work shows that the Vendace in Loch Skene have become established but the introduction to Daer Reservoir has not been a success. It is planned to introduce Vendace to additional sites in southern Scotland and the north of England.

Infestation of crayfish

An infestation of crayfish in Cumbrian rivers in October 2005 has been called a "devastating blow" to fish and plant life. They were spotted on the River Derwent near Penrith. Environmental officers warn that the non-native signal crayfish poses a serious threat to salmon spawning and the native, white-clawed crayfish population, by competition and spreading the crayfish plague. The nearby Eden catchment supports one of Europe's best white-clawed crayfish populations. The Environment Agency is asking anyone who thinks they have seen a crayfish in any tributaries of the River Derwent to call on 0870 850 8082.

Lake District Fishing Visiting Anglers must:

* have a current Environment Agency rod licence - available online from the Environment Agency or through Information Centres
* adhere to Environmental Agency Byelaws, particularly as to the use of keep nets, lead weighs and barbless hooks for pike fishing
* adhere to good angling practice
* adhere to any local and/or seasonal restrictions
* not use live bait, banned by the Environment Agency. It increases the risk of introduction of disease and pest species.
Advice on local disabled fishing is available from Jo Radcliff of the Environment Agency at Penrith, telephone No 01768-215874.

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