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Fishery Rules

Fishery Rules

Our rules exist to safeguard our fish stocks and ensure that you have an enjoyable visit to Old Bury Hill. Please read these rules carefully before you fish, as failure to observe the rules or acting in any way, which interferes with others’ enjoyment or use of the lakes, will result in the offender being immediately removed and banned from the fishery.

You are reminded that you should be in possession of a valid EA Rod License before starting to fish, day and yearly licenses are available from our tackle and bait shop.
* Please note that access to the fishery is strictly for anglers only, however we will allow a maximum of two non-fishing guests provided that they abide by the rules.

Below are our GENERAL FISHERY rules, please refer to the links below to read our CARP, PREDATOR, CLUB & MATCH and BOAT rules.

  • There is no access to the fishery before the arrival of the bailiff, please refer to the fishery’s opening and closing times
  • There is no fishing outside of the permitted times - there is strictly no night fishing
  • Access is only permitted to the public areas, please do not climb gates or trespass
  • Fish only from the platforms provided, please do not fish between swims
  • All nets must be dipped before starting to fish, dip tanks are located at each lake
  • All fish must be returned to the water immediately, do not use keepnets or sacks to retain fish
  • Anyone found killing fish and/or removing fish will be prosecuted
  • When returning fish to the water, you must use a sling, zipped unhooking mat or landing net regardless of the distance being carried
  • Use only barbless hooks - barbed hooks are strictly banned
  • All forms of fixed lead are banned - all leads must be free running
  • Rods are not to be left unattended at any time or for any reason
  • Please be considerate when using buzzers; please turn the sound down as noise travels
  • Mobile telephone ringing tone volumes should also be kept to minimum and ideally turned on to vibrate
  • You must be in possession of an unhooking mat for all forms of fishing, we sell general mats and specimen mats when carp and predator fishing in the shop
  • All fish being photographed must be held over an unhooking mat at all times - photographs should be taken kneeling down under no circumstances should you hold fish standing up
  • Fish must be weighed using a sling, zipped unhooking mat or landing net.
  • Particle baits are banned with the exception of sweet corn, hemp & carp pellet, the use of cat and dog food is not allowed
  • Take all litter, discarded line and unused bait home or place in the waste bins provided by the boathouse and in the car park.
  • Do not cut or otherwise damage bank-side vegetation
  • Do not disturb wildlife please advise a member of staff as soon as possible should any wildlife become hurt or injured, hooked or entangled with line, or if line becomes snagged on trees or bushes or on any underwater snag during your visit in order that this can be immediately removed
  • We do allow dogs onto the fishery, however they must be kept on a lead at all times, you must clean up after them and they must not be noisey
  • Do not light any fires and do not burn the grass when using any form of cooking equipment
  • The use of BBQ's is strictly banned
  • Strictly no picnics
  • Toilets are available close to the lake; please use them
  • Alcohol is not to be brought onto the fishery
  • Catch reports and photographs of any notable fish caught would be appreciated for our website and notice board

Got a query? Email the fishery office.

Got a query? Email the fishery office.

Boat Rules can be found here.
Carp Rules can be found here.
Club & Match Rules can be found here.
Predator Rules can be found here.

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