Fishery Rules

  1. No fish to be killed – all fish (including pike)must be returned. Removing or deliberately killing fish is a criminal offence under the Theft Act. The Association report all such offences to the Police and if necessary to guarantee such cases are brought before the Court will instigate a private prosecution.
  2. No fish to be transferred to, or from, other waters. It is an offence under the Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries Act to introduce fish without the necessary permission.
  3. No litter of any description, including discarded tackle, is to be left. Any angler caught deliberately leaving litter will face a life-time ban.
  4. No angler may fish with more than 3 rods at any one time on any Association fishery. Fishing is only allowed from designated swims. Tackle must not be left in the water unattended.
  5. No keep nets are to be used on any of the Association’s still-water fisheries other than in official matches.
  6. No dogs or guns of any description to be brought on to Association fisheries.
  7. No angling is permitted on any Association fishery between the hours of 10pm and 5am (Carlton on Trent is 10pm to 7am), except where the member is in possession of a night fishing permit. Members (other than Association bailiffs) who do not possess a night fishing permit and are found on any Association fishery during the hours stated (whether they are actually fishing or not) shall be liable to have their membership permit revoked, and shall face possible prosecution for trespass.
  8. No fires, swimming or boating. Behave responsibly and respect other anglers using the fisheries. Do not damage any trees or bushes, and do not interfere with the wildlife. The Association takes its responsibility for protecting the environment very seriously and members are expected to conduct themselves with this in mind.
  9. Follow the Country Code. Keep gates closed. Park in a manner that does not cause problems to other anglers, landowners, farmers or members of the public. The Officers reserve the right to sanction the towing away, or clamping, of vehicles parked in an irresponsible manner. The Officers disclaim any liability for damage caused by such action and membership signifies acceptance of these conditions.
  10. Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  11. Any person found to be negotiating for waters held by the Association shall forfeit the right of membership for life.
  12. Fishing for pike is only allowed between 1st October and 31st March. Members fishing for carp or pike be in possession of a landing net with arms not less than 36 inches (90cm) in length and a well-padded unhooking mat measuring not less than 36” x 24” (90cm x 60cm). No gaffs or pike gags are allowed.
    Carp or Pike should only be weighed using a commercially available sling designed for the purpose and of appropriate size and strength. The use of keepsacks (carp sacks) and/or retaining tubes is not allowed any Association fishery.
    The minimum breaking strength of line when carp fishing shall be 12lb (5.4kg).
    When pike fishing wire traces must always be used, they must be a minimum of 18 inches in length and not less than 30lb (13.6kg) B.S. and the main line must not be less than 15lb (6.8kg) B.S. If treble hooks are used with livebaits or deadbaits, they must of the semi-barbed type (one barb per treble) and not larger than size 6.
    Livebaits must only be used on the venue they have been caught from and on the day of capture. To prevent deep-hooking members are expected to strike runs from pike immediately.
    Any member found leaving pike to run on the take, will be reported to the Delegates Committee and shall be liable to have their membership permit revoked.
  13. Bait Boats: Remote controlled bait boats must not be used in a manner which interferes with, or affects other anglers.
    Members shall not use boats to take hook baits into positions from which the chance of retrieving a hooked fish is limited, or where doing so puts the fish at risk of damage – i.e. putting baits into/or very close to snags, reed beds, etc.
    Members shall not manoeuvre a bait boat with the purposes of dropping baited hooks or free offerings at a greater range than they can cast. Any member suspected of dropping baited hooks or free offerings close to dangerous snags or at excessive range, will be reported to the Delegates Committee and shall be liable to have their membership permit revoked.
  14. The dates for night permit holders to take guests are as follows:1st November to 31st March. The Night Permit Secretary and Head Bailiff must be contacted prior to the visit and a charge of £10 per night is payable in advance.