Rules

General Rules

  • Fixed and elasticated feeders can be used with a minimum 4" hook length
  • No surface fishing or floating baits
  • No braid
  • Manufactured barbless hooks only - maximum hook size 10
  • Do not throw your unused bait in the lake at the end of your session- please use the bins provided
  • No dogs 
  • No under 16's unless supervised by an adult 
  • No fish are to be taken from the fishery
  • Please use the car parks provided 
  • All fish landed with a net should be unhooked on an unhooking mat or supported in a net 
  • All bait on your peg will be deemed as being used
  • A maximum of two rods to be used at any one time 
  • All personal littler to be removed from site by yourself 
  • No gardening on site- if there is an issue with your peg, please talk to a member of staff
  • Please be respectful to all anglers and do not disturb them unwillingly 
  • Please see bait rules listed below 
Bait Rules

Baits allowed
  • Maggots, casters and worms
  • Ground bait is allowed but a maximum of 2kg 
  • Any feed pellets can be used apart from trout and high oil pellets
  • Any pellet can be used as a hook bait 
  • Bollies - hook bait only 
  • Sweet corn 
  • Luncheon meat- maximum of 2 no. 340g tins
  • Cat meat - hook bait only
  • Hemp
  • Mixed particles - Dynamite tins and jars only
  • Paste 
  • Colour and bait additives- please use sensibly 
  • Bread is allowed from November to the end of March but not as a floating bait
Any bait not listed cannot be used. If you are unsure pleae ask a member of staff.


Match Fishing Rules

  • Anglers are to lay their keepnets and landing net out behind their peg on arrival
  • Keepnets are not to enter the water until 15 mins before the start of the match
  • No floating pole
  • When fishing a pole you must use a float at all times and not overshot your float
  • Slapping is allowed but no tapping 
  • Minimum 6" of line above and below the float
  • No surface fishing or floating baits
  • Do not throw your unused bait into the lake at the end of the match - please use bins provided
  • No assistance from others while the match is in progress
  •  All matches need to be finished by 4pm to keep the fishing consistent 

Keepnets and Weighing-in Policy

  • Anglers are to lay their keepnets and landing net out behind their peg on arrival at your peg
  • Keepnets are not to enter the water until 15 mins before the start of the match
  • If using less than 3 nets, there is a maximum weight limit of 60lb per net
  • When using less than 3 nets, if your weight goes between 60lb and 65lb your weight will be knocked back to 60lb in that net
  • When using less than 3 nets, if your weight goes over 65lb your net weight will be disqualified in that net
  • When using 3 keepnets, there is no weight limit per keepnet - just be sensible and split your fish evenly between 3 nets
  • When weighing in fish, please do not tumble fish down the keepnet. Instead, collapse the net down and pull the 2nd or 3rd ring through the keepnet
  • Weighing mats and weigh nets will be provided by the fishery and must be used
  • When returning fish to the water, place the weigh net into the water so fish are not dropped from a height

All these rules are in place for your safety, fish care and disease control. If you have any questions concerning the rules, please talk to a member of staff.
We look forward to meeting you and hope you have a great day at Shearsby Valley Lakes!