Fishery rules

It is our policy here at Bishton Farm Pools to be fair and honest with the visitors to our waters and this is why we do not have any silly rules. Our bailiffs will send anglers away if they have total disregard for the rules in which we do have.

Abusive behaviour to bailiffs, spoiling the fishing for others, leaving litter, and leaving rods unattended will not be tolerated.

Day tickets are available at the green lodge or on the bank by the bailiff.

We do not take bookings, the only bookings we take are for over 10 people, matches, night fishing, disabled swims and tutorials.

Cars to be parked on the carpark provided only. We do not allow cars past the second fishery gates.


Barbless or micro-barbed hooks only to be used.

Nets to be dipped and rinsed before use on the fishery pools.

Rods must not be left unattended. Up to three rods may be used but only if you have the appropriate EA licence to allow this.

No fish to be retained for long periods. Floating retention slings may be used for up to 30 minutes whilst the appropriate unhooking/slings and weighing equipment is set up.

No Keepnets.

Permanent fixed leads are not allowed and unhooking mats should always be used when fishing for specimen fish. Rigs will be checked by bailiffs.

No transferring of fish between waters - no fish to be removed or killed.

Wading is not allowed on any of our waters. Always put your safety first when returning fish to the waters.

The lakes are situated near small residence so you should respect these residents by keeping noise and lights to a minimum at night.

BBQs and open fires are not permitted on the fishery, we do allow gas butane cookers situated off the grass.

Spodding and Bait Boats are allowed if used moderately, no over excessive baiting under any circumstances.

(spombs must have float attachment)

No boats, drones, guns, swimming, drugs or heavy drinking.

Dogs are allowed if they are under control and on a lead at all times. There are farm animals and wildlife situated all around the 3 pools so please keep dogs under control.

We do not have many bait restrictions except no nuts of any kind. Seeds, peas and beans must be well soaked, cooked and used in moderation.

Toilets are now situated temporarily on-site whilst work is outgoing around the fishery, no anglers are allowed past the main farm entrance at any time.

Night fishing is allowed but will have to be arranged with the fishery manager by telephone. No large groups.

No tents. Bivvies and day shelters only.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult with fishing knowledge.

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