Fishing

An Environment Agency fishing rod licence is required to fish in all rivers, lakes and tarns. Local byelaws must be observed and a permit is usually required before starting to fish or launch your own craft. Rod licences, Bassenthwaite Lake permits and Keswick Anglers Association permits are available from Keswick  Information Centre.

River Greta and Derwent
It contains brown trout, sometimes sea trout and salmon. Only fly fishing methods are allowed.

Derwentwater
It contains brown trout, perch, pike and roach. Use of live or dead freshwater fish at any time and maggots between 15 March and 15 June as bait is prohibited. Boats are available for hire. Your own boat may be launched with permission. A 10mph speed limit must be observed.

Bassenthwaite Lake

This large lake is regarded principally as a pike fishery although it also contains roach, perch, brown trout, roach, dace and eels. Some salmon fishing takes place at the outflow by Ouse Bridge. Your own boat (no power) may be launched with a boat permit. 

Watendlath Tarn
A trout fishery stocked with rainbow trout. Tickets and fly-fishing tackle can be obtained from the Tea rooms at Watendlath.

Buttermere
Contains trout, char, pike and perch. No power craft. A limit of 10 craft for canoeing, windsurfers, dinghies and rowing boats.

Crummock Water
Contains trout, char, pike and perch. Salmon and sea trout from July onwards. No power craft. A limit of 10 craft for canoeing, windsurfers, dinghies and rowing boats. No launching facilities.

Visit Keswick Angling Society or www.lakedistrictfishing.net for more information