Fishing and Boating
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 for canoes, sailboats and sailing dinghies and Keswick Anglers Association permits are available from Keswick Information Centre.
For more information on fishing permits (from the shore or rowing boat) and watercraft permits contact the Lake District National Park who operates the Keswick Moot Hall Tourist Information Centre tel 0845 901 0845.
Launching on Derwentwater
You can launch small craft at the National Trust Kettlewell car park where you can also land and picnic.
Bassenthwaite Lake Permits
If you want to visit Bassenthwaite and get out on the water, you will need a permit. You can buy a boating permit for any kind of unpowered pleasure craft. You can buy a fishing permit for shore or boat fishing. If you want to fish from your boat you will need both permits. Please buy a permit online and keep a copy of the email permit you receive, either digitally or printed out, so you can show it to our ranger patrols on your visit. Your email will also have a copy of the Bassenthwaite Lake map.
Fishing and boating permits can be bought online at the Lake District National Park website.
River Greta and Derwent
It contains brown trout, sometimes sea trout and salmon. Only fly fishing methods are allowed.
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.
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.
A trout fishery stocked with rainbow trout. Tickets and fly-fishing tackle can be obtained from the Tea rooms at Watendlath.
Contains trout, char, pike and perch. No power craft. A limit of 10 craft for canoeing, windsurfers, dinghies and rowing boats.
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.
Brown trout fishing is permissible on this lake with a bag limit of 3. There is also other coarse fishing with pike and perch in Loweswater. There are no launching facilities but you can launch your own small boats (under 4 meters) including canoes. There is a restriction on the lake of four craft at any one time.
Visit Keswick Angling Society for more information