Fishery Rules

General Rules and ConditionsVictoria-with-a-34-12-Common-caught-on-4-January-2014

  1. Anglers fish at Cherry Lakes at their OWN RISK.  The owners do not accept any liability for injury to anglers or their guests, or theft or damage to anglers’ property.
  2. Vehicles must be parked in the car park, must not be driven off road and keep to the 5mph speed limit. Cars can only be driven around the lake  for dropping off and collecting tackle and clothes etc on arrival and departure.
  3. The Lodges, Cabin and Cottage are strictly No Smoking. If you smoke you need to go outside.
  4. Only anglers and visitors who have booked are allowed on the property. Any unauthorised visitors will be asked to leave immediately.
  5. No dogs or any other domestic Pets are allowed.
  6. No swimming or wading in the Lakes under any circumstances. 
  7. The boat is strictly for use by the owner and bailiff only.
  8. The owner’s property is to be protected at all times. Any damages should be reported immediately to the owner or bailiff.
  9. Do NOT climb trees or damage/cut down bank-side vegetation.
  10. All litter must be removed at the end of a session.
  11. Disposable BBQ’s are permitted but they must be used in the BBQ holders provided.
  12. Strictly no particles to be brought onto the fishery except sweetcorn
  13. During Spawning periods anglers must comply with any request to stop angling or to fish in areas without spawning activity. As soon as activity is stopped Anglers will be invited to recommence fishing. We do not anticipate any issue from anglers to comply with this rule as it is to reduce Carp stress and prevent foul hooking at a time when they are pre-occupied and not feeding.
  14. Bed chairs and fishing chairs are not allowed in the Lodges as they damage the floors.

Any serious rule breach, including Wading, Swimming, possession of sacks, use of the fishery boats, and anti- social behaviour will result in the guest and his/her party being asked to immediately stop fishing and/or leave without refund.

Fishing Rules


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Anglers are required to read, understand and agree to abide by these rules prior to starting fishing. A copy is also available in your Lodge or Cottage.

Fish care and safety is paramount across Cherry Lakes. An approach welcomed by all good anglers who want to catch high quality good conditioned Carp. All anglers are expected to follow any advice or and required to action requests from the fishery management concerning fish safety. On arrival you are asked to confirm you have understood and will abide by the rules.

  1. Absolutely NO SACKS allowed at any time.
  2. No fish are to be introduced or removed from the lake.
  3. All anglers to have the required number of Environment Agency fishing licences.
  4. No bivvies are allowed except for guests of The Cottage. No tents.
  5. Maximum of 3 Rods per angler. If two anglers are sharing a Cherry Lake Lodge or the Cottage swim then a strict  two rods per angler limit applies.
  6. Bait Boats are allowed. Please stay within the area of your swim and fish sensibly.
  7. Only the fishery provided Landing Nets, Weigh Slings and Carp Cradles should be used.
  8. Only particles supplied by Cherry Lakes can be used. Strictly no Peanuts or Tiger Nuts at any time.
  9. Rod pods must be used. No bank sticks by the sides of the platform. Rod Pods can be hired for £20 plus £80 deposit if required
  10. No screw in rod pods or bank sticks.
  11. No Maggots to be taken into the Lodges, Cabin or Cottage. Maggot clips are not allowed.
  12. Swingers or some other form of bite indication on the line as well as audible alarms must be used.
  13. Audible alarms by the lake should not be used on full volume whilst Receivers in the Lodges can be as loud as you like! All alarms must have a receiver.
  14. During Spawning periods anglers must comply with any request to stop angling or to fish in areas without spawning activity. As soon as activity is stopped Anglers will be invited to recommence fishing. We do not anticipate any issue from anglers to comply with this rule as it is to reduce Carp stress and prevent foul hooking at a time when they are pre-occupied and not feeding.
  15. No leaders of any make. Tubing must be used. No bare line above the lead weight.

rules3Care of the Carp, Tackle and Bait

  1. Anglers must use the Carp Cradle/ weigh slings and unhooking mats provided. Under no circumstances should fish be removed from the area of the cradle unless being put back in using the weigh sling. All photos must be taken on the bottom deck with the Carp being held above the Carp Cradle.
  2. Fish must always be transported from the Carp Cradle back to the water in the sling provided.  Under no circumstances should a fish be carried in your arms.
  3. All fish should be returned as soon as possible after weigh-in. The sacking of fish is NOT allowed at any time.
  4. A Large Landing Net (Minimum 42 inch) is provided and this  must be used. No other Landing Nets are allowed.
  5. Barbless hooks are to be used at all times. No bent, ‘krank’  or  ‘curved’ hooks (eg Korda, Mugga).
  6. Minimum breaking strain line of 15lb must be used on all Lakes for Carp fishing. This line should reasonably new as old line breaks. Lighter line on Cherry Pool or Cherry Springs if clearly fishing for other species of fish.
  7. Braid must not be used as a main line (OK for hook links).
  8. Lead core is not allowed. No Leaders. Tubing must be used.
  9. Tubing  must be used. No straight through line.
  10. Rigs must be safe with the lead able to eject if the fish gets snagged.  Korda style clips are acceptable but the rubbers must not be forced down too tightly preventing the lead from ejecting.
  11. Zig rigs must have a minimum of 15lb hook length line.
  12. Anglers must not leave their rods in the water unattended i.e. the angler must not be more than 15 meters away.
  13. Anglers fishing in the Cottage swim cannot night fish unless they are sleeping by their rods.
  14. No fixed leads or any other ‘death rig’.
  15. No baited rigs to be left on the rods when not in use. This is dangerous to wildlife and the owners friendly dogs.
  16. Only particles supplied by Cherry Lakes can be usedStrictly no Peanuts or Tiger Nuts at any time. Sweetcorn is allowed.
  17. Klink- In or similar for treatment of hook and other marks is encouraged and appreciated.
  18. Alarms must have a receiver for use in the Lodges.
  19. Some form of bite indication must be used. Eg Swingers.
  20. Any serious breach, or repeated breach, of the above will result in the angler being required to stop fishing or leave the complex.

Any angler not fishing with the correct equipment will be expected to purchase locally the ‘missing items.

a kingfisher on Cherry SpringsCare and respect for others

  1. Whilst alcohol is not banned from site, drunken behaviour will not be tolerated.
  2. No shouting, loud music or anti-social behaviour.
  3. Any serious breach of the above will result in guests being asked to leave immediately with no refund.
  4. When setting rods on alarms, please use your off switch to maintain the quiet on the lake.
  5. Anglers may not walk through, fish in or bait up in out of bounds areas.  If you snag your lines in out of bounds areas please call the bailiff for assistance.
  6. Alarms should be used at moderate levels.

Swims and fishing area

Guests on Cherry Lake will be given a map of the Lake on arrival as well as being shown the limits of their ‘water’. Also see Lake map.

If you want to go stalking or try fishing the opposite bank for a few hours, you can only fish from the swim in your water. Eg. Heron Lodge angler should go into the Willow swim.