1. An Environment Agency. Licence is required by law if you are aged 13 or
2. EA rules regarding close season and methods in relation to the river close
season are in force on all river stretches. At any other time the closed season
shall be at the committee’s discretion on all club waters.
3. Keep nets allowed at the committee’s discretion apart from Lowerhouse and
Rowley where keepnets are banned except when a match is being held.
4. Every angler must be in possession of a landing net (no sharing).
5. Any angler found without a landing net will be told to leave the water.
6. Fishing is only allowed from permanent pegs. One angler per peg unless the
second angler is a juvenile or disabled and requires assistance. Rods must be
within 1m of the peg and no sharing of pods or rests allowed.
7. Anglers must not damage the banks walls or trees.
8. Rowley, Walverden and Foulridge can be fished all year round with up to
3 rods. All must be alarmed, on a pod and from one peg only.
8A. Barbed hooks allowed maximum size 6. (No barbed hooks allowed on Lowerhouse
9. Each angler is responsible for removal from the fishery of all litter,
line, shot & hooks from the area used.
10. Spinning and dead baiting using sea fish baits is allowed.
11. Live and dead baiting using coarse fish baits is strictly prohibited
at Rowley Lake, Lowerhouse Lodge, Walverden and Foulridge Reservoirs.
12. Membership card and night membership card must be shown upon request
to an official bailiff or a full club member on production of their card.
For Lowerhouse you still need a night booking on ticket obtainable from Macks
13. Failure to comply with 12 above may involve one or more of the following.
a) liable to purchase a day ticket if in the day period. b) asked to leave.
c) reported to the committee.
14. Tents, camping and the lighting of fires or barbeques are strictly prohibited.
15. Night fishing is allowed for members 18 years old and over who have
purchased the additional annual night membership, sold in tackle shops where
membership tickets are available. These are £15 and run from 1st of January
to the 31st of December.
16. No fly fishing allowed (except on the River Calder).
17. All coarse fish and grayling to be returned to the water.
18. Trout may be taken in accordance with E.A. Rules.
19. All bait tins are strictly prohibited on the bankside.
20. The use of firearms is strictly prohibited.
21. The committee may close the waters at their own discretion.
22. No boating or remote controlled boats allowed with the exception of bait
boats at Rowley Lake, Walverden and Foulridge Reservoirs.
23. No alcohol allowed on any water.
24. Only two rods allowed on Rowley from the first May bank
holiday to the last August bank holiday in any particular
25. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
26. No fish over 5lb and no carp allowed in keepnets except in specified
27. Unhooking of fish not to be carried out on concrete or rough stony ground
unless suitably protected by an unhooking mat or cradle. Carp and pike anglers
must be in possession of an unhooking mat or cradle and use it for unhooking
28. If member’s cards require replacement, it must be obtained from the
tackle shop of origin at a cost of £4.
29. Juvenile’s under 12 years of age fishing with an adult member can fish
for free. Maximum of two juveniles per adult member.
30. Juvenile’s under 12 years of age fishing with a nonmember adult must
purchase a Juvenile day ticket. Maximum of two Juvenile’s per non-member adult.
31. All Juvenile’s (29, 30) must fish within a 4 peg radius of the responsible
adult and may only use ONE rod.
32. No keepnets allowed on Walverden or Foulridge from dusk till dawn.
33. All rigs must be fish safe so that there is minimum risk of fish being
tethered. No elasticated method feeders other than Guru xsafe, In-line method
34.hook and rig checks can be carried out at any time by a club official.
35. The committee empowers all its bailiffs to instruct an angler to leave
the fishery or its immediate surrounding area for contravening any of the
club rules and if necessary the police will be called.
36. Carp fishing - Mainline must be a minimum breaking strain of 12lb. No
braided mainlines. Anglers must be in possession of a suitable landing net,
for Rowley this is 36” minimum a suitable unhooking mat or cradle and a fish
care kit. Fish should be rested prior to weighing and photographing but not
retained longer than 15 minutes.
37. Pike fishing - Mainline must be a minimum breaking strain of 12lb. Braided
mainlines allowed for lure fishing only. Semi barbless trebles and a wire
trace must be used. Anglers must be in possession of a suitable landing net,
a suitable unhooking mat or cradle and a fish care kit. Fish should be rested
prior to weighing and photographing but not retained longer than 15 minutes.
38. Occupying a peg before dawn is prohibited unless you are a night member
and also have a night ticket when fishing Lowerhouse Lodge.
39. Anyone found using a membership card not belonging to them will be barred
from all club waters. The member whose card it I is will be asked to attend
a committee hearing.
40. When the night ticket holder member finishes fishing at any period and
leaves the lake, the bivvy must be removed at the same time and not left
to return to or for others to use. The first period of authorised night fishing,
it is not permissible to set up a bivvy claiming the peg all day purely to
sleep in before your session commences. See rule 14, camping is prohibited.
41. Any member who has grievance including how the club is run by the committee
should arrange a meeting with the committee to discuss the situation and not
air their comments on social media sites. Any member not following this procedure
will be judged to be bringing the club into disrepute and will face possible
sanctions. A covering letter with the members grievance should be handed in
to Mack’s Tackle shop from where it will be forwarded to the committee. Each
letter must have the members membership number, full name and address written
clearly on it or the complaint will be void.
42. No bloodworm or joker allowed on any club waters.
All other rules apply as well as these Extra rules for
1. Barbless hooks only. Maximum size 6
2. No spinning on Lowerhouse.
3. Groundbait to be introduced via pole cup or feeder only.
4. To book on to get a night fishing ticket both membership cards must be shown
at Mack’s Angling Centre.
5. Monday to Thursday consecutive night fishing allowed.
6. A maximum of 4 members allowed per night only.
7. overnight. i.e. dusk till dawn.
8. Only one of these nights can be fished; Thursday, Friday, Saturday. No
booking Saturday & Sunday together.
9. Booking multiple night tickets for consecutive weeks is not allowed. Only
one week can be booked at a time.
10. When the night ticket holder member finishes fishing at any period and
leaves the lodge, the bivvy must be removed at the same time and not left to
return to or for others to use. The first period of authorised night fishing.
It is not permissible to set up a bivvy claiming the peg all day purely to
sleep in before your session commences. See rule 14, camping is prohibited.
11. Members may use two rods between Nov 1st and Feb 29th. Second rod must
be on an audible alarm.
11. From March 1st to Oct 31st only one rod allowed dawn till dusk (daylight)
but two rods allowed when night fishing dusk till dawn. Second rod must be
on an audible alarm
13. No floating baits.
14. No fixed lead or fixed feeder rigs allowed. No elasticated method feeders,
in-line allowed. All rigs must be free running.
15. Keepnets are banned except during matches.
can be moved at Match Secretary’s discretion.
5. Match Secretary’s decision is final. In all matters of dispute there will be a
right of appeal to the committee.
6. Bloodworm and joker banned in all matches.
7. All anglers will be held responsible for litter within mt
of each peg.
8. Peg tickets are deened as litter and if left on the bank by member points will
9. Any member with cause to complain sall place it in writing and send it to the
match secretary within 7 days.
10. Members contravening the club rules could be expelled from the club.
11. Cup holders must accept full responsibility for the safe keeping of any trophies
. Any loss or damage to trophies will be charged to to the last recipient.
12. 2 keep nets to be used in matckes at Lowerhouse Lodge.