General Rules

 1 An Environment Agency Licence is required by law if you are aged 13 or over.

2. The Committee empowers all its bailiffs to instruct anglers to leave the fishery or its surrounding area for contravention of any club rules, if necessary the police will be called. Hook and Rig checks can and will be carried out by bailiffs or committee members at anytime.

3. 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.

4. No Keepnets allowed except on Foulridge or when a match is being held on all other waters. No keepnets to be used from dusk till dawn.

5. Every angler must be in possession of a landing net, unhooking tool, a high sided mat/cradle and fish care products (no sharing) as and when relevant. Any angler found without the relevant equipment when required will be told to leave the water.

6. Fishing is only allowed from permanent pegs on

Stillwater’s. One angler per peg unless the second

angler is a juvenile or disabled and requires


7. Rods must be within 1m of the peg and no sharing of pods or rests allowed.

8. Anglers must not damage the banks, walls or trees.

9. On Lowerhouse Lodge barbless or micro barbed

hooks only, all anglers must use a suitable high

sided unhooking mat and no alcohol allowed.

10. No spinning, wobbling dead baits or lure fishing allowed on Lowerhouse Lodge.

11. Every Angler is responsible for ensuring all litter is removed from your swim, Take your litter home.

Please do not fill bins at the lakes. Keep Britain Tidy.

12. Live and dead baiting using coarse fish baits is strictly prohibited. Dead baiting using sea fish baits is allowed.

13. Membership card must be shown upon request to an official bailiff or a full club member on production of their card.

14. Tents, camping and the lighting of fires or barbeques are strictly prohibited.

15. Night fishing is allowed for members 16 years old and over who have purchased the multi rod annual membership.

16. No fly fishing allowed, except on the River Calder.

17. All fish to be returned on all waters.

18. All bait tins are strictly prohibited on the bankside.

19. The use of firearms is strictly prohibited.

20. The committee may close the waters at their own discretion. No boating or remote controlled boats allowed with the exception of bait boats at Rowley Lake, Walverden and Foulridge Reservoirs.

21. If member’s cards require replacement; it must be obtained from the tackle shop of origin at a cost of £4.

22. All rigs must be fish safe so there is minimal risk of the fish being tethered. No elasticated method feeders other than Guru xsafe, in-line method feeders allowed.

23. Pike Fishing - Mainline must be a minimum of 12lb breaking strain. Braided line may be used for lure fishing, semi barbless trebles and a wire trace must be used. Anglers should be in possession of the correct equipment required for fish care and handling. Fish must be rested prior to weighing and photographing but no fish are retained more than 15 minutes. No fishing for predators on still waters from 1st of June until 30th of September, no spinning, wobbling or dead baiting.

24. Night fishing is allowed on Lower Foulridge Reservoir, Rowley Lake, Walverden, Lowerhouse and Calder. No night fishing on Ballgrove as per council rules.


                                                                                                                                                                       4. 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 be deducted.

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.

25. For night fishing at Lowerhouse booking on at Macks is still required before fishing. Only 4 anglers per night and anglers can only book a maximum two

consecutive nights. If you fail to book on you will be

asked leave and be reported to the committee.

26. To night fish you must comply with the following: Be in possession of a valid multi rod membership and follow all general and additional rules for the water you are night fishing.

27. Carp fishing additional ruling 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. Barbed/Micro Barbed hooks allowed maximum size 6. Carp anglers must be in possession of a high sided unhooking mat or cradle and use it for unhooking fish.

28. Barbless or micro barbed hooks allowed on

Lowerhouse Lodge and only one rod during daylight

hours between 1st of March until the 30th of

September and a maximum of two rods for the rest

of the time. Must have a multi rod permit to fish

two rods. Maximum hook size 8.

29. Carp Fishing – Mainline must be a minimum of 12lb breaking strain. No braided mainlines. All Landing nets must be a minimum of 36”. All anglers must have a high sided unhooking mat, or cradle and have fish care products. Fish must be rested prior to weighing and photographing but no fish are retained more than 15 minutes.  

30. Any club member, who has a grievance, including

how the club is run by the committee, should arrange a meeting with the committee. Alternatively a letter with your grievance or grievances can be handed into Macks tackle shop, you must put your details and membership number on the letter and a return address so we can reply.

31. Any comments on social media that damages the

club reputation will be dealt with and the member

involved will face sanctions and or be banned from the social media page permanently.

32. No standing with fish, kneel when taking photos and hold fish over an un-hooking mat.

33. Only shop/online prepared particles allowed members found using un-prepared nuts, maize hemp, seed mixes etc. will be asked to leave the water and members will be brought before the committee.

34. No alcohol on Lowerhouse lodge.

35. No leadcore leaders on any water.

36. One guest ticket per member per year £20 for 24hrs max all waters and for Foulridge a £10 day ticket (dawn till dusk). Members are responsible for the guest’s behaviour. Must be booked and paid in advance via Paypal No sharing of kit allowed and must adhere to all rules

37. The magic twig is banned.


1. Juniors must not take companions with them unless they are also a member.

2. Junior members are subject to the rules of the

association plus any additional junior rules.

3. Adult memberships commences from 16 years of


4. Juveniles under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Juvenile’s less than 12 years of age fishing with an adult member can fish for free. Maximum of two juveniles per adult member. Juvenile’s less than 12 years of age fishing with an adult who is not a member must purchase a Juvenile day ticket. Maximum of two Juvenile’s per nonmember adult.

5. Juniors are limited to two rods when and where


                      MATCH DATES

Club matches, open matches and members matches will be announced no later than 10 days before it is due to take place via our social media platforms.

The club reserve the right to run matches on any given day throughout the year using the above rules. pegs may need to be changed If water levels change.




This year the club is introducing a scheme where if  you turn up for a work party you will get £5 off your  next years licence 2025/26  if you turn up for 2 you  get  £10 off