Fishery Rules

Please ensure all nets, mats, and weigh slings are dry before entering the fishery. these will be checked and you'll be asked to leave immediately if they are found to be wet or damp. DISINFECTANT DIPS ARE NOW IN PLACE PLEASE USE THEM.

1. Cars must be parked in the car parks provided. Do not block or park in front of any fishery gates. PLEASE shut all gates after you when leaving or arriving at the venue.

2. Anglers fishing swims along the road bank are permitted to unload their vehicle adjacent to their chosen swim but should immediately move their vehicles into the car park once unloaded/loaded. The road is in constant use and must not be blocked for any reason.

3. Rods must NOT be left unattended at any time while fishing. Anglers Found off their rods will be asked to leave the fishery without a refund. This includes leaving your receiver with another angler in an adjacent swim. One angler can only be responsible for a maximum of 3 rods. 

4. A maximum of three rods are allowed per angler all three rods must be in the same swim. You must have a valid E.A Rod license and if fishing with three rods the appropriate number of license’s to cover them.

5. Barbed/Micro Barbed Hooks only, No Long Curved Shank hooks, Fox series 5, Long Shank Nailer etc, they cause mouth damage. Barbless hooks size 16 and under may be used for silver fish. Single hook rigs only. NO ZIG RIGS

6. No unaccompanied juniors (under 18)

7. No Guests - Anglers accompanied by a non fishing partner/Wife /Child is allowed and must be booked when purchasing a day ticket prior to fishing, this is classed as a family member such as wife/Husband or child and not friends.

8. Only designated named or numbered Swims may be fished. No swim-building or clearing is permitted.

9. Fish are not to be retained in anyway except while photography equipment is being set up – retaining fish in sacks is NOT permitted. Fish may only be retained in a landing net or floating retainer sling for a short period of time. 10 Minutes maximum.

10. Anglers must be in possession of an assembled landing net when fishing - at least 42’’ and unhooking mat of sufficient size to protect a 40lb+ fish Preferably with sides. Weigh slings must also be of sufficient size.

11. Before lifting any fish from the water it should be checked to make sure that fins are flat against the body.

12. NO Boats, BAIT BOATS, antisocial behavior, guns, fires, swimming, drugs or heavy drinking. Drug and Alcohol abuse will not be tolerated, those found intoxicated will be asked to leave the fishery.

13. Dogs must be kept on a lead and under control and any mess cleared up.

14. BAIT RESTRICTIONS - NO PEANUTS OR PRESERVED BAITS TO BE USED including SHELFLIFE BOILIES hookbaits excluded. All particle baits such as seeds, Tigernuts, peas and beans must be well soaked, well cooked and used in moderation. No Zig Rigs in any form. NO MAGGOTS in any form, TIGER NUTS ARE ALLOWED BUT MUST NOT BE USED EXCESSIVELY. Bailiffs will be checking.

15. The use of BBQ’s is permitted. If you use a disposable BBQ please ensure it is disposed of safely with the rest of your litter. Please ensure any BBQ's used in swims do NOT damage property belonging to Sandhurst lake. This includes sleepers and grassed areas.

16. Toilet facilities/Portable toilets are available for use on site and should be used, please keep these clean, thank you! Anyone found defecating on the bankside or grounds around the lake will be banned for life and named and shamed. CCTV is now in operation.

17. Marker floats must not be left out in swims, they must be wound in after use.

18. **YOU MUST HAVE A CARP CARE KIT**. Checks will be done to make sure anglers have the approprriate treatment to treat hook wounds etc. Please make sure you have some or you will be asked to leave the fishery. It is not acceptable for anglers to share medi kits, each angler must have their own. 

19. Any fish found to be stressed or dead should be reported to a bailiff or fishery manager immediately.

20. Fixed leads are not allowed - RIGS WILL BE CHECKED BY OUR BAILIFFS. Leadcore is permitted but not exceeding 1 metre in length. NO SWIVELS OR CLIPS TO BE USED TO JOIN YOUR LEADERS TO MAINLINE.

21. No fish from external sources to be brought onto the site (NO LIVE BAITING). No fish are to be taken out of your swim. No fish are to be taken off site under any circumstance, This will result in prosecution to the highest level.

22. Pike fishing is only allowed from October 1st to March 1st. If you are fishing for Pike please reel in your carp rods.

23. All fish caught must be returned to the water unharmed (no fish to be taken away or killed).

24.NO LITTER - TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU, You will be asked to leave if there is litter in or around your swim whether yours or not. We now operate a zero tolerance policy against leaving rubbish. If you are found to of left rubbish by mistake or on purpose you will be banned from the fishery. Please check your swim when leaving.

25. Use of lighting at night should be kept to a minimum.

26. NO DRONES to be used on the fishery at any time unless given permission form Sandhurst lake owners. 

27. Please ensure your nets, mats and weigh slings are dry before entering the fishery, those to be found arriving with wet equipment will be asked to leave immediately. Dip tanks Must be used for slings mats and nets on entering the fishery. THIS WILL BE CHECKED

28. Fishing in the River Blackwater is strictly forbidden.

29. Wading is NOT permitted except for landing fish.

30. Bailiffs will be conducting regular rig checks to ensure anglers are using safe rigs. If unsure please ask.

31. If you are found to be breaking the rules you will be asked to leave the fishery, no matter how long you have been on site or how far you have travelled. Breaking the rules could lead to a lifetime ban and prosecution.

32. Please show consideration to fellow anglers by keeping noise and disturbance to a minimum. Excessive noise will not be tolerated.

33. Anglers must only fish their own water. Anglers fishing across swims or more than half-way must reel back without question if another angler turns up to fish that swim.

34. Anglers may not reserve swims for themselves or other anglers by placing a bait bucket in a swim. On arrival we allow anglers to place a bucket in one swim for no longer than 30 minutes while they collect their equipment from their vehicle. If buckets or any other equipment is found in a swim longer than 30 minutes bailiffs will remove it.

35. No Braided Mainline, except on spod and marker rods.


37. Exit / Entry gate codes must not be disclosed to any third party. Anyone found to allow access to any third party without a gate code will be asked to leave the fishery without a refund and risk of a ban. Please do NOT let anglers in when you are leaving the venue. If they are Arriving to fish they will have a ticket and a code. Cameras are now operating on the front gates and if you are found to of let someone in you will face a life ban.


Anyone found breaking the rules will be asked the leave the fishery without a refund and with the risk of a ban. Rig checks will be routinely undertaken. Checks will also be done to make sure anglers have the approprriate treatment to treat hook wounds etc. Please make sure you have some or you will be asked to leave the fishery.


Any problems please contact a bailiff or Fishery manager on 07766416223