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our rules

We love our fish, and we want them in the best possible condition for when you catch them.
So please help us by always looking after them and abiding by all the following rules:

1. General Fishery Rules

  • All fishing is strictly by PRE-BOOKING ONLYNo one is to enter unless booked on.

  • The entrance gate is to be kept always locked. The gate code will be given to you prior to your session commencing.

  • Anglers must always be in possession of the required number of Environmental Agency rod licences.

  • No dogs, fires, firearms or weapons to be bought onto the complex whatsoever.

  • No under 16’s unless accompanied by a fishing adult and added onto your booking.

  • All litter to be taken home. Anglers will be responsible for all litter in and around their swim.

  • Any litter left around the fishery will result in a permanent ban from the complex.

  • Parking in designated areas only. Under no circumstance are vehicles allowed on the lake banks. 

  • No damage to wildlife or property, no trespassing on surrounding land.

2. Fish Care Rules

  • Fish are only to be kept in landing nets or retention slings whilst all fish care equipment, weigh slings and cameras are made ready.

  • Please only retain fish for the minimum amount of time, due to the shallow margins of the lake.

  • Please ensure everything is set up and ready to weigh and photograph the fish, to minimise the time the fish is kept out of the water.

  • No one is allowed to enter the site with any wet unhooking mats, nets, slings or any other equipment. Please ensure all your equipment is bone dry before fishing.

  • No carp sacks to be allowed on site at any time.

  • No fish to be introduced or removed. We will prosecute anyone found breaking this rule.

  • Only large well-padded unhooking mats and weigh slings to be always used. Please ensure that these are wetted before use and plenty of water is available when photographing your captures.

3. Restrictions 

  • Strictly barbless hooks only (no micro barbed or crimped barbs).

  • One Zig per angler.

  • No Leaders or lead core of any type.

  • Minimum 15lb mainline. No braided mainline except on spod or marker rods.

  • Maximum 3 rods only.

5. Payments and Cancellations

  • Full payment will be required to secure your booking via the Catch Booking System.

  • Should you need to cancel your session for any reason, we will need to know within 7 days of the start time on your booking in order to cancel and refund your session.

8. Your Fishery Terms

  • All visitors enter the site at their own risk. Berners Hall Fishery & Total Fisheries Management accept no responsibility whatsoever for any loss or damage to fishing tackle, cars, persons or any other property how so ever caused.

  • No damage to wildlife or property, no trespassing on surrounding land.

  • All fishermen must strictly comply with all fishery rules. If in any doubt ask before fishing.

  • Anyone in breach of these rules will be banned. Random checks will be made by staff & bailiffs whose word is final in all matters.


9. Swim Rules

  • Anglers are not permitted to leave their rods by more than one swim distance away.

  • Fishing is only permitted from the designated swims. Bait boats are allowed but please refer to the lake map to see which fishing area belongs to which swim.

  • Always follow the swim map available on our website and on the CATCH booking platform. This contains 'Max Wrap' Distances for each swim on The Res. This must be followed at all times. Nobody should be fishing outside of their section of water, or deemed to be fishing over their maximum wrap distances.

Anyone in breach of these rules will be banned. Random checks will be made by staff or bailiffs

whose word is final in all matters

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