Cumbria has the highest number of lakes in the UK, so why not bring your fishing road with you to Borrowdale Gates for a spot of fishing in one of the most picturesque parts of the world? Not only do we have an absolute wealth of places for you to practise your techniques, fishing in the north of England is much cheaper, and considerably quieter, than in the south.
The Lakes are well known for their stocks of high quality salmon, brown trout and sea trout, with our larger lakes popular for coarse and pike fishing opportunities. The River Eden, which is the biggest river in Cumbria, is known to be the best source of trout in the country.
If you’re looking for specialist angling settings, you’ll find that angling associations are in charge of a lot of the fishing inside the National Park. You’ll find a warm welcome, and a choice of daily or weekly permits.
Looking for something more informal? Fishing is free at Ullswater, Coniston Water and Windermere. You can pick up perch, trout and pike. Peak season here is March to June, and if you’ve got a silver tongue, you might be able to charm one of the local anglers into taking you out on their boats. It’s not easy, but the rewards of having a local guide will make it well worth it.
Disabled anglers will also find something for them. Pop down to Coniston Boating Centre, with its adapted boat, accessible for wheelchairs.
As with all fishing activities, it’s important to make sure that you have a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence before casting your line in the Lake District, and that you don’t use live bait, which might introduce diseases into our beautiful lakes.
Cumbrian fishing may not be the most well known activity, but once you’ve sampled this hidden gem, you’re sure to be back, and Borrowdale Gates will have a room waiting for your return.