Please read our rules

Our rules exist to ensure Holme Fen Fishery becomes one of the best carp fishing venues in the country, and also to ensure the safety of both you and the fish. We ask you abide by our rules at all times whilst on the venue, as failure to do so may result in you being asked to leave and receiving an instant ban. The owner maintains the complex to a high standard with conservation at the forefront of his planning, so please respect this and help to protect both the vegetation and wildlife.

Please note: during warmer months when water levels are low it will be necessary to enter the water to land and return fish. All fish looking 40lb or more should be landed, unhooked, photo’d and returned in the water. Please come prepared with waders or shorts.

  • Fishing strictly by prior booking only .When arriving at the site (no earlier than 9:30) enter the gates and park in the main car park. You can walk around the lake but please do not bother existing anglers. A draw will be held in the main car park  at 11:00. Once you have selected where to fish you may drive to the swim (as near as permitted) to unload your equipment before parking your car in the nearest designated car park. Your car must then be left in the car park for the duration of your stay – it should NOT be used to travel to the toilet to the gate to pick up a takeaway or around the lake to see other anglers irrespective of the weather conditions.
  • All slings, mats and nets must be dry prior to entering the site – anybody caught unpacking damp equipment will be asked to leave immediately without refund. Fish safety is of paramount importance.
  • Minimum age is 18 years for any exceptions please call to discuss.
  • No non-angling guests permitted on the fishery.
  • 3 rod maximum.
  • No naked chod rigs, braid, leadcore or leaders (such as snag/shock leaders) of any kind.
  • No braided mainline apart from on spod and marker rods.
  • Minimum of 1 meter tubing on all mono or fluorocarbon lines rigs (if you have trouble with this try Korda tubing as it is easy to thread).
  • Pellets and Tiger nuts may be used in moderation but must be purchased from the fishery in advance through this website.
  • No bait boats unless your have booked the whole lake.
  • Micro-barbed hooks only with maximum size 6.
  • Maximum lead size of 4oz.
  • Minimum line strength of 15lb inc Zigs.
  • Suitable EXTRA LARGE slings and SIDED carp mats or cradles must be used (over 100cm in size) – no flat or beanie mats allowed. Minimum landing net size of 42” arms. Please make sure all fish are weighed and photographed as close to the water as possible, avoid carrying fish in your landing net (use your sling to carry landing net and fish to your mat) as this will aid their recovery. Any fish looking over 40lb should not be removed from the water, please unhook, weight and photograph in the water. These are big fish so please ensure your equipment is suitably sized (big pit reels, 3lb Meadows / 2.5lb Poachers min TC rods), anybody with inadequate equipment will be asked to purchase replacements from the fishery or asked to leave without refund. Please ensure you have the correct equipment before booking.
  • Carp may only be held in a large recovery sling to assist weighing and photographing – the maximum time should not exceed 30mins. No carp to be placed in a sack.
  • Particles (seeds pulses etc.) may be used but must be well soaked well cooked and used in moderation.
  • Maggots may be used after Nov
  • No artificial (plastic) bait apart from zig bugs.
  • Fishing is allowed from designated swims only. Please do not damage the vegetation.
  • No dogs allowed.
  • No rods to be left unattended (unofficial 40m remote rule applies however please be aware that this could lead to you being in trouble with the Environment Agency).
  • Always respect other anglers and do not cast into adjacent swims.
  • No fires. You may use BBQ’s but please ensure these are placed on bricks or slabs provided, do not place directly on the grass
  • No movement of fish. Fish should be returned to the lake they were caught.
  • Badly damaged fish must be retained in a sling and reported to the emergency numbers immediately.
  • Please carry fish care treatments to use on all hook holds marks or damaged fins etc.
  • Your ticket permits fishing from 11:00 on the date of arrival. You must leave the fishery no later than 11:00 on your day of departure. Do not arrive on site before 10:30 (there is nowhere for you to wait) – if you are early the local villages of Earith or Somersham have local amenities. On your arrival you may walk around the lake while waiting for the 11:00 draw.
  • Anglers may not leave the site after 20:00 or before 06:00 unless in an emergency.
  • Takeaway deliveries must be made before 20:00. Food must be collected from the on-site collection point at the main car park so ensure the takeaway driver has your mobile and you have provided them with the gate combination number – do not leave rods in water unattended or use cars to collect.
  • Pictures of all 35lb+ plus fish should be emailed to the fishery team within 2 days with your name and size of fish, date, bait used plus any other information you think applicable email address to use: info@holmefenfishery.co.uk.
  • All rubbish to be taken away with you. Any angler with rubbish in their swim will be asked to leave and those leaving rubbish in a swim will be banned. If there is rubbish in your swim upon arrival please report to this to the bailiff.
  • Use the toilet provided near your swim – the bushes are not a toilet.
  • Emergency Numbers (to be used for emergency calls only): Martin 07531 910515 Mike 07950 666058.