Grafham Water Predator Fishing

Fish for pike, perch and zander at one of the UK's best predator waters

What species inhabit Grafham?

With pike weighing up to forty pounds and a twenty pound zander and four pound perch not out of the question, predator fishing at Grafham is becoming recognised as some of the best in the country.

If there is anything you’re unsure about, please telephone or pop into the fishing lodge.

Do I need a permit for predator fishing?

You will. But when you buy our seasonal Predator Permit (£300 plus normal boat fee), you get 10% off at all Anglian Water tackle shops. This allows you to fish all four waters throughout the predator fly, lure and dead sea bait seasons.

A day permit comes in at just £24 (plus boat hire), though, so you can dip in and out with ease.

Day boats at Grafham Water are £27 (single manned £17); Half Day £21 (single manned £15); Winter boats available from 1 November £21 (£15).

Predator Fishing Dates - Boat Only

11 January - 9 February 2020 weekends only
Lure & dead sea bait
Ravensthorpe Water
16 May to 31 January
Fly Fishing
Rutland, Grafham and Pitsford Waters
16 May to 31 January, Subject to boat availability
Lure fishing
Pitsford Water
16 May to 30 November
Fly fishing
Ravensthorpe Water
1 September to 30 September
Lure fishing
Rutland and Grafham Waters
1 October to 30 November
Lure & dead sea bait
Ravensthorpe Water
1 October to 31 January
Lure & dead sea bait
Grafham and Pitsford Waters
9 October to 31 January
Lure & dead sea bait
Rutland Water
9 January to 7 February 2021 (weekends only)
Lure & dead sea bait
Ravensthorpe Water

Predator Fishing Dates - Bank Only

All Year
Lure & dead sea bait
1 March to 30 September
Lure fishing
Hollowell Water*
Open all year
Coarse fishing
Alton Water
1 October to 31 March 
Predator with dead or static bait
Alton Water
15 May to 31 March 
Lure only
Alton Water
1 October to 28 February
Lure & dead sea bait
Hollowell Water*
1 November 2020 to 14 February 2021
Lure & dead sea bait
Pitsford Water

*Costessey and Hollowell are season ticket only waters

Do different rules apply to predator fishing?

We do ask predator anglers to abide by certain rules, so we can protect stock levels and ensure the reservoir water quality is as high as possible.

The ‘check, clean, dry’ policy must be adhered to before and after fishing.
All anglers must hold a valid rod licence.
No trolling under power.
All pike, perch and zander must be returned to the water alive.
Any trout caught must be returned to the water immediately - if a trout is badly hooked and has to be killed, it must be handed to the fishery staff.
No spinners
No spoons under 5inches or 14cm
All hooks are to be barbless or one point barb for attaching dead sea bait if using a treble or attaching hook to lure.
No size limit on soft plastic body and hard body lures.
Wire traces must be used by anglers targeting pike.
Fluorocarbon can be used but only with single barbless hook lures.
Trout are not to be actively targeted. Anyone found targeting trout will be removed from the water.
A maximum of two rods per angler is permitted.
Bank fishing only 1 November – 14 February (lure and dead sea bait) at Pitsford.
No live baiting permitted.
Fly fishing – with fly over 10cm with wire trace from 16 May at all waters.
Dead sea fish baits over 18cm are permitted from 1 October – 31 January (excludes lamprey) on all waters.
Unhooking mats are compulsory and appropriate sized nets must be used.
All boat fishing rules apply.
No trout and pike fishing in the same boat.
Fishing rules for Anglian Waters

Fishing rules for our waters

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Whether you're looking for an action-packed day on the water, a spot of fishing to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing walk in beautiful surroundings, look no further than our fabulous water parks.