Grafham Water Trout Fishing

Anglian Water trout fisheries to open from 1 April
Following the Prime Minister’s ‘road map’ announcement on 22 February, we can confirm that we are going to open Rutland, Grafham, Pitsford and Ravensthorpe waters for Fly fishing for Trout from bank and boat from the 1 April. Boat fishing will be for either single anglers or two anglers, but not three anglers sharing until further notice.

Special arrangements for boat and bank bookings 1 - 11 April
Based on the ‘road map’ the fishing lodges will be unable to open until 12 April at the earliest, so all boats booked between the 1 April and the 11 April will need to be pre-paid at the point of booking, the same as how we operated for much of last season.

Bank tickets can be purchased over the phone for 1 - 11 April  (although we suggest leaving this closer to the date of your visit. Rutland and Pitsford vendor huts will be available upon opening for bank tickets.

Phone lines are now open for boat bookings
Our lodges are taking boat bookings over the phone  8am - 5pm 7 days a week.

Rutland 01780 686441
Grafham 01480 810531
Pitsford 01604 781350
Ravensthorpe 01604 770875

All boats booked after 12 April at our fisheries do not need to be paid for in advance (we will accept voicemail bookings with just a name and number for these).

Please read the document on Information and Operating Procedures below.

To ensure we comply with social distancing and government guidelines, the fisheries will be observing new operating procedures. We ask that you respect these guidelines and follow them to ensure all our staff and visitors remain safe.

Grafham Water offers fantastic trout fishing challenges for anglers of every level of experience.

Information and Operating Procedures July 2020

Information and Operating Procedures July 2020.

Terms and Conditions prepaid permits and boat hire from June 2020

Terms & conditions prepaid permit and boat hire.

Grafham Water Trout and Coarse Fishing

What might I catch?

The trout fishing season at Grafham Water usually runs from the first Friday in March  to 31st January. We have healthy trout fish populations, with 65% of the trout weighing in at two pounds and some even tipping the scales at fifteen. So, why not try and catch the weigh-in of one of our national and international competitions at the fishing lodge? They’re normally at around 18:00.

Are beginners welcome?

Absolutely. There are beginners’ courses running all season long. Covering tackle, technique, safety and boat handling, our qualified instructors will soon have you up to speed. Click here to find out more.

Our tackle shop has everything you’ll need, even if you’re starting from scratch. The staff want you to be safe on the water, so, when you drop in, ask them about our Safe Start DVD. 

It’s full of really handy info but, if you don’t think you’ll have time when you visit, you can watch it below.

Hooked! Fishing Guide

Each spring we publish Hooked!, an annual guide to everything you need to know about trout fishing. 

Email to request a copy or pick one up at any of our fishing lodges. 

Fishing Prices 2021

Permit Type
Day permit - Eight fish plus catch and release at Grafham
Sporting permit - One fish limit - barbless flies only
Four fish Day permit - Four fish limit plus catch and release at Grafham Water. 
Senior citizen - Six fish limit plus catch & release at Grafham Water Park
Summer sunset - one fish plus catch & release (available from 6pm June - August)
Day boat at Grafham Water
Half day boat (before or after 2pm)
Single-manned day boat
Single-manned half day boat (before or after 2pm)
Sunset boat (after 6pm)
Winter day boat (Single-manned) (available from 1 November)
£21 (£15)
Wheelyboat (Blue Badge holders only)
Senior citizen boat hire every Tuesday throughout the season & Thursdays during July & August (Single-manned)
£20 (£15)

Do I have to buy a permit?

That’s right. Whether you’re looking for a day ticket or a seasonal permit, the tackle shop is your first port of call. 

In the unlikely event that it’s closed, pop across to the anglers car park and a ranger will see to your needs. They tend to be in the workshop.

Season Permits

Boat Limit
Bank Limit
Ravo Day Limit
Ravo Days/Week
Season Limit
Price (£ inc VAT)
1 Premium Season
8 + C&R
8 + C&R
2 + C&R
2 Standard Season
8 + C&R
6 + C&R
2 + C&R
3 Economy Plus Season
4 + C&R
4 + C&R
1 + C&R
4 Economy Season
1 + C&R
1 + C&R
1 + C&R
5 Starter Season
1 + C&R
1 + C&R
1 + C&R



1–4. Fishery day limit plus catch & release. Valid from opening dates to 31 January

. Maximum 2 seasons following AWS course. No junior reduction. Valid 8 months pro rata


Competition Calendar 2021

The Competition Calendar for 2021.

Fishing rules for our waters

Fishing rules for our waters

Fishing, walking, cycling, water sports

Our water parks not only bring vital water resources for the region, but they also provide a fantastic day out for all the family.

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.