Pitsford Water Predator Fishing

Which predators can I catch?

At Pitsford Water, you’re looking at pike. But don’t be surprised if you end up landing something sizeable.

Double-figure pike are taken here regularly and thirty pounders are more common than you might think.

Do I need a specific permit?

Our predator permits are very popular. You can buy a day ticket for £23 or pick up an annual rolling permit (valid for one year from the day of purchase) for just £280.

Day boats at Pitsford Water are £26 (single manned £17); Half Day £21 (single manned £15); Winter boats available from 1 November £19 (£14)

And buying an annual predator permit entitles you to 10% off at all Anglian Water’s well-stocked tackle shops. 

Pitsford Water Predator Fishing
Pitsford Water Predator Fishing

PREDATOR FISHING – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW…

We need to protect our predator stocks and the integrity of the reservoir, so we ask predator anglers to observe the following rules.

Need To Know
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.
Wire traces must be used by anglers targeting pike.
Where treble hooks are used, a wire trace is compulsory.
Trout are not to be actively targeted. Anyone targeting trout will be removed from the water
A maximum of two rods per angler is permitted.
Bank fishing only 1st November – 14th February (lure and dead sea bait).
No live baiting permitted.
Fly fishing – with fly over 10cm with wire trace from 16th May.
Dead sea fish baits over 18cm are permitted from 1 October – 31 January (excludes lamprey).
Unhooking mats and appropriate sized nets must be used.All boat fishing rules apply.
No trout and pike fishing in the same boat.
No Spinners
No spoons under 5 inches or 14cms
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 or hard body lures.

Predator Fishing Dates - Boat Only

Date
Bait
Venue
10 February - 18 February 2018
Lure & dead sea bait
Ravensthorpe Water
16 May to 31 January
Fly Fishing
Rutland, Grafham and Pitsford Waters
16 May to 31 January
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
15 October to 31 January
Lure & dead sea bait
Rutland Water
12 January to 10 February 2019 (weekends only)
Lure & dead sea bait
Ravensthorpe Water

Predator Fishing Dates - Bank Only

Date
Bait
Venue
All Year
Lure & dead sea bait
Costessey*
15 May to 31 March
Lure & dead sea bait
Alton Water
1 March to 30 September
Lure fishing
Hollowell Water*
1 October to 28 February
Lure & dead sea bait
Hollowell Water*
1 November to 10 February
Lure & dead sea bait
Pitsford Water

*Costessey and Hollowell are season ticket only waters

Fishing rules for our waters

Fishing rules for our waters