Fishing

 

Coarse Fishing On The Longleat Estate

Longleat Estate offers some of the highest quality coarse fishing available in Britain in its superb lakes and set in beautiful surroundings in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside.

The Estate redeveloped the fishing lakes in 1989 and over the last 19 years, with careful fishery management and an extensive stocking programme, the fisheries have flourished to become renowned nationwide.

The Estate’s fisheries consist of five lakes, each offering something different to cater for the specimen angler, the pleasure angler and the complete beginner. Below is a guide to what each lake has to offer.

 


Top Lake, Longleat

The Top Lake, extending to some 7 acres, is a specialist carp fishery with 600+ carp over 10lb. Over the last three years the Top Lake has really come into its own for carp fishing with the venue’s young, fast growing carp now reaching up to just over 35lb, with a good head of twenties. The fishery contains mirrors, ghosts, and commons, and the average size is high at around 17-18lb. Day-tickets and night-tickets are available.

 

Prices:

  Adult Junior/Senior* Per Person
Day ticket (7am to 7pm) £10 £10 -
24hr tickets £20 £20 -
Spectator - - £5


* must be in possession of a junior or concession rod licence

Please note:

Only one spectator per paying angler for night fishing


Middle Lake, Longleat

The 4 acre Middle Lake is a very heavily stocked, predominantly carp fishery, with a large number of fish in the 3lb to 20lb bracket. Bags to 60lb plus are taken on a daily basis during the 

warmer months, along with numerous 100lb plus hauls over the course of the season. The Middle Lake also holds a good head of quality roach to 2lb, perch to 5lb and bream to 6lb making it an ideal pleasure fishery.

 

Prices:

  Adult Junior/Senior
(1-rod)*
Junior
(2-rod)*
Per Person
Day Ticket (7am-9am) £10 £6 £10 -
Half-Day Ticket (3pm-9pm) £6 £4 £6 -
24hr tickets - - - £20
Spectator - - - £5

 

* must be in possession of a junior or concession rod licence

Please note:

  • Only one spectator per paying angler for night fishing
  • The Day Ticket and Half-Day Ticket will run through to 9pm OR dusk, whichever comes sooner

Bottom Lake, Longleat 

Set in the grounds of Longleat House, the 2 acre Bottom Lake is ideal for novices, juniors, and more experienced anglers who want plenty of action. The lake is heavily stocked with small carp, perch, and crucians, with mixed bags to 60lb common place. The lake is the shallowest of the three lakes at Longleat making it the easiest for inexperienced anglers to fish. There is a car park near the Bottom Lake which makes it ideal for the disabled or those with walking difficulties.

 

Prices:

  Adult Junior/Senior
(1-rod)*
Junior
(2-rod)*
Per Person
Day Ticket (7am-9am) £10 £6 £10 -
Half-Day Ticket (3pm-9pm) £6 £4 £6 -
24hr tickets - - - £20
Spectator - - - £5


* must be in possession of a junior or concession rod licence

Please note:

  • The bottom lake may be closed during peak periods due to pedal boats being used on the lake.
  • Only one spectator per paying angler for night fishing
  • The Day Ticket and Half-Day Ticket will run through to 9pm OR dusk, whichever comes sooner

Shear Water Lake, Crockerton (Nr Warminster)

Extending to some 37 acres, Shear Water Lake offers some of the finest fishing available in Britain, at a site of outstanding beauty. Completely surrounded by mature trees and bushes, Shear Water is without doubt one of the most scenic fishing spots in the country and its massive head of quality fish makes it extremely popular.

The Estate took Shear Water back in hand in the late 1980’s and the fishery has now developed into one of the country’s top venues. The Lake holds a big head of carp from 2lb to 26lb providing excellent sport for the specimen and pleasure anglers. The lake also boasts a huge head of bream which produce bags regularly over 50lb. Quality roach, perch, tench and rudd are in profusion making Shear Water a truly mixed fishery. In 2002, 15 new carp were introduced to the lake, weighing in at 15-18lbs. A yearly stocking programme of young, fast growing carp is also in place.

2011 New Stock! – 12 Simmo Commons 17lb - 19lb plus 150 carp at 2lb – 4lb

 

Prices:

  Adult Junior/Senior
(1-rod)*
Junior
(2-rod)*
Per Person
Day Ticket (7am-9am) £10 £6 £10 -
Half-Day Ticket (3pm-9pm) £6 £4 £6 -
24hr tickets - - - £18
Spectator - - - £5


* must be in possession of a junior or concession rod licence

Please note:

  • Only one spectator per paying angler for night fishing
  • The Day Ticket and Half-Day Ticket will run through to 9pm OR dusk, whichever comes sooner

Little Shear Water, Crockerton (Nr Warminster)

The 1½ acre Little Shear Water (directly below the main lake) is an outstanding roach venue with stacks of quality roach to 1lb 8oz that regularly produce bags of 30lb plus. The venue also holds a big head of carp (up to 22lb) well into double figures, plus a good head of perch, rudd and bream, making it an ideal all round venue for anglers who like small, intimate venues.

 

Prices:

  Adult Junior/Senior
(1-rod)*
Junior
(2-rod)*
Per Person
Day Ticket (7am-9am) £10 £6 £10 -
Half-Day Ticket (3pm-9pm) £6 £4 £6 -
24hr tickets - - - £18
Spectator - - - £5


* must be in possession of a junior or concession rod licence

Please note:

  • Only one spectator per paying angler for night fishing
  • The Day Ticket and Half-Day Ticket will run through to 9pm OR dusk, whichever comes sooner

Rules:

  1. No nuts, peas, beans or party mix.
  2. No keepnets or carp sacks.
  3. Up to 3 rods (2 licenses required)
  4. Barbless hook only – rig checks will be carried out.
  5. No braided lines or hook lengths.
  6. An unhooking mat must be used.
  7. Minimum 10lb line, Top Lake.
  8. Bivvies only – strictly NO TENTS for night fishing.
  9. Spectators - £5.00 each.
  10. All fish to be returned to lakes.
  11. Environment Agency licence required for all lakes.
  12. No alcohol.
  13. Strictly no dogs (Longleat).
  14. No fires or BBQ’s. Only small gas stoves are allowed.
  15. No bait boats.

 

Rules for Pike Fishing at Shear Water

Selected dates available October to March. Please call the water bailiff on the number below for details.

  1. Dead sea bait only.
  2. Barbless trebles only.
  3. Must use wire trace.
  4. 15lb minimum line.
  5. Un-hooking mat MUST be used.
  6. Long nosed forceps required.
  7. No sacking.
  8. No unaccompanied juniors.
  9. No unattended rods.
  10. No night fishing.
  11. All fish to be returned to lakes.

 

There is no parking on the Main Lodge Drive and driving across the grass is not permitted.

NO BBQ’S

 

For tickets to the Longleat Top, Middle and Bottom Lakes:
please pay at the main toll booths and retain your receipt. If a receipt cannot be provided then you will need to pay on the bank.

 

For tickets to the Shear Water lakes:
please pay on the banks.

 

Please note that for night fishing you must have entered Longleat and be at the lakeside before 7pm. There is no access to the Longleat Estate after this time.

 

For further information please contact:

Nick Robbins, Longleat Water Bailiff

Tel: 01985 844496

Mob: 07889 625999...between the hours of 8am and 6pm ONLY