Coarse Fishing On The Longleat Estate

Notice: Longleat Lakes are currently closed for fishing for maintenance purposes.

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 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.

Please note all anglers must be in possession of rod licenses. Anglers must not drive over the grass to unload or pick up fishing kit, all vehicles must park in the designated parking areas.



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.


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 for Shear Water and Little Shear Water:

  Adult Junior (up to 3 rods)*

Senior (up to 3 rods)**

Per Person
Day Ticket (7am-9am) £12 £6 £6 -
Half-Day Ticket (3pm-9pm) £6 £4 £4 -
24hr tickets - - - £24
Spectator - - - £5

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

Please note:

  • The Day Ticket and Half-Day Ticket will run through to 9pm OR dusk, whichever comes sooner
  • Tickets for the Shear Water lakes will be issued on the banks through the water bailiff.


  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. All fish to be returned to lakes.
  10. Environment Agency licence required for all lakes.
  11. No alcohol.
  12. Strictly no dogs (Longleat).
  13. No fires or BBQ’s. Only small gas stoves are allowed.
  14. 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.

For further information please contact:

Nick Robbins, Longleat Water Bailiff

Tel: 01985 844496

Mob: 07889 625999 or 07593834596...between the hours of 8am and 6pm ONLY