Rules & Regulations

1. Subscriptions and applications for membership

1.1 Members annual subscriptions shall be paid prior to 1st March. Any subscriptions received later than 1st March but prior to 1st June will incur a surcharge as decided at an A.G.M . Any member who has not renewed their membership by paying in full all the relevant sums due by 1st June will cease to be a member and will have to reapply for membership.

1.2 That the joining fee be set by the committee and shall apply to new adult members. A new member is anyone who did not have membership the previous season.

1.3 That youth members do not pay any joining fee when first joining or when attaining the age of 21 providing a permit was held whilst a youth.

2. Permits and Licences

2.1 Members and visitors must carry their Association permit and appropriate Environment Agency Licence when fishing and must at all times produce them on application from any officer, bailiff of the Environment Agency, police officer, or any angler who produces their own permit and Environment Agency licence. Failure to do so will result in the angler being required to cease fishing until they are able to produce them.

2.2 Any person fishing shall permit Police Officers, Water Bailiffs, officers or officials of the Association or Environment Agency or anyone holding valid permission to fish or a valid licence, to inspect the fish, baits and tackle in their possession.

2.3 Permit holders shall be granted temporary membership of the association for the duration of the permit. The temporary membership does not grant voting rights or the right to use exchange tickets.

3. Trout Fishing

3.1 For all Rivers – while K.A.A promote catch and release, only 2 trout between 10 inches and 12 inches may be killed per day. The fishing method shall be restricted to fly only with barbless or debarbed Hooks at all times.

3.2 For Derwentwater – while K.A.A promote catch and release, only 2 trout between 10 inches and 12 inches may be killed per day. Any legal fishing method may be used. (Live baiting is expressly prohibited.)

4. Salmon Fishing

4.1 For salmon any legal method may be used at any time. (Live baiting is expressly prohibited.)The use of all spinning baits and lures for Salmon on the rivers is allowed only when the river is at a suitable height or colour. If in doubt contact the Bailiff.

4.2 Salmon fishing on all Keswick Angling Association Water is be catch and release only.

4.3 All fishing for salmon is to be with barbless or debarbed hooks.

5. Coarse Fishing.

5.1 For all rivers fishing method shall be restricted to fly only with barbless or debarded hooks at all times.

5.2 All coarse fish are to be returned to the water with careful handling.

5.3 For all coarse fishing on Derwentwater the use of barbless or debarbed Hooks and landing mats is preferred.

6. The use of prawn, shrimp, salmon roe, cheese, offal and bread as bait or any form of ground baiting is strictly forbidden for all species at all locations at all times.

7. The use or carrying of a gaff is prohibited on all Association water at all times.

8. Dogs must be kept strictly under control. Anglers must avoid damaging fences and crops and disturbing animals must approach the river or lake by recognised paths.

9. Access and fishing

9.1 When fishing in fenced off areas of river bank anglers shall note that all cutting of vegetation on these is areas is governed by a management agreement with Natural England. Anglers shall proceed within the fenced off areas by the most direct route from the access stiles and gates direct to the river. Where cut or marked paths exist these must be used as the only route to the river.

9.2 Anglers shall leave all gates – open or closed – just as they find them. If in doubt (e.g. if farm stock look likely to escape from a field) then close the gate.

9.3 Anglers, when fishing downstream, must commence fishing from the head of a pool and must move down the pool if other anglers are waiting to move in behind.

9.4 Anglers must obey Environment Agency Byelaws.

10. Members must attend at least three working parties in a year if called upon to do so or their permit may be forfeit.

11. Only a full member of the association can participate in the exchange system with other associations.

12. That any fishing upstream of Threlkeld Bridge to be fly only for trout – strictly no deliberate salmon fishing at any time and any salmon caught to be returned but notified in annual catch returns

13. Any person fishing worm in September and October is obliged to carry a disgorger.

14. Failure to return any exchange permit by the specified time may result in the suspension of the offending anglers K.A.A membership.

15. Monetary Gains

15.1 The use of Association waters in return for payment shall only be permitted by written agreement of the committee. The number of approvals will be strictly limited and will be subject to conditions of operation & use.

15.2 No more than two individuals at any one time shall be allowed to be tutored on the Association waters and each must hold a valid permit.


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