- Fisheries Rules for 2020/21 Season.
NVF Etiquette guidelines 2020
We have felt the need to give guidelines to assist good conduct from our anglers while fishing at Nar Valley.
Long stay anglers - The same swim can only be fished for 7 consecutive nights by the same angler, and that angler may not return to that swim for 7 consecutive nights.
Fishing close to another angler - When two anglers are fishing opposite each other they may only fish halfway across the lake.
Recognised double swims - One side or other must be made available to any angler wishing to fish there if only one angler is present.
The Nar Valley Fisheries rules will remain unchanged for 2020/21 apart from an additional rule 20.
The addition to the rules is as follows:-
20/ Sleeping in a vehicle with your rods fishing is not permitted.
Due to a very small number of irresponsible anglers, we have felt the need to include this rule on our list for the future. This season we have seen vehicles being parked in precarious positions in order to reduce the distance to the rods with no regards at all to the consequences if the vehicle may slip or weather conditions change, or, the vehicle is properly parked on the roadway with a large distance to the rods, sometimes down a wet, slippery slope. Coupled with the fact that the angler is inside the van with the sliding door shut, this gives the fish the opportunity to circumnavigate the lake three times before the hooks are set! This is not acceptable or caring for our fish.
We hope you will understand why we have made the change and we appreciate your co-operation in adhering to this alteration.
Should you require any further clarification please contact Chris Newell - Fisheries manager
Nar Valley Fisheries Manager
1/ Fishing from permanent swims only
Applies to all lakes except Narside.
2/ Fishing the lakes will be permitted from 1st June to 31st March.
Fishing the River Nar will be permitted from 16th June to 14th March.
Day members :- Access to Lake Geneva will be from one hour after dawn to one hour before dusk during BST (British Summer Time).
Site access will be from dawn to dusk for all lakes except Lake Geneva as above.
Premium Night Permit :- Night fishing permitted on all Lakes including Lake Geneva
Standard Night Permit :- Night fishing permitted on all Lakes except Lake Geneva. Lake Geneva can be fished from 1st October to 28th February only.
3/ Baitboats, Drones or any radio controlled device are not permitted to be used or allowed on site.
4/ Keepnets are permitted.
Fish may only be retained for a maximum of 2 hours.
Absolutely No Carp, Pike or Wels Catfish to be retained.
No fish may be brought to or removed from the fishery, or moved from one part of the fishery to another.
5/ Barbless hooks only to be used / carried at all times.
Only manufactured barbless hooks are permitted for use and allowed on site.
Anyone found in possession of a hook (other than a treble hook for Pike fishing) with any trace of a barb will be deemed to be acting with intent, resulting in immediate exclusion from the fishery.
6/ Access gate to be closed and locked at all times.
7/ No fires to be lit.
Barbeques are permitted and must be at least 300mm above the ground.
8/ No litter to be left.
All litter in and around your swim is your responsibility.
This includes cigarette ends.
9/ A maximum of two rods may be used on Lakes 1 to 4, a maximum of three rods may be used on Lakes 5 & 6, which at no time should be left unattended.
Rods must not be left unattended.
You may go one swim (No more than 20 metres) away from your rods (as we understand socialising is a big part of fishing).
You may leave your rods under the care of another fisherman who is within 20 metres of your rods and able to hear your alarms.
If in doubt please reel in.
Anglers not present in their swim and leaving rods unattended whilst fishing are committing an offence under EA National Bylaw 10 Phase 2.
2 hours maximum away from swim, longer than this requires equipment and tackle to removed from the swim.
10/ Permits and ID to be carried at all times and offered for inspection on any request.
11/ Do not wander beyond designated fishing areas.
12/ Please keep noise and light to a minimum and have regard for other anglers.
13/ All juniors to be accompanied by an adult fishing in the next swim.
14/ Fish friendly rigs only.
Barbless hooks only.
No bent hooks.
No fixed bolt rigs or permanent fixed leads / rigs (all leads, beads, etc must be releasable in case of line breakage).
Safezone style leaders and tubing can be used.
No Braided mainline or shock leaders except on marker and spod rods.
Rigs must be as safe as possible for the fish and other wildlife.
No abrasive or sharp materials (other than hook) may be used as any part of the terminal tackle or hook links within 2 metres of the hook.
Leads that are not released if the line should break are not permitted.
Other rigs may be reviewed if they are seen to damage stock and / or wildlife.
End tackle that allows the fish to free itself if a breakage occurs is compulsory.
Only a maximum of 1 metre (39") of non abrasive material may be used as a leader.
15/ A minimum line breaking strain of 15lb must be used when fishing with rods of 2.5lb test curve or more. A minimum diameter of 0.33mm measured with a micrometer is required to adhere to this rule.
Tapered leader lines – We have been debating the use of these lines at NVF and have decided to allow their use from now on. These lines afford more positive than negative points with one of the big plus’s being the increased abrasive resistance at the business end to combat the gravel bars and zebra mussels. They are not just a casting tool but can be used for good presentation at short range and remove the need for a knot behind the lead allowing free movement in the case of a breakage.
16/ Unhooking mats must be used at all times with Carp Cradles used for Carp and Wels catfish over 10lb.
Treat ALL fish that have been caught, with the utmost care.
All fish caught to be treated with Carp Klinic (or other proprietary brand) on hook-hold and any other damaged areas.
17/ Officially appointed bailiffs have the authority to suspend, expel or refuse admission to any person whose conduct is deemed detrimental to the interest of the fishery.
Angler's luggage, equipment and vehicles may be inspected at any time whilst on site.
18/ Anglers fishing do so on the understanding that Middleton Aggregates Ltd and Gayton Road Fisheries accept no liability whatsoever for loss of life, damage, injury or loss to persons or property whilst on site.
No wading to bait up or cast.
No bathing or swimming in the lakes.
Excessive drinking leading to unruly or abusive behaviour towards fishery officials or others around the lake will NOT be tolerated.
Although alcohol is permitted please drink responsibly being considerate of your safety and that of the fish; respect other anglers right to peace and quiet.
No guns or other weapons (such as slingshots except for projecting bait) may be carried or used at any time.
19/ The use of the site boat is restricted to authorised keyholders only.
20/ Sleeping in a vehicle with your rods fishing is not permitted.
As promised, we have looked at possible exceptions to the new rule 20 ‘stopping the use of vehicles for sleeping while fishing’. The following is the only concession to allow the quick overnight angler to use a vehicle as a bivvy in weekday nights in the winter and during the causeway closure period. The rules attached to this practice are unique to this exception and do not reflect or apply to any other rules or guidelines associated with Nar Valley Fisheries.
New Rule 20 Exceptions
1/ Only applies to the first 5 swims on the causeway where the vehicle can be parked in the same position as a bivvy on the causeway on solid level ground.
2/ Only applies from 1st October to 28th February and during the causeway closure period.
3/ Sunday night to Thursday night only
4/ Maximum stay is 20 hours
5/ The vehicle must be parked fully on the roadway within the bund line.
6/ A non-slip mat must be placed below the vehicle exit.
7/ Rods must be placed within 3 metres of the vehicle and on the same level. E.g. Not down the step or steps.
PIKE FISHING RULES
No rods to be unattended or spread out in different swims
All rods to be set no more than 3 metres apart.
Three rods may be used on the larger lakes, two rods only on the 4 smaller lakes.
Effective bite indication registering both runs and drop back bites must be used at all times. Runs must be struck as soon as possible.
Wires traces must always be used. Minimum 450mm (18") of 20lb BS wire.
Treble hooks must be barbless or semi-barbed for bait fishing. (Semi-barbless means two barbless with a bait holding hook only).
No more than two hooks on each trace.
All spinning / lure fishing must be carried out with barbless hooks only
Braided main line may be used for lure, plug or spinning rods only.
Adequate sized landing nets must be carried and used.
Gags and Gaffs are prohibited. Forceps and wire cutters must be carried at all times
Dogs must be kept on a lead and under control at all times. Owners are required to clean up after their dogs.
The practice of retaining a swim by leaving tackle, bivvies or any other equipment unattended is not permitted.
No bivvy's are allowed to block paths as access required across the fishery at all times.
Time-sharing of a swim (rotating occupancy) between members is not acceptable.
Guest permits - Available to members from 1st July to 31st October for all lakes except Lake Geneva. Available for all lakes from 1st November to 28th February.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE FORFEITURE OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP TICKET WITHOUT REFUND.
ALL ANGLERS MUST READ AND UNDERSTAND THE FISHERY RULES, BEFORE FISHING THE LAKES. NO EXCUSE WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR NOT UNDERSTANDING THE RULES. ANY QUESTION REGARDING THESE RULES CAN BE ANSWERED BY THE FISHERY MANAGER OR APPOINTED BAILIFFS.
FISH CARE AND WELL BEING IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, ALONG WITH PROTECTING THE FISHERIES AND ULTIMATELY YOUR ENJOYMENT OF THE COMPLEX.
SO DONT FEEL AGGRIEVED IF THE FISHERIES STAFF ASK TO SEE YOUR PERMIT OR INSPECT YOUR TACKLE MORE THAN ONCE A SEASON THEY ARE JUST DOING THIER JOB.
- The use of the site boat is restricted to authorised keyholders only.
- Officially appointed bailiffs have the authority to suspend, expel or refuse admission to any person whose conduct is deemed detrimental to the interest of the fishery. Angler’s luggage, equipment and vehicles may be inspected at any time whilst on site.
- Anglers fishing do so on the understanding that Middleton Aggregates Ltd and Gayton Road Fisheries accept no liability whatsoever for loss of life, damage, injury or loss to persons or property whilst on site.
- FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE FORFEITURE OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP TICKET WITHOUT REFUND.
- Guest Tickets
July through to February tickets will be available from tackle shops (Anglers Corner, Shipshape Kings Lynn, Kevs Tackle Swaffham, Outdoor Antics Downham Market) as well.
This is to minimise the number of guests using the fisheries at the start and end of the season, allowing our members to take more advantage of the better periods.