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Fishing at Sywell Country Park

The fishing at Sywell is on a 67-acre (28-hectare) lake built in Edwardian times and opened in 1906 as a water supply reservoir for Rushden and Higham Ferrers.

Although no longer supplying drinking water, Sywell is now recognised as one of the leading tench fisheries in the country. Tench to over 12lb have been caught, although the average is around the 7lb mark.

The fishery also contains pike to over 30lb, roach to over 2lbs and a large number of perch and rudd.

Getting a ticket

Fishing is available on day tickets, concession and evening tickets, 24 hour tickets, 12 month season tickets and winter pike permits.

Tickets must be purchased before you start fishing. Day tickets are available (cash payment only) at any time on a self-serve basis from the Rangers Office near the lower main entrance.

The lower car park is open 24 hours a day or fishermen can park in the upper car park and walk down to the ranger's office at any time.

For season tickets and pike permits, please contact the Rangers' office by emailing [email protected] or calling 0300 126 5935.

​Ticket type ​Period Price
Day ticketDawn to dusk£8
Half day ticketHalf day£4
​Concession ticket for Blue Badge holders and senior citizensDawn to dusk​£4
Age 12 to 16Dawn to dusk£4
Under 12 years oldDawn to duskFree
Evening ticketAfter 4pm until dusk​£4
​24 hour ticket24 hours£12
Concession 24 hour ticket for ​Blue Badge holders and senior citizens24 hours£6
Season ticket36 hour maximum stay, longer by arrangement£100
​Concession season ticket for Blue Badge and senior citizens36 hour maximum stay, longer by arrangement£50
Winter Pike Permit1 October to 31 March£50
​Concession Winter ticket1 October to 31 March​£25

Members of the Tenchfishers group are entitled to a 10% discount on season tickets (on production of green membership card).

Tackle and techniques

There are good fishing spots all round the reservoir including the ever popular dam wall. Both surfaced and mown paths provide easy access to swims.

Weed growth can be prolific later in the season so early season is best for lighter line fishing. Waggler and feeder fishing are both successful methods for the tench. Static, drifting and wobbled dead baits and lures can all take their share of the specimen pike.

  • ​All fish must be returned alive
  • All anglers must have a valid rod licence
  • All anglers must be in possession of a valid ticket before commencing fishing (available from the ranger's office)
  • Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Bait boats are not allowed
  • Tents are not allowed
  • Anglers are responsible for clearing all litter in their swim
  • Barbless hooks only (max size 8 for tench fishing)
  • Unhooking mats are to be used by all anglers
  • Anti-tether leads and feeders only (e.g. sliding or break-away)
  • Lead weights must be a maximum of 1oz
  • No landing nets smaller than 30 inches
  • Keepnets for silverfish only. No tench or pike in keepnets
  • 2 rods max for tench fishing
  • Pike fishing all year
  • Bite alarm volume must be kept to a minimum
  • Live baits are not allowed
  • All Pink rigs must have a wire trace

Please check your rod licence carefully for Environment Agency rules.

General rules and by-laws for the park can be found on the noticeboard.

Further information

For further information, please call the Rangers office on 0300 126 5935 or email [email protected].

Last updated 01 April 2022