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The lakes at Ferry Meadows Country Park, Overton & Gunwade, are nationally famed for their bream fishing, with match weights well over 100lb very possible. The two lakes are conjoined and also open to the River Nene. The park officially opened in 1978 as part of the masterplan for the expansion of Peterborough and angling has featured heavily since this time. As well as bream, the lakes hold a good head of silverfish, tench, pike, zander and specimen carp to over 40lb. Matches are held regularly throughout the spring and summer (please visit the latest news page for more details) and all are welcome to take part. There are 120 numbered swims across the 2 lakes, offering a wide variety of features to suit all conditions. Safe and convenient parking and facilities are provided by Nene Park Trust and P&DAA members can enjoy a large discount on yearly parking permits for the Park. See below for details

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General Notes For All Venues

These apply to all P&DAA waters

  • Fishing is strictly one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset through out the year, i.e. there is no night fishing available. This rule is strictly enforced.
  • Our waters are mostly shared with other users and have public footpaths crossing them or the river bank forms a public footpath. Anglers do not have preferential rights in these cases. Many of the meadows are grazed by livestock and care should be exercised especially when there are young animals present. Some banks are also public bridleways so expect to see horses at times. Please do not obstruct any public right of way.
  • Parking is as described in each fishery description and must be adhered to. Do not block access to fields or park on protected verges. Never leave valuables on show in your car. Parking at Ferry Meadows and Thorpe Meadows is charged for by the owner, Nene Park Trust, and their parking conditions apply. P&DAA members may buy an annual parking permit for Ferry Meadows at a preferential price (50% discount) on production of a current P&DAA handbook and EA rod licence. Available from the Visitor Centre.
  • Fish welfare is of paramount importance, unhooking mats should be used at all times, a minimum landing net size of 30” applies to specimen anglers. Keepnets are allowed (min 3m) but common sense regarding length of time fish are retained should be observed. Full details on day tickets and in the handbook.
  • Live baiting is prohibited.
  • All fish to be safely returned to the water.
  • Fishing is allowed between 15th March and 15th June on Gunwade and Overton Lakes at Ferry Meadows and the Boathouse Basin at Thorpe Meadows. Some areas may be closed while birds are nesting.
  • It is a condition of season and day ticket membership that a current EA rod licence is held therefore our Water Bailiffs will ask to see licences and refuse access where these cannot be shown.
  • P&DAA enjoys good relationships with its landowners but relies on their generosity in renewing fishing agreements. By following club rules we will maintain our fishing rights for the benefit of all members.

Rules

The bearer is hereby given permission to fish the waters of Peterborough & District Angling Association on the date listed on your e-ticket and under the terms and conditions detailed:

 

PLEASE NOTE ALL TICKETS ARE NON TRANSFERABLE AND NON REFUNDABLE

1. Fishing of any kind is not permitted on any of the Association’s river waters during the close season, 15th March to 15th June inclusive, with the exception of Ferry Meadows lakes and Thorpe Meadows Basin.

2. No night fishing is permitted on any P&DAA waters. Anglers may commence fishing one hour before sunrise and cease one hour after sunset.

3. The use of live freshwater fish as bait is not allowed, only pre-packed shop bought dead bait.

4. Keepnets are permitted. These must be fish friendly and a minimum of 3 metres long. They must be secured correctly so as not to cause any damage, stress or fatality to the fish. Pleasure anglers at Ferry Meadows are permitted to use keepnets only for the retention of silverfish up to 2lb. Bream, other than in matches, must not be retained and must be released upon capture. For matches at Ferry Meadows a minimum of 2 nets must be used with a limit of 50lb per net. On the river there is a 50lb limit per net. Other than in matches, keep nets may not be used to hold specimen fish such as pike, carp or barbel.

5. No fish may be killed or taken away. All fish (including eels) must be returned to the water alive after they have had sufficient time to recover.

6. Landing nets must be used at all times. Nets must be of a 30” minimum size for all specimen and predator fishing including, but not limited to, pike, zander, carp and barbel.

7. Unhooking mats must always be used for fish on the bank. Do not place fish on the ground even if it appears soft and wet. All photography over an unhooking mat and never when stood up.

8. Lead Ban: The following lead shot sizes are not allowed to be used, Swan to No. 6 inclusive and also leger weights up to 1 oz. The allowable exceptions are Swim Feeders where lead is an integral component.

9. No more than three rods may be used at any one time (rod licence(s) to cover the number of rods in use. However, on ALL BACKWATERS anglers may only use one rod.

10. The use of multiple hooks is not allowed. The exception being when an integral part of a lure or to secure a deadbait when predator fishing. The use of gaffs, gags or lip grippers is not permitted. No trolling on P&DAA waters.

11. Overhead Wires: For your safety, fishing is not allowed within 30 metres of any overhead cables and power lines.

12. Anglers must park with consideration, not block any gateway or entrance when parking their vehicle and respect all signage present.

13. Anglers may take their dogs with them when fishing but must keep them under control at all times. They are also responsible for clearing up their dog’s waste and taking it away.

14. Anglers are expected to remove all litter from the bank side, even though they may not be responsible for its being there. Remember discarded fishing tackle is a danger to wildlife.

15. Anglers are reminded that our waters are shared by other users who must be shown respect at all times.

16. Members of our Bailiff team carry ID badges and patrol regularly to check all anglers who use the Association’s Waters have the appropriate documentation and equipment to meet the conditions laid out in the Rules. They will check for proof of membership, day tickets and rod licences. Any abuse or obstruction to a Bailiff is not acceptable and will lead to a loss of membership of the Association and a ban from fishing any of the Association’s waters. Camping, fires, barbecues and excess alcohol are not allowed at any time. The Association reminds its members that the fishing rights are granted by the generosity of our landowners and damage caused to crops, fences or property could result in the loss of these rights. Members are asked to report any damage or vandalism to a Bailiff or any of the Association’s Officers. Please also be aware that any contravention of the above Rules by an angler could lead to a fishing ban from the Association’s waters.

PLEASE ABIDE BY ALL SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES AND FOLLOW ALL CURRENT GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE REGARDING COVID-19 SAFETY

How to Find the Venue…

How to find ferry meadows

Parking is available in one of two car parks located within the park, one upon arrival at the visitors centre, with easiest access to Overton Lake and another at the Watersports Centre for best access to pegs on Gunwade

Access point, Nene Park, Ferry Meadows, Ham Lane, Orton Waterville PE2 5UU

*Parking charges apply

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Night Permit

There are limited places available on Ferry Meadows. Night permit holders are restricted to single night sessions and may not fish consecutive nights. for more information please see out Tickets Page or email pdaamembership@outlook.com

Parking at Ferry Meadows

Parking charges apply at all times at Ferry Meadows. P&DAA members are eligible for a 50% discount on an annual parking permit upon showing proof of membership and a valid enviroment agency licence. For more information please click here to be redirected to Nene Park’s parking information.