Fishing for pike at Eyebrook Reservoir

Luke Kelbrick of Chester with a super fit pike taken during the Eyebrook pike trials

Eyebrook Trout Fishery will be open to anglers who wish to fly fish for pike from 16th June 2016 and will continue till the end of the fishing season on 30th October 2016. Pike anglers will also be able to fish for pike from the 1st October until the 30th October with sea dead baits and large lures.

Regardless of the time of the the season the booking of predator fishing is strongly recommended as we are a busy commercial trout fly fishery.

We look forward to meeting you, and please be aware of our pike fishing rules listed below... 

Pike Fishing Rules ; 

Predator fishing for Pike with bait and lures begins on 1st October.

All anglers must use the boats and engines provided

Fishing for pike is not permitted from either float tubes or fishing kayaks

No electric engines to be used.

Trolling with dead baits and lures is not allowed.

A maximum of two rods may be used.

The only methods allowed for fishing for pike from boat or bank is with lures and dead seafish over 18cm (this excludes lamprey)

Live bait and freshly killed dead baits are banned and must not be brought onto the fishery – anyone found bringing live bait onto the fishery will be prosecuted for illegal fish movements and banned for life. Do not bring sacks onto the fishery – all fish must be returned to the water immediately after capture.

All anglers must be in possession of suitable tackle, i.e. carp or pike rods – the use of sea tackle is not permitted. Juniors must be accompanied by an adult (who must be experienced predator anglers) at all times

All trout and perch caught accidentally must be returned to the water immediately. Trout that are unavoidably killed must be handed to a member of the fishery team for disposal. The angler must not retain them.

All fish caught must be treated with the utmost care

You must have the correct unhooking equipment-a large landing net (minimum 42 inch or larger) and large unhooking mat (minimum 42 inches or larger preferably with a 2 inch thick bottom and sides)
All predators caught must be carefully unhooked (long nosed forceps and hook cutters a must have) whether in the enclosure of a landing net in the water or on an unhooking mat.

Main lines must be a minimum of 15lb line or 30lb braid

You must use a recognized wire trace system with a minimum length of 20 inches, minimum breaking strain of 28lb. Only one or two hook rigs are allowed; when using double hook rigs, the hooks should not be more than 3 inch apart and no larger than a size 4. Our fishery operates an immediate strike rule – a delay in striking will only guarantee you a deep hooked fish.

Barbless treble hooks for bait fishing not larger than size 4 – all barbed hooks must be completely flattened

Large lures with salt-water trebles must be replaced with smaller thinner gauged hooks.
Minimum size of lures 7 inches (180mm) maximum of 2 hooks per lure.

For unhooking the use of long nosed pliers, large forceps and hook cutters are essential.
If a fish is deep hooked – hold the fish in the water in a landing net and seek the help of a warden – do not prod about, as this will kill the fish!

Never weigh or lift a fish by the gills, always use a net or weigh sling.

When moving the fish to and from the water use a landing net or zipped unhooking mat at all times; never carry the fish unsupported even for short distances.
When photographing fish, support the fish over a large unhooking mat, kneel and never stand up with the fish.
When returning fish after capture, please support the fish in the water giving it plenty of time to recover before releasing

We appreciate your complete co-operation with these rules.


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