Venue Specific Rules

 

All of these rules are in addition to the Club Byelaws and please remember of course Common Sense prevails! Noticeboards and signage at the venue must be followed. Click any of the links below to go to the relevant section of this page.

 

Beckerings Reservoir   North House Lake   Eaton Ford  Biddenham  Lavendon Mill  Wyboston Ouse

 

Grand Union Canal  Kempston Lake

Beckerings Reservoir

 

PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY ALONG TRACK TO AVOID SCOURING TRACK SURFACE. POTHOLES ARE COSTLY TO REPAIR.

 

RULES RELATING TO THE RESERVOIR, additional to Club Byelaws

 

  1. Members must stay within the natural boundaries of the reservoir, access track and car park and must not trespass on any farm land or property nor to damage same nor leave litter, dig for bait, damage the banks or light fires.

  2. Members must not interfere with any farm equipment or activity.

  3. No dogs to be taken onto farm property.

  4. Members shall fish from a position on the platforms with their rod(s) in use, positioned so that it/they may be reached without leaving the platforms. If the water level drops below the platform supports, members may sit directly in front of the platform. Members may not fish from any other position or between swims. Members must not sit or ‘bivvy’ up on the perimeter path which must be kept clear at all times. Tackle not in use must not be left on the perimeter path and should be placed in a tidy fashion to the rear of platforms.

  5. If two members should choose to fish from the same platform/swim, only 2 rods may be used in that swim at any one time, i.e. 1 rod per member.

  6.  No tents. Umbrellas and ‘bivvies’ may be used on platforms only, providing the terms of Rule 3 (above) are not contravened. Any device inserted in platforms to secure ‘shelters' must be removed after use. Failure to remove such items could lead to other members tripping or injuring themselves.

  7. Do not remove or thin out reeds or other marginal aquatic vegetation. During Periods of low water levels, members must avoid trampling down marginal vegetation between swims

  8.  Night fishing shall be permitted by booking by telephone at least 24 hours in Advance with the Night Booking Officer quoting your Membership Book number. A maximum of 10 night permits will be available for any one night. Bookings for successive nights will not be permitted. Refer to the Night Fishing Permit Log page to the rear of this book. In the event of a member being unable to use his night permit after having booked; he shall notify the Night Bookings Officer immediately to cancel. Failure to notify a cancellation will result in the member being refused a subsequent night booking for the ensuing 28 days.

  9. ANY MEMBER FOUND FISHING IN DARKNESS WITHOUT A NIGHT PERMIT WILL FACE EXPULSION FROM THE CLUB

  10. JUNIOR MEMEBERS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A RESPONSIBLE ADULT OF 18 YEARS OR OVER AT ALL TIMES WHEN FISHING THE RESERVOIR.

  11. Micro barbed or barbless hooks only to be used.

  12. Safe rigs must be used (no fixed leads or feeders). Rig checks may be carried out from time to time

  13. Take all unused bait, groundbait and food away with you. Discarded foodstuffs encourage vermin, especially rats. No pre-baiting of more than one swim at a time and not within 50 yards of an occupied swim.

  14. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS WATER IS OCCASIONALLY RESERVED FOR COMPETITIONS. IT MAY ALSO BE CLOSED BY THE OWNERS FOR SHOOTING DAYS AT SHORT NOTICE.

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North House Lake

 

  1. THE GATE IS THE ONLY PERMITTED POINT OF ENTRY. MEMBERS MUST NOT CLIMB THE GATES OR THE BOUNDARY OR OTTER FENCES

  2. Our entrance gate is to be kept closed and locked (Club lock system) at all times to ensure security against the increasing threat posed by otters.

  3. Night Fishing is Permitted but must be booked 24hrs in advance via the night bookings officer

  4. Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

  5. ALL MEMBERS MUST HAVE AN ADEQUATELY SIZED LANDING NET (42” FRAME MINIMUM) AND AN ADEQUATE UNHOOKING MAT AVAILABLE FOR USE IF CAR

  6. ONLY BARBLESS OR MICRO BARBED HOOKS SHALL BE USED IN THIS FISHERY.

  7. Safe rigs must be used (no fixed leads or feeders). Rig checks may be carried out from time to time

  8. The use of bait boats is NOT permitted and members must confine their fishing activitoies to their own peg.

  9. No pre-baiting of swims closer than 50 metres of an occupied swim. 1 swim only may be pre-baited.

  10. No fires or BBQ's

  11. No dogs.

  12. No damage to be caused to bank side vegetation.

  13. No digging for bait or toilets. If you need to poo bag it and take it away with you!

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Eaton Ford

 

  1. Members may take their vehicles onto the Club’s property if they wish but they are advised to check the ground conditions before doing so. Parking is either alongside the skateboard rinks or any where on the grass area on the Club property . If you choose not to park inside the Club’s property, please ensure that you do not obstruct others from entering

  2. Night Fishing Permitted No Pre Booking Necessary

  3. Safe rigs must be used (no fixed leads or feeders). Rig checks may be carried out from time to time

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 Biddenham

  1. Make sure that the Club’s car park gate is locked after entry and exit.

  2. Safe rigs must be used (no fixed leads or feeders). Rig checks may be carried out from time to time.

  3. Drive slowly along the grass track to prevent damage (it is costly to repair)

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Lavendon Mill

 

  1. MEMBERS MAY NOT FISH FROM THE LAWN ABOVE OR FROM THE LAWN & ORCHARD BELOW THE WEIR

  2. Do not cause any disturbance to the residents of the barn conversions

  3. Gates Must be closed to prevent livestock from escaping

  4. Night Fishing Permitted No Pre Booking Necessary

  5. Keep Car Park Gates Locked at all times

  6. Safe rigs must be used (no fixed leads or feeders). Rig checks may be carried out from time to time

 

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Wyboston River Ouse

 

  1. Pegs 4, 5 & 6 are dedicated swims for wheelchair users with hard standing for their vehicles nearby. Able bodied anglers may use these swims but should move away if required by a wheelchair user.

  2. Night Fishing Permitted No Pre Booking Necessary 2 Nights Maximum stay

  3. No tents. Only Umbrellas and ‘bivvies’ may be used

  4. Safe rigs must be used (no fixed leads or feeders). Rig checks may be carried out from time to time

  5. Drive very slowly along the track to avoid further scouring.

 

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Grand Union Canal

 

Safe rigs must be used (no fixed leads or feeders). Rig checks may be carried out from time to time

 

DON'T Cast your tackle so that it lands on the deck or against the hulls of boats moored on the offside bank, chipped paintwork can be expensive to repair and hooks snagged in mooring lines can present a safety issue to boat owners.

 

DON'T Allow loose feed to land on boats and DO use a pole cup whenever possible.

 

DO Keep Noise to a Minimum.

 

DO Be as discreet as possible when answering the call of nature, Your umbrella can be used as a screen.

 

DO Be polite to boaters if they speak to you for whatever reason, being abusive or rude gives anglers a bad name and can result in complaints against the club.

 

DO Check your Club book for any particular rules relating to the section you are fishing, certain areas are float fishing only.

 

DON'T Fish closer than 25 yards from the approach to Bridges and Locks.

 

DO Try to fish at least 15 metres away from moored boats that have people on board and respect their privacy.

 

DO Choose a location away from the outside of sharp bends as these are where deep draughted craft need to travel close to the towpath and could come into contact with your gear.

 

DO Remember that boaters will navigate in the centre of the canal, DON'T ask them to vary from this. If you are fishing the boat channel you do so knowing that boats may pass over your swim.

 

DO Withdraw your line in good time when a boat approaches and keep it well clear of the craft and anyone aboard. Pole users should ship in their poles in good time and not raise them to allow boats to pass underneath as suspended tackle could cause injury to the occupants of the craft.

 

DON'T Block the towpath with your tackle.

 

DO Look out for others when casting. Especially when using an umbrella which may restrict your view.

 

DO Take all of your rubbish home.

 

DO Remember that Boats have priority at official mooring sites and you must be prepared to move.

 

DO Remember that other anglers do not like to be crowded by latecomers please choose a spot at least 20 yards from other anglers unless it is mutually agreed that you may fish closer.

 

DO Remember that Club rules prohibit Glass Bottles or Sweetcorn and Luncheon Meat Cans being taken on to the towpath

 

DO Park Considerately and DO NOT cause any obstructions.

 

DO Show consideration to other users of the canal and towpath.

 

DON'T fish within 30 metres of Overhead Electrical Power Lines.

 

LOOK OUT! & LOOK UP! - Electricity kills!

 

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Kempston Lake

There are 2 car parks – one at each end of the lake. These must be used and cars must not be driven round the lake. There is a 10mph speed limit.


On no account may anglers fish or even walk round the adjacent Swallow Pool.

Individual rules apply to this Lake which are set by the lake owner.

Anyone breaching these rules will be banned from the venue

  1. NEW RULE FOR 2019/20 - All anglers must have a landing net of at least 42" with them in case they hook into one of the larger fish. 

  2. Anyone found fishing here without a photo in their book will be asked to leave and be banned from the venue

  3. No Guests allowed on the venue at any time, this includes non-fishing guests. Only Membership book holders are allowed on the site.

  4. No Tents/Gazebos/Tarpaulins - Only proper Fishing Shelters/Umbrellas to be used

  5. NO DOGS

  6. Gates MUST be kept closed & locked at all times

  7. Fish only from the platforms/dedicated swims

  8. Braided links may be used but no main line braid

  9. 5 consecutive nights may be fished but then there must be a 48 hour break. THERE IS NO NEED TO BOOK ON VIA THE NIGHT BOOKING OFFICER.

  10. Maximum of Two Rods between 1st May and 1st November.

  11. No peanuts to be used

  12. No bait boats or boats of any kind,

  13. No bent or longshank nailer hooks,

  14. No Carp sacks or keepnets to be used,

  15. No fires, guns or firearms,

  16. No livebait, deadbait or spinning - Predator fishing is not Permitted

  17. Fish must be returned to the water immediately.

  18. No Wading or Swimming

  19. No Drugs, Alcohol is allowed in moderation

  20. Unaccompanied juniors under 16 are not allowed. Children with anglers may float fish only and all persons on site are at their own risk as the owners will not take responsibility for any loss or injury.

  21. Adequate sized landing nets and unhooking mats are a must.

  22. All litter must be removed from the site.


THERE  ARE BAILIFFS ON SITE ALMOST ALL THE TIME. YOU MUST COMPLY WITH ANY INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEM. THEY ARE NOT LUTON BAILIFFS SO DO NOT CARRY LUTON AC BAILIFF CARDS. 

Note: No Guests are permitted at Kempston Lake - Only Members are allowed at the venue. This includes non fishing guests.