Coarse Fishing

Our coarse fisheries include over 275 acres of water with fisheries ranging in size from 2 to 81 acres. Our established lakes are located in outstandingly beautiful and secluded rural areas across the South West.

At South West Lakes Trust Fishing we offer more than just great angling, our unique fisheries are matched with a recognised reputation for great fish quality.

Enjoy the tranquility that our waters provide with established tree-lined banks, lily pads and weed beds with natural woodlands surrounding the lakes. Our coarse fisheries offer a peaceful setting within picturesque and wildlife-rich surroundings.

Coarse fishing in the South West:

We regularly hold carp and match competitions at Upper Tamar Lake with prize money exceeding £3,500. Season tickets are available online. Day tickets are bookable through Catch. Download the Catch app from App Store or Google Play.

Facilities include onsite cafes, parking, toilets, showers, wheelchair access platforms, on-site permit rooms and easy access paths and swims.

SW Lakes Fishing Trust is managed by South West Lakes Trust.

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Reporting an Incident:

South West Lakes Trust manages a portfolio of nearly 50 lakes and other natural resources so it is not always possible for our wardens to be on the scene when issues occur. The very remote and rural nature of our estate, the thing that makes them so special, also means that modern mobile communications don’t always cover the areas we would like them to. This makes getting an immediate response to ongoing incidents very challenging.

Please use this form to report any incidents of poaching, illegal fishing or any other form of antisocial behaviour to the management team so that we are able to take appropriate action.

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Longham Lake, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 9AP

Longham Lake is a great pike fishery producing many double figure fish, and has gained a reputation as one of Dorset’s great coarse fisheries. This popular fishery has also produced bream up to 18lbs and carp up to 41lbs.

In 1994 planning permission was granted for the extraction of gravel and formation of reservoirs on land owned by Bournemouth Water. In 2009 the first reservoir was opened as a mixed coarse fishery.

It is stocked with carp, pike, tench and bream.




Fishery Information:

Address: 125 Ringwood Road, Longham, Ferndown BH22 9AB

Fishery Size: 25 acres

Number of Swims: 20 plus

Species: Carp, bream, rudd, roach, tench, pike

Fishing Times: Open all year, 8.00am – 1 hour after sunset (closed Christmas Day). For full opening times please click here.

Season Permits: South West Lakes – 01202 581411

Day Permits: Book through Catch. Download the Catch app from App Store or Google Play.

Contact: 01202 581411

Click here for Longham Lake and South West Water Rules.

Lure fishing is permitted at Longham Lake, however please note that bait boats/boxes are not permitted.

Venue Records:

Carp: 48lb 4oz
Pike: 31lb
Bream: 18lb



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Longham Lake facilities include; toilets, car park and wheelchair friendly access