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Planning to come fishing in the Lake District? Ullswater cannot fail to impress the visiting angler according to the Anglers Guide to the Lake District, here’s everything you need to know.

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What fish can be found in Ullswater?

Ullswater holds perch, pike, char and schelly – an endangered and protected whitefish relic from the last ice age, but is best known for its stock of wild brown trout.

When is the Lake District fishing season?

The brown trout fishing season runs from 15 March – 30 September.  The highlight of the season is in late June when the mayfly hatch.

Coarse fishing for perch on worm and pike takes place all year round, but the most productive time is between May and September during the maggot season.  Seasoned anglers report that the most prolific time for catching perch and pike is between 1pm and 3pm as well as evening time which can often coincide with stunning Ullswater sunsets.

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Environment Agency rod prices:

Day License: £6
8 Day License: £12
No license is required for children under the age of 12.