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Lake Rules

At Boxmoor & District Angling Society, our rules are in place to ensure the safety of our cherished fish populations and to create a secure environment for all anglers. We take the well-being of our aquatic friends and fellow anglers seriously. Rule-breaking will not be tolerated, as it compromises the integrity of our shared fishing experience. Let's work together to protect our waters and ensure an enjoyable and safe angling community for everyone.

Rules & Bylaws

Fishing Rules

1. Pike fishing will commence on 1st September each year until March 31st following, unless advised. Members wishing to fish for pike MUST be in possession of a BDAS Pike Ticket.

2. Nuts are not to be used as bait in any form.

3. Members shall not reserve a swim.

4. No Bait Boats allowed on Society waters.

5. Main Mono reel line only to hook link, with additional tubing if required. Lead core line or leaders in any form are banned from all BDAS waters. Fixed lead rigs are not permitted.

6. Suitable sacks are to be only be used for the retention of fish for witnessing and weighing and in the case of pike also for a recovery period before release.

7. All landing nets for are to be a minimum of 42inches for carp and pike. Any member that only wishes to fish for targeted species such as Tench, Crucian carp, Bream, Rudd, Roach, Chub or Dace are required to have a pan landing net 15 – 18 inches.

8. Carp Anglers must be in possession of an unhooking mat and a Carp Care Kit. Unhooking mats to have a retaining flap and to be no smaller than (1200mm (w) x 50mm (h) x 700mm (d). Carp cots are encouraged

9. Only two rods shall be used for fishing at any one time, unless between 1st October and 31st March following when in possession of the relevant club permit for a third rod and a second EA rod licence.

10. Baited rods must not be left unattended. Baits must be removed from the water and from the hook/hair prior to leaving your swim for any reason.

11. A current EA licence is required to fish BDAS waters and all relevant EA bylaws will be observed on Society waters. EA Licences will be checked by club bailiffs.

12. Bivvies, must not obstruct any access path around or near the waters.

Membership and Family/Guest Privileges

13. A card will be supplied to each member and has a permit to fish and/or visit the Society's waters. This card MUST be produced on demand by a BDAS Bailiff. Membership is not transferable. Wives and member's children (under 16 years) may also fish the waters but only in the same swim as the member.

14. Members must complete at least one official working party each year.

15. If a bailiff asks a member or junior associate to leave the water for breaches of the rules of the club or angling etiquette then the member's card, club ID and key will be retained by the bailiff.

16. No guest tickets available at Westbrook mere/Durrants Hill.


17. Litter and waste is not to be left on Society premises. There are toilets at Westbrook Mere please use them. LEAVE LITTER – LEAVE THE CLUB

18. No fish are to be introduced to or removed from Society waters without the approval of the club’s Officers/fishery manager and the relevant EA approvals.

19. No open fires shall be lit on Society property. Disposable BBQ’s allowed.

20. Dogs (except bailiffs’ dogs) are not permitted on Society waters.

21. Alcohol and all illegal drugs are banned from Society waters.

22. All gates must always be kept locked. THIS INCLUDES OTTER FENCE GATES

Insurance Claims

23. Following changes in the way insurance companies manage liability claims our insurers require the club to advise them immediately following incidents in which they may have an interest, particularly incidents involving personal injury. In order to comply with these changes any member who is involved in an incident whilst angling or on any BDAS fishery must immediately report the circumstances to the Secretary in writing with details of the place, date, event and any witnesses.


24. Members paying their subscriptions are deemed to have accepted these bylaws and the Company rules, which are shown in the club handbook.

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