Our Waters

Ireleth Reservoir

This is a small fishery comprising 2 small waters lying adjacent to the minor road (Moor Road) that leads north west from Ireleth village to Poaka Beck Reservoir. The waters are stocked with rainbow trout from March to October inclusive. The October stocking is usually with larger fish around 3lb in weight. As this is the last stocking of the year these fish are put in to provide sport throughout the winter until the first stocking of the following season. Because of this members are requested to desist from taking their maximum catch.

A programme of improvements to the fishery has been started in recent years which has resulted in the planting of a mixed English woodland to provide screening, shelter, and improved wildlife habitat but it will be some years yet before the benefits finally accrue. Other hard landscaping improvements have been made and more are planned for the coming years. Ireleth is a productive water with some good hatches and the sort of place that is handy for a couple of hours in the evening.

Click on this link for a short aerial video of Ireleth Reservoirs kindly provided by Aerial Data Specialists.

Pennington Reservoir

Pennington Reservoir is managed as a rainbow trout fishery. This eighteen acre water affords a little more shelter from the prevailing wind than its more exposed neighbours being set in a steep sided valley above Pennington village and overlooks the full extent of Morecambe Bay to the south.

Pennington is stocked with rainbows around the pound and a quarter mark and the odd larger fish. Small brown trout are also present. Fly hatches are fairly typical of an upland fishery and the sedge hatch in particular can be excellent.

Harlock Reservoir

At around twenty acres, Harlock is the largest of our water supply reservoirs, and situated on the high ground to the west of Ulverston it is also our highest. The water is managed as a brown trout fishery and we have aimed over the past 20 plus years to preserve the wild stocks of brownies already in the water. We supplement this wild population with a small annual stocking of triploid fish for sporting purposes. Anglers are permitted to take fish as part of their bag limit, but we encourage them to support the clubs aims and return fish whenever possible. This bag limit is one per visit and a maximum of 3 per week.

Harlock is a FLY ONLY water (NB, Bubble & Fly is not permitted).

Like any upland brown trout fishery the fishing is best in the first half of the season and slows somewhat over the summer months when the peak of any activity will be late in the evening as fish respond to hatches of sedge. There is often a particularly good mid-day olive hatch on Harlock from mid May through into mid June when, at times, sport can be fast and furious. Fishing usually picks ups again for the last few weeks of the season.

Harlock provides superb sport typical of an upland brown trout fishery.

Poaka Beck

Poaka is the smallest of our three main water supply reservoir fisheries but at seventeen acres is still a sizeable water. The water stocks rainbow trout averaging a pound and a quarter with a few bigger fish thrown in for good measure. There is also a good head of wild brown trout and members have reported catching browns bigger than 2lb. Poaka is subject to greater fluctuations of level than our other waters and possibly for that reason it doesn’t seem to support quite the same degree of insect life. It can often be a water that responds better to lures particularly early and late in the season but provides some excellent surface sport on the right day. For that reason Poaka and Pennington are our two most popular waters.

Cavendish Dock

Cavendish Dock is without doubt the most unusual fishery in Cumbria and the unlikely outcome of a number of unrelated factors.

The dock takes freshwater drainage from Poaka Beck but Associated British Ports who are the owners of the Dock, control the height of the water by allowing seawater to enter through sluice gates resulting in brackish water. This aquatic mix is further complicated by the nearby power station that takes water from the dock for cooling only to return it several degrees warmer once the job is done. In recent years, however, the power station has been largely ‘offline’ and hence the amount of returned cooling water has been significantly reduced resulting in a Dock with cooler water than in the recent past. Assuming this condition lasts only time will tell what effect this will have.

A few key things…

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