A Secluded, Quiet & Peaceful Natural Fishery
High Thorn Farm Fishery offers you mixed coarse fishing in the quiet countryside of Selside near Kendal.
Just a stones throw away from the Lake District & Yorkshire Dales, yet out of the busy tourist atmosphere.
At our waters you will be situated in tranquil surroundings to indulge your angling appetite, and both novice and experienced anglers will enjoy a fishing experience to remember. There is excellent vehicle access to any point you choose to fish around the waters.
|24 Hrs (sunrise-sunset)
|Concessions (Under 12's)
Please Note COVID-19 restrictions now apply until further notice.
- Social distancing rules apply throughout the whole site.
- The fisheries are open to angelers only.
- Night Fishing - Tickets must be purchased 24hrs in advance |NB: Bivvies only
- Numbers attending will be limited and entery to the site monitored by CCTV.
- You can no longer pay on the bank.
- Tickets must be purchsed 24 hrs in advance.
- Anyone not fishing or without a ticket will be asked to leave.
- Please produce tickets or Valid rod licence when asked and observe all rules.
- On arrival please take note of the locations of life rings around the waters edge.
- To qualify for a concessionary ticket, juniors must be aged between 5 - 12 years old.
- OAP’s must be over 65 years of age and disabled anglers must be in possession of a valid concessionary EA Licence which we will need to see.
- We aim to provide suitable access for anglers with disabilities and those with limited mobility.
Anglers are advised to consult details of gradients, distances or other information given as they are best placed to judge their own capabilities.
- Overnight fishing welcome.
- Waters available for matches by arrangement.
- Touring caravans permited for overnight stays.
- We will not act in ‘Loco Parentis’- It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to supervise anyone under the age of 16.
- Please give consideration to fellow anglers and wildlife. No radios or loud music.
- Security cameras with 360 degree coverage are on site to offer you peace of mind and help protect your equipment.
Explore our watersGrab your rods and find out why we’re making such a splash.
Tired of catching the same old boring stocked fish? Come for the challenge of catching natural wild carp.
High Thorn Farm Fishery is wild water that has never been stocked in living memory.
Wild carp from a pound upto seventeen pounds have been hooked and many bigger carp have been seen.
The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t.
It's a rare phenomenon for so many species of fish to be breeding so successfully & in such great numbers, in a pond this far north.
The Original small one acre pond has increased to a flourishing six acre fishery with natural vegetation by the building of a dam.
Work is for people who don't fish.
We have provided excellent vehicle access round the waters to all pegs, so all your rods and equipment can be near to hand whenever you need them. Just choose your perfect spot and enjoy the peace, privacy and stunning views of the Howgills while you unwind.
Top Catches Some of the best sport in the North
Our Local anglers report hooking carp up to 17 pounds and sightings of even larger "ole monsters”
High Thorn Farm is quiet place with some of the most picturesque views in England; the fact that there's some great fishing to be done here is a big bonus in an already great situation.
Tickets for High Thorn Farm Fishery are also available from:
Carlsons Fishing Tackle
64-66 Kirkland, Kendal.
LA9 5AP 01539 724867
Carp are know to change their feeding habits dependant upon the climate at any given time.
Wind direction, temperature and phases of the moon are common factors which affect the fedding habits of carp.
Cyprinus carpio carpio
Mirror Carp prefer slow moving rivers and streams and warm lake habitats with abundant vegetation. When fishing for carp in a shallow lake or pond, use bread or corn. Carp suck the bait in 3 or 4 times before actually eating the bait.
The common bream lives in schools near the bottom.
At night bream can feed close to the shore and in clear waters with sandy bottoms feeding pits can be seen during the daytime.
Roach are a bottom feeding species but there are occasions when the roach will rise, sometimes to the surface in search of food.
This reversal of the normal feeding patter only happens during hot weather when oxygen content is low.
Rudd & Golden Rudd
Rudd are often found around reed lined bays or under overhanging vegetation where it is most likely that insects will be blown or fall into the water but will move out into open water in a breeze in search of unfortunate insect trapped in the surface film. Small wagglers, set shallow with no shot down the line and light whip or pole rigs are the best methods for catching.
Tench feed mainly at night on plant life and algae, as well as insect larve and grubs of different kinds. They often move into shallows and margins during this period. The best time to attempt to catch them is after dark.
High Thorn Farm Rules
- Barbless hooks only.
- No landing net – no fishing.
- Landing nets must be dipped and rinsed and used to land all fish.
- All fish must be returned to the lake.
- The ground around the pond is gravel so unhooking mats & forceps are required at all times.
- No keepnets unless in a match or by prior arrangement.
- Rods must not be left unattended.
- No dogs, campfires, alcohol or swimming.
- Please do not leave litter
- No under 16’s without an adult