Page last updated 22 September 2016
Fisherman holding a large tench at Sywell Country Park 

Fishing at Sywell Country Park

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The fishing at Sywell is on a 67 acre (28 hectare) lake built in Edwardian times and opened in 1906 as a water supply reservoir for Rushden and Higham Ferrers.  

Although no longer supplying drinking water, Sywell is now recognised as one of the leading Tench fisheries in the country.  Tench to over 12lb have been caught, although the average is around the 7lb mark.

2007 was a good year for Tench at Sywell 2007 with more than 10 fish known to have been caught over the magic weight of 10lbs.

The fishery also contains Pike to over 30lb, Roach to over 2lbs and a large number of Perch and Rudd.

Tackle and techniques

There are good fishing spots all round the reservoir including the ever popular dam wall. Both surfaced and mown paths provide easy access to swims.

Weed growth can be prolific later in the season so early season is best for lighter line fishing. Waggler and feeder fishing are both successful methods for the Tench. Static, drifting and wobbled dead baits and lures can all take their share of the specimen Pike.

Getting a Ticket

Fishing is available on day tickets, concession/evening tickets, 24hr tickets, 12 month season tickets and Winter Pike permits.

Tickets must be purchased before you start fishing and are available at any time on a self serve basis from the Rangers Office near the lower main entrance. The lower car park is open from 9am to 5pm but fishermen can park in the upper car park and walk down to the ranger’s office at any time. 

2015-16 Ticket Prices

Day ticket Dawn to dusk £8.00
Concession day ticket Age 12 to 16, Blue Badge and senior citizens £4.00
Evening ticket After 4:00pm until dusk £4.00
24 hour ticket   £12.00
Concession 24 hour ticket Age 12 to 16, Blue Badge and senior citizen £6.00
Season ticket 36 hour maximum stay, longer by arrangement £100.00
Concession season ticket As season ticket £50.00
Winter Pike only permit Valid 1st October to 31st March £50.00
Concession Winter ticket Valid 1st October to 31st March £25.00

Members of the Tenchfishers group (see Useful Links) are entitled to a 10% discount on Season Tickets (on production of green membership card) 


Anglers may park free of charge, but only if the parking section of the ticket is filled out correctly and put on display in the windscreen of your car.

Toilets and Cafe

A toilet key is available for anglers fishing overnight. The Pump House Cafe sells sandwiches, snacks and hot drinks.

Further information

Please contact the Rangers office on 0300 126 5935 or e mail for further information. 

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