Hillsborough Lake


Hillsborough, Hillsborough BT26 6FE, United Kingdom

Fishery Information:

Hillsborough Lake is a sanctuary for wildlife located within Hillsborough Forest. The lake spans 16.2 hectares and is regularly stocked with rainbow trout. The fishing season runs from 1 February to 31 December, and anglers can use fly fishing, spinning, and worm fishing methods. However, there are restrictions on fly fishing from the dam or the shore next to the dam, as well as in the vicinity of the footbridge at the southern point of the lake. These prohibited areas are signposted. The daily bag limit is four trout per rod.

What size do the fish go to?

The lake is stocked with five thousand takeable rainbow trout. The minimum takeable size is 25.4cm. For more detailed size information, you should contact the fishery directly.

What tactics work well?

Hillsborough Lake is a rich lake with hatches of flies such as water hoglouse. Successful flies include gold headed nymphs, buzzers, and woolly worms. The appropriate method should be based on your experience, preferences, and the fishery conditions on the day of your visit.

What facilities are on site?

The lake is located within a large park with scenic wooded parkland, forest walks, and lakeside paths. There is a tarmac car park a short distance along a quarry dust path with a moderate gradient to the fishery. A surfaced path surrounds the lake. Wheelchair access to the water is possible along the dam wall. Anglers are reminded not to leave litter, lines, or hooks behind as the lake is a sanctuary for wildlife.

Is parking available?

Yes, there is a tarmac car park available for anglers. Please note that cars are not allowed beyond the forest park car parks, and anglers must observe the closing times of the forest park, which are displayed on the gates.

Additional Information:

Fishing from boats is not allowed at Hillsborough Lake. Anglers must have a DAERA game rod licence and game angling permit. Furthermore, the lake is home to swans and several varieties of ducks, reinforcing its status as a wildlife sanctuary.

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