The lakes at Dinton Pastures Country park are amongst some of the preimier specimen fishing venues in the UK. There are two lakes, Black Swan Lake and White Swan Lake, 26 acre reserve and a river to choose from so you will surely be spoilt for choice.
White Swan Lake at Dinton pastures
The Lake is considered to be one of the premier specimen fishers in the whole of UK with an impressive 90 swims.
Originally formed as a gravel pit in the early 1970’s, the lake is spread across 24 acres in size and is routinely re stocked with top quality fish including Carp, Roach and Rudd. The biggest fish caught in the lake was recorded in 2005 which was a 54lb Mirror Carp.
There is usually a long waiting list for White Swan Lake so do book in advance.
Black Swan Lake
The larger lake at Dinton Pastures Country Park spans around an area of 84 acres and has been stocked routinely over the past 20 years.
The lake has 40 swims altogether but fishing in this lake is restricted to Specimen Group members only and there is normally a long waiting list too.
You can find out more information about the membership by getting in touch with the park authority:
Phone: 0118 934 2016
Fishing rules at Dinton Pastures Country Park
Rules have been specified in a PDF file by the Wokingham Borough Council which can be obtained using the following page:
Casual day tickets and season tickets – Day season tickets and casual day tickets are available. Casual day tickets cost £5 per rod (as of Oct 2020).
Day tickets can be purchased from car park ticket machines at the site. You can enter “FISH” as your car registration and also “FISH” as the reference. You will need correct money as the machines do not give change.
Day season tickets will cost you £75 per rod (valid 1st April 2020 to 31 March 2021)
You can buy maximum of 2 rods per person. Concessionary rate of £55 per rod are also available for under 16s, disabled, pensioners and unemployed people
Fishing times – You can get permit to fish from dawn to dusk and Night fishing is only open to specimen group members. A closed season operates from 15 March to 15 June inclusive.
Day ticket: £6 Adult per rod
Day season ticket: £75 Adult per rod (£55 per rod concessionary price)