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Welcome to Newark and District Piscatorial Federation

Providers of top class fishing since 1904


Federation AGM 2018

22 February 2018

This year's AGM will be held on 25 April at 20:00 - full details here.

All Full members paid-up at that date are welcome to attend.


Winthorpe and Crankley - No Day Tickets Next Season

17 February 2018

We've previously reported on the unacceptable behaviour by some 'anglers' on our Winthorpe and Crankley fisheries, particularly with regard to litter.

Despite proposing to stop the sale of day/night tickets if the situation didn't improve, the litter has, if anything, got worse this season. As a result, these fisheries will not be available on a day ticket from the start of next season.

The fisheries will be open to Full and Associate members of the Federation with night fishing permitted on Winthorpe only. In addition, Guest tickets will be available at a cost of £5 dawn to dusk (both fisheries) and £5 dusk to dawn (Winthorpe only).

The gate at the entrance to the Winthorpe fishery will be kept locked from the start of the season and secured with a Federation combination lock.

The arrangements described above will remain in place, initially, for one season and be subject to Committee review thereafter.


On-line Applications For The CURRENT Season

17 February 2018

On-line applications for the CURRENT season will close at the end of February.

Anyone qualified for Full Member status who wants to join for the remaining two weeks of the river season will need to submit a completed application form by post as explained on the Membership page.

Applications for NEXT season open on April 1st. As agreed at last year's AGM, the cost of Associate Membership for over 18s will increase to £45.


Missing Person

1 February 2018

Nottinghamshire Police are appealing for information regarding a missing person, Ian Cree, known to have angling connections.

Police appeal document

All assistance greatly appreciated.


Otter Petition

28 January 2018

Predation of fish stocks by Otters is now a serious issue including on Federation waters.

Such predation is acknowledged by the UK Wild Otter Trust. CAUTION - website contains potentially upsetting images.

An online Government petition has been started for the introduction of non-lethal means of control of the Otter.

We encourage all members and visitors who enjoy fishing our waters to sign it.


Fletchers Winter Access

25 November 2017

To protect the track and river bank, the gate from the car park at Fletchers (Farndon) is now locked for the Winter.


Long Bennington Winter Series

25 November 2017

Newark and Grantham are running a Winter series of matches on the Witham at Long Bennington starting tomorrow, Sunday 26th November.

Tickets from Mick Calcroft on 07880 728680 or 01949 842772.

These are 10 peg events so plenty of space left for pleasure anglers to target the cracking Chub this stretch holds.


Barbel caught in matches - one year trial

19 November 2017

At November's Committee meeting, new rules concerning Barbel retention in keepnets during matches were agreed as follows:


Bailiffs required

23 October 2017

The Federation currently has a number of vacancies for bailiffs to cover our fisheries in the Newark area.

For more details or to apply, please contact the Secretary.


National Match Bookings for 2018

14 October 2017

Two of the biggest matches in the national calendar will be held on Federation waters in 2018.

Saturday, 11th August sees the Individual National Championships while the following weekend, a number of sections of the Division 1 National will be held on our waters.

Anglers looking to pleasure fish on those days are advised to consult the match calendar as both events span multiple fisheries including Winthorpe.


NEW RULE: No multi-hook rigs

23 September 2017

Multi-hook rigs are not permitted on Federation waters except for Pike and Zander fishing.

Visiting anglers - accommodation guide

10 September 2017

This site now has a page with accommodation links that visiting anglers may find useful.

If anyone would like to share a recommendation for angler-friendly accommodation in the area, please email details to the secretary or webmaster.


Night fishing on Federation waters

3 September 2017

We're frequently asked about night fishing on Federation waters so once again, for the record:
Night fishing is only permitted at Winthorpe and Girton - the latter being managed by Scunthorpe Amalgamated Anglers as detailed on the relevant fisheries page.
Anglers night fishing any of our other waters are, at the very least, flouting Federation rules and face the prospect of a permanent ban if caught.
Incidents which may constitute poaching and/or trespass are referred to The Police as a matter of course.

Night fishing infringements - your help needed

28 July 2017

We've had a number of reports recently concerning anglers illegally night fishing our waters, particularly in the Farndon area.
Information has been passed to the Police who have patrolled the areas concerned and will continue to monitor the situation. Federation bailiff presence has also been increased at the fisheries concerned.
A big 'thank you' to those members and visitors who've reported infringements thus far but please note that the more detail you can provide, the better. Car registration numbers are particularly useful but please be discrete when recording these and don't put yourself at risk in any way.
All rule infringements (or suspected ones) should be reported to the Secretary by email or phone (07960 031910) with as much detail as possible. Information you provide will be treated strictly in confidence.
Please help us to protect our wonderful fisheries and the access to them - thank you.

Associate Membership cap reached

13 July 2017

As predicted, we've now reached our cap on Associate Membership for the current season.
Only applications received before midnight on Saturday, 15th July will be considered.
We've a few applications still to be processed at the moment due to the Secretary being on holiday. Rest assured that these will be processed on his return.
As previously reported, Full Membership is NOT affected and will remain open to applications all season irrespective of numbers.

Caution - scam bailiffs about!

29 June 2017

Official bailiffs of the Federation will issue you with an actual ticket when you purchase a day ticket on the bank.
You will need to show this ticket, on request to other bailiffs and to Federation members.
If asked to pay for a ticket by a 'bailiff' who can't provide an actual ticket, please refuse politely and contact the Secretary on 07960 031910 with as much information about the incident as you can provide.
Your assistance is greatly appreciated. It may prevent the blatant theft of monies from other anglers.

Busy start but litter issues already!

25 June 2017

It's been a busy start to the new season, particularly on our Winthorpe fishery where night fishing is permitted.
Unfortunately, and despite information on this website and signage at the fishery, litter left by anglers is already an issue.
We're closely monitoring the situation and recording car registration numbers etc. but if the issue doesn't improve, this fishery will become members-only next season - if not sooner!
Please relay, in confidence, any information regarding littering or other rule infringements to The Secretary.

New Federation bailiffs

25 June 2017

We're pleased to welcome two new bailiffs to the Federation.
Martyn Drummond will patrol the Trent Dyke while Bartosz Krawczyk, a VBS volunteer and bailiff for Notts AA, will cover most of our Newark fisheries.
Please show them respect and follow their instructions at all times.

Girton night fishing

25 June 2017

Just to confirm that night fishing is permitted at Girton but this is controlled by Scunthorpe Pisces AC.
Night fishing season cards are available at a cost of £10 from:
Simon Mattison - Fisheries Officer
Mobile: 07943651992
Email: simon.mattison3@ntlworld.com

Bank Workers and Bailiffs Required

27 May 2017

The Federation is currently seeking bank workers and bailiffs for our fisheries.
Please contact the Secretary for further information and to register your interest.

Great news for the under 18s

16 May 2017

The Committee confirms that, with immediate effect and following this year's AGM, membership for those under 18 at the date of application is now free of charge.
Hopefully this move will encourage even more young anglers to join the Federation.
The Committee believe that these younger members are the future, not only of the Federation, but of our beloved sport itself.

2017-18 Membership Update

15 May 2017

With just over a month to go until the Glorious 16th, applications are still coming in at a healthy rate and are up on the same period last year.
Prospective Associate Members please note that we closed membership at the end of August last year as we were fully subscribed.
This scenario is likely to be repeated this year (may well be earlier!) so don't delay if you want to be assured of membership.
Please note that Full Membership is not affected and will not be capped this coming season.
Joining/renewing details are provided on the Membership page.

River season draws to an end

12 March 2017

Just a quick reminder that the river season ends at midnight on March 14th.
The rivers then remain closed for fishing from March 15th to June 15th inclusive.
Federation season tickets for the 2017-18 season will be on sale from 1st April either on-line or by post.
We had to close Associate membership this season due to high demand so early application is advised to avoid disappointment.
Please note that due to predation and lack of use, the ponds at Long Bennington are no longer available though The Federation will continue to look for a quality still water in the Newark area.

Long Bennington complaint

17 December 2016

We've received a complaint regarding various issues at the Long Bennington stretch of the Witham.
Whilst Federation members may not have been involved, the following should be noted - this applies to all of our fisheries by default.
Many thanks - The Committee

Monthly meetings - New Venue

9 November 2016

Association meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at The Rose and Crown Pub on Main Street in Balderton. Meetings start at 8pm.
Committee members only are permitted to address the meeting; any issues should be raised through a Committee member or sent by email/ letter to the Secretary.
Full Federation members are welcome to attend the meetings as observers.

Associate Membership 2016-17

12 August 2016

We've experienced fantastic demand for membership to the Federation this year which is great news, the net result being that we're almost full!
As a result, a deadline of Wednesday, 31 August has been set by which applications for Associate Membership must be received.
Please note that the Full Membership categories will remain open until further notice.
Membership of the Federation is on an annual basis commencing in April each year.
Membership for all categories will re-open next April for the 2017-18 Federation year on a first come first served basis as usual.

Trent Powerboat and Ski Club (TPSC)

23 July 2016

Please note that our Sheldons and East Stoke fisheries lie within a permitted water ski zone controlled by Trent Powerboat and Ski Club (TPSC).
Members boats are all marked with a red membership number. The colour of the lettering changes every year. The format is as follows: T002 or T019.
Members are permitted to drive their boats at speed (no speed limit) at any time during week days and after 3pm at the weekend.
While recognising the potential conflict of interests this presents, the Committee wish to remind all anglers of there obligation not to bring the Federation's name into disprepute, as stated in the published Federation
rules, e.g. by being abusive or threatening to other water users.
The image below shows the extents of the ski zone and is presented for information purposes only.
TPSC ski zone
Please contact the
The Secretary if you have any queries or wish to report any incidents relating - thanks.  

Unattended and multiple rods - clarification

20 June 2016

With immediate effect, anglers must not leave their rods which are fishing (cast out) unattended.
This is a new Federation
rule which reinforces the need to hook, play and land fish in a controlled and safe manner.
Please also note the following extract from the
Environment Agency rod fishing byelaws: Severn and Trent catchments.

When fishing with more than one rod, the distance between the butts of the end rods must not exceed three metres.


East Stoke fishery - important clarification

20 June 2016

Please note that the downsteam end peg on our East Stoke fishery is no.55 NOT no.57 as previously stated.
The corresponding
fishery page and associated Google map have been suitably amended.
As previously advised, there is NO access via the track and gate at the downstream end which was used for this fishery under previous ownership.
The track from the turning area up to the gate is STRICTLY OFF LIMITS.
Thanks for your cooperation.

Girton fishery gate locking

18 June 2016

When securing the gate at Girton, please connect our lock to the other one present such that unlocking either one enables access.

Membership news

16 February 2016

If you've ever fancied taking a friend or family member to fish one of our premier stretches, we have some good news!
Guest tickets are now available for the Sheldons and East Stoke fisheries.
See the membership page for full details.

Tight Lines, wet nets and stay safe!


Anglers who leave litter or light fires risk being barred from all Federation waters