St Genevieve Lakes regulations

The newest carp fishing syndicate complex in East Anglia has a number of regulations.

St Genevieve Lakes will offer its clients an unprecedented level of facilities in a quite stunning setting.

  1. When handling fish for photography, please keep over mat at all times and keep low to the ground! Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should a fish be carried back to the water – ALWAYS return it in your weigh sling.
  2. The use of ALL plastic & artificial baits is banned for the long term welfare of the carp.
  3. The toilets are provided for your comfort. Please ensure you leave them clean and tidy!
  4. A strict speed limit of 5 mph, which must be adhered to is in force throughout the farm and around the lake. Breaking this is will result in your ticket being revoked. Please respect the grass at all times.
  5. Please note that no one is to enter or leave the lake after 9 pm (or hour after sunset during summertime) unless in an emergency – in which case please contact Charlie immediately.
  6. NEVER leave rods unattended! In most instances it is acceptable to be in the next swim unless they are a fair distance apart. Please use your common sense!
  7. Please ensure ALL litter (including tea bags and cigarette butts) are removed from your swim when you leave. If you find litter in any swim when you arrive – please clean this up and inform Charlie.
  8. Hooks – a maximum of Size 6 has been set for the welfare of the fish. These should feature ‘micro barbs’. Microbarbed hooks up to size 4, no rusty hooks please. No barbless, long shank or bent hooks to be used at anytime.
  9. Braided Hooklinks – low diameter braids like Kryston Super Silk must not be used as these cause extensive damage by cutting the carps mouths!
  10. Lead Clips – as the lakes can be weedy, it is vital that you use lead clips that eject the leads properly (ideally those which secure the clip to the swivel with a pin) like the Fox versions.
  11. Leads – a maximum weight of 4oz is permitted.
  12. Line – Braided mainline allowed only for marker and spod. The use of braided mainline with a baited rig is not permitted.
  13. Line Strength – Minimum 12lb mainline or 0.33mm diameter. Leaders up to 1 metre, (any knot/ splice has to be able to allow leads to freely slip off the line). Fluorocarbon type lead core not recommended to be used. Under no circumstances will lead core, shock or any other forms of ‘leader’ requiring a knot above the lead be permitted except for use with marker and spod rods!
  14. Boats – under NO CIRCUMSTANCES is anybody allowed onto the lake in a boat! Should you get a fish weeded please call Charlie during sensible hours. If Charlie is on site, then he will come out and assist you (weather conditions permitting) If, however Charlie is not available, put your rod down and be patient – in most cases the fish will swim free – Never be impatient and please DO NOT PULL FOR A BREAK! The boat is for management use, not angler use.
  15. A maximum of 48 hours per session will apply unless prior permission has been granted. Any extension MUST be agreed with Charlie BEFORE you start fishing.
  16. Baitboats only in your casting range, you may be asked to prove it. They may also be used to “sonar map” and explore lakes for features but not where others are angling. “Deeper” Sonar devices allowed but likewise must not be used to sonar map lakes whilst others are fishing nearby.
  17. Sacks – under NO CIRCUMSTANCES is anybody allowed to bring a sack onto the fishery. Having one in your possession will lead to your instant BAN. Carp flotation slings are allowed.
  18. Particles – the use of any nuts, Tigers, Peanuts etc is not permitted. Other particles are allowed, however these should be pre-prepared by reputable bait companies in sealed tins/bottles.
  19. Rods – 3 rods permitted until 1st November, 4 rods may then be used during the winter until the end of February. All anglers must have valid rod licences for the rods they are using. No rod licence, no membership. This will be checked.
  20. Swims – please walk your mat around the lake upon arrival to choose your swim. Once selected, you may then get your tackle. Once you’ve placed your mat in a swim, do not continue looking for a better one!
  21. Always respect other anglers and do not cast into their water!
  22. Each swim is clearly marked – do not fish in between these! When casting – do this from your swim – do not wade along the bank!
  23. Cars – MUST be returned to the designated car parks after unloading your tackle. You may not leave these behind you whilst you set up unless previously agreed with Charlie.
  24. Unhooking Mats – must be largest possible and suitable for the size of the carp now being caught, ideally cradle type mats. Anyone without a suitable mat will be asked to leave until they have purchased one.
  25. Bankside vegetation – please respect it and do not cut it back. If necessary, you may tie it back but remember to undo when you leave.
  26. Your swim is not a toilet – so please do not use it as one!
  27. Guest Tickets are available at £25.00 per night. Maximum of 2 nights per session. These tickets must be booked in advance with Charlie.
  28. No dogs allowed at the fishery.
  29. No loud music, TV’s, fireworks or light displays. It’s a fishery, not a festival. Music or films watched on a tablet (or similar) should not be audible outside of your bivvy.
  30. Respect each other, the fishery and the carp.
  31. No climbing of trees or buildings.
  32. All fish captured over 20lb must be photographed and reported to either or posted to the group chat page. We appreciate that not everybody wishes to be on social media, if you ask for privacy this will be respected.
  33. No swimming.