Rules for Fishing at Wynnstay Lake

1. Health and Safety

A) Personal care around the water must be taken, at all times. The average depth is approx 6ft and falling into the water could easily result in drowning. There are five ‘safety buoyancy’ rings around the lake and all members must familiarise themselves with locations, bearing in mind, they are much harder to find in the dark. The woodland side of the lake, particularly, has several older trees, and branches can easily fall off, causing severe injury. Whilst we have carried out a tree survey and removed several hazardous trees/limbs. All members must check surroundings, when fishing, especially when siting Bivvies, to ensure their own safety. W.F. & C. Ltd. holds both public liability & fishing insurance for members, a copy of which is posted in the portaloo. N.B. W.F. & C. Ltd. do not accept responsibility for any theft or damage to members’ equipment, vehicles etc. and members should ensure their own personal insurance covers these items. Also, a first aid box can be found in the portaloo. N.B. all accidents must be reported to Barry Cooke, immediately. The nearest A&E is Wrexham Hospital.

B). Fish Stock: We regard the health of our Fish Stock, as a no.1 priority. Care whilst landing, unhooking & prompt return to the water are vital. The older fish and especially the grass carp become ‘stressed’ very quickly and can and will die, within days of poor treatment by anglers.

  • Landing nets must be 42″ width (minimum). One per angler (no sharing).
  • Landing nets should be dry, before starting to fish.
  • Unhooking mats must be large beanie mats or carp cradles. One per angler (no sharing). And should be dry, before starting to fish.
  • No fish, at any time to be kept in storage (no keep nets, no sacks).
  • Only use barbless hooks and no fixed rigs.
  • No braided main lines. Minimum 12lb lines.
  • Rods must not be ‘unattended’ at any time whilst fishing.
  • Members should be no more than 10 metres from their rods when lines are in the water.
  • Never hold the fish with a cloth; stand up or walk about whilst holding a fish.
  • No fish to be removed from the site, nor any alien fish to be added to Wynnstay Lake. Anyone caught committing either of the above, will be prosecuted and will be removed from membership.
  • Alcohol allowed – but in moderation!

N.B. please keep cameras at the ready — and ensure that you have the mobile numbers of neighbouring anglers, to help you to obtain photos. Vitally, it means your fish can be put back INTO THE WATER A.S.A.P.

2. Logistics

The entrance for all members is the wooden gate and access along the ‘Grand Avenue’. The padlock code will be issued to memebers at the start of the season and any updates will be notified by email or phone. Please close this gate at all times, as there will be sheep in this area, from time to time. Also, it will deter non members, any access. ‘Drop Off’ equipment at the ‘Hall’ end of the lake is ok, as there is a right of way. However, do not drive along the playing field side of the lake. All cars must be parked in the designated car park and not obstruct the cabin entrance.

As a courtesy to all members, no vehicles are allowed along the ‘peg’ side of the lake. Green permits/disability badge holders may drop off/collect, only be special permission.

W.F.C.Ltd. owns land & fishing completely around the lake however, ownership on the hall/playing field side of the lake, is 6 metres from water’s edge. Members are not allowed to fish from Hall/Playing Field side, but can use it to pre-bait.

W.F.C.Ltd is not insured to fish from boats. We are insured for the ‘feed boat’ & Maintenance of the banks/island. Members must not put boats or inflatables of any kind onto the water.

N.B. Mini/remote controlled bait boats are OK. But they must be returned to the bank after depositing bait. Any damage or loss to ‘bait boats — is owners responsibility.

3. Courtesy Code

 To all members and the hall residents.

  • Maximum 72 hours per peg — per member (no return within 72 hours).
  • Maximum one bivvy per member
  • Maximum 3 rods per member.
  • Each member may bring 1x non-fishing guest during the day. No guests to stay overnight without permission.
  • To support the fish ‘biomass’ rolled barley/oats will be fed to the fish (Tuesday or Wednesday) each week. This will not affect the fishing — but it will help to increase the weight of all existing fish.
  • No dogs or open fires without permission (dogs with permission, must be on a lead at all times).
  • No loud music, at any time.
  • No bright, night lights.
  • No litter, all rubbish to be taken home.
  • Slingshots for bait only.
  • No shooting — of any kind.
  • Each member is entitled to bring a guest angler for three days (24hrs) per season, which can be taken singularly or collectively. Providing that :
    • The member notifies Barry Cook 48hrs before the visit.
    • Pays > £25 per day in advance of the visit
    • The guest has a national licence for : ‘non migrating trout & course fish’
    •  The guest reads & abides by the membership rules
  • Geraint Davies and Stephen Bathers have been appointed the Lake’s bailiffs. Also, Rick Pritchard is the local environment officer. Upon request by them, members must produce their receipt/agreement to fish and national rod licence.
  • Any predators, especially cormorant, goosander, otter & mink, should be noted (site & numbers) and details passed to Barry Cooke.

4. Internet Bookings

An internet booking system is included into the Wynnstay Fishing website for members. It is intended to ensure that members, especially those from farther afield, can book ahead and guarantee their specified swim/peg.

It is not essential for full or midweek members to book and members can still turn up on the day. However, a ‘reserved’ swim/peg has priority and a member setting up on what appears to be a vacant peg may be asked to move, if the peg has been pre-booked. N.B. Associate Members must book ahead via internet or phone.

The system currently allows full and midweek members to book one month in advance and associate members one week. The 24 hour booking period runs from midday to midday the following day.

Midweek membership runs from Sunday midday to Friday midday (excluding Bank Holidays).

Associate members can fish any day – except Bank Holidays.

Because weekends are ‘prime periods’, also as a courtesy to everyone, members should not book the same peg more than 48 hours per month. (Friday & Saturday).

For members without internet access, or someone with specific forward holiday dates, telephone bookings can be made with Barry on 07909 525675.

As a courtesy to all members, any member unable to keep their scheduled booking must release it from the booking system by internet or phone ASAP.

Pegs are numbered 1-12; with new numbers 5a and 5b & 6a and 6b.

All will be clearly marked on site and as per the site map within the online booking section.

5. Agreement

Upon receipt of £350 for full membership, £275 for midweek membership, or £145 for associate membership (£25 for guests) members are allowed to fish at Wynnstay Lake during the 2018/19 season (01/03/18 — 28/02/1).

N.B. existing members will have first refusal for renewal the following season.

Non-adherence to the above rules could result in cancellation of membership, without refund.

N.B. Owners/Bailiffs may request removal of lines from the water, to ensure that correct rigs/hooks etc. are being used. Owners reserve the right to close the fishing/water without notice, for any emergencies/repairs etc.