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A scenic fishery

Lakedown Trout Fishery is situated in a secluded Wealden valley with scenic views & no visible sign of habitation.

The Fishery was originally designed & created in 1981 by actor & Rock legend Roger Daltrey.

The four spring-fed lakes totalling approximately 20 acres have an abundance of aquatic fly life.   

"A visual assault on the senses. There can be no prettier fishery in this land. Spikes of bright yellow flag decorate the banks which are thick with beds of rose bay willow herb, bee-haunted fox gloves & spotted orchid. A place where wild browns & rainbows live side by side" -

Trout Fisherman, August 2005

Lakedown Trout Fishery is now using the Fishery Reports ticket booking and catch returns system.

This allows you to book your ticket in advance either online or by telephone.

CLICK HERE to book your ticket

CLICK HERE to enter a catch return




Swife Lane,
East Sussex
TN21 8UX

01435 883449 / 07502 257428 / (or Ted on 07740 798341)

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Due to work being done the toilets will be out of order until 12th June.  Apologies for any inconvenience 


CLICK HERE to book your ticket or Please call the fishery  07502 257428 /01435 883449

or email lakedowntroutfishery@gmail.com


Online bookings are subject to a £1.50 processing fee

2 fish - £30 (half day only 8-1pm / 1-7pm)

3 fish - £35 

4 fish - £40 

5 fish - £45

6 fish - £50​​

Under 18’s (9-17)- £20 for a 2 fish ticket

It is imperative that anglers follow the government guidelines available via the Angling Trust website


We are open 7 days a week, 8am-7pm last cast

(hours alter through the year according to daylight).​

  • A ticket must be purchased online or by telephone prior to fishing. 

  • Anglers must  sign in at the lodge upon arrival

  • Once the bag limit is reached,  fishing must cease until an additional ticket is  purchased.

  • All anglers must inform a Lakedown staff member of their catch in order to assist with stock management.​ You can enter a catch return online by clicking HERE

  • No catch and release (with the exception of wild brown trout in lake 1 which will 

    be far smaller than average stocked fish

  • single fly, max size 10

  • Anglers must  hold an Environmental Agency Rod Licence.

  • Children must be 9 years old or over​. (9 - 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult)


Latest Updates

7th June - Weekly Report.

The last week at Lakedown saw some challenging fishing.  The catch rate ended a shade below 65%  and although there is now plenty of active insect life the fish remained very deep.  The weed in lake 4 has begun to rear its head but the other 3 lakes remain in very good condition, with yellow iris now decorating the banks and blue damsel flies covering the surface.  The best fish of the week were had by Giles and Charlie, both with 7lb rainbows. Due to the hot weather the water temperature has now crept hip to 19c, however boobies and blobs having still been working very well off the bottom for good anglers.

31st May - Weekly Report.

The last couple of weeks have generally seen good fishing at Lakedown.  Last weekend the wind made things hard, especially as the water was somewhat muddied from the rain earlier in the week..  However as this last week progressed the water cleared and the fishing pick up again.  The catch rate ended up at 75% with some the catch of the week being Busters 8lb rainbow from lake 3 and a 7lb brown from lake 1.  There is a good hawthorn hatch right now, and still some mayfly around lakes 3 and 4.

Blue flash damsel, CDCs, and montanas recommended 

17th May  - Weekly Report.

The weather may have been miserable but the fishing was superb this last week at Lakedown.  We welcomed a couple of fishing clubs, both of which nearly caught their full quota of fish!  Overall for the week the catch rate ended up just shy of 90% with the catches of the week being a 8.12lb brownie laded by Alistair and an 8lb rainbow landed by James.  

The cold spring has kept the fish deep as insects have all been very late to come out this year. However there has been a great hatch of duns mayfly on lakes 3 and 4 and some anglers have been catching on drys.  The most effective flies of the last week have been the usual suspects; Blue flash damsels, montanas and buzzers.

LAKEDOWN WILL BE CLOSED THIS THURSDAY 20th May for a private function

10th May  - Weekly Report.

It was another mixed week at Lakedown, with some days offering easy fishing whilst others providing a real challenge for even the best of anglers.  The catch rate ended up just shy of 70% but there were some fantastic fish landed again.  Regular Lubos,  who has been lending a helping hand with clearing the dam of lake 2, walked away with a 4 fish 19lb bag yesterday including 2 Brownies!  One of 8lbs, his brownie pb and the biggest brown at Lakedown this year, followed quickly by another 7lber!

There has been an abundance of alderfly around the lakes so upwing flies have started to catch well.  We can soon expect the long legged hawthorn flies to hatch so hopefully there will be more surface action in the coming weeks.

This Saturday 15th lakes 1&2 are booked for a private event. Anglers are still welcome but will only be allowed to fish lakes 3&4

LAKEDOWN WILL BE CLOSED NEXT THURSDAY 20th May for a private function

4th May  - Weekly Report.

Some lovely fish ended what had been a reasonably hard weeks fishing at Lakedown.  The catch rate ended up at 70% with the biggget fish being an 8.12lb rainbow and a 7.8lb brown.  Montanas, Hares ears were the flies of choice

26th April  - Weekly Report.

A week of two halves saw a tough start end with great fishing.  Many anglers commented on lots of knocks and very very subtle takes.  With a good turnout and good fishing over the weekend the catch rate ended just shy of 80%. There were also some lovely fish landed including two 5lb brownies and two rainbows over 6lb, all in superb condition.  Blue flash damsels have continued to perform, with nymphs and hares ears also doing well.  The water is clear in all 4 lakes, with dry weather forecast and the water temperature at 11.5 degrees we hope for a great week.



19th April- Weekly Report.

The catch rate for the last week finished just above 80%.  It seems the sunny days and cold nights have pushed the fish down deep again and made them slightly less active as all lakes are very well stocked.  Luckily a number of nice fish were caught including the catch of the season so far, a fin perfect 10.8lb rainbow from lake 4 caught by Tony on a Montana.  A few lovely 6lb brownies were also caught from lakes 2 and 3. 

12th April- Weekly Report.

The good fishing continued this week although anglers did face a slightly harder challenge due to the cold nights and sunny days..... the Trout went deep again however the catch rate still ended up nudging 90%.  Giles was at it again with another rainbow over 9lbs, this time from lake 2, while mr Walls also landed a 9lber from lake 1.  All flies seem to be doing the trick from BFDs, to hares ears to buzzers.


5th April- Weekly Report.

A busy week saw the fishing continue its outstanding form.  A number of sizeable fish were caught including three near 7lb brownies and catch of the season so far, a 10lb rainbow landed by Pete from lake 4 on a Montana. The catch rate again stands a sky high 92% and with the clear water  in all lakes at 10c the trout are just loving it. Hares ears, buzzers and montanas have all been catching well.

29th March - Weekly Report.

It was a fabulous weeks fishing at Lakedown, ending with a catch rate of almost 95%.  All lakes performed well with every one producing a fish over 6lbs.  The catch of the week (and the season so far) went to Lakedown regular Giles who landed a sublime rainbow at 9.10lbs from lake 1 on a zonker.  Lures have continued to perform, with nymphs and bloodworms also doing well.  The water is clear in all 4 lakes, with dry weather forecast and the water temperature nudging 10 degrees we hope for another great week.  

22nd March - Weekly Report.

Another quiet week at Lakedown saw very good fishing with a catch rate over 85%.  Lakes 3 and 4 fished well whilst 1 and 2 started the week muddy.  But over the weekend all lakes had cleared up and fished well.  No larger fish were landed however a number of 4lb rainbows as well asa couple of 3lb brownies were caught.  Lures continue work best but bloodworms were also doing the trick.


  • Good riddance 2020 Competition
    02 Jan, 09:00 – 13:00
    TN21 8UX, Broad Oak, Heathfield TN21 8UX, UK
    in the hope that we will be allowed. fingers crossed Prize for heaviest bag and biggest fish. £35 entry (3 fish ticket) please call 07502 257428 or email Lakedowntroutfishery@gmail.com to enter
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