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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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From this Thursday 3rd March Lakedown will be open 5 days a week throughout the year.  (Now closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, excluding bank holidays)


 07502 257428 /01435 883449

email lakedowntroutfishery@gmail.com



Anglers will receive a 10% discount at the taproom as part of their ticket as well as complimentary tea / coffee.

2 fish - £35

3 fish - £42 

4 fish - £49 

5 fish - £55

6 fish - £60

Under 18’s (9-17)- £25 for a 2 fish ticket, or they may share fish on an accompanying adults 5 fish ticket

Please note only cash / cheque are accepted on site

We are open 5 days a week, 8am-7pm last cast (Closed Monday and Tuesday, open on bank holidays)

(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

14th June

Although many of our regulars managed to catch their full bags it was overall another tough week at Lakedown with a catch rate again just scratching 50%.  The Farley brothers however were at it again on Sunday with 9 fish between them for an impressive 26lbs.  Black and green seem to be the patterns working best.  There are plenty of fish moving on the surface early in the morning but as the sun warms up the are going deeper  (The surface water is currently a warm 20 Celsius).

6th June

Tough conditions continued at Lakedown with a catch rate dipping just below 50%.  A number of anglers still managed to catch their bags with the Farleys landing 6 fish for 20lbs on Sunday.  Hopefully the hard rain on Saturday (which luckinmly didn't muddy the lakes) will have cooled the water a little and added some oxygen.  Cats whiskers were the fly of choice but grey wolfs off the top also had some success. 

30th May

Judging by the fact that boobies were the best fly of the week it seems the fish haver gone deep again.  Overall it was a tough week at Lakedown with a catch rate just over 55%.  However a few nice fish were caught with the biggest fish being a 8.12lb rainbow from lake 3. Cats and gold head daddies were there other flies that also did well

23rd May

We got some much needed rain at Lakedown this week which as helped the fishing considerably.  In the more oxygenated, cooler water the fish are thriving and are again active in the top water column.  Over the week we had a catch rate just over 75%, but the weekend was closer to 90%.  Louis Gorringe netted the bag of the week with 3 fish at 13lbs. Orange patterns continue to do well as do gold ribbed hares ears and Montanas.


17th May

It was an up and down week at Lakedown.  With 75 anglers through the gates it was one of the busiest weeks we've seen in a long while. A 145 fish being caught averaged just under 2 per rod but certain days fished much better than others.  It was another week without any big fish although a number of 4-5lbers were caught. With the sunny weather the fish have remained deep and Montanas and blue flash damsels are working best, although the mayfly hatch that's just begun on lake 4 may see more imitation surface flies catching.



11th May

with the continued dry bright weather the fish are staying deep at Lakedown. Intermediate lines are recommended with a slow retrieve.  The catch rate of the last week ended up just over 65% with no fish over 6lbs bering caught.  Orange seems to be the colour of choice and lake 4 continues to fish best.

We will be closed on Saturday 14th May for a private event.

4th May

Thank you to Fishing for Forces for coming down on Saturday; a great day was had by all.  With many novice anglers in attendance over the last week, catch rate ended up at just below 70%.  The fish have generally been quite deep so we would advise using an intermediate line, or at least a floating line with a goldhead fly.  Tadpoles, Montanas and BFDs have all been catching well.  

28th April 

It was the busiest week of the season so far at Lakedown with 70 anglers through the gates.. Although fishing was again slightly challenging, a handsome 163 fish were still caught, and we have double stocked this week to fully replenish the numbers. The seasons best fish was also landed; a stunning, fin perfect 12lb brown from lake 2 caught on a cats.  The usual flies have been doing the trick with buzzers also coming into their own (on a very slow retrieve).  Lake 4 continues to fish best although lake 1 has been a very close second.

We are closed this Saturday 30th for a charity event but will be open on bank holiday Monday as will the taproom.

19th April 

The wonderful easter weather that blessed us did make conditions slightly more. challenging for landing fish but what.a gorgeous weekend to be in nature.  insect life around the lakes has started to really pick up and I've even noticed some alder flies already hatched.  The catch rate ended up well over 70% at 2.1 fish per bag.  The biggest fish was a rainbow weighing in at 9.2lbs from lake 2, and a brown also from lake 4 weighing in at 7.8lbs.  some amazingly patterned spartcic stokkies have also come out of all the lakes.  

The bright weather has warmed the water a little and pushed the fish slightly deeper hence buzzers have been doing well amongst the usual suspects.

Lakedown is now open 5 days a week (we will now be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays excluding bank holidays)

12th April 

The good fishing continued this week at Lakedown with the most fish caught so far this season.  39 anglers netted 115 fish at almost 3 fish per rod.  Well done to regular Giles for landing the catch of the week rainbow at 8lbs..  £ 4.8-5.8lb browns were also caught.  All the lakes are clear and fishing well with lake 4 still fishing best.  Bfds ,and Montanas continue to do the trick.

Lakedown is now open 5 days a week (we will now be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays excluding bank holidays)

4th April 

It was a great week for big fish at Lakedown.  Well done to regular Pete for landing the one that got away last week and netting the biggest fish of the year so far; a fin perfect 11.2lb rainbow from lake 2 own a cats.  Mr Ryder also landed a lovely 10lb rainbow from lake 3.  Overall it was another good week with a catch rate just shy of 85% with lakes 1 and 4 fishing best.

Lakedown is now open 5 days a week (we will now be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays excluding bank holidays)


28th March

What a spectacular week: Beautiful sunny days with cold nights to keep the water temperature down, fishing at Lakedown was a real treat.  The catch rate ended up a handsome 85% and some lovely fish were landed too including 2 gorgeous brownies weighing in at 8.4 and 7.8lbs from lakes 1 and 2 caught by regulars and Ian and Lubos respectively.  The sun has pushed the fish down deeper but they have anglers have still commented on how many knocks and takes they are getting.  Damsels continue to do well and mayfly nymphs and G&H sedges were also doing the trick.

Lakedown is now open 5 days a week (we will now be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays excluding bank holidays)

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