Ladybower Fisheries



Open Season

March to November


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fishing at ladybower

Ladybower Fisheries has 13 miles of bank fishing available, we also have 15 fishing boats with well serviced engines for hire. They are an ideal way of exploring the water and fishing those areas where other anglers cannot reach.


The main stock of trout are all bred locally and reared on site, producing a great day's fishing with hard fighting Rainbow & Blues, these fish are incredibly agile and acrobatic.

If the fishing is not your cup of tea then what about the stunning Derbyshire countryside with picturesque surroundings and diverse wildlife all within easy access of Ladybower, for further information please visit the Peak District National Park web site.


Ladybower Reservoir offers some beautiful bank angling, much of the bank side shelves steeply into deeper water so care must be taken when fishing. Lure fishing is extremely popular and successful, but Ladybower is essentially an upland water and the fish are often quick and responsive to falls of terrestrial insects.


Ladybower Fisheries boats
fishing reel

Ladybower history

Ladybower reservoir is a large Y shaped reservoir and is the lowest of three in the Upper Derwent Valley. The River Ashop flows into Ladybower Reservoir from the west and the River Derwent from the north. The River Derwent supplies water to both of the upper Reservoirs, Howden and Derwent, which in turn supplies Ladybower with water.


Severn Trent Waterboard funded the set up of the fishery and the fish rearing facilities, which are still in place today. As a result of the past and present wardens, bailiffs and water authorities, Ladybower is what it is today.


The Derwent valley also played an important role in the Second World War. It saw the development  of the ‘bouncing bomb’ which was deployed by 617 squadron using Lancaster Bombers. The squadron was formed for the specific task of attacking three major dams on the Ruhr in Germany: the Möhne, Eder and Sorpe. The museum can be seen explaining all the history of the squadron and their war efforts in Derwent Dam wall, situated above Ladybower Reservoir.

Trout caught at Ladybower
Flyfishing in Tenkara

General Information

No litter, remnants of food or other rubbish should be left around the banks or margins of the reservoirs or the river Derwent.

Permit holders are particularly warned against lighting fires on any part of the company's property or causing grass fires by carelessly throwing lighted matches on the ground, as they will be held responsible for any damage occasioned thereby.

Legal proceedings will be taken against any person found damaging the banks, shrubs, trees, fences, or other property of the company.

No person shall interfere with wild birds or their nests.

Anglers are warned that it is their duty to take care and not to risk injury to other anglers, officers or servants of the company or the members of the public in practising their sport. Anglers will be held solely responsible for any accident or injury which may occur as a result of the neglect of this warning.

The Ladybower reservoir is used for supplying water for domestic consumption, it is therefore essential that every precaution shall be taken against polluting the water or the banks of the reservoir. The attention of all anglers is drawn to this primary purpose of
the reservoir and to the fact that the fishing granted by the company may be withdrawn
if abused.

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Ladybower fisheries reserves the right to cancel or refuse the issue of a permit to any person without giving any reason for so doing.

These rules and regulations are subject to review by Ladybower fisheries at any time.