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Updated 27th March 2024

Match Fishing Dates

Wednesday 6 March 2024 – Gudgeon

Wednesday 3 April 2024 – Duffield

Wednesday 1 May 2024 – Noble

Wednesday 5 June 2024 – Gudgeon

Wednesday 3 July 2024 – Duffield

Wednesday 7 August 2024 – Noble

Wednesday 4 September 2024 – Gudgeon

Wednesday 2 October 2024 – Duffield

Wednesday 6 November 2024 – Noble

Wednesday 4 December 2024 – Gudgeon

Draw at 0800 for Fishing 0900-1400

If you would like to join the match fishing please contact Brain on 07760992402


We are sad to announce the death of Frank Whiting on Wednesday 21st February, aged 90. Frank was born in Poringland in a house a stones throw away from Poringland Lakes and as a young boy stocked the Lakes (known as The Poringland Pits in those days) from local rivers. Frank returned to Poringland later in life where he spent many happy hours fishing in Poringland Lakes and made many friends there. The Funeral service will be held at St. Faiths Crematorium for family and friends Monday 11th March at 12:30.

Lakes Closure – Sat 13th May 2023 from 5.30 pm

All lakes and the site will be closed Saturday 13th May 2023 from 5.30 pm. This is for a private family remembrance, all those fishing are asked to have left the site prior to the families arrival to allow them space for private reflection.

Your respect in this matter is appreciated. PCFLA

PCFLA AGM – Sun 19 March 2023


Poringland Community Centre

All welcome, just let me know if you intend coming so I’m organised with tea/coffee

Match Fishing Dates

Wednesday 1 March 2023 – Gudgeon

Wednesday 5 April 2023 – Duffield

Wednesday 3 May 2023 – Noble

Wednesday 7 June 2023 – Gudgeon

Wednesday 5 July 2023 – Duffield

Wednesday 2 August 2023 – Noble

Wednesday 6 September 2023 – Gudgeon

Wednesday 4 October 2023 – Duffield

Wednesday 1 November 2023 – Noble

Wednesday 6 December 2023 – Gudgeon

Draw at 0800 for Fishing 0900-1400

If you would like to join the match fishing please contact Brain on 07760992402


It’s with great sadness that I’m able to share with you the death of Ray Noble on 25/01/23. Ray was one of our founders at PCFLA and avid supporter throughout the years even during his ill health.

Our thoughts and sympathies go to all his family and dear friends with the hope that the kind words and memories shared demonstrate how much he meant to so many.

On behalf of the whole team at PCFLA


There is now a Net Dipping facility at the Lakes.

This is situated between both Lakes and is clearly marked.
It is now mandatory that before you fish you MUST (there are no exceptions) Dip all Nets which will be used in the Lakes.

Please make sure you dip and then rinse in the containers provided (see photos).

Thankyou for your cooperation in this matter and helping to maintain fish health and welfare.

Hot Weather

In view of the expected high temperatures on Monday and Tuesday, although we are not officially closing the lakes unlike other venues we would very much appreciate your consideration to fish welfare and your own well being in the high temperatures.

* Remember Remember Remember *

Either to pay for your Season Ticket renewal or to let me know you wont be renewing. The new Season begins on Friday 1st July 2022

Secretary – PCFLA

Season Ticket Renewals

Renewal emails have been sent tonight, check your spam if it’s not in your inbox and if you haven’t received an email please let me know your current email address at

For those that don’t have an email address postal renewals will follow in the next couple of weeks.

FAO current Season Ticket Holders

The season runs until 30th June 2022, you will receive your renewal invitation by email/post in due course.

Once I’ve sent these I will update the Facebook page and Website.

Please do not chase you haven’t been forgotten, I’m a working Mum juggling this voluntary role so please be patient!

Secretary – PCFLA

Would you like to help?

Poringland Lakes own junior fishing club meets one Saturday a month from April to October.

We offer local children aged 8-15 years the opportunity to learn to fish and improve their skills.
The club is about to start it’s sixth year but is in need of more volunteers.

If you are interested in helping, please get in touch with the club’s co-ordinator who can give you more details.

e-mail Michael at

AGM – All welcome

Sunday 6th March 2022

10:00 – 12:00

Poringland Community Centre

Please let us know if you can make it so we have enough chairs

There will be a minute silence in memory of both Dave Gudgeon and George Shearer

Many Thanks – PCFLA


On behalf of the Chairman of the Trustees for the Poringland Conservation and Fishing Lakes Association it is with great sadness we announce the death of Dave Gudgeon on Fri 18th Feb 2022 and George Shearer on Sat 19th Feb 2022.

Two extremely instrumental and valued members of the PCFLA committee who will be missed by many.

Dave being a founding member of the Lakes holding the position of President and George our Treasurer and Trustee.

Funeral arrangement details will be shared in due course.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Dave and George’s family, friends and all that cared for them as we did.

Tree Planting Day – Sunday 20 February 2022

All help welcomed, please join us at the lakes from 10:00 for as long as you can to plant more trees.

Drinks and snacks provided

Thanks PCFLA

AGM – Sunday 21st November

AGM Sunday 21st November at the Community Centre from 10:00-12:00. All welcome, please let me know if you are attending for numbers/seating purposes.

Gentle reminder as shown below, the next maintenance day is Saturday 13th November, starting at 10:00

Maintenance Day – Saturday 13th November

We have scheduled the next Maintenance Day for Saturday 13th November 2021, starting at 10:00.

It would be lovely to see a good turn out of willing volunteers to help us, many hands and all that!!!

Drinks and snacks provided

Thanks PCFLA

Are you able to help?

Are you able to help? Even if it’s just to make the drinks!

Can you spare an hour (or more would be better)?

Join us at the Maintenance Day on Sunday 26th September from 10:00am.

There’s always lots to do so all help gratefully received

Many thanks PCFLA

Fishing Match 4th September 2021 – Results

1stMichael Morley34lbs 6ozs
2ndColin Hinsley 33lbs 4ozs
3rdBrian Hazel23lbs 9ozs
4thLiam Cowley 20lbs 13ozs
5thTrevor Radley17lbs 10ozs
6thMatt Charlton 14lbs 13ozs
7thAlan Crabb14lbs 4ozs
8thEric Peak11lbs 9ozs
9thRobert Bailey3lb 7ozs

Well done Mick.

Maintenance Day – Sunday 26th August

We will be having another Maintenance Day at the Lakes on Sunday 26th September from 10:00am. If anyone is available to help please let me know so I can provide enough snacks/drinks. All help gratefully received, many thanks


Season Ticket Update

If anyone who has paid for this seasons membership and has not received their card please email

Equally those that are still to pay please let me know if you want to still have membership, if not these spaces can be reallocated.

Many Thanks PCFLA

Duffield Lake Closure14th August 2021

Duffield Lake will be closed until 1pm Saturday 14th August for a Kingfishers even. Thanks for your understanding. PCFLA

Maintenance Day – Friday 27th August

We will be having a Maintenance Day at the Lakes on Friday 27th August. If anyone is available to help please email me at

Many Thanks PCFLA

Fishing Match 3rd July 2021 – Results

1stMichael Morley13lbs 14ozs
2ndColin Hinsley 7lbs 8ozs
3rdBrian Hazel5lbs 9ozs
4thJustin Randall5lbs 8ozs
5thMatt Charlton5lbs 5ozs
6thEric Peak5lbs
7thLiam Cowley3lbs 2ozs
8thAlan Crabb2lbs 4ozs
9thRobert Bailey1lb
10thTrevor Radley4ozs

Well done to Mick and good luck all for the next match.

Membership Update

I will be writing/emailing all existing and proposed new members this week.

Please bear with me, I work and have a very active son to juggle with this admin required. You’ve not been forgotten!

We will NOT be doing Day Tickets but Guest Tickets will be available. More details to follow

Many thanks

Angela – Secretary PCFLA

Fishing Match 1st May 2021 – Results

1stMichael Morley18lbs 8ozs
2ndTrevor Radley10lbs 6ozs
3rdColin Hinsley8lbs
4thAlan Crabb
5thLiam Crowley
6thBob Bailey
7thBrian Hazel
8thMatt Charlton
9thEric Peak
10thJustin Randall

Everyone had catches this month in rather damp conditions!

After many years as a valued Trustee and Lead on all our matters regarding conservation, Peter Aspinall is taking a well earned rest stepping down from his role as Trustee. We would all like to express our thanks for your unwavering support and advice and wish you a more relaxed pace of life. We hope to still see you at the lakes and hope you don’t mind the odd question or three. Best wishes and thanks from all at PCFLA.

General Notice – 21st February 2021

A note for all visitors to the Poringland Conservation and Fishing Lakes, please be aware not only are our lakes for fishing but for conservation too. Please be respectful to keeping your distance from those fishing and their equipment but also stick to the pathways so as not to disturb habitat and conservation efforts.

Many thanks. Angela – PCFLA Secretary

Poringland Lakes to re-open 8th January 2021

Please stick to the government guidelines, sanitise your hands before entry and on leaving. Keep your distance from each other, one person to a swim (unless part of the same household), take all your rubbish home with you. Please only travel within your local area. Please see full guidance on the government’s website.

The COVID Marshall’s are in our area, they will be checking please do not be the reason we get closed down.

PCFLA accepts no responsibility for users failing to abide by the Government Regulations, you are liable for prosecution and the potential loss of your Season Ticket.

Statement from the Angling Trust: Update January 7th 2021

The Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust. We have promoted the huge benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing and have been able to present a case to which the Government have listened. On this basis I am pleased to announce that fishing will be permitted during the third national lockdown in England.

The Head of Sports Participation at DCMS confirmed the following:

“fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors”

This has also been confirmed by DEFRA:

“Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.”

We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.

Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will publish shortly:

This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May.
We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply. The Government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not. Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.
The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
To remain within the law you should follow the Government’s guidance, and only fish locally within the district where you live. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways.
We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others cannot and we must ensure that every angler adheres to the rules.

Kind regards
Secretary PCFLA

Statement from the Angling Trust on the national lockdown rules

UPDATE – January 5, 2021

Whilst the regulations have not yet been published we have been informed this evening by the Cabinet Office that the Government have taken the decision that fishing in England will not be permitted during this national lockdown period. Whilst this is disappointing news I would ask anglers, fisheries and clubs to respect these rules and the reason they have been put in place; to help save lives and support the NHS.

Individuals should not go fishing from midnight tonight (5th January) and clubs and fisheries should close their waters to anglers.

Poringland Conservation and Fishing Lakes Association fully supports the required closure. Please observe the rules anyone found fishing is not only liable to prosecution but also removal of future fishing rights at the site. I am aware it isn’t the news we want but hopefully if everyone can ‘stay at home’ we will see an end to the restrictions soon.

Stay home, stay safe and protect each other and the NHS.

Many thanks
Secretary – PCFLA

COVID19 update – Fishing at PCFLA

The Tier 4 regulations are broadly similar to the 2nd national lockdown in that it is an offence to leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’. Among the 16 categories set out is the provision for ‘Exercise and Recreation’. More specifically ‘outdoor recreation’ in parks, countryside and outdoor public spaces with one other person, not in your household or support bubble. It is under this provision that angling remains a permissible activity and a ‘reasonable excuse’ to be outside of your home. Once again no time limits have been placed on how long you can fish for although you should return home at the end of your trip.

However; this will mean that the Fishing Competitions will need to be suspended until such time as restrictions are relaxed on ‘gatherings’. Day tickets will arranged via myself only and can be issued virtually only.

In short keep fishing but keep your distance from others, do not congregate, use hand sanitiser before and after entering through the gates. Please keep it sensible and within COVID19 guidelines, COVID marshalls are in our area and will be checking, don’t be the one that gets us closed!

Any queries please email me at

Thank you all, stay safe

Update From Chairman

After the extremely sad passing of Rod our dedicated Secretary and friend of many years, we have had to restructure our team and as such it’s my pleasure to introduce our new Secretary Angela Causton. Many of you already know Angela as she’s often down at the lakes visiting her husband Jonny Causton with their lively young son and budding fisherman. If you need to contact Angela please do so via the website or email or you can contact me directly. From all at PCFLA we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and thank you for your continued support during these difficult times.

Winter Matches Return to The Lakes

Winter matches returned to the lakes on Saturday 5th December. On a cold day fishing Duffield lake Eric Peak triumphed with 11lbs 10ozs, closely followed by Trevor Radley with 11lbs 8ozs.

1stEric Peak11lbs 10oz
2ndTrevor Radley11lbs 8oz
3rdColin Hinsley7lbs
4thAlan Crabb6lbs 2oz
5thLiam Crowley3lbs 14oz
6thBob Bailey1lbs 8oz
7thMat CharltonNRW

Next Match will take place on Saturday 2nd January 2021.


Due to the continued restrictions imposed by the Covid19 virus it is important that we manage the site to ensure the health and safety of all.  However; to try to ensure that all of the community can enjoy fishing at the lakes we would like to invite the following:-

A Season Ticket Holder can invite a guest to purchase a Day Ticket, the payment and collection are via the Secretary only prior to the visit (No Day Tickets will be available on site or from other personnel).  The Season Ticket Holder must make their nomination to the Secretary and be present on the day that the Day Ticket holder/s intend fishing.  All will be required to adhere to PCFLA rules and remain complaint with Covid19 restrictions.  Day Tickets will be restricted to ensure Covid19 restrictions and social distance are observed correctly.

All requests to titled ‘Day Ticket Request’

I just wanted to write a few lines to thank those of you who were kind enough to send me cards, letters and messages after Rod passed away in July. Not only was I grateful to know I was in your thoughts at such a difficult time, but I was really comforted to read all the lovely things many of you said about him. It made me proud to realise he was so highly regarded and was obviously going to be missed by many of you at the lakes and on the Committee.

I also want to thank Poringland Conservation and Fishing Lakes for the donation in Rod’s name to Cancer Research UK. I received the final figure today and we raised an amazing £1,320. I am so grateful for your generosity and Rod would be happy to know that such a large amount will, hopefully, help to prevent someone else losing their life to such a terrible disease.

My very best wishes to you all and thank you again for your support.



It is with deep regret that we have to inform you that 

Rod Witham 

our secretary, dedicated fisherman and conservationist very sadly passed away in hospital in Manchester on 8th July, after a major operation following the discovery of cancer.

His wife Karen would like to thank everyone that has sent cards and letters with kind thoughts. She has been inundated!!

Our thoughts are with Karen, his family and friends.

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Welcome to Poringland Lakes website

Poringland Lakes are the village’s best kept secret!

Situated in the heart of the village, the lakes are ‘hidden away’ at the end of Hillside, a quiet cul-de-sac leading off the main Norwich/Bungay road through the village.

The lakes, which have a varied landscape consisting of open water, temporary wetland, grassland, woodland and scrub (see Habitat and Wildlife page), stretch over five acres and are a wonderful place for quiet recreation, observing wildlife and fishing.

At 70 metres above sea level, the lakes occupy one of the highest points in the area and sit on a perched aquifer.

Poringland Conservation and Fishing Lakes, to give the site its correct title, are privately owned by the the Poringland Conservation and Fishing Lakes Association which comprises the trustees and a management committee.  Although legally in private ownership, the lakes are a community based facility which visitors are welcome to use and enjoy.

The following pages give a flavour of this wonderful local facility and the conservation work of the Association.  We are adding new pages and content all the time, so please add the site to your favourites and stop by again. Thank you for your interest!


The Association would like to thank the following people for their contribution to the development of this website.

Peter Aspinall (Conservationist and Wildlife Photographer), Liz Dack (Wildlife Photographer), Nick Elsey (Natural History Enthusiast), Richard Gooderham (Poringland Archive)

and of course our principal partners, Norfolk Homes, for sponsoring the Poringland Lakes website.