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Hobbs Lake










About The Lake

Trout Fishing Open Day On Saturday 4th March, we are holding an open day at Hobbs Lake Trout fishery to allow people to have a look round, sample the fishing and hopefully generate interest to add some new members to the group. The lake is part of the Nar Valley Fisheries complex on the Norwich side of Kings Lynn (PE32 1JT). Hobbs Lake is a 25acre gravel pit with wadable margins, varying depths and is probably the only water in Norfolk which allows boat-fishing and float-tubing by itsí members. Our members also have access to a lovely section of the River Nar which holds resident Brown Trout and occasional Sea Trout. Hobbs lake membership runs from 1st January to 31st December. Catch and release is encouraged although each member has a maximum removal quota of up to 50 fish per annum. The river is purely catch and release. On 4th March the gates will be open by 9am and closed at 4pm.

Hobbs Lake is a former gravel pit of some twenty-five acres; The average depth is around 9 feet but can boast areas of nearly twenty feet to the bottom, great for cooler water in the summer. This lake is available on separate Trout fishing season permit to the Coarse fishery. Hobbs lake is stocked predominantly with Rainbow Trout which run to 12lb, and in addition a small head of quality Brown trout to 6lb completes the picture. Most of the margins are wadeable with safety and is a major advantage to many other similar fisheries. We have a boat on the lake for the members to use as they wish or members can their own boat at the lake. Fishing is from the bank or boat, or in the reedy margins via wooden stagings through to the deeper water. Throughout the year this lake boasts some incredible hatches which sometimes frustate the angler when 'matching the hatch' has to be so precise.

If you enjoy fishing for trout then we encourage you to come along and try out Hobbs Lake. This fishery offers a fantastic days trout fishing. We can also include 1 1/2 miles of the River Nar on this permit. Our section of the River is the bottom end of the Trout phase so also includes Chub annd Dace. The Trout are mainly small natural Browns with a few Seatrout available at certin times of the year. The odd resident big Brown can also be located. This winter the Norfolk Rivers Trust have embarked on a project of habitat enhancement on our section, we anticipate an improvement in the river fly fishing this spring when the season opens on 1st April.

Season: 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017
Charges for 2017:
£300 (1/1/17 to 31/12/17) for 50 fish limit (take home fish, unlimited catch & release)
£50 PA charge for the use of the boat or mooring fee of own boat.



The Fish

In the image slideshow to the left you can see some of the residents of this fabulous fishery.

Rainbow Trout - The bulk of the stock are Rainbows ranging from 1 1/2lb stockies to 12lb specimens. The average size caught in 2014 was 3 1/2lb.

Brown Trout - Each season we add a few more Browns to our stock; So a small head of Browns are now ranging from 1 1/2lb stockies to 6lb specimens.



  • Hobbs Lake Trout Fishery has additional rules which are to be followed in parallel to the Nar Valley Fisheries membership rules.
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  • Hobbs Lake Rules 2017
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  • Fly Fishing Only
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  • Barbless hooks (de-barbs accepted) only to be used
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  • Wading is permitted in designated areas only; Anglers do so at their own risk.
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  • A maximum of three flies only per line.
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  • All flies design as bouyant or floating must be fished on a full floating line only.
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  • All catch-returns to be filled in accurately and left in the box in the lodge.
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  • No litter to be left
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  • No fires or braziers to be lit.
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  • Do not exceed daily or annual fish limits
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  • Parking in designated areas only
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  • All junior members to be accompanied by an adult member at all times.
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  • Catch and Release may be employed
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  • All Brown Trout to be returned to the water alive
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  • All Trout over 4lb to be returned to the water alive
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  • Play fish as quickly as possible
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  • Land all fish in a net keeping it in the water
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  • Do not drag the fish up the bank
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  • Do not handle fish unless absolutely necessary, make sure your hands are wet when handling fish.
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  • Use an unhooking tool or artery forceps to remove hook.
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  • Do not wander beyond designated fishing areas.
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  • Please keep noise and light to a minimum and have regard for other anglers.

  • Use of boats for fishing

  • The keyholder is responsible for the boat and itís safe, secure use.
    The boat may only be used in daylight hours.
    Only authorised persons may use the boat.
    Annual permit holders are only permitted to use the boat when invited as a guest of a boat permit holder.
    All persons in a boat will wear lifejackets or buoyancy aids at all times on the water.
    The boat must be inspected by the user prior to casting off. All faults or damage must be reported immediately to the fisheries manager or one of the NVF bailiffs.
    The use of the boat is at your own risk and on the understanding that Middleton Aggregates ltd and Gayton Road Fisheries accept no liability whatsoever for loss of life, damage, injury or loss to persons or property whilst on the site or using this equipment.
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  • Officially appointed bailiffs have the authority to suspend, expel or refuse admission to any person whose conduct is deemed detrimental to the interest of the fishery. Anglerís luggage, equipment and vehicles may be inspected at any time whilst on site.
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  • Anglers fishing do so on the understanding that Middleton Aggregates Ltd and Gayton Road Fisheries accept no liability whatsoever for loss of life, damage, injury or loss to persons or property whilst on site.
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  • FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE FORFEITURE OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP TICKET WITHOUT REFUND.