News article created on 24 June 2020

We are seeking a new partner to run commercial fishery at Harthill Reservoir

A new partner is being sought to run the commercial fishery at Harthill Reservoir near Rotherham.

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We have taken over the temporary management of the fishery after the current tenants decided to step down.

We will run the fishery, which consists of three linked ponds, with the help of 6am Tackle of Swallownest, Sheffield, until the autumn. A tendering exercise to find a permanent partner will take place over the summer.

We are grateful for the support

John Ellis, our national fisheries and angling manager, said: “The reservoir’s primary purpose is to feed the Chesterfield Canal, but it also offers excellent fishing. It’s well known to local anglers for its carp, but it’s also good for other species such as bream, perch and pike.”

He added: “We’re grateful for 6am Tackle’s support in helping us run the fishery as normal until a permanent partner can be found. 6am Tackle also run the nearby Kiveton fishery in partnership with the Trust, so we’re confident that anglers should see no difference in the service they receive.” 

Harthill Reservoir was built in the 1770s as a feeder reservoir for the Chesterfield Canal, approximately two miles to the north. The largest of the three fishing ponds covers 20 acres, and is also the home to the Rotherham Sailing Club.

Permits and tickets

Anyone wishing to register their interested in being part of the tendering exercise should register by email

To bring things more into line with our other fisheries, the new Harthill Reservoir fishery permit prices from Thursday 25 June are as follows: Adult day permit (1 rod) £7; Adult day permit (2 rods) £10; 24-hour ticket to include night fishing (2 rods) £20.

Our Plastics Challenge

We're also calling on anglers and other visitors to the reservoir to support our Plastics Challenge to help protect fish and other wildlife.

We usually rely heavily on our army of volunteers to help clear the waterways of plastic and litter, but volunteering activity has been put on hold since mid-March due to coronavirus.

Every year 14 million pieces of plastic end up in and around our canals, rivers and reservoirs. Plastic bottles, food wrappers, bags and straws can be harmful for the fish and other wildlife.