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The River Kent starts its life in Kentmere Reservoir in the valley of Kentmere.
It flows through several villages, one of those being Burneside, where it meets the River Sprint. A mile or so down stream it joins the River Mint at a place known as the Meetings at the Gravel Trap. From here these two small Rivers become the River Kent. The River Kent flows on, down through the old market town of Kendal only 20 miles from Morecambe Bay estuary. The River has many waterfalls and weirs, which migratory fish have to negotiate.

The Kent is one of the fastest flowing, spring run Rivers in the country. As the River flows through the countryside, there are some beautiful views, scenes of weirs and waterfalls. Wild life is abundant, a variety of birds including Kingfishers, squirrels, river habitat and otters are all to be seen. Some Anglers take time out to paint or sketch the scenery to take the memory home!

The River Kent is a designated Salmon River by the EEC. This being so, the water quality is kept at the level acceptable to that governing body. Also English Nature has designated the River as a Special Site of Scientific Interest as the River supports the habitat of the White Clawed Crayfish and White Pearl Mussel. The Kent is the only River in the country able to do this. We work hand in hand with English Nature and the Environment Agency to promote protection, ecology and future of these endangered species.

Please remember that the footpaths leading to our Fisheries are private together with the actual Fisheries. They are not open to the general public.

The River offers Game Fishing for Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout, (Stocked & Wild).
Depending on time of year methods permitted include Fly Spinning and Worm.

The River is not a Course fishery

Fishing for Salmon starts on the 1st of February, (can be caught but must be returned unharmed until 16 June), but really takes off from June onwards until the end of October depending on the water! A typical Kent Salmon would be between 4-8 pounds but in recent years Catch Returns have shown fish being taken up to 20 pounds in weight.

Sea Trout start running the lower reaches of the River around May with some good sport in July and August. They average between 2-4 pounds with bigger fish taken up to 10 pounds from time to time.

No canoes are allowed on KWAA Waters. The Waters are patrolled by bailiffs at all times.

When visiting the Fisheries governed by the KWAA please remember the country code and take all line and litter home with you, together with any unused bait.

Note: Anyone wishing to fish must obtain a KWAA Permit and an Environment
Agency Licence first.


To view maps click on one of the following:


Are available from:


Carlson's Fishing Tackle Shop
64-66 Kirkland
Kendal Telephone 01539 724867

Kendal Sports Shop, Stramongate
Kendal 01539 721554

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