Lake District, England

About this water

Brown trout, Salmon, and Sea trout
OS Grid Ref: NY 18262 15845
Latitude: 54.5312665
Longitude: -3.2645968

Laying underneath Haystacks mountain and to the southeast of Crummock, rests the crystal clear lake of Buttemere. Set in beautiful surroundings; this is the most photographed lake in Lakeland.

Popular with tourists due to its position and a circuit path close to the waters edge, you'll most certainly end up being the subject of a few holiday makers snaps whilst you fish. Be prepared for questions.

Unfortunately there are no longer any boats on Buttermere; she is crying out to be fished from a boat.
There are no launching facilities, but you can launch your own boat.

More forgiving than Crummock, it fishes best from May until July but in the right conditions will fish as early as April.
Traditional wets are a good place to start and you'll need a decent wind to give you cover, like Crummock, the water is crystal clear.

There is a Mayfly hatch in June which can bring out the bigger fish over 1lb.

A late run of Salmon and Sea trout pass through the lake but not in any numbers to make it worth targeting them.

Water map


Permission & Tickets

Day permits cover Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater together with a short stretch of the River Cocker. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased from the car park machine at the National Trust car park in Buttermere (sat nav CA13 9UZ). The machine only accepts pound coins.You'll need to pay for parking too, so remember to bring plenty of pound coins!

For an annual permit please call the North Lakes office on 017687 74649.

Contributed by

Steven Cook

Wind enthusiast, tippet collector and leader length obsessive. Steven knows only trout. His education was hindered by his lack of attention to anything that wasn't trout fishing. If you can find him he's usually at the front; over the furthest headland, bay or peninsula, pulling a team of wets and whistling the theme to The Littlest Hobo.

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