Frequently Asked Questions

Q. My sat nav has taken me to Theale Lakes Business Park. Where  are you? 

A. RG7 4AT is the nearest postcode but as we have no buildings sat nav doesn't recognise the site. If you are facing out onto the roundabout from the Business Park turn left and travel about 250 yards down the road where you will find our signs and entrance on your left.  As an alternative the what3words location for the car park entrance is Dock Down Hoping.

Q. Can I buy tickets on the bank ?  

A. No, because we limit the number of tickets available to prevent overcrowding all tickets must be booked in advance on this website.  

Q. What time can I start fishing ? and when do I have to leave ?

A. All tickets start at 09:00 but you are permitted to arrive for 08:30 to disinfect your fish welfare equipment prior to your time on the lake. Daylight tickets run until sunset on the same day and Session tickets run until 08:00 the following day.

Q. Do you offer concessions ?

A. No sorry, as we limit numbers we do not offer concessions. However two junior anglers may use one rod each in the same swim on the purchase of one day ticket as long as they are under adult supervision if aged under 16, or a parental consent has been filled if they are 16 - 18 years old.  

Q. Can I get a day ticket on Theale 1 or Theale 2 ?

A. No Theale 1 and 2 are on a syndicate membership only.   

Q. Why are all artificial baits banned ?

A. Because artificial (all non-food) baits do not rot away (or get eaten by the crayfish). This means in the event of someone losing a rig with an artificial bait it will always be 'fishing' which significantly increase the chance of a tethered fish.

Q. Why are all nuts banned (including tiger nuts and peanuts)?

A. No nuts really have any nutritional benefit to the fish and some (in particular peanuts) may contain the Aflotoxin Fungus which can kill fish. We cannot distinguish these so it is safer to ban all nuts on the grounds of fish welfare.  

Q. When are you open ?

A. Tickets can be pre-booked on Island Lake 365 days a year (subject to availability).  

Q. Why does my bank statement show PayPal *THAMESVALLE when I buy a ticket ?

A. Theale Fisheries and Thames Valley Aquatics are both trading names for Mr D. Fulton.