You need a permit to fish at Hollingworth Lake.
These are available from Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre.
The lake is stocked with coarse fish, including bream, carp, tench, roach and perch.
There's no close season but there are restrictions on where you can fish. A small hide at the southwest corner overlooks a natural area where boats and watersports are excluded to help you fish.
You can ask about fishing permits on the Visit Rochdale website.