Fishing

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – important information

More information on what we are doing about Coronavirus

During the lockdown our sites were closed to ensure both the public and our staff were protected during the critical period of the coronavirus pandemic. 

We’re now starting to open up our sites and have introduced the following: 

  • We have opened up outdoor spaces and permissive footpaths where the risk is lower. Our aim is to continue to support communities at this time by offering outdoor spaces where people can exercise, connect with nature and improve their health and wellbeing. 
  • Access to the walking paths for exercise and to the Life for a Life memorial sites are open. 
  • From Monday 1 June all of our sites will reopen for restricted bank angling only and all visits must be pre-booked and confirmed a day in advance. Details on how to book will be published on this page.

Fisheries information

From Monday 1 June, for those that have pre-booked, our trout fisheries will open 10am to 4pm daily and coarse fishing will be 8am to 4pm. This is a temporary arrangement and will be reviewed. Boat fishing, matches and competitions continue to be suspended until further notice.   

While every effort will be made to minimise the risk of infection, we ask you to remain responsible for your own safety and to follow the government’s advice at all times and to make an informed decision on visiting based on your personal circumstances. We also remind you that areas of the site such as the car park, gates and swims are also used by others.   

Our reservoir and visitor sites are also working operational water supply sites, so we ask that only assistance dogs accompany you on your visit and that our usual no swimming and barbecue policy still applies.

How to stay safe during your visit  

 Please do not visit if you are self-isolating or showing any symptoms of Covid-19. 

 When visiting our sites please: 

  • keep your distance from people outside your household 
  • keep your hands and face as clean as possible 
  • avoid being face to face with people who are not part of your household avoid crowds 
  • wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible 
  • visit sites for exercise and wellbeing only. Do not picnic or congregate with others 
  • bring your own hand sanitiser as no toilet facilities are available 
  • respect that all buildings are currently closed – the lodges are places of work for our staff and therefore we must ensure these are safe 
  • do not visit if the site is busy - consider an alternative venue or return at another time 
  • park sensibly and leave space between vehicles to ensure social distancing is maintained. This will also also reduce the number of people on site and make everyone safer. 

 Please note: 

  • our fisheries will reopen on Monday 1 June but our other site facilities including public toilets, angling lodges, bird hides or similar spaces will remain closed 
  • we reserve the right to ask anyone not following the above guidance to leave immediately 
  • we may close our sites at any time and without notice if visitor numbers are too large or if people are not observing social distancing guidance or reservoir bylaws. 

Wessex Water Fisheries are offering customers who have purchased a season ticket or book of tickets the option to receive a refund in light of the fact we are currently unable to open due to coronavirus restrictions. Find out more on how to request a refund.

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Important information

Rod licence: All anglers fishing our fisheries are required by law to have an Environment Agency, EA, rod licence. This national licence is valid for 12 months and can be bought online from the post office. Concessionary prices are available to senior citizens and those aged under 17. Please note that EA bailiffs do carry out checks from time to time. 

Wessex Water permits: Everyone is welcome to fish at our reservoirs - you don’t need to be a member. However all anglers must buy a permit before fishing. Season tickets are available from us on 0345 600 4 600 or from the ranger at the reservoir. Day or evening tickets for fishing and boat hire are available on a self-serve basis from each fishing lodge.  

Code of conduct: Anglers must follow our reservoirs’ code of conduct and to check behind them before backcasting. 

Opening times: Reservoirs are open from 8am; the closing time for each day is displayed at the lodge. 

Overnight/evening fishing: Due to health and safety reasons we don’t allow night fishing at our sites.  

Boat hire: We recommend booking a boat in advance by calling the lodge directly to avoid disappointment.  

Keep nets: These are only allowed at organised fishing matched. 

Dogs: No dogs, apart from assistance dogs, are allowed at any of our sites. 

Stock: Our reservoirs are regularly re-stocked with quality rainbow and brown trout. To ensure stocks are maintained, it is essential all returns are made before leaving the site, stating size and number caught. Details of the rod average for the previous week and the largest fish caught are displayed in the lodge. 

Tuition: Tuition is available at Sutton Bingham reservoir, the West Pond and at Hawkridge reservoir. We also regularly hold fly tying sessions for both beginners and experienced anglers at these sites

Get in touch

Our rangers are always on hand to offer assistance - you can either contact them in person or by phone in the fishing lodge between 8am and 9.30am or 4pm and 5pm for evening tickets and boats.

Sometimes the ranger may be around the reservoir site – just leave a message on the office answer machine and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Alternatively you can call our customer service team on 0345 600 4 600 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm) or send us a message at:

Facebook www.facebook.com/wessexwaterfisheries
or
email fishing@wessexwater.co.uk

Where to go fishing

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Soak in the stunning scenery while you fish from a boat

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Fishing at Hawkridge

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