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Durleigh reservoir

A coarse angling mecca

Durleigh is the only one of our reservoirs which is dedicated to dayticket coarse fishing. It's ideal for the angler seeking to catch carp, pike, bream and roach.

With depths of up to 26ft, you can fish from both banks, although there is no fishing from the dam wall itself.

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The reservoir is renowned as a superb carp water and while there are a lot of common carp, there are also a good number of mirror carp there to be caught. Between 10 and 20 doubles can be caught in the right conditions.

Durleigh carp love boilies and will respond to accurate baiting, with many fish coming at longer range and being caught from all around the reservoir. In spring and early summer the shallow end can be very good, but as the season progresses and the levels drop they move into the deeper water towards the dam.

Specimen pike are also a big feature at Durleigh and can even exceed the 30lb mark, with a good number of 20s, doubles and jacks also in the water. Pike anglers regularly report 10 or more fish in a day when they are feeding. Dead-baiting is a very popular tactic, but lures can also work well.

In the winter they can be found at the deeper end, but throughout the year you will often see pike activity in the margins all round the reservoir.

Durleigh fishing

The reservoir is also well regarded for its bream fishing with good average-sized fish. Although most bream fall into the 2lb-5lb range, there are larger specimens approaching double figures. There is also an abundance of skimmers from under 1lb and up to 2lb and there are vast shoals of roach that can make up 50lb-80lb nets on their own.

Durleigh produced some excellent results last year especially for carp anglers who regularly reported catching more than 20 fish per session. There is an abundance of high doubles and twenties in the lake with some pushing toward the 30lbmark. Notable fish include a 31lb mirror carp caught by John Keirle off the bar and a 29lb 12oz common taken from the life buoy swim by Brian Gay. The roach and bream fishing was also very good. Gary Ireland won the Durleigh festival with 176lb of silvers over the four day event.

At the end of each year we will hold a prize draw where three lucky winners will receive a block of six day tickets.

Match bookings are welcomed and the nature of the fishing at Durleigh makes it an ideal venue. However, please be aware we require at least four weeks notification in order to let other anglers know about bank closures.

Day tickets are available from the self-service kiosk in the fishing lodge.

Dedicated ranger Paul Martin has more than 20 years’ experience at Durleigh and is a good source of up to date information and who to speak to for match or pike boat bookings. 

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Paul Martin - Durleigh ranger
Ranger: Paul Martin

Location: Bridgwater, Somerset TA5 2AW

Contact: 01278 424786
fishing@wessexwater.co.uk

Open: Open all year except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and the occasional fishing match.

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