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  • Hawkridge reservoir

    Season: Wednesday 28 February to Sunday 14 October 2018

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    Fishing

    Despite its smaller size Hawkridge reservoir provides a level and variety of sport to rival the best in the UK. If you favour smaller waters then this place is for you.

    This trout reservoir, situated on the edge of the Quantock Hills, offers depths of up to 70ft. The lodge bank slopes steeply towards the water line and a short distance out is a weed bank with a lot of fish located just beyond it.

    The venue responds well to floating lines and inter mediates, with a variety of flies successful, including damsels, hare’s ears and montana, plus nymphs including buzzers and diawl bach.

    The trout stocked in this reservoir provide a cosmopolitan variety of rainbows, browns, tigers, golden and blue trout so you really do not know what you will catch next.

    Ranger Gary Howe oversees the stocking programme, which provides some stunning home-grown doubles as well as regular deliveries from Torre Fisheries.

    The fishing lodge provides an angler’s lounge for relaxing and socialising. The ticket office and returns facilities are also housed within the lodge and just outside are the scales to weigh your catch.

    During 2016 the size and numbers of fish stocked in Hawkridge were increased, with arctic char being introduced to give even more variety.

    We will again be stocking good quality trout and surprise doubles to maintain the incredibly high standards this fishery sets itself.

    This season we’ll also be one of the first fisheries in the country to introduce spartic trout – a cross between brook trout and arctic char.  

    Walking

    Due to the size of the reservoir and lack of bank space, no walking or dogs are permitted around the site. However, there are a number of public footpaths which link to the reservoir. The reservoir and its birdlife can be viewed from both the layby on Lawyers Hill and one of the nearby public footpaths.

    Wildlife

    Adjoining the Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and designated as a County Wildlife Site, Hawkridge reservoir provides a valuable habitat for insects, amphibians and wildfowl. Overwintering birds and areas of broadleaved woodland and marshy grassland around the reservoir are of particular interest.

    Contact

    Ranger: Gary Howe

    01278 671840

    fishing@wessexwater.co.uk

    Accessibility

    Opening hours: The reservoir is open between March and October

    Location: The reservoir is six miles from Bridgwater, accessible via minor roads, and close to the villages of Spaxton and Aisholt.

    Nearest postcode: TA5 1AL

    OS grid reference: ST206359 (public layby nearby)

    By public transport: No

    By cycle: No National Cycle Routes nearby

    By foot: Local public rights of way run to the north, south and east of the reservoir linking to local villages.

    Mobile phone/data signal: Network dependent.

    Activities: trout fishing, birdwatching - see walking above for more information.

    Facilities: club toilets (anglers only), anglers' car park, fishing lodge, view point (see walking above), information panels.


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