Fishing at Durleigh

Fishing at Durleigh


Enjoy a superb day out coarse fishing

Season dates: 29th March – 23rd December 2021

Durleigh reservoir is renowned as a superb carp water with both mirror and common carp available to be caught. Although fishing is not allowed from the dam wall, anglers can fish from both banks where the water is as deep as 26ft.

Durleigh has produced some excellent results for anglers in recents years, particularly for those fishing for carp. They have regularly reported catching a dozen fish or so per session. The average size has crept up to around 17lbs with most anglers expecting to land a couple of 20s too!

Following the recent restocking of the reservoir, pike fishing is also very good with an abundance of doubles to be caught and a few 20s lurking around too. Bream fishing is also popular at Durleigh with good average sized fish waiting to be hooked. There is also an abundance of skimmers and vast shoals of roach which can make up bags of 50lb to 80lb on their own.

Durleigh is an ideal venue for match bookings which are welcomed but be aware that a minimum of four weeks’ notice is needed to allow time to advise other anglers about bank closures.

With more than 20 years’ experience, dedicated ranger Paul Martin has the latest information about where to fish and if you want to ask about match or pike boat bookings. Day tickets are available from the self-service kiosk in the fishing lodge.

Tips and tactics from ranger Paul Martin

  • Try a snowman with 18mm bottom bait and 10mm pop-up to avoid bream, the larger carp tend to be near the middle of the reservoir.
  • Fish shallows in the spring and early summer.
  • Open end feeder at 40yds for large bags of silvers.
  • For specimen bream try method feeder with chopped worm.