Fishing at Hawkridge

Fishing at Hawkridge

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Fish at one of the finest reservoirs in the UK

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Season dates: 3 March - 31 October 2021

If you favour smaller waters, Hawkridge reservoir is the place for you. The trout stocked in this reservoir provide a cosmopolitan variety of rainbows, browns, tigers, golden and blue trout so you really don’t 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 local fish farms. 

Last year Hawkridge was the first UK water to stock Sparctic trout, a new species in the sport. During 2019 the reservoir will continue to stock some of these beautiful fish along with an increased number of the usual rainbow, brown and variety species as well as some surprise double figure specimens. 

Go fishing in a boat at Hawkridge
On the banks of Hawkridge fishing

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

Offering 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 ticket office and returns facilities are also housed within the lodge and just outside are the scales to weigh your catch. 

Tips and tactics from ranger Gary Howe

  • Early in the season try floating or intermediate lines with viva marabou, cats whisker, humungus and FABs. 
  • In mid-season tactics, use floating lines with cruncher, diawl bach, black and gree buzzers and blue flash damsel. 
  • In late season tactics, floating or intermediate lines with cats whisker, appetiser, daddies and hoppers.