Fishing

Fishing

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.  
  • Life for a Life memorial sites are open. 
  • From Monday 15 June normal opening hours and evening tickets will be reintroduced at our fisheries. Where possible we will aim to increase the number of anglers. All anglers must pre-book following the instructions below. Bookings can be made a day in advance and must be confirmed by a ranger.
  • Tucking Mill will reopen to disabled anglers on Friday 26 June. Pre-booking is essential as there will be a maximum of six anglers per day.

Fisheries information

From Monday 15 June our fisheries will return to normal opening hours. This follows the successful reopening of our fisheries since 1 June. 

While every effort will be made to minimise the risk of infection, when you visit please:

  • follow the government’s advice and make an informed decision on visiting based on your personal circumstances
  • be aware that the car park, gates and swims are also used by others 
  • bring only assistance dogs. Other dogs are not permitted as our reservoir and visitor sites are operational water supply sites 
  • remember that swimming or barbecues are not allowed.

Before visiting please read the guidance below. For more advice visit the gov.uk site. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home

 

How to stay safe during your visit  

 Please do not visit if you are self-isolating, have been contacted by the Test and Trace service or showing any symptoms of Covid-19. 

 When visiting our sites please: 

  • keep your distance from people outside your household 
  • wash your hands regularly and maintain good personal hygiene
  • use sanitisers where provided on entry / exit of buildings
  • dispose of waste safely, including all rubbish, face masks or gloves after use
  • avoid being face to face with people who are not part of your household 
  • avoid crowds 
  • wear a face covering when it is not possible to maintain 2m distancing
  • when sitting near others or sharing a boat, please try to sit side by side or back to back
  • avoid loud talking, singing or shouting
  • our buildings and facilities are now open with social distancing measures in place. Please follow all instructions provided and help us to keep these spaces clean, tidy and safe for all to use
  • 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: 

  • 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. 

Bookings

Your visit

Please remember to stay in public areas only and do not enter any staff or office spaces. 

Public toilets will be open and we will provide sanitiser, blue towel and bins in key areas whenever possible, however, we suggest you also bring your own hand sanitiser.

Fishing: starting and finishing

Boats and more

Sign up to our email newsletter

Subscribe to our regular community newsletter to stay up to date with Wessex Water's news, what's happening in your area, ideas for days out, offers, events, and more.

Sign up

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

Activity

Fishing at Sutton Bingham

Somerset

|

Fly fish for rainbow and brown trout

Activity

Fishing at Durleigh

Somerset

|

Enjoy a superb day out coarse fishing

Activity

Fishing at Hawkridge

Somerset

|

Fish at one of the finest reservoirs in the UK

Activity

Fishing at Clatworthy

Somerset

|

Soak in the stunning scenery while you fish from a boat

Activity

Fishing at Tucking Mill

Bath and North East Somerset

|

Try coarse fishing - it's free to disabled anglers

Activity

Fishing at Otterhead Lakes

Somerset

|

Join the local fly fishing club