Fishing

Fishing

We pride ourselves on offering some of the finest and most affordable coarse and trout fishing in the West Country.

For the trout angler we have smaller intimate waters such as Hawkridge, or visit our vast reservoirs at Sutton Bingham and Clatworthy. Coarse anglers can encounter stunning fish at Durleigh reservoir.

Anglers with disabilities can take advantage of free fishing at Tucking Mill or use the specially designed wheelchair accessible boats at Sutton Bingham and Clatworthy.

This year we are pleased to announce that our trout fisheries will be taking part in the Troutmasters fishing competition.

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