Fishing

Fishing

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – important information

More information on what we are doing about Coronavirus

Unfortunately, we have had to close our reservoirs and fisheries. We’ve taken this difficult decision to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. This means that there is no access to fishing lodges, permissive paths, picnic areas, car parks and public toilets.

Public Rights of Way remain open. We ask you to consider using these carefully in line with Government advice.

Please check our Facebook page to stay up to date with any developments. Search for ‘Wessex Water Fisheries’. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and the reservoir will be open again as soon as possible.

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

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Fishing at Tucking Mill

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Try coarse fishing - it's free to disabled anglers

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Fishing at Otterhead Lakes

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Join the local fly fishing club

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Fishing at Clatworthy

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Soak in the stunning scenery while you fish from a boat

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Fishing at Hawkridge

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Fish at one of the finest reservoirs in the UK

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Fishing at Durleigh

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Enjoy a superb day out coarse fishing

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Fishing at Sutton Bingham

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Fly fish for rainbow and brown trout