Wessex Water fishing report

Our fisheries are stocked with good quality fish from trusted suppliers. Our Rangers also ranch fish on our fish farms on site to ensure there is larger stock readily available, and their passion shows in the quality of these fish.

In 2021 we carried a good head of fish from 2020 and stocked an additional 20,000 fish across our reservoirs with more than10,000 fish being caught, despite us losing some of the best weeks for fishing during the pandemic. Along with other venues, we noticed the effects of climate change first hand with increasing summer water temperatures exceeding 23C being captured. This has an impact on the rod average as fish become lethargic in warmer waters, and the ability for us to stock fish safely.

Our Rangers have adapted our stocking programme in anticipation of these warmer months, and in 2022, we are planning to increase the number of fish stocked in our reservoirs to 25,000 and hope that this will see improved rod averages. We will also be regularly stocking larger 4kg fish throughout the season. Our team of Rangers continue to work closely with suppliers to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of fish in the reservoir.

Sutton Bingham Reservoir and the West Pond

Week ending 14 August 2022 

Reservoir

Bank fishing
Best areas North Bank
Best methods Sinking Line Slow Retrieve
Boat fishing
Best areas South Bank Point
Best methods Sinking Line Slow Retrieve
 
For the week
Anglers 3
Fish caught 0
Rod average 0
Water Temperature (°C) 23.5
Season to date
Anglers 1,131
Fish caught 2,988
Rod average 2.6
Fish stocked  
 
Heaviest bag
0
Heaviest fish
0
 

West Pond

Please note: Due to rising temperatures and very low oxygen levels, it is not responsible to continue stocking into the West Pond. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to end the season until further notice.

 

Clatworthy Reservoir

Week ending 15 August 2022

Bank fishing
Best areas Westcott Bay
Best methods Floating Lines
Boat fishing
Best areas The main road, "centre of the res"
Best methods Floating Lines
 
For the week
Anglers 14
Fish caught 37
Rod average 2.6
Water Temperature (°C) 18c
Season to date
Anglers 1,418
Fish caught 4,369
Rod average 3.0
Fish stocked 7,280
 
Heaviest bag
3.6lb
Heaviest fish
14.2lb
 

Hawkridge Reservoir

Week ending 7th August 2022

Bank fishing
Best areas Layby
Best methods Boobys Sunken Lines
Boat fishing
Best areas Airline
Best methods Boobys Sunken Lines
 
For the week
Anglers 17
Fish caught 9
Rod average 0.5
Water Temperature (°C) 22c
Season to date
Anglers 1,184
Fish caught 3,353
Rod average 2.83
Fish stocked 5,168
 
Heaviest bag
-
Heaviest fish
2lb 8oz Rainbow
 

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