Fishing

Fishing

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – important information

All areas of our community sites as well as our fisheries are now reopened following the easing of the lockdown restrictions.

However there are still additional measures in place to keep visitors and anglers safe - you will find more information below.

If after reading the information below you still have a question, please contact the relevant rising lodge or email fishing@wessexwater.co.uk

For information about our community sites and non-fisheries visits see:  More information on what we are doing about Coronavirus

For more general 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. 
  • we may need to change the way we operate at short notice if the government advice changes.

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

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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 Hawkridge

Somerset

Fish at one of the finest reservoirs in the UK

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Fishing at Sutton Bingham

Somerset

Fly fish for rainbow and brown trout

Activity

Fishing at Clatworthy

Somerset

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Soak in the stunning scenery while you fish from a boat

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Fishing at Durleigh

Somerset

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Enjoy a superb day out coarse fishing

Activity

Fishing at Otterhead Lakes

Somerset

Join the local fly fishing club

Activity

Fishing at Tucking Mill

Bath and North East Somerset

Try coarse fishing - it's free to disabled anglers