2020 Boat Fishing Permits
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What’s included in a boat permit?
Boat fishing permits include the use of a boat for the purpose of fishing at our waters. All boats are fitted with anchors, bailers and oars. Some boats have engines fitted; this is dependent on which ticket you opt for.
Do prices include the fishing permit?
Yes! All prices are priced per person. A maximum of 2 anglers are permitted in each boat. 3 anglers per boat are occasionally permitted but this is at the discretion of BW staff and boat availability. Catch and release is permitted on all permit types. For more information on catch and release and best practice click HERE.
CONTINUED FOR SEASON 2020– 2 fish kill, Catch and Release ticket at Chew Valley Lake.
Continued for season 2020 our catch and release permit at CHEW VALLEY ONLY. A permit offering predominately aimed at purely catch and release anglers but giving you the option of retaining a maximum of 2 fish!
Why is this ticket only a few pounds cheaper than a standard 8 fish day ticket?
The ticket price has been carefully considered amongst fishery management, angling bodies, local clubs and anglers just like yourselves! Bristol Water want to actively engage with key stakeholders and customers alike when it comes to managing change or creating new offerings. In season 2018 a support group was created in an attempt to help drive the department forward positively. Attendees invited to participate included representatives from the B.R.F.F.A, the Angling Trust, the P.A.C, local guides and instructors and standout long term season ticket holders. The group known as the B.W.S.G (Bristol Water Support Group) meet on a near monthly basis to discuss changes made to our offerings. In this instance, there was a concern that offering a heavily reduced ticket could jeopardize the future financial stability of the department and that, aside from take-able fish, there were other costs to consider other than just ‘quota’ costs with each ticket offering. As with all tickets, a proportion of the ticket cost is associated towards other aspects of your visit. Boat and engine maintenance costs, staffing costs, fuel costs, insurance costs to name just a few all represent a portion of our ticket costs to the customer. These costs don’t essentially disappear when a fish limit is reduced.
Aside from this, there was also a concern surrounding perception. There are still lots of anglers who don’t choose to catch and release. Some asked ‘why should someone catching 40 fish in a day, pay any less than someone who comes, catches 8, and goes home?’. Irrelevant of whether fish are taken home, the lakes will always need to be stocked when offering a sport fishing offering. Fish don’t live for ever and predation plays its part too. These are all factors that must be considered when generating permit prices.
How does it work, can I dispatch two fish and carry on fishing?
No, just like all of our ticket offerings, we only permit catch and release before your last fish is dispatched.
Why is this offering only available at Chew Valley?
Whilst we saw relatively good uptake of this ticket type during its trial in 2019, around 75% of our customers continued to opt for our standard full day ticket. We are planning to make our ticket offerings simpler in coming seasons. We will continue to review and make changes where appropriate.
All Litton prices allow a maximum of 5 fish to be taken per permit.
Note to all anglers: Anglers must provide an accurate catch return once fishing has ended.
What about junior and concession prices? Who is classed as a junior or a concession?
We class juniors as youngsters 17 years of age or under and concessions as adults 65 years of age or older. Both ticket prices are reduced in price to encourage both generations to fish our waters. Juniors can fish for FREE when sharing a permit with a full paying adult. This is at the discretion of our staff.
What times are boats allowed out and when do they need to be back to the jetty?
We aim to get boats on the water by 9am at our waters. This is dependent on times of year, weather and staffing arrangements. Boats must return to the jetties by sunset at the latest at all of our waters. Unfortunately we are unable to permit fishing any earlier and later than these times due to stringent health and safety policies. We must ensure we protect both our staff and customers. On occasions, boats may be delayed in going out or may be called in early. This is at the discretion of BW Fisheries.