Unfortunately our tackle shop at Woodford lodge will be closing at 12:30pm today. Apologies for any inconvenience, we’ll be back open Monday-Wednesday next week.
Christmas opening hours:
During the Christmas period our shop will be closed from Thursday 24th December until Monday 4th January 2021.
BW Lakeside Team
With the latest announcement from the UK Government stating that even greater numbers of local authorities will be moving into the higher tiers nationally in coming days, sadly our team have made the difficult decision to cancel all rescheduled pike fishing throughout December.
If you fancy getting out, make sure you purchase your ticket via TicketSource HERE
Padlocks are now back in place at many entry gates, make sure you read carefully the notes on any Eticket you purchase so that you know how to access our sites. Please remember to follow government guidance, only fish if you are local and close and lock all gates behind you.
Been out fishing with us recently? Our bank fishing remains open for fly fishing at Chew Valley, Blagdon and Barrow tanks. Permits available online from Ticketsource. Make sure you check out the access codes printed on your Epermit before visiting.
Pictured below a fine 6lb 12oz rainbow for Mr P Holdsworth who caught another 3 fish plus a couple pike to 8lb at Chew. The fish took a cats whisker fished from Walley bank and Mr Holdsworth reported loosing an even bigger fish too!
Stocking’s taking place this week at Chew and Blagdon
Early indications from the Angling Trust are that angling will be permitted during lockdown albeit with restrictions in place. Yet to be passed by law it appears that anglers will be able to fish local to them during the lockdown period commencing Thursday 5th November. This is great news and really highlights just how important angling is in providing mental and physical wellbeing.
Some fundamental rules for anglers include:
– Anglers should only fish at fisheries local to them and so should avoid long, unnecessary journeys.
– Anglers can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual. Effectively moving from a ‘rule of 6’ to ‘rule of 2’.
– Competition fishing has been suspended.
– Anglers should not visit our sites if they are symptomatic or have tested positive for covid-19.
What does it mean for anglers visiting our waters?
The bulk of our pike fishing customers are travelling long distances to fish at Chew Valley lake. For this reason, Bristol Water is are unable to offer pike fishing during November. Whilst some visiting anglers are ‘local’ picking through who is and who isn’t would create significant admin work for our team. All November bookings will be offered a December date. Similarly, anglers due to fish from a boat in November will be offered an alternate bank day in December as well as issued a partial refund.
Any angler who is unable to make a December date or who chooses not to fish will be offered a refund. Once all customers have been contacted, any remaining tickets will be released for general sale.
Our team will be in contact in coming days to discuss options/dates available. We will start calling anglers due to fish in coming days to start and work our way through to those booked later in November. Please do not contact us, we will contact you.
Fly fishing from the bank at all of our waters can continue as normal albeit only local anglers should fish. Day permits will continue to be available via Ticketsource. Our tackle shop will close but if you need something desperate please email in to firstname.lastname@example.org so that our team can see if we can help. We may be able to offer a ‘click and collect’ service for some small items like nylon/flies etc.
Bird watching can continue at the lakes for local birders. Hides will be closed. Only day permits will be available for the remainder of the year. Please call the lodge on 01275 332339 to purchase. Day permits are priced at £5.00pp. Please call mon-fri 8am-3:15pm only.
Finally, our team will continue to monitor government and Angling Trust updates and respond accordingly. We remind all visitors to stay at home if they are symptomatic, have tested positive or have been in close contact with a person who has covid-19. Please remember to wash hands regularly, wear face coverings accordingly and social distance at all times. Do not travel to our waters if you are not local.
Only a few days to go for boat fishing at Blagdon this year. Sadly we are cancelling boats on Saturday and Sunday at our waters due to the horrendous forecast, a mixture of strong average wind speeds and a horrid southerly direction to boot. If you want to get out on Blagdon before the season closes, make sure you book via TicketSource by Friday!
Barrow tanks is finally chucking up some rather special fishing of late with some good reports of larger grown on fish now feeding well. Check out the below bag of fish for Mr R Smith who caught two fish just over 4lbs, four over 3lbs and the remainder around 2lb 8oz! All of the fish came to a white minkie fished on tank 3. What a pretty spectacular bag of fish for a water that has an average stocking size of under 2lb! A demonstration of how many larger fish reside in our waters without being caught.
It was apparent there were pockets of fish out in front of the lodge area of the lake and often fish would be eager to chase flies just subsurface, exciting fishing! Holt bay, Home bay and Green lawn also produced with most anglers fishing high in the water with FAB’S, diawl bach’s and boobies.
Flies and methods very similar to Blagdon tactics although with the abundance of fry around minkies, zonkers and snakes will also be worth a try.
Bank anglers have had good sport in and around North Shore recently although those venturing out in front of the picnic area have also done well. The notorious Martin Downton has caught particularly well recently fishing a white lure, others have found smaller patterns like crunchers and Mr Cottrells secret claret d’bach to work well.
The fish at the lakes are feeding heavy on the remaining corixae found near weed beds as well as snail at present. As weed beds die back, expect more fry action.
The tanks haven’t seen a great deal of angling pressure recently. A great shame as these waters an chuck up some monster fish at this time of year as the larger resident fish move into the shallows and feed on the abundance of sticklebacks.