On review of our new prepayment system our team have been struggling to keep up with demand and we recognize that this has left some customers feeling frustrated and disappointing. As with lots of procedures we are continuously reviewing and changing where required.
We are now able to provide a temporary online booking system for customers to purchase bank permits. Ticket pricing has been altered to a simpler format and tickets will be available to purchase from 9am on Saturday 16th May. Tickets for Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May continue to be available via phone on 01275 332339, tickets for Monday onward are available from Ticketsource only. Juniors can fish for FREE when accompanied by a full paying adult, just share your limit.
Dates will be added weekly and available tickets may increase during periods of favorable weather where available fishing bank space is improved.
Please see details below:
Day permits are ONLY available via prepayment online via Ticketsource. Click HERE to purchase tickets. A £1.00 booking fee is applicable to every permit purchased.
When purchasing a permit you will be agreeing to follow current government guidance as explained HERE and agree to Bristol Water fishery terms and conditions as found HERE. An email will follow once you have purchased your permit.
Self service kiosks remain closed and we will not accept any other means of payment other than booking online.
Only full day permits will be available to purchase. These will include the following variations. Please ensure you know which permit and which day you intend to fish before calling us.
Please note, season permit and books of ten sales have been suspended.
You are permitted to catch and release on any permit. Day permits allow 8 fish to be retained.
2) Visiting our waters
Once you have purchased a permit, follow up information will be supplied via email. Details will include the following information for customers to be aware of:
Symptomatic and Shielding
DO NOT visit our fisheries if you are showing covid-19 symptoms or are shielding.
Bristol Water continues to have a duty to protect our special sites, for which many are designated SSSI’s. Access needs to be managed. With the recent announcement that unessential travel restrictions have been lifted, more so than ever before we need to ensure we do our bit to stop unauthorized access and prevent social gathering. It is really important that our anglers and birdwatchers alike, understand that having combination padlocks on access gates is essential for us to be able to permit these activities during the current epidemic. Please do your part by closing gates and locking padlocks behind after accessing our sites.
North Shore at Chew Valley lake and the Butcombe shoreline at Blagdon are currently off limits for visiting anglers. With high levels of footfall expected on near footpaths we actively want to discourage gatherings on nearby banks. We have decided that anglers are not permitted to fish from the North Shore at Chew Valley lake and the Butcombe shoreline at Blagdon lake until further notice. Anglers should note this before purchasing a ticket. At barrow tanks a section of the South eastern side of tank 3 is off limits. please see further details HERE.
Information on bank spots and access arrangements can be found HERE .
We advise all anglers to wear PPE and/or use hand sanitiser when visiting our sites. Consider bringing nitrile gloves with you to open access gates or similar.
Always remember to social distance. Government guidelines are that you should try and stay at least 2m’s away from another person. Bristol Water ask that anglers follow the Angling Trusts guidance by retaining a 15m gap between yourself and other anglers when bank fishing. Current Angling Trust guidance can be found HERE.
Park sensibly and only park in designated parking areas. Do not park on grass verges or in meadows. Anglers should try to park leaving a space between vehicles where possible. If unable to do so, park next to an unattended vehicle to ensure social distancing at all times.
It’s been great to see the angling community reach out to Bristol Water by offering to help enforce the current government guidelines. As well as lakeside staff carrying out patrols, volunteer wardens will be helping Bristol Water monitor our waters. Regular anglers have helped by steeping forward to re iterate the importance of abiding by the current government guidance. Volunteer wardens will help us review the current arrangements periodically to ensure both Bristol Water and its customers are following current guidelines.
Season ticket holders
Season ticket holders are requested to email email@example.com in advance to inform the fishery that they are intending to fish.
3) Catch returns
Please email catch returns to us via firstname.lastname@example.org . Completed catch returns play a vital part in helping us manage our waters effectively. Thank you.
Please help us through this challenging period by acting and fishing responsibly. It is by working together than we can continue to permit fishing at the lakes whilst ensuring we are all safe. Failure to follow some of the basic requests as noted above may jeopardise your fishing at the lakes. We urge all customers to fish responsibly.