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What is a season ticket?
A season ticket is an annual bank fishing permit. We offer a wide range of season tickets to meet the requirements of each individual angler. Some tickets permit fishing 7 days a week, others 5 days and some just weekends. All waters tickets offer fishing at Barrow tanks, Blagdon and Chew Valley lakes whilst other ticket types offer fishing on individual waters. Prices do vary, dependent on which ticket you choose to opt for. Season ticket applications and full terms and conditions can be found HERE
How many trout am I permitted to take?
This is dependent on which ticket you purchase. Full (7 days a week) season tickets permit a maximum of 300 fish to be taken within the season. Other tickets have a reduced limit. Please see the table above for information on allowances per ticket type.
Continued for 2020
Lower your annual limit, lower your ticket price!
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We recognize that not everyone wants to take home every fish they catch. We give season ticket holders the option of lowering their ticket price by reducing the annual allowance of take-able trout. Check out the table above for more info. Terms and conditions apply to all Season tickets, details can be found HERE
How many trout can I take per day and when can I start fishing?
An angler can take no more than 6 fish per day on any season ticket. This can include a maximum of 1 brown trout per day. At certain times of the year, anglers will not be able to take any brown trout. We operate a close season for brown trout which runs from 15th October until the 15th March.
Bank anglers are permitted to start fishing from 1 hour before sunrise until 1 hour after sunset.
Season opening dates can be found on our events page found HERE
Can I practice catch and release on a season ticket?
YES! We encourage anglers to practice good catch and release. Fish caught and released do not count towards your annual allowance although they must be recorded on catch returns. For more information on good catch and release practices please see the link found HERE
How do I record my catches?
Each season ticket holder is issued a number of season ticket catch returns. These must completed after every visit to our waters, even if you aren’t successful in catching a fish or two! Catch data provides important information for us here at BW Fisheries and helps us improve the fishing on offer to our visiting anglers.
Should a season ticket holder run out of return cards they are often available in the self-service kiosks found around our sites. They are also available during opening hours at our fisheries offices situated at Woodford and Blagdon lodges.
Alternatively, catch returns can be sent in electronically via email to email@example.com
What happens at times of year when weed beds have developed and bank fishing is limited?
Unfortunately weed beds can be prolific on our waters at certain times of the year. This is a natural phenomenon and can be difficult for us to manage. We do have the use of a weed cutting boat at Blagdon reservoir and have made a conscious effort in recent seasons to cut key bank fishing areas at this site. Unfortunately it is impossible for us to manage the weed on all of our waters as much as many anglers would like to see. Before purchasing a season ticket, customers must recognise that at set times of the year, bank fishing will be limited to certain areas. No refunds or partial refunds will be issued at these times of year. We recognise that whilst there will be months where bank fishing is limited, there will also be months where banks are easily accessible and where fishing is exceptionally good.
What happens if I want to try boat fishing? Does my season ticket cover this cost?
A season ticket offers a reduction in boat price should you wish to give it a try. Please see the table above for details on these reductions. Discounts are only applicable on the days covered by your season ticket. Please speak to a member of our team for further details.
I noticed there are some parts of the bank that are restricted by gates/barriers. Can I access these areas?
Many of our waters have SSSI statuses. This means that we have a responsibility to protect these areas and minimize disturbance to overwinter birds at certain times of the year. Some areas do have barriers/gates to restrict access. Many of these barriers have locks on them. Season ticket holders are given combinations to these locks for ease of access during the fishing season. Please respect our sites and ensure that all barriers are closed and locked behind you. Misuse of this system will mean that some access points will be locked completely if issues arise. It is in your interest to make sure that our sites are protected. For more information please see ask a member of our staff or inquire through our contact form found HERE.
When do season tickets run and end?
Season tickets permit fishing during our fishing season. Season ticket start times are dependent on your ticket type. Please seek advice from a member of our team on 01275 332339 if you are unclear as to when your season ticket starts and ends.