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The Canals Trust have over 2,000 miles of waterway to look after for the many interest groups who use them. With so much water it is no wonder that fishing is high on the list of activities.
The Trust issues a Waterway Wanderers Permit that entitles you to fish on an impressive amount of water throughout England and Wales (for just £20).
Based in Bristol Amalgamated fisheries was formed to defend their waters from predatory clubs. They now have fishing in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire with 15 beats on the river Avon and one on the Frome. They also have fishing on 4 lakes.
Membership is very reasonable when you consider Tockenham Reservoir has carp to over 30lbs, Sabre Lake has carp to 20lbs and Shackells Lake is reputed to have huge carp. There are no day tickets for Tockenham.
Tockenham has 3 purpose built platforms for wheelchar users.
Day Tickets are available from tackle shops in the 3 counties.
Bullock Farm Fisheries
The fishery near Kinston Seymour consists of 5 lakes including:
Match Lake, 31 swims, 6 swims on an island surrounded by 6 more islands. Common and mirror carp to 10lbs, grass carp, koi, crucians, tench, golden tench, bream, skimmers, roach, rudd, golden orfe, chub, perch and silvers.
Carp lake, 22 swims carp to 27.5lbs.
North Pool 25 pegs mixed species plus carp to 13lbs.
South Pool has 11 pegs mixed species including bream, tench, skimmers.
Ruchcombes Lake, 52 swims lots of carp to 15lbs and roach.
There is level access to some of the swims for disabled anglers (on Rushcombes in particular). Toilets and showers on site with automatic doors, automatic and driers and push button taps.
Call 01934 835020
Google Map 51.406147, -2.859651 Post Code BS21 6XA
Emerald Pool Fisheries
Located near West Huntspill consists of 4 pools;
Emerald; carp(including common, mirror, ghost, leather and koi), good tench and barbel plus roach, rudd, and bream.
Sapphire; same stock as Emerald but big barbel.
Ruby; Lots of carp up to 5lbs.
Jade; specimen fish with carp up to doubles.
Good access for disabled anglers with swims located near the car park and kiosk.
Call 01278 794707 mobile 07974 862503.
Google Map Reference 51.184123 -2.979065 Post Code TA9 3NL
Taunton Angling Asociation
Taunton AA have quite a portfolio of fishing in the South West including 6 miles of the Bridgewater and Taunton Canal. In addition to the canal they have:
River Tone, the stretch is very accessible and they recon that some locations are wheelchair friendly. Chub, grayling, perch, pike and occasional salmon.
Wych Lodge, there are 6 platforms and there are two others for wheelchair user. Roach, skimmer, perch, carp.
Mausel Ponds, 3 pond, lake 3 is under redevelopment but Lake 1 has good bream, carp, tench, roach, rudd, perch while Lake 2 is mostly carp to 30lbs+.
Stathe Drains, pike, carp, roach, tench, perch, breams, eels There is access for disabled anglers at the pumping station.
Thurbear Pond is 15 acres, carp, roach, bream, perch, orfe,
Pine Lodge, bream, carp, roach, rudd, tench.
The club also has a good match scene. Season and day tickets available from their web site taunton-angling.co.uk or from;
Enterprise Angling and Taunton Angling Centre in Taunton, Somerset Angling in Bridgewater, West Coast Angling in Watchet, Yeovil and District Angling Centre in Yeovil.
Opened in 1956 the reservoir is impressive and challenging at 1200 acres. Created over fertile farm land this shallow lake (av depth 14 feet, max at the dam 35 feet) offers great fly fishing as a result of the abundant aquatic life with abundant shrimp, snails, corixa, and fly nymphs especially buzzers.
The lake record stands at 22lbs 7ozs for a brownie and 14lbs 9ozs for a rainbow and I bet they grew on to these weights rather than being fattened in stew pond.
There are day and season tickets availalble, call 01275 332339
Woodford Lodge is availalble for a bit of a break, a beverage or a meal, to get your permit or visit the tackle shop. There are toilet facilities there too.
Google Map 51.343828, -2.625001 Post Code BS40 8XH
Fed by waters from the river Tone, Clatworthy near Wiveliscombe, is 130 acres up to 29ft deep fishing for own grown rainbows and brown trout, fly fishing from boat and bank. Stocked fish average 2lbs but quite a few fish in the 7 to 15lbs range are added to the mix.
There are 6 boats for hire and a wheelie boat. Facilities include an anglers lodge with toilets and facilities for disabled anglers. The picnic area has benches adapted for wheelchair users.
Call 01984 624658.
Google Map Reference 51.072439, -3.370221 POsr Code TA4 2EJ
Fly fishing from bank or boat for rainbows and brown trout. The stock is reconed to be between 12 and 15,000 fish. Quite a few fish to doubles are included. The fishery is open 3th Feb to 29th September. Good top of the water fishery.
There is a fishing lodge with good access for disabled persons, toilet facilities and there is a wheelieboat available for hire.
An associated water is West Pond on the road up Sutton Bingham. It is 7 acres, stocked with rainbows and brown trout with a good number of doubles. They recommend using a 10lb leader as these big fish go like trains.
Call 01935 872389
Google Map 50.900175, -2.630572 Post Code BA22 9QL
West Pond Google Map 50.902387, -2.633406
Near Dulverton. Premier trout fishery of 374 acres stocked 1.75lb to 3lbs with fish up to doubles added to the mix. Good mayfly hatch in June and July. Boats are available and a wheelie boat can be booked giving 48 hours notice.
The fishery has been taken over by Rainbow Valley Fish Farm who stock with their own stock. Call 07758561412.
There is a lodge with a cafe, toilets and toilets and facilities for disabled visitors.
Google Map Reference 51.064261, -3.467592 TA22 9NU