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Anglian Waters will open for fishing from tomorrow

Grafham, Pitsford, Ravensthorpe and Rutland will open for fishing activities from tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2.

Anglian Water’s four reservoir trout fisheries had not opened after easing of the lockdown, as they are also major tourism venues, which would attract large crowds of visitors, and it was “its priority to protect the health and safety of the local communities, visitors and colleagues”.  Now, all four waters are taking bookings for tomorrow and the coming months by phone. Fisheries staff at Cambridgeshire’s Grafham, Northamptonshire’s Ravensthorpe and Pitsford, and the 3,000 acre Rutland Water are expecting a busy time on the phone lines as they will open up with unlimited bank access, and also single-person boat fishing.

The fishing is expected to set off on a high note, as during the lockdown stocking has continued, and the fisheries are more than ready to open up again “for what we all hope will be a great season”, said the Anglian Water Facebook page, “We would like to thank you for your continued cooperation and patience during the recent unprecedented times”.

In order to maintain social distancing and cut down on the amount of traffic at the lodges, all boats booked will need to be paid for at the point of booking. Day bank permits can be purchased over the phone from the lodges, or in the lodges themselves. Once the fishing opens, the lodges will be open on reduced hours of 8am-3pm. To comply with social distancing and government guidelines, the fisheries will be observing new operating procedures, and anglers are implored to respect the guidelines, and follow them, to ensure that both staff and visitors remain safe.

The lodge will still be accepting ‘walk-ins’ for boat fishing but strongly suggest booking in advance to avoid disappointment. Ther fisheries team is available 8am to 3pm, 7 days a week.

Staff ask anglers to stagger their arrival time to reduce waiting time at the pontoon (maintaining social distance at all times); plus they implore anglers to remember to wear eye protection, sunscreen and hats whilst out on the water.

The management requested for patience when booking, as they expect the phone lines to be very busy.

To book boats / permits, tel:
Rutland: 01780 686441
Grafham: 01480 810531
Pitsford: 01604 781350
Ravensthorpe: 01604 781350.

The lodges will be able to sell tackle items from June 15, under strict measures.

The new guidelines from AW are:

Lodges

Please only attempt to enter a lodge for boat and permit sales. We kindly ask that anglers do not visit to chat or say ‘hello’ to the staff – no matter how much you have missed us!
We are limiting the number of people in the lodge at the same time. Please be patient if you are asked to wait.
We ask you keep your time in the lodge as brief as possible and be mindful and courteous of other customers waiting to enter. Strictly no ‘browsing’ whilst there is a queue to enter the lodge.
Please adhere to all signage in regard to queuing and social distancing maintaining 2 metres apart.
If you are boat fishing with a member of the same household, only one of you should enter the lodge and pay for the boat in full.  At this time, we will not split payments for boats.
We request the use of contactless/card payments where possible. The limit for contactless card transactions has been increased to £45.
Please note Rutland cafe remains closed and Grafham cafes are offering a limited takeaway service only.
Toilet facilities will be available at all our lodges. Please observe social distancing maintaining 2 metres apart.

Parking & site arrangements

Please be mindful of others on arrival to the car park. Please leave a parking space between each other to allow time to unload. Where this is not possible, please find a space next to a vacant vehicle.
Please note at Grafham no cars will be allowed to park or drop off in the area by the boats. At Rutland there will be no parking by the lodge, but as before you can drop off your kit here. This is to allow more room for social distancing. However Blue badge holders can continue to park here.

Bank Angling
Anglers must maintain 2 metres apart when fishing.
For pre-paid permits following payment, you will be emailed a permit, which should be carried with you whilst fishing. A biosecurity agreement and fishery rules will also be emailed to you.
On arrival you may commence fishing at your leisure. You are required to text/call in and out to the ranger mobile:
Rutland: 07885 484113
Grafham: 07801 674683
Pitsford: 07885 135453
Ravensthorpe: 01604 770875
Once your fishing session is complete and you have washed down following our biosecurity measures, we ask you to promptly leave site.
Where you need to gut/clean fish please adhere to social distancing measures at Grafham & Pitsford. Please note that there is no gutting room at Ravensthorpe and due to concerns with social distancing we will not be opening the Rutland gutting room at this time.
Please place catch returns in the usual catch return boxes or alternatively email them to: fishing@anglianwater.co.uk
During your visit you may need to touch gates and padlocks, it is angler’s responsibility to make sure they have taken adequate measure to maintain hygiene, ie. have their own hand gels and sanitizers etc.



Boat fishing

We are operating a reduced boat fleet to allow us to clean and sanitise the boats and equipment ready for the next fisherman.
Single man boats only permitted at this time, unless you are fishing with one other member of your household.
We recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment.
Payment needs to be made over the telephone when pre-booking. Pre-payment will enable you to make your way straight to the pontoon on arrival and avoid any unnecessary queuing at the lodge.
The rangers will issue you a boat on your arrival at the pontoon.
No requests for specific boats can be made at this time.
Where you need to gut/clean fish please adhere to social distancing measures at Grafham & Pitsford. Please note that there are no gutting rooms available at Rutland and Ravensthorpe currently.









Arriving and departing from the pontoon


Pre-paid boat customers do not need to enter the shop, boat numbers will be issued by the rangers on the pontoon. 
Where possible pre-booked customers should try to arrive before 10am.
On arrival at the pontoon we ask you to wait at the signposted area and queue maintaining a 2 metre distance at all times.
Once fishing is completed, when you arrive back to the pontoon we ask that the boat is docked the same side you departed from. Please continue to adhere to social distancing measures when disembarking from your boat.
Please place catch returns in the usual catch return boxes or alternatively email them to: fishing@anglianwater.co.uk
Where you need to gut/clean fish please adhere to social distancing measures at Grafham & Pitsford. Please note that there are no gutting rooms available at Rutland and Ravensthorpe currently.
For your safety, all boats, equipment and lifejackets are disinfected after every use. Boats are given 36 hours between occupants. If you wish, please feel free to bring protective gloves and/or a face covering as well as hand sanitiser.
Once in your boat please motor out of the harbour immediately.  Anglers wanting to ‘tackle up’ should do this out in ‘open water’.


 

 

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