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Chew and Blagdon to open on Friday

Bristol Water has confirmed that it will open its waters for fishing from 6am on Friday, May 15. This won’t include boat fishing, but the banks will be open to season- and day-ticket holders. Only day permits will be available, and only via prepayment over the phone (the self-service kiosks are closed).

The opening will cover all the reservoirs Bristol Water control, including the Barrows.

With high levels of footfall expected on near footpaths the management actively want to discourage gatherings on nearby banks, and has decided that anglers are not permitted to fish from the North Shore at Chew Valley lake, and the Butcombe shoreline at Blagdon until further notice.

The management advises all anglers to wear PPE and/or use hand sanitiser when visiting the waters. And recommend bringing nitrile gloves to open access gates or similar. As well as lakeside staff carrying out patrols, volunteer wardens drawn from regular anglers will be helping Bristol Water monitor the waters.

Bristol Water said today (Thursday): “We are monitoring numbers of expected anglers at each water and may decide to halt sales of some tickets on some dates if we feel potential footfall is creeping too high.”

Booking lines on 01275 332339 open at 9am on Friday (see Facebook page for hours and ticket prices). A full day permit on Chew is £24 (concessionary, junior and catch-and-release options also available). The maangement says if the line is busy or you can’t get through, leave a message or email woodford.lodge@bristolwater.co.uk 

Season ticket holders are requested to email the lodge in advance to inform the fishery that they are intending to fish.

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