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Some trout reservoirs across the country close as Covid-19 takes a grip

Some public trout fisheries have begun to close to fly fishers due to safety issues over Covid-19.

The major water companies started to close access to their reservoirs, sometimes to both boat and bank anglers after a weekend of public migration to reservoirs, following the closure of schools and the shutting down of major service industries. Over the weekend, Bristol Water’s Chew Valley Lake saw all boat fishing services suspended until further notice, with the Woodford Lodge closing down until further notice. Bank fishing, however, remained open. On Blagdon, bank and boat fishing was still open, with all bookings to be made in advance through the Blagdon Lodge number, although the situation was “subject to daily review”.
Anglian Water has temporarily closed both boat and bank fishing at Rutland, Grafham, Pitsford – which, incidentally, was fishing very well to both buzzers and shrimp the day previously – and Ravensthorpe. “Safety of customers and staff” was the reason given behind the decision. Season ticket holders will be contacted in respect of refunds and/or discounts.

In Scotland, the Lake of Menteith, a purely boat fishery near Stirling, opened its season well, but then was one of the first to shut down on March 22. On Loch Katrine, all eco lodges, motor home and camping facilities at Trossachs Pier had closed, along with the retail, take away and toilet facilities.

Kent's Bewl Water closed on Sunday “with a heavy heart”, a decision taken taken in the interests of both employee and client safety.

Staffordshire's Blithfield Reservoir then closed to visitors, fishing, sailing, and birdwatching until further notice.

Yorkshire Water shut its reservoir car parks at the weekend, but Ladybower in Derbyshire remains open to Ladybower members and associate members for bank angling only, with no boats, or float tubes allowed. With Fishery Management’s Draycote and Thornton reservoirs closing from Monday night, Eyebrook in Northamptonshire also remains open to a limited numbers of boats and bank anglers who will need to follow strict guidelines on safety and social distancing.

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