Go fishing

at our premier trout fishery at Hanningfield Reservoir

Go fishing

Fishing at Hanningfield

Hanningfield Reservoir trout fishery is one of our premier trout fisheries in the UK providing some of the best trout fishing by bank or boat. Last season there were more than 14,000 anglers visits, boats were hired 4,000 times and Hanningfield is firmly established as the UK’s premier any method trout fishery.

This year’s fishing season opens on Saturday 4 March 2017.

At least 12,000 newly stocked rainbow trout will be waiting for anglers on opening day together with the many over wintered fish from previous seasons and at least 49,000 trout will be stocked throughout this season including an extra 1,000 big home cage reared rainbows trickle stocked throughout the season. Our fishery stocking policy means we have the highest quality of fin perfect trout throughout the season.

For bank angling, fishing platforms are provided for both safety and comfort on the concrete banks. You can enjoy excellent fishing from the natural bank, especially early or late in the season when lower water levels allow wading. We also have available a fleet of 35 well maintained powered boats for hire alongside two purpose built wheelie boats for less mobile anglers.

The varying depths and contours of the reservoir allow for many different approaches to be used to suit your preferred fishing methods. Most methods will work on any given day, so you have the choice to use small imitations through to large lures with excellent chance of success.

Free fishing for under 18s

Fishing is fantastic fun for the whole family and is easy to learn, making a great day out!

Up to two children aged 8 to 18 can fish for free when a parent or guardian buys a day trout fishing permit. Also, one child, aged 8 to 18 can boat fish for free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Loyalty card

Free fishing rewards and you can join for free!

Come fishing seven times and your eighth visit is free. That’s a saving of £3.85 per visit and there’s no limit to the number of times you can claim. Register for your free loyalty card in the fishing lodge and swipe it on each visit to receive your free day's fishing. Visit our loyalty page for more information.

Stillwater Trout Fisheries Association

Essex & Suffolk Water are proud members of the ′Stillwater Trout Fisheries′ Association′.

Call 01268 712 180

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