Go fishing

at our premier trout fishery at Hanningfield Reservoir

Go fishing

New season kicks off in March with extra time for anglers.

Hanningfield Reservoir opens for fishing from both boat and bank on Saturday 4 March and now keen anglers can spend even more time on the water.

After a review of opening hours from 4 March until 31 October 2017 Hanningfield Reservoir will be opening at 7.00am. The new opening time will give an extra hours fishing and is sure to suit those who like to get out early.

There are 38 boats available for use on Hanningfield Reservoir with two adapted for disabled anglers.

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 years and at least 49,000 trout will be stocked throughout this season including an extra 1,200 large specimen home cage reared rainbows that will be trickle stocked throughout the season.

This year there will also be extra capacity that will allow for over 3,000 larger specimen rainbow trout to be added. This is great news for those anglers who like the chance to catch a fish-of-a-lifetime.

Last season there were more than 14,000 anglers visits, boats were hired 4,000 times and Hanningfield is now firmly established as the UK’s number one any method trout fishery.

A full eight fish ticket costs £27 with concessions £25; a four-fish afternoon Credit Cruncher permit available from 1pm costs £20. Boat hire charges vary throughout the week and season from £10 to £25 for a full day hire. A sporting ticket costs just £16 and is available only to fly anglers who must always use barbless hooks.

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′.

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    Discover Hanningfield Reservoir

    Your guide 2017.


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    Hints and tips

    Following these simple hints and tips will help you catch more fish on our waters.


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