Bumper season awaits anglers at Arlington reservoir

Robert Smith of Hope Springs Trout Farm pulls a net full of fish from the transport tank
Robert Smith of Hope Springs Trout Farm pulls a net full of fish from the transport tank

SOME 1,500 rainbow trout have been stocked at Arlington reservoir, marking the start of what is hoped to be a bumper fishing season.

The reservoir will be regularly welcoming new arrivals of trout, with a total of more than 7,000 expected during the fishing season, which started on January 29 and runs until June 30.

For those who want to try their hand at fly-fishing, South East Water is again running its popular Beginner Days, which this year will take place on Saturday April 16 and Saturday May 14.

Experienced South East Water staff, who are qualified game angling instructors, will be on hand to teach beginners all they need to know about getting started and all the equipment is provided.

Emma Goddard, South East Water’s environmental manager, said, “Restocking the reservoir is always an exciting time as it signals the start of the new fishing season.

“Anyone can fish, whether they are experienced, a novice, from the local area or travelling from further afield.”

Anyone wishing to fish at Arlington or wanting to book a place on a Beginner’s Day should contact South East Water’s Fisheries Office on 01323 870810 (ext. 20) or visit www.southeastwater.co.uk for further information.