In the area around Bampton, there is a wide variety of fishing available, from the swift flowing rivers to the lakes and reservoirs.
Fly fishing for salmon and trout is available all the year around in some lakes, and for the coarse fisherman, fishing for tench, roach, bream, perch, rudd, and carp is available in many areas.
Some fisheries boast feisty fish: carp to well over 20lb, tench to over 8lb.
Fishing is a popular past-time at our two local reservoirs just a few miles north east of Bampton, at Wimbleball and Clatworthy (shown on the right). Many of the places to stay in Bampton can give you local knowledge of the best places to fish. For more information, contact the Tourist Information Centres. A leaflet is available which lists no less than 22 places to fish in Mid Devon.
The Exe Valley Fishery is just 2 miles from Bampton.
It was established in 1885 and is one of the oldest trout farms in Britain. Three lakes are available for fishing, and only a small charge is made for access to the lake - thereafter you 'pay for what you catch' at a reasonable price per pound of fish actually caught.
There is also a good selection of tackle, and a limited range for hire.
Exe Valley Fishery, Exebridge, Dulverton, Somerset.
Telephone: + 44 (0) 1398 323328
BELLBROOK TROUT FISHERY
This is at Oakford, again just a short distance from Bampton. Their philospophy is to provide select and rewarding fly-fishing in natural, unspoiled surroundings. Check out their website.
Telephone: + 44 (0) 1398 351292
See also the web-site FISH THE EXE.
Further information on both trout and coarse fishing can be
found from the South
West Lakes Trust.