Langport & District Angling Association
Langport & District Angling Association

Fishing News

River Parrett

River levels

The Angling Trust has put a useful website on the internet for finding river levels; one I use when planning a fishing trip on the river.


The web address is


Click on the 'Find A River Level' tab and enter 'Langport' in the search box.

This will show a map of river level measuring stations in the Langport area.

I find the 'Monks Lease Wq' at Combe and the 'Oath' at Oath Lock locations give meaningful levels for the river.

Beware the level at 'Westover' which is the river side of the Westover Pumping Station opposite Cocklemoor in Langport. When the river is low, this measuring station shows a smooth horizontal line which suggests the level sensor is probably above the current water level and so not showing the correct level.

I hope this site is of some use to you.


Sunday 25th November

Chairman Nigel Easton, Match Secretary Chris Sandford and Committee member Rob Eagle fished on Stuckies.

Fishing 6 metre whip over groundbait, Nigel caught these two bream of 3lb 2oz each plus 11lb of roach.

Chris also fished a 6 metre over groundbait. He caught five bream, this fish the biggest at 7lb 14oz, and roach for a total of 34lb 4oz.

The rest of Chris' catch.

Friday 11th January

Fran and I fished our first session of 2019. We fished the first two pegs below the Town Bridge. The river was low; I could just get the bottom two rings of my 4 metre keepnet in the water. There was some colour in the water and a steady flow.

The weather started with overcast, cleared to sunny, then back to overcast with drizzly rain in the afternoon. There was an upstream cold breeze although the temperature was rising.

Fran fished a 6 metre whip with a 2 gram rig. He fished caster over loosefed hemp and caster to catch gudgeon, ruffe, roach, perch and skimmers for a total of 5lb 13oz.

He lost a few fish to pike attacks.

I fished a 7 metre whip with a 1 gram rig. I fished maggot or caster over loosefed hemp and caster to catch roach, perch and a nice skimmer for a total of 7lb 5oz.

Friday 25th January

Fran and I fished a few pegs below the Town Bridge on Stuckies.

The weather had suddenly turned milder overnight. A mixture of sunshine interspersed with overcast skies. There was a light westerly breeze from behind us.

The river was up a few feet from the last time we fished the river and there was a nice colour in the water. There was also a steady flow. Water Temperature was 7.8°C.

Fran fished a 7 metre whip with a 2 gram rig. He loosefed hemp and caster with maggot or caster on the hook.

He caught roach and the odd perch for a total of 9lb 6oz.

I also fished a 7 metre whip but with a 1.5 gram rig. Every hour or so, I fed a small bait dropper of liquidised bread mixed with ground hemp and a dropper of pinkies. I fished maggot or caster on the hook for the first half of the session. I then changed to breadpunch on the hook to see how it would work in coloured water and caught steadily for the next hour. When bites tailed off, I changed to double pinkie and caught until we packed up.

I caught roach with the odd rudd and small skimmer for a total of 4lb 10oz.

Monday 28th January

Club member, Julian Chidgey, has been making a concerted effort to find the bigger perch on our club waters on the River Parrett, resulting in this specimen of 3lb 12oz caught on a lure.

Combe Lake


Please make sure you shut the gate securely in the otter fence when entering and leaving the lake.


If you are fishing Combe Lake, why not let me know what you caught; photos of your catch would also be appreciated. We'd love to know how it's fishing for our members. Email me.

Saturday 17th November

We spent the morning fixing the ropes across the lake again to deter the cormorants.

When they're full of fish, cormorants need a long takeoff. The ropes get in the way of their takeoff and so deter them from entering the lake in the first place.

We know a carp angler took down some of the ropes, earlier in the year, as he had to cast to the opposite bank to fish. We ask that none of the ropes be interfered with as they are helping to keep the cormorants out as one of our fish protection measures. We can all fish within the confines of the ropes. If someone feels they need to remove a rope to fish, DON'T; just go somewhere else to fish.

Friday 4th January

Fran and I have built two more fish refuges to try and keep the cormorants away from our fish.

The two refuges have been deployed in the north-western end of the lake where cormorants have been seen on a number of occasions.

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