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 5th November

Club member, Liam Padfield, caught this lovely perch weighing 3lb 1oz from just below Black Bridge (Huish Bridge).

Saturday 18th November

Club member, Jake Berkley, was lure fishing near the railway bridge when he hooked and landed this lovely 3lb perch.

Thursday 22nd February

Fran and I fished on the river for the first time this year! What with the wind and rain and resultant high river levels, we haven't fished since before Christmas!

Unfortunately, the dry weather started to turn very nasty with a bitterly cold easterly.

Fishing a few pegs down Stuckies, we both trotted a stick float, slowing it down and even holding hard, but after two hours we still hadn't had so much as a nipped maggot or pinkie.

We noticed fish topping opposite the first peg below the Town Bridge and close to the far bank. Then we saw a trail of bubbles, where they were topping, which was followed by a big swirl and splashing. A minute later an otter surfaced under the middle arch of the bridge and was visible for a minute or so till he sank under the water and continued hunting upstream.

No wonder we hadn't had a bite! So we packed up and went home!

If you're on Stuckies, keep your eyes open, you might see the otter!

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.

Thursday 6th April

Committee members Fran, Mike and myself have constructed and deployed some fish refuges at the north-eastern end of the lake.

These will provide sanctuary for the smaller fish from predation by cormorants.

Each refuge is constructed from fencing wire formed into a one metre diameter cylinder. The cylinder is packed with brushwood for the fish to hide in and the structure is cover with weed suppressant fabric to reduce the light level in the refuge. A house brick is tied to opposite sides of the refuge to weight it down.

The refuges were dropped into the water a few feet from the bank.

A couple of canes markers are visible above the water to show their location.


Thanks to the Environment Agency (EA) for their advice on adopting this type of refuge and the EA's very useful constructional  video on YouTube.

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