Boddington Reservoir

A lifeline during lockdown

Local waterways have been an escape for many during these difficult times. Our work to protect them is more urgent than ever.

Boddington is one of the Midlands' top big-weight match venues. A 65-acre reservoir that tests anglers' skills and equipment, and is also one the main supplies of water to the local Oxford Canal. Anglers return here time and time again.

Angler at Boddington Reservoir Fishing at Boddington Reservoir

Boddington truly offers something for everyone, whether you're a serious match angler, a mid-week pleasure angler, someone wanting to try out new techniques or a carp angler looking for lots of runs.

This venue is heavily booked with matches at weekends and throughout the week during the summer, but there are always spaces available mid-week for pleasure fishing. It is always advisable to contact the bailiff before you travel, and on arrival to check the noticeboard for the latest information.

There is a portable toilet on site.

Fishery rules

Please always check with the fishery bailiff for any changes or updates to the fishery rules. 

Boddington Reservoir fishery rules

Fish stocks

Carp now average 12lb in weight, with the odd fish being recorded at close to 25lb. Almost any bait will tempt these fish during the summer months, but they are harder to catch in the winter when the temperature drops and fish move in to deeper areas of the reservoir.

Roach and perch are not often targeted by anglers but thrive in their thousands.

Pike - Boddington has produced two fish weighing in excess of 40lb. It is not inconceivable that a future British record fish could come from this venue.

Prices and opening times (from 1 January 2021)

The fishery is open from dawn until dusk. 

  • Adult (one rod) £8
  • Concession* (one rod) £6
  • Second rod £4
  • Evening (adult or concession*) £6
  • Match peg fee £8

*Concessionary permits are available to anglers who are in possession of a concessionary rod licence.

Day permits are available on the bank from the fishery bailiff. Matches must be booked in advance.

Boddington Reservoir match booking terms and conditions

Address and contact details

Near Byfield
Northamptonshire
NN11 6XU

Just outside the village of Upper Boddington on the Boddington Road towards Byfield.

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Call: 07917 061317 for the fishery bailiff
Email: keith.farrer@hotmail.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/1425659394396125/
Call or email: 07789 873785 or sheila.pilkinton@canalrivertrust.org.uk for match bookings and season permits

Last date edited: 1 December 2020