nearest postcode NN11 6UD
Tel: 01582 843454 for match bookings
Tel: 07740 534891 for the water bailiff
If you are a pleasure angler seeking a quiet but productive mid-week venue or a match angler looking for a winning bag of 100lbs to 150lbs where every angler is virtually guaranteed to weigh in with 70lbs and the match record currently stands at an incredible 650lbs - Boddington Reservoir between Southam and Banbury is the place for you!
This pleasant rural reservoir set in rolling Northamptonshire countryside has to be one of the Canal and River Trust's most promising fisheries - and it is living up to those promises with big nets being taken by pleasure and match angler alike.
The fishing is so prolific that catches of 100lbs come from virtually anywhere on the water, the match record having been broken in May 2007 when Southampton angler Dave Pervin took 630lbs in a six-hour match.
Boddington is stocked predominantly with mirrors and commons which now run into double figures and average around 5lbs to 6lbs, plus good heads of tench to 5lbs, perch to 12oz, roach to 1lb and pike to over 30lbs. Indeed, this is one venue where you can be virtually assured of a good day and will want to go back to time and time again.
The quality of the pike fishing was illustrated in February 2009 when Leicester angler Steve Davis landed a specimen which tipped the scales at 40lbs 10oz (pictured right). Steve was fishing off the dam wall.
The facilities were improved over the 2006/2007 winter with the construction of more than 80 concrete angling steps which were built into the stonework facing of the reservoir. These give anglers a more even and stable surface from which to fish and, with improvements to the walkway down the right hand side of the reservoir, have greatly improved access to the waterside.
At the same time the car park on the right hand bank was extended to create a further 40 parking spaces and a special wheelchair-friendly peg with its own parking space built at the other end of the northern dam wall.
Anglers should note that they should not park on the road running past the entrance to the fishery as the police have been very hot to book drivers for obstructing the main carriageway.
The water is open and fairly large at some 65 acres in all. In 1998 it was partially drained to enable netting to be carried out and a large number of the bream and roach were transferred to nearby Clattercote Reservoir.
When the water levels returned some 50,000 half-pound mirrors and commons were introduced. These have already reached double figures and and are making Boddington a superb venue which is already chasing on the heels as a match venue to rival its Canal and River Trust neighbours Drayton and Clattercote reservoirs.
All permits are available from the bailiff on the bank
Matches must be booked in advance
Match bookings are now being taken for 2013 and 2014