Looking towards the far end of the reservoirBoddington Reservoir
near Byfield
nearest postcode NN11 6UD

Tel: 01582 843454 for match bookings
Tel: 07740 534891 for the water bailiff

Canal and River Trust logoIf 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!

Come on my beauty!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.

Steve Davis with his stunning 40lb 10oz Boddington pikeBoddington 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 greatly improved walkwayThe 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.

Getting stuck in at Boddington ReservoirThe 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.

Opening Times

All year round
Dawn until Dusk

Ticket costs

EA Concessionary
Day - Midweek
£6.00 (one rod) and £10.00 (two rods)
£4.00 (one rod) and £8.00 (two rods)
Day - Weekend
£7.00 (one rod) and £11.00 (two rods)
£4.00 (one rod) and £8.00 (two rods)
Evening (after 5.00pm)
£4.00 (one rod) and £8.00 (two rods)
£4.00 (one rod) and £8.00 (two rods)

Match Pegs

Daytime matches - Mid week
Daytime matches - Weekend
Evening matches

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

Another carp comes to the net at Boddington ReservoirWhether you are a serious matchman, a mid-week pleasure angler, someone looking to try out new techniques, hoping to erase the memory of a few recent blanks or simply a parent looking to take their youngster somewhere they are sure to catch fish - Boddington Reservoir offers a treat for everyone.

The reservoir is perhaps best known amongst match anglers with whom its popularity can be judged by the fact that the venue is regularly fully booked at weekends. Its reputation as a pleasure venue means it is also becoming more popular during the week, although with 65 acres to go at it is still an ideal water for the solitary pleasure angler who wants to be sure of a good day's fishing away from the crowds.

View towards the sailing clubhouseAnd the fishing is so good that, although two rods are allowed, very few anglers dare use more than one rod in case they end up with a fish on each line at the same time.

Served by car parks at either end of the road dam wall, all the pegs at Boddington can be reached by a footpath.

Angling is not allowed on the left bank of the reservoir by the Sailing Club - members of which stay well away from anglers when on the water - or on the part of the left bank which forms the Byfield Reservoir Nature Reserve - Byfield Reservoir being a smaller water which adjoins the main Boddington Reservoir.

Fishing is also not permitted along the very far right hand bank, but has now been opened on the top left hand bank between the sailing club and the dam wall. This means that about half the water is now available for fishing - some 120 pegs - with an average water depth of six to eight feet about a pole length out.

Looking back from one of the far end pegs Despite its size, most match anglers fish Boddington on a seven or eight metre pole because whether you are in a competition or fishing purely for pleasure, you do not need to cast any distance to get into the fish.

Having said that, two new alternatives emerged in 2007 with both the infamous bagging waggler - so productive at Canal and River Trust other reservoirs at Earlswood, Clattercote and Drayton - and the new floating candle for presenting surface baits, both being increasingly used by Boddington regulars to great effect.

Most popular baits tend to be sweetcorn, pellet, paste or bread although you will probably catch on anything as long as you remember to feed. Having selected your swim, put in a small amount of groundbait laced with loose offerings before tackling up. It usually takes the fish less than half an hour to find a baited swim so you shouldn't have long to wait once you start fishing. To stop the fish from wandering off it also pays to feed regularly with a small amound of groundbait and offerings virtually every cast.

At the top end of the right hand bankThe same applies when waggler fishing. However, because there is a large expanse of open water the surface wind often creates a tow in the water and it therefore pays to set some shot well down the line to hold the bait and float in the swim.

Because of the large head of carp in Boddington, other popular techniques with pleasure anglers are the groundbait and method feeder, but whichever way you fish it pays to remember that you don't have to go a long way out to find the fish... bait up and they will come to you.

Anglers catch all over the place!The only drawback with being a solitary angler on Boddington is the healthy head of ducks, a few swans who know that wherever there is an angler there is food - and the host of geese who tend to leave anglers well alone but who can provide somewhat noisy entertainment as they squabble amongst themselves.

Although the carp in particular can be seen rolling and taking food off the surface in warmer weather, the presence of the birdlife really rules out the possibility of fishing floating baits.

Keepnets are not allowed except during matches and Boddington is a barbless hooks only water. Anglers are not allowed to use nuts, chickpeas or braid as the hooklength.

Some typical Boddington carpSome typical Boddington carpSome typical Boddington carp

How to get there...

Boddington Reservoir can be found just outside the village of Upper Boddington. Taking the Banbury road out of Southam, continue until you come to the left hand turn signed Wormleighton at The Wharf pub. Continue through Wormleighton following the signs for Upper and Lower Boddington and then take the left hand fork marked Upper Bodington. Once you have driven through Upper Boddington the entrance to the smaller car park is on the right just before the reservoir. The larger car park can be found on the right at the far end of the road dam wall.

From the M1, exit at Junction 18 and follow the signs for the A361. Pass Drayton Reservoir and go through Daventry keeping on the A361 to Byfield. At Byfield, take the first right and the reservoir is on the left hand side.

From the M40, leave at Junction 11 and take the A361 north to Byfield, turning left in Byfield following the signs for Boddington village and the reservoir is on the left hand side.

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