Sutton Bingham Reservoir

Find it by post code: BA22 9QL

Sutton Bingham reservoir is situated four miles south of Yeovil and can be entered from the A37 Dorchester Road.

It is a lowland fishery set in rolling hills on the Somerset and Dorset border and a site of national importance for overwintering wildfowl and passage migrants, including osprey.


Season: 10 February – 11 September 2016.

Excellent fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout, either from the bank or a boat, is available at this 142 acre reservoir. Anglers can hire fishing boats for rowing or alternatively use their own motor (electric outboard only). A Wheelie boat is available for wheelchair users.

Sutton Bingham is a lowland reservoir and the water is not deep so the most popular method of fishing is with a floating line and mainly small lures and nymphs. In 2011 Sutton Bingham fished very well and the largest rainbow trout taken weighed in at 7lbs 12oz. Best brown trout 5lbs 1oz.

The rod average for the season was 2.4 with a total of 8,125 fish caught. Make an appointment with the ranger for tuition and tackle, or for advice regarding the best spot and best fishing method of the day.The lodge caters for the disabled and includes a fish cleaning room, hot drinks, a shower and a large lounge area.

The facilities at Sutton Bingham, tours of the water treatment works, a nature trail and indoor activities are available to school groups during term time. For more details ring our education adviser on 01225 526324 or email

Competitions are held throughout the season by members of Sutton Bingham Fly Fishers’ Association while fly tying classes take place during the closed season.

Members also exchange information on where and how to fish the reservoir successfully. Information about the club and its competitions is available on the fishing lodge noticeboard. For more details about fishing at Sutton Bingham, contact ranger Ivan Tinsley on 01935 872389

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