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Our guide to places to fish in Herefordshire including information on venues, and contact details.
Biddlestone Pool, nr Ross-on-Wye
Controlled by Three Counties Fisheries, this former irrigation lake is heavily stocked with carp to 26lb, bream to 9lb and tench to 6lb. More…Varying depths from 4ft to 18ft. Current top baits are large pellets and corn with surface-fished dog biscuits accounting for numerous carp over 10lb. No meat baits or groundbait. Keepnets to be used in contests only. Match-winning weights are usually 110-150lb with 80lb not always in the frame. Tel: 01531 890455 or visit www.threecountiesfisheries.co.uk
Canon Bridge Fishery, Madley
Two pools on site. In Warlow pool the grass carp are very obliging with fish to 17lb, whilst the quality mirrors and commons to 20lb are also feeding regularly. Meat and paste over pellet feed is consistently taking good catches. Heron offers mixed fishing with crucians,roach and rudd falling to worm and caster whilst pellet and paste will produce bites from the greedy carp. This venue is also home to The Worcester Angling Academy which provides coaching for anglers of all ages and abilities. Tel: 01981 250240
Court Farm and Leisure, Tillington
Fancy a day out for the family whilst fishing yourself? This could be just the place. Biking, mountain boarding, farm complex plus childrens’ play area whilst dad concentrates on bagging up on either of the 2 excellent lakes. Both well stocked with roach to 2lb, tench to 6lb, and numerous carp to 22lb. Boilees, corn and floating crust should sort out the quality carp and meat, worm and caster will ensure the tench and roach oblige. Tel: 01432 760271 or 07787 553203.
Docklow Pools, nr Leominster
The Match Pool is fishing well, with pole and straight lead with meat, caster and corn still top methods. On the Snake Pool there are mixed catches of chub, barbel and carp from all areas. Bread and corn is landing the specimen carp with plenty of doubles showing. Chub and barbel show a distinct liking for caster and worm. On the Farmer Jack Lake there are also plenty of carp to be caught, along with hungry chub and silver fish. Caster and worm are by far the top baits on pole and waggler methods. Over on Mickey Mouse lake there are plenty of barbel and chub. There have also been large catches of roach to 2lb. Boilies, meat and corn will produce plenty of bites whilst the roach prefer caster. On Major Bill, specimen catfish to 42lb have been taken with lamprey segment proving a popular bait, 20lb carp are also common here with pop-up boilies doing the business. Tel: 01568 760252 or visit www.docklowpools.com
Hartleton Lake, Ross-on-Wye
The popular field side is consistent, producing 25lb nets of skimmers, roach and tench mainly to pole fished maggot, worm or caster. Waggler is worth a try if fish refuse to feed within pole range. Little and often feed is essential on this venue. Anglers targeting the regular carp are taking fish to 16lb on boilies or pellets in conjunction with PVA bags. Tel; 07768 602030.
Marsh House Farm, near Hereford
Plenty of carp into double figures with waggler fished meat a popular way of catching them. Regular catches of small carp, roach and chub are showing from all areas of the lake with pole fished worm, caster and corn all successful. Food is always available including the famous bacon and sausage sandwiches produced from the farms resident herd of pigs. Tel: 01432 830787.
River Wye, Hereford Town Area
Pleasure catches can be excellent here, particularly on the Bartleshan and Tennis Courts stretches. Barbel to 12lb continue to favour halibut pellets and paste baits. There are lots of chub and roach to maggot and caster with quality perch preferring the traditional lobworm. Call: Woody’s Tackle on 01432 344644 for in depth river info.
River Wye, Letton Court
This stretch is well known for its excellent autumn and winter pike fishing. Numerous doubles with fish over 30lb taken every year. Spinning and mackerel dead baits should ensure success. Local anglers report regular catches of chub, roach and barbel, mainly to float fished caster or meat with specimen barbel to the trusted halbut pellet/feeder combination. Tel: 01531 890455 or visit www.threecountiesfisheries.co.uk