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We look at places to fish in the Worcestershire area, our guide includes basic venue information as well as contact details.
Astwood Ponds, Bromsgrove
This is a venue that lends itself well to both pleasure and match anglers. Budia pool is a canal type pool with a large island right down the length and averages 16m wide to reed fringed banks, this pool holds a huge head of F1 carp, mirrors, commons and also lots of skimmers, roach and perch. Bluebell is also heaving with F1 carp also holds plenty of other fish including some very big carp, at the far end of the pool is a tree and reed fringed island that is popular with the pleasure anglers. Smokys is the resident match pool where matches are often closely contested and is a more carp dominated pool with fish running into double figures. Pellet feed has to be bought from the fishery but is very reasonable at £1-00 per bag and hook pellet can be used at your choice. Worm and caster works well at Budia but pellet will usually be top bait as the fish are very competitive and will usually come up in the water.For more information on open matches or general enquiries call 07773 347 072.
Barston Lakes, Solihull
The huge shoals of roach, skimmer and bream are still making up the bulk of anglers catches but the carp are still making the odd appearance running into double-figures mainly falling to soft feeder fished pellet on the hair rig. Soak your feed pellets for best results when feeder fishing, plugging both ends of your feeder with ground bait and flavour your hookers to make them stand out from the others the pole line can either be fished over little and often feeding or a initial balling in either option will bring plenty of bites, try lifting your float a little to induce bite when the bites do slow down, pellet, worm, castor, corn and maggot all catching good bags. More information can be obtained from the club house on 01675 444890.
Blyth Waters, Knowle
Although mainly carp dominated there are some excellent silvers to make up your bag, roach and skimmers often average 1lb. There are around 110 pegs on this five lake complex a lot of which hold a feature. Pole often dominates but waggler or feeder can often produce the goods too as with most places this time of year a little and often approach is best and feeding via a kinder pot will definitely get you the most from your peg as this will help you overfeeding, best baits at the moment are meat, pellet, worm or castor. Home pool is the venue specimen pool and holds lots of good carp which I am reliably informed run to 30lbs plus and are best tempted on strong flavoured boilies. Kingfisher pool is a great pool to take the kids as it is full of fish; pleasure anglers can easily put 50 to 100lb in the net. There are matches run every Tuesday evening, Wednesday and Saturdays there is also an on site café run by Gail. The bailiff can be contacted on 07710 175067 or contact British Waterways on 01827 252066.
Elmbridge Fishery, nr Droitwich
This three pool complex set in the heart of the Worcestershire country side near to Droitwich, offers a wide range of fishing for all anglers of all levels from the highly competitive match angler the dedicated club man and your weekend pleasure anglers and enthusiastic youngsters. With easy access and close parking by each pool it also accessible to disabled anglers. Peacock pool is the smallest of the three with 24 pegs and it has an island that runs down the centre which offers the opportunity for a wide range of fishing techniques to be used from every peg. Used for club matches and pleasure anglers this pool is well stocked with hungry carp, the biggest fish caught recently is 20lb 9oz and top match weight is 167lb 3oz. Pheasant pool comes next with 40 pegs covering 2 acres with depths up to 12 feet and home to some sizable carp, with also a good head of silver fish, known to provide serious weights in matches it is popular with clubs and specimen hunters looking to beat those existing records of biggest fish 31lbs and top match weight 206lb 9oz. Finally Heron pool largest of the three with 43 pegs is used for all of the venue open matches due to the consistent high catch rate it produces throughout the year, top match weight from this pool is 287lb and a winning catch can come from any area of this pool proving why it is so popular. Details on open matches, club booking, permitted baits and fishery rules are found on www.elmbridgefishery.co.uk The fishery can be found in Addis Lane Cuttnall Green WR9 OND opposite the chequers pub. Call 01299 851321.
Furnace Mill, nr Kiddy
All four pools are still producing consistent sport with most baits catching fish. Furnace pool pegs 10 to 15 are best fished on the pole close to the far bank, pegs 1,2,4,5,8 most consistent followed by 22,25,28. Mucky Meadow Pool has plenty of fish up in the water, if you prefer to fish the margins most baits will work in conjunction with fishery own feed pellets. On Mill Pool the best pegs are 75, 79, 80, 87, 88. A fish every put in says regular visitor Roger Williams best fishing I have ever had in 40 years. Pleasure anglers there is always pegs available even when contests are taking place so don’t be put off. It’s a target those big shoals of silver fish, maggot and caster fished just on bottom with a nicely balanced presentation with small amounts of loose feed will reward you with excellent sport well into the winter, if you prefer to target the carp in colder conditions look for the shoals or seek advice from Full info on www.furnacemill.net or call 01299 266777.
Hunnington Fishery, nr Halesowen
Kingfisher pool is dominating the open matches with pegs 3, 18, 23 with anglers fishing corn, meat and worm hard on the bottom or caster, maggot and pellet up in the water for mixed bags of carp and silver fish of between 30 to 60lb. Pleasure anglers have been reporting large individual carp to 18lb being taken from the margins on all pools fishing large hair rigged baits, smaller carp 1lb to 3lb and silver fish making up most of the catches from the other three pools with most baits and methods working. Contact Dan on 07887 845098
River Avon, Evesham area
When the river is low and clear the best sport is normally from faster, broken water such as that below the weirs. However there have been good chub weights from both the Stratford area and from the Twyford stretch at Evesham and colder nights should kick start more chub and roach particularly when there is colour in the water. Venues well worth running a stick float or a waggler through this month are Manor Farm near Stratford, Harvington, Twyford and the BAA stretch on the right bank at Pershore. For advice, day tickets, bait and tackle call into the Bait Box in Evesham. Tel: 01386 442 955.
River Severn, middle reaches
Barbel feed well on this stretch with many anglers finding that a good old caster and hemp feeder can be just as effective as the pellet at times – particularly when the water is clear. There are plenty of chub in the river including some real crackers but the key to catching them is to fish with a well presented bait on the float. Feeding casters and hemp and trying either casters, maggots or corn on the hook is the way to go. The only problem of late has been the downstream wind but a switch to a caster and hemp feeder can be a pretty effective substitute if it becomes a problem. With the nights getting significantly colder it won’t be long before the hemp and tares, which have been accounting for plenty of good roach bags, can be replaced with good old maggots. The Quarry section at Shrewsbury will be well worth a visit for roach and dace whilst the BAA stretches at Hampton Loade, Arley and Trimpley all hold plenty of barbel and big chub. Further downstream, look out for open matches on the Lyttleton water at Stourport. For a change why not try targeting the river’s carp? Stocks have clearly been boosted by the recent floods and an angler fishing for bream on the BAA water at Grimley recently caught over 10 fish in a single session. For advice about other places to try plus day tickets, tackle and bait call into the Mal Storey Angling Centre in Kidderminster. Tel: 01562 745 221.
Staffs/Worcs Canal, Wolves areas
The Staffs Worcester Canal in and around the Wombourne area is absolutely on fire. The chub shoals are prolific and both club, open and pleasure anglers are attacking them with vengeance. Other areas of the canal which have been showing the same sort of form is Awbridge below the lock and the red bushes at Pendeford. Roach are still feeding well on all areas with caster and hemp being best for big weights but the squatt over a sweet mix like Supercup is still an enjoyable way of catching 5-6lb of roach. For more details on club bookings call Andy at Mid-Leisure Tackle on 01902 783491 or Bill Turner of Wolverhampton AA on 01902 457906.