Where? Holt, near Chester, Cheshire. Dee AA membership £25. Tel: 01244 345069. What’s being caught? If levels are fishable, expect catches of roach to 10 oz, dace to 5 oz and perch to 10 oz, along with a few chub to 2 lb in nets to 15 lb. Tactics? It’s typically deep here, to around 12 ft, so a Bolo’ and long rod or pole approach often works best, and go with a bulked shotting pattern. Feed hemp and casters every cast, and use maggots on a size 18 hook to 0.12 mm hook links. Pike are ever-present and can be tempted on deadbaits.
Where? Walton-le-Dale, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 5AX. Free fishing on the tidal water. Tel: 01772 253476.
What’s being caught? Try to fish the river when it’s falling or at static levels to stand the best chance of catching roach to 1 lb, dace to 6 oz, perch to 2 lb, eels, chub to 3 lb, and a few quality bream and barbel.
Tactics? A 3AAA waggler on a 13 ft rod or a six No.4 stick float usually work well, with maggots and casters as feed or hook baits on a size 18 hook. Try bread flake for the big roach on an Avon float. Use a maggot feeder if it’s coloured and fast.
Where? Red Lion, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 3AA. Day tickets £5, in advance from local tackle shops. Tel: 01606 833853. Where? Lydiate, Merseyside, L31 4EN. Day tickets £5. Liverpool DAA membership £22 Tel: 0151 526 2848.
What’s being caught? Catches to around 8 lb of roach.
Tactics? Target obvious features such as moored boats. Use pole and casters to pick out the better stamp roach, which can be up to 1 lb.
Shropshire Union Canal
Where? St Anne’s Road, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 9BZ. Canal & River Trust Waterway Wanderers tickets £20. Tel: 01606 833853.
What’s being caught? Plenty of roach to 1 lb, along with perch to 1 lb and a few skimmers to
1 lb 8 oz. Expect up to 10 lb. Tactics? Pole with casters or maggots will bring a quick response, with steady, light loosefeeding required.