Get on the Trent! We reveal the hot swims to head to this weekend.
This in-form river holds big bream, chub, carp, roach, perch and barbel... and some is free to fish!
THERE is little doubt that the River Trent is one of our most in-form waterways at the moment.
Anglers who have visited the Midlands venue this season have been enjoying regular catches of big barbel, specimen carp, chub and perch, as well as big bags of silverfish – but with 160 miles of the waterway to choose from, knowing where to pitch up is no easy decision.
One of the best areas to head to if you want to put a bend in your rod is Nottingham. Here is our exclusive guide to the top swims in and around the city to fish this week….
This fishery offers 20 pegs with varying features, and parking available behind most of them. The upper swims are of medium depth but hold bream to double figures, while the downstream pegs are shallower and are home to big carp and barbel. Most anglers tend to target these swims using feeder tactics.
Contact: Matchman Supplies, 01159 813834 Prices: £4 on the bank, Notts Federation of Anglers
This relatively shallow stretch has good pace that lends itself to barbel. Pegs just above the bridge hold specimens into double figures, and fish to over 15lb have come out this season. A little below the bridge, the water is run by Clifton Bridge AC. These are cracking floatfishing pegs where big perch, chub, roach and barbel all show.
Contact: Matchman Supplies, 01159 813834 Prices: £4 on the bank, Notts Federation of Anglers or Clifton Bridge AC
Made famous as a top match venue in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, this now under-fished stretch offers anything from big bags of roach to some top predator sport. Both pole and stick float tactics work well here, with anglers tending to ball in with groundbait and fish big floats over the top. Expect some plump chub to show too.
Contact: Matchman Supplies, 01159 813834 Prices: Free fishing
“There’s little doubt that the River Trent is one of our most in-form waterways right now”
This 300-yard stretch of deep, slow-moving river is noted for very large catches of bream to double figures, which make it ideally suited to groundbait feeder fishing. Large chub, roach and perch are all present. Fishing is from the end of the Sailing Club frontage downstream to the clapper gate. Run by Nottingham Anglers Association.
Contact: Notts AA, 0115 919 9500, Prices: From £36 a year
The 36 pegs on the north bank down from the weir are run by Long Eaton Victoria AS. From Cranfleet Lock downstream to the Meadow Lane access, the main flow on your near side is excellent stick float water. Opposite the large tree and the ‘arrow’ sign, the river deepens and steadies although the nearside can produce barbel. Here, a groundbait feeder and maggot or worm bait, fished to the middle, can see hybrids, roach, chub and perch, barbel, bleak, dace, eels and the odd better bream.
Contact: Long Eaton Victoria AS, 01159 728547 Prices: £25 a year, Long Eaton Victoria AS