Fish­ery of the Week Docklow Pools

100lb-plus mixed nets at eight-lake fish­ery

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

MOST com­mer­cials are ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing reg­u­lar 100lb-plus carp bags, but only a hand­ful can boast the po­ten­tial to pro­duce the same weights in sil­ver­fish.

Roach, skim­mers, ide and chub are stocked in hun­dreds of our day-ticket venues, but it is the av­er­age size of these fish that dic­tates whether a huge haul of sil­vers is achiev­able.

Here­ford­shire’s Docklow Pools has struck the perfect bal­ance, and the bumper carp-free catches the fish­ery of­fers tempt an­glers to travel from as far afield as North York­shire and Kent.

Eight well-stocked lakes are spread across the stun­ning com­plex, with three of them open to day-ticket an­glers.

Cur­rent Fish O’Mania cham­pion Andy May has to un­der­take a five-hour round trip in or­der to sam­ple the ac­tion, but that doesn’t put him off one bit.

“I’ve fished all over the coun­try but Docklow is among the very best,” ex­plained Andy. “The sil­ver­fish sport is un­beat­able – I’ve lost count of the amount of times I have landed 100lb and not seen a carp all day.”


Fig­ure of Eight, Moby Dick and Mickey Mouse lakes are all open to day-ticket an­glers, with the last-named be­ing cre­ated way back in 1972.

Since then, the lake has ma­tured beau­ti­fully, and it’s not alone ei­ther, with ev­ery other pool at Docklow also able to boast a stun­ning back­drop for vis­it­ing an­glers.

“Ev­ery peg of­fers some­thing dif­fer­ent, and there’s no shortage of op­tions. There are well-main­tained lily beds, over­hang­ing trees and easy-to-reach is­lands, but it is the open water spots that are best for the sil­ver­fish.”

“The carp love to pa­trol the fea­tures so the roach, chub and ide tend to con­gre­gate in ar­eas where there is less veg­e­ta­tion.”


While the fish­ing is clearly the big­gest draw to an­glers, there is a lot more to Docklow than just wet­ting a line.

There’s plenty of qual­ity on­site ac­com­mo­da­tion a short stroll from the water’s edge, as well as an im­pres­sive bar and restau­rant. There’s also a well-stocked tackle shop that sells bait, terminal tackle and lots of big­ger items.

Andy said: “I love my fish­ing, but I’m al­ways up for a pint and some grub after a ses­sion. I can hon­estly say you won’t find a bet­ter pie any­where in the coun­try, and that’s com­ing from a born and bred north­erner!”


Set­ting up on peg 8 of Mickey Mouse Pool in front of our cam­eras, a pro­lific sil­vers ses­sion looked on the cards Andy.

The carp were vis­i­ble cruis­ing in the nearby snags and, more im­por­tantly, qual­ity sil­vers could be seen swirling in the up­per lay­ers within sec­onds of Andy feed­ing a hand­ful of cast­ers.

He didn’t have to wait long for bites, and a string of chunky 4oz roach were the first to re­spond.

“These would be big fish at a lot of places, but they are tid­dlers for here,” said Andy.

Over the next five hours he backed up that bold state­ment

by net­ting a con­stant stream of chunky sil­vers on both the short pole and wag­gler. By the end Andy had over 100lb in his net, made up of chub to 3lb, ide to 2lb, roach over 1lb and the odd qual­ity skim­mer and bar­bel.

“I could sit here all day and try to find a fault with Docklow, but it just wouldn’t hap­pen. It is the perfect fish­ery,” he con­cluded.

PRICES: £5 a day in ad­vance from the tackle shop. The price is dou­bled if you pay on the bank. CON­TACT: Call 01568 760256 or visit www.dock­low­ LO­CA­TION: Docklow Pools, Docklow, Leomin­ster, Here­ford­shire, HR6 0RU


Andy May with a fine mixed net of Docklow sil­vers.

Each lake of­fers vis­i­tors a stun­ning back­drop to their fish­ing.

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