Anglers are once again making their annual pilgrimage to the River Welland in Spalding town centre to enjoy the excellent roach sport that features here around January time every year.
Each year thousands of roach pack into this urban stretch of waterway providing anglers with nets of pristine redfins exceeding 30lb. What makes the venue even better is that the channel is less prone to flooding so despite everywhere else in the UK seemingly underwater, there is still river fishing to be enjoyed here.
The channel is fairly shallow at around 4-5ft and not too wide at 16m making it ideal for pole anglers. You don’t need to fish to the far bank either, with the majority of catches being made down the centre. If the water is clear feed bread punch and hemp but if it is coloured then you can’t beat the pinkie with groundbait approach, fishing fairly light rigs over the top for a fish-a-chuck action. Simply cup or throw in a few balls of fluffy groundbait and away you go.
If you get bored of sacking up on roach you can always target predators as the river also holds pike to over 25lb as well as zander and big perch all of which can make an appearance in any conditions.
TIP: Try fishing to hand when targeting the roach to build up a big net much more quickly
Prices: Free fishing
Contact: Granz Angling, 01775 712206
Location: River Welland, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1XA
Rules: No litter, no fires