Fishing near me: best early season river venues


by Tony Grigorjevs |
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As the river season is about to open, here are our top picks of flowing water venues that will ensure you get plenty of early season action, regardless of the species you want to target!

River Wharf, Tadcaster, W.Yorks

This stretch was in blistering barbel form early last season. You’ll catch on meat, with hemp and caster also worth a try.

Contact: Tadcaster Angling, 07988 200979

River Ribble, Preston, Lancashire

On the free stretch off London Road you’ll catch barbel, especially if the river’s carrying extra water. There are loads of chub and other silverfish, too.

Contact: Wayne’s Tackle, 01772 729229

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The River Ribble is home to loads of coarse fish species.
The River Ribble is home to loads of coarse fish species.

River Dane, Middlewich, Cheshire

Winsford & District AA controls some excellent fishing on the Dane and the Weaver. Excellent value season tickets are £50.

Contact: www.winsford-anglers.com

River Severn, Highly, Shropshire

This stretch near the Ship Inn pub is fantastic for barbel to double figures. Meat is hard to beat on the hook, early doors.

Contact: Middle Severn Angling, 01746 769070

River Yard, Langley, Norfolk

You’ll find comfortable pegs on the River Yare near Langley, with roach and bream the target species. Day tickets on the bank.

Contact: www.riveryarefishing.co.uk

Warwickshire Avon, Stratford, Warks

Below the weir at Seven Meadows fish the stick or waggler for chub, dace, roach and the odd barbel.

Contact: Stratford on Avon Fishing and Outdoors, 07715 590199

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Expect a prolific day on the Warwickshire Avon.
Expect a prolific day on the Warwickshire Avon.

River Nene, Castor, Cambridgeshire

Castor Backwater offers excellent early season barbel and chub sport. Day tickets are just £5 and available online.

Contact: www.fishinginpeterborough.co.uk/buy-tickets

Dorset Stour, Longham, Dorset

This free stretch holds quality chub, bream, and the odd barbel. Use strong kit and target areas clear of weed in summer.

Contact: Ringwood Tackle, 01425 275155

River Way, Farnham, Surrey

Bring a mixture of baits, wear polaroids, and search for chub, dace and barbel. Free fishing.

Contact: Hampshire Tackle, 01252 318937

River Thames, Sanford, Oxford

The Meadows is good for early season roach to waggler or pole. Littlemore AC controls the fishing at just £17 a year!

Contact: Ace Tackle and Bait, 01865 372066

TREAT YOURSELF TO ONE OF THE BEST FISHING REELS FOR THE UPCOMING RIVER SEASON.

The River Thames is a great place to wet a line.
The River Thames is a great place to wet a line.

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