Fishing Near Me | The best rivers for roach fishing

Want to know where you can catch roach? Well here are some of the best rivers and canals that hold massive bags of roach as well as some specimen redfins. Take a look at our list and leave a comment if you think we have missed off your favourite venue.


Aire & Calder Canal, Altofts, W Yorks        

This section is fished regularly by match anglers because of its quality of roach sport. Bags to over 20lb are often caught on the pole, waggler or small feeder tactics.

Contact: Chris Roberts Tackle 01484 545032       

Prices: £2.50 from Chris Roberts Fishing Tackle, Mirfield AC

River Avon, Britford, Wilts            

Traditional waggler and maggot or stickfloat tactics are hard to beat for the roach, with an elusive 2lb plus specimen certainly not out of the question.

Contact: Reids Tackle, 01722 711616, London AA

River Brue, West Lydford, Somerset          

30lb nets have been caught from this tiny river this winter with individual fish to over 3lb.

Contact: Somerset Angling 01278 431777             

Prices: £7 from Somerset Angling Centre, Glaston Manor AC

River Dee, Farndon, Cheshire       

This stretch has always been a winter hotspot where bags of roach to over 30lb are not uncommon.

Contact: Tackle Locker 01244 345069    

Prices: Free fishing

River Frome, Wareham, Dorset  

Matt Jackson proved the quality of this venue last week with his haul of huge roach to 3lb 1oz roach using single maggot over a bed of hemp.

Contact: Purbeck Angling, 01929 550770              

Prices: Free fishing

River Old Nene, March, Cambs    

A top roach venue where simple whip and pole tactics can account for huge bags of roach to over 30lb.

Contact: Millview Tackle 01354 660566                 

Prices: Free fishing in the town centre

River Welland, Spalding Town Centre, Lincs          

At this time of year the roach fishing is at its best with 30lb bags commonplace.

Contact: Granz Angling, 01775 712206 

Prices: Free fishing