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The Canals Trust have over 2,000 miles of waterway to look after for the many interest groups who use them. With so much water it is no wonder that fishing is high on the list of activities.
The Trust issues a Waterway Wanderers Permit that entitles you to fish on an impressive amount of water throughout England and Wales (for just £20).
Owner by Southlake Angling Society and situated near Whistley Green, Twyford. This lake is a general fishery with large shoals of bream to 14lb 15oz, tench to 12lb 10oz, good stocks of roach, rudd, perch, pike and a good head of carp.
Redlands Carp stock is approximately 200 fish ranging from single figure to 36lb, the majority of these fish are upper double / low twenty. It is a harder lake than Southlake and the busiest period is during the closed season.
Redlands has swims designed to cater for disabled anglers.
There is also a small stretch of the river Loddon, running alongside the lake which produces varied bags of barbell, chub, roach and dace. (Open all-year-round)
Google Map Reference 51.463667, -0.868312 Post Code RG10 0RA
Located in the heart of Reading fishing the Kennet in Waterloo Meadows is free. Fishing for chub, bream, barbel, perch, pike and roach.
Google Map Ref 51.441976, -0.974172
Barn Elms Trout Fishery
In Bradfield near Reading this fishery is stocked every week with rainbow, brown, blue and golden trout to 8lbs.
There are 4 lakes totalling 6.5 acres interlinked by small gulleys, they are:
Roxy Lake, a stream fed lake with a 15ft deep channel through the middle, very popular and productive.
Dawl Back is accessible from the car park by 2 bridges,
Car Park Lake is the smallest, but good stalking water, least used.
Lily Lake is challenging in the summer due to the many lily pads, but these also make stalking more interesting.
There is a lodge where you can get free tea and coffee. Toilets including facilities for disabled anglers, good parking.
All in all good nymph and dry fly fishing.
The fishery is open from dawn until dusk from March to December.
Day tickets and multi fish annual tickets available. Call 07768 581785.
Google Map Reference 51.457535, -1.128414 Post Code RG7 6DF