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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).
Kingsbury Water Park
There is fishing available on on 12 pools all year round (except for pike where the closed season applies). Day tickets are available for 9 pools. The pools are:
Bodymoor, 47 acres, just 6ft deep, alternating days with boating clubs. Carp to 20lbs, bream, roach, tench, roach/bream hydids, specimen pike to 20lbs.
Bromney Croft, only available if you have the fishing permit. Carp to high 20s, there is a 30lb fish.
Canal Pool, specimen carp water of 17acres. Carp to the 20 and 30lbs. A lot of fish died in 2006 and they have since stocked with 200 fish in the 4 to 9lb bracket, these have grown on well. In addition there are about 85 of the original stock the largest being a 42lb fish.
Causeway Pool, 3 acres, available for match fishing. 20 pegs with 4 designated for wheelchair users. Carp to 10lb, pike to 20lb, tench, roach, skimmers, perch, rudd.
Cliff Pool, 3.3 acres, tench, bream to 6lbs, pike to 20lbs, roach. There are pegs for disabled anglers.
Gibson Pool, a specimen carp water of only .75 acres. Bream to 5lbs, roach to 2lbs, rudd, perch and pike. The access of disabled anglers and car parking.
You can buy day tickets for some water or take out an annual ticket and fish all but Bromley which includes car parking. Day tickets from the machine at the ticket office, annual tickets from the Information Office, annual and specimen lakes.
Google Map 52.567538, -1.703057 Post Code B76 9JB
Lavender Hall Fishery
A general fishery, specimen and match fishery with 5 lakes near Berkswell. There are 4 general lakes:
Dragon, 1 acre, with a centre island, 21 pegs. Carp to20lbs with lots in the 4 to 6lb range, roach, rudd, and some perch to 3lbs. There are also some fan tails and koi.
Bens, 1 acre, 20 pegs for pleasure and match angling. Carp averaging 4 to 6lbs with some to 15. Rudd, roach, perch, skimmers and tench. There are also some koi.
Oak Pool, 30 pegs with lots of carp in the 8 to 10lb range with some going to 20. There are also skimmers.
Brook is a 22 peg 0.75 care pool, a pleasure water with carp to high doubles plus tench, roach, rudd and perch.
Specimen Lake, "Station" , 3 islands and 11 swims for 8 anglers. There are about 100 carp in this 2 acre lake. 30 plus to 25lbs the average in the 16 to 18 range with a few specimens nudging 30lbs. Popular water so best to book.
Lavender Hall is accredited by the BDAA with a Gold standard for the levels of accesibility on 3 lakes, Ben's (8 pegs), Dragon (2 pegs) and Oak (1 peg). Access ramps to the cafe and lodge as well as toilet facilities for disabled anglers.
Call 01676530299 or 07796998309
Google Map 52.400430 -1.650572 Post Code CV7 7BN
Is a 7 acre former British Waterways water near Rugby now run as a pleasure / match venue by the Blue Lias Inn which is next to the reservoir. Stocked with carp, chub, roach, tench, perch and rudd. With 66 timber fishing platforms there's plenty of choice here. There are 3 pegs accessible to wheelchair users.
Day tickets are available also 24 hr tickets. The Inn also offers fishing on the nearby canal.
Call 01926 812249
Google Map Reference 52.278530, -1.375898 Post Code CV47 8LD
The fishery has 9 pool and a 2.5 mile stretch of the Grand Union Canal from Shrewley to Rowington producing bream to 5lbs and good roach and perch. The pools are:
High Pool, 51 pegs, up to 8ft deep, F1s, bream barbel, hydrid crucians, tench, commons to 10lbs, mirrors to 12lbs, lots of silver.
New Pool, a "snake" match pool averaging 4ft deep. Carp to 20lbs, F1s, perch to 4lbs, chub.
Extension Pool, 39 pegs, carp, roach, tench, bream, tench, chub, golden orfe.
House Pool, 34 pegs, stocked with 140,000 fish (is there room for water?) F1s, common and mirrors to 20, roach, bream, tench, chub, perch, golden orfe, a pleasure fishery.
Bottom, 34 pegs, carp to 30lbs with many 10 to 25lbs. Bream tench, chub, perch, barbel, crucians.
Top Pool, 33 pegs, carp, tench, perch, barbel, ide, roach, rudd.
Club Pool, 24 pegs, carp to 20lbs, barbel, F1s, bream.
Canal Pool, 24 pegs, carp to 20lbs, barbel, f1s, bream, tench. roach, chub, to 7lbs, skimmers.
There is a club house on site with retaurant called the "The Piggery" great name. Also a tackle shop.
There are a number of pegs designated for disabled anglers and staff are available for those needing assistance.
There are regular open matches and booking can be made for matches. Call 01926 842297.
Google Map 52.305388, -1.690580 Post Code CV35 7AN
Warwickshire is an other county where game fishing is not readily available. Draycote is a bit of compensation but I don't see any facilities mentioned for disabled anglers but I am sure some parts and the boats would be suitable for people who are less mobile.