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 go fishing on an impressive amount of water throughout England (for just £20).
Ashton Keynes Angling Club
The club has fishing on 3 lakes in the Cotswold Water Park and on the river Thames which fishes well for chub. The lakes are:
Neigh Bridge, a day ticket water, permits form the Tackle Den in the park. There are large carp to the upper 30s, good tench, bream, roach, perch and good pike to high doubles. Google Map 51.651276, -1.978567 Post Code GL7 6DX
Large Lake, for members, lots of bream to 5lbs, tench to 10lbs, 150 carp to the upper 30s, pike and roach.
Cokes Pit, a natural lake stocked with carp to 4 - 5lbs plus some wary old residents. Also roach, pike, perch and bream. Google Map 51.657886, -1.964104 Post Code GL7 6DF
Membership is well priced
Burley Fields Carp and Coarse Fishery
Near Leckhamton, Cheltenham is a mixed coarse fishery with carp, roach, bream, tench, barbel, tench, golden tench and dace.
Call 07831734683 for more information.
Google Map Reference 51.866751 -2.095663 Post Code GL53 0QH
A 4.5 acre fishery in Cerney Wicks near Cheltenham with mirror and common carp to over 40lbs. Exclusive bookings for up to 5 anglers on this rather attractive fishery comes with an Anglers Outhouse including all mod cons and a flushing loo, oh and a BBQ and benches outside, nice.
Call 01285860783 for bookings.
Google Map 51.668120, -1.896933 Post Code GL7 5LW
Elton Carp Fishery
2 purpose built lakes with carp to the high 20s near Newnham on Severn. The lakes are:
Barn; tree lined with 2 islands there are 10 pegs. The lake is stocked with common, mirror, ghost and Jumbo koi.
T here is vehicle access to one peg and level access to platforms suitable for use by wheelchair user.
Horseshoe, has mirror and common carp to high 20s and big ghosts. Night fishing by arrangement. Is it just me but I think the ariel vew looks like a big smiley clown face, or am I just needing to get out more?
Google Map 51.823853, -2.445824 Post Code GL14 1JU
A 3 acre lake in Stanway in the Cotswolds with common and mirror carp to 25lb, reconed to be serious fighters, must be getting their spinach! Good head of roach too.
Google Map Reference 51.976897 -1.942015
Ivy House Fishing Lakes
A 6 lake fishery near Grittenham with a seventh now stocked with young carp ready for opening in 2019. The lakes are:
Match Lake, carp to 8lbs, bream, skimmers, roach, perch, tench.
Willow Lake now with 44 pegs, carp 8 to 18lbs, bream, tench, roach, perch. 24 hour fishing available.
Specimen Carp Lake, carp to 25lbs, 24 hour available.
Kingfisher Lake,2,000lbs of silvers, 120 ish carp to 8lbs plus tench. Match fishing only.
Moorhen now with 15 platforms stocked with 4,500 young carp.
Peters Pond, 5 double platforms for families, tench, roach, perch, carp and bream.
Tackle and bait shop on site.
Google Map Post 51.543993, -1.942202 Code SN15 4JU
2 lakes; Walter Lake is a specialist match lake holding carp, tench, bream, roach and rudd, day tickets from the cafe.
Lake Pochard is specimen carp lake with mirrors and comon carp to 30lb and recently a 40 pounder was recorded but only avilable to holiday accomodation residents. Call 01285 860412.
Google Map Reference 51.659630 -1.913456 Post Code GL7 5RL
4 spring fed lakes, Field (carp to 20s), Meadow (carp to doubles, roach and skimmers), Pasture (carp and skimmers ) and Match (a long narrow lake with 30 pegs with good spacing.
Call 07896959071 or 07831127699.
Google Map Reference 51.784281 -2.236601 GL4 0XD
Consists of 2 lakes and 4 specially built canal style waters.
The lakes, Moorhen and Heron are stocked with mirror, common, ghost and crucian carp up to the 20lb mark with a good 4lb average.
There are also silver orfe, bream roach, rudd and good perch. The canals offer good opportunities for pool angler.
Some of the pegs are suitable for disabled anglers, you are advised to drive to the far end of the car park were the parking is on the same level as the lakes. Heron and Moorhen are the most accessible.
Call 01684 296719 or 07840579087 for bookings.
Google Map Reference 52.028339, -2.159736 Post Code GL20 6JH
Located near Fairford in the Cotswold Water Park there are 4 lakes. The main lake of 20 acres is stocked with carp, mostly doubles, many twenties and the record stands at 38lbs.
There is a 10 acre sydicate lake plus 2 small lakes with carp to doubles, tench, silvers, roach, rudd, bream, perch and some very big pike.
Call 07507086634 or 07841367934
Google Map 51.699751, -1.782089 Post Code GL7 4BX
A 62 acre lake with 72 swims including 21 doubles. The lake has 2 arms, Summer Bay averaging 4ft and Winter Bay which is deeper at 11ft.
The lake holds specimen carp to 47.5lbs with an average of 21lbs. There are also bream to 14lbs, tench to 9, roach to 3lbs, plus rudd, pike and perch.
This is a Carp Society lake and is open to members only. To join go to Carp Society Membership in 2018 it was just £25. Permits from the on site tackle and bait shop.
There is a lodge on site with catering, toilets and showers. I found mention that there are facilities for disabled anglers and that some swims can be reserved. Call 01367 253959.
Google Map 51.705682, -1.682527 Post Code GL7 3QQ
Stone End Farm Fishery
Coarse. 2 lakes, Front lake and Home Pond holding common carp into the 24lb category plus bream to 8lbs, tench to 5lbs and roach to 2lbs. One angler accounted for 147lb of fish in a 3 hour competition, not bad at all eh?
Call 01452 700254.
Google Map Reference 51.940532 -2.305880 Post Code GL19 3BX
Stroud and District Angling Club
They have a 50 peg stretch of the Glouscester Canal at Hardwick. You can drive to your peg and there is a specially built disabled anglers peg. They also have fishing on the Thames / Severn canal at Throop.
They also have Stratford Park Lake stocked with good roach, bream, perch and common and mirror carp to 26lbs.
Member only but the cost of joining is very affordable and can be obtained from Lobbys Tackle in Stonehouse. Google Map 51.743934, -2.279174
South Cerney Angling Club
The club have fishing on 6 lakes and 2 rivers. The Rivers are:
River Thames, 2 miles with chub, bream, perch, roach, pike, dace.
River Ray, bewteen Swindon and Cricklade stocked with barbel and silvers.
Stait, day tickets, carp to 20+, bream, roach, rudd and perch. Toilets facilities with disabled access.
Gillmans Lake, day tickets. 1.5 acres, stocked with carp, tench, roach, rudd, bream, chub and barbel. Toilets facilities with disabled access.
Ham Pool, day tickets, 8 acres carp (to 40 plus), bream and tench to doubles, pike to 30 plus. There are also roach, rudd and crucians.
Showers and toilets on site with disabled facilities.
Day tickets can be bought on the bank.
Lakes for members are Whitefriars, Dabchick, Franklins.
Google Map 51.663871, -1.926475 Post Code GL7 5UH
3 lakes in Staunton all stocked with carp, tench, bream, roach, rudd, chub, crucians and eels. Available for match fishing. Open 9 til dusk or 9pm
Front lake allows parking by the lake side.
Call 01452 840230
Google Map Post Code GL19 3QS
Swindon ISIS Angling Club
The club has fishing 1.25 miles of the Bristol Avon for members mixed coarse but good tench and bream plus pike to 30lb.
They also have 2 lakes ISIS and ISIS A in the Water Park. ISIS has specimen fish including cruicians and bream to over 10lbs, huge tench and carp to 30lb plus. ISIS A is a one acre lake adjacentto ISIS small carp and silver. Google Map 51.672712, -1.906314 Post GL7 5LT
You can contact the Secretary on 07749910928
Located in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park this tackle shop sells day tickets for a number of venues including:
Watermark Fisheries, South Cerney AC, Ashton Keynes AC, Swindon ISIS AC, Horcott Lake.
Call 01285 862716
Google Map 51.670975, -1.902186 Post Code GL7 5TL
A premier fishery with specimen carp and pike fishing. The new fishery record for carp set this year is for a 41lb 4oz fish!
The fishing consists of 3 lakes; Bradley, a 114 acre lake with an estimated 2,500 carp including many doubles as well as that record fish.
Little Horse Shoe, a specimen lake of about 4 acres with 400 fish into the 30lb plus range.
Pike Lake, 40 acre, with many fish in the 20lb plus range as well as perch, roach and tench.
Open 7 days a week, permits from the on site tackle shop, call 01367 253431 or 07769 173108.
Google Map Reference 51.672890 -1.909982
Located in Fairford in the Cotswolds the fishery has several lakes containing 800 carp ranging from 12 to 30lbs, pike to 22lbs tench, bream, roach and perch for which day tickets are availble.
There was a syndicate lake which has been changed to a pleasure fishery with tench, rudd , roach, perch and pike some of the former syndicate carp present too.
Call 07800 909096 or 07766 449577
Google Map Reference 51.696860 -1.755565 post Code GL7 4GT