Fishing In Gloucestershire

Whether you live in Gloucestershire or are planning to visit the county for a day or two’s fishing, look at our in-depth guide for top-quality places to go fishing in Gloucestershire.

There are few places in the world to match the natural beauty of the Cotswolds, and it’s a privilege to fish there.

Claydon Park Fishery

Claydon Park Fishery is a coarse fishing venue located in the heart of the Cotswolds. You would be hard-pressed to find anything better than Claydon Park for a choice of coarse fishing lakes in Gloucestershire.

Boasting over 50 years old, you’ll find this fishery only a short distance from Lechlade-on-Thames. Not only one of the oldest lakes in the region, but it’s also a “wet dug” lake providing plenty of natural features and depth variations.

The lake covers six acres and is home to some impressive coarse fish from 30lb Pike, Tench, and Bream over 10lbs, Roach, and Perch over three 3/4lbs. 

Day tickets and night fishing tickets are available on-site; day fishing is from sunrise to sunset.

Harescombe Fisheries

For more fishing lakes in Gloucestershire, head over to Harescombe Village, where you’ll find Harescombe Fisheries and this complex consists of four well-stocked lakes, Field, Match, Meadow, and Pasture.

Field, Meadow, and Pasture are open to pleasure fishing, while Match has been constructed explicitly as a match lake for competitions. There are 30 pegs set at a distance of 13 metres between pegs, and the lake’s construction is such that no peg is better than the others. Match anglers can use the lake for practice providing it’s not on a match day.

Field Lake is the most popular lake, and plenty of 20lb Carp have been landed here. The 100lb target has been reached in a three-hour match before. Pasture Lake is the smallest; however, there are some hard fighting carp in this lake.

Manor Farm Leisure

If commercial fishing in Gloucestershire appeals to you, pay a visit to Manor Farm Leisure in Harvington near Evesham. The lakes fish well with Carp up to 20lbs. 111 pegs on the River Avon are controlled by Manor Farm, with the fishery record for Carp being over 30lbs. The owners organise match fishing almost every day, offering cash prizes.

Carp Fishing In Gloucestershire

You’ll discover some fantastic Carp fishing lakes in Gloucestershire, and we’ll provide a selection of some ideal venues for you to visit. There’s also some big Carp fishing in Gloucestershire for those experienced anglers among you looking for a challenge.

Woodlands Golf and Country Club

Bagwood Lake at Woodlands Golf and Country Club is a 4-acre lake stocked with around 250 Carp with some up to 35 lbs. You can find Woodlands on the edge of the Severn Valley, close to Bradley Stoke. The owners offer day fishing and 24-hour fishing. Prices range from  £16.00 for 12-hour full-day fishing tickets to £24.00 for the 24-hour ticket. Price reductions are available for juniors.

Bagwood Lake is open every day all year round.

Dick Whittington Park

Dick Whittington Park is a brilliant day out for all the family and is located in Little London, Longhope. Why not take the whole family, and while they enjoy the park’s attractions, you can head over to the Carp Lake at Swallow Lakes. There are two large lakes and one small pool on site. 

If you have a junior with you that would learn how to fish, the site offers supervised fishing lessons in the Junior Pool and includes all equipment and bait. Prices for day ticket fishing are £7.50 for adults and £5.00 for juniors.

Elton Carp and Catfish Lakes

Newnham on Severn is home to two popular purpose-built lakes for Carp and Catfish fishing, the Elton Carp and Catfish lakes. Our lakes are open to anglers from all around Gloucestershire and the surrounding area. First-choice for social angling in the area, both day and night fishing in Gloucestershire. 

The Horseshoe Lake is now a specimen lake as of 2018. The lake is stocked with the Laney Bloodline and Redmire Commons. There are good-sized fish in the lake with Mirror Carp to 29lbs, Bream to 11lbs, and Catfish grow over 60lbs.

The lake’s water and clay content color makes this a challenging lake to fish with no easy runs. This venue is a tremendous regional spot for night fishing.

The lakes are open all year and a day ticket runs to £8 (two rods), and night fishing is a 24-hour ticket at £18 (two rods) and £20 (three rods).

Pike Fishing In Gloucestershire

Horcott Lakes is located in the heart of the Cotswolds in Fairford and comprises three lakes, and this is an excellent venue for Pike fishing in Gloucestershire. The main lake is a Cotswold gravel pit covering 22 acres, stocked with hundreds of Carp and some huge Pike.

Should you need to improve your skills, professional coaches are available to book. 

Gloucester Canal

Fishing for Pike in the Gloucester canal can be enjoyable. Many predator anglers prefer to target the bend at Hempstead or the coloured water between Hempstead and Purton.

Claydon Park Fishery is another venue that offers some big Pike fishing in their lake. The lake covers six acres and holds several coarse fish, particularly Pike over 30lbs. The lake is known locally as the “anglers lake.” There is accommodation on-site if you fancy a weekend or a short fishing break.

Fly Fishing In Gloucestershire

Suppose you are searching for fly fishing in South Gloucestershire head to Whitminster, between the A38 and M5, just north of Bristol. Harescombe Fisheries are now the owners of a half-mile stretch of the River Frome. 

Fly fishing is a pretty new venture for them, and although they have recently stocked their part of the Frome with 150 Brown Trout between 1 and 2lbs, they say there are natural Browns up to 3lbs.

  • Full day ticket £30 – 2 fish take limit. All fish after this is catch and release.
  • Full day ticket £25 – no fish to be taken, all are catch and release.
  • Half-day ticket (from 4 pm) £20 – 1 fish limit. All fish after this is catch and release.

For fly only (no lures) Trout fishing in Gloucestershire, pay a visit to Great Burrows Trout Fishery in Dursley. Great Burrows has an all-year-round lake, and they stock Triploid Rainbow and Blue Trout between 2 and 5lbs, with a small head of Browns.

The lake is a catch and kill, except for the Browns, which must be returned. Fishing the lake is from platforms only and on day tickets. Pricing starts at £25 for two fish and goes up by numbers of fish to £50 for six fish. Driving there is no issue with plenty of lakeside parking.

For some stunning Cotswold scenery and fantastic fly fishing in Gloucestershire, head to Lechlade, near the headwaters of the River Thames. Here you’ll discover the Lechlade and Bushyleaze Trout Fisheries.

Lechlade was established in 1974 and is open 364 days of the year. The two lakes are on either side of the A361 near Little Farringdon.

There are all the facilities you could ask for onsite such as a clubhouse, separate restrooms, picnic tables, boat hire (very popular), and a fly fishing school. If you want to bring along your furry companion, dogs are allowed.

An excellent day out for the whole family with some serious fly fishing available.

Fishing Clubs

If you live in Gloucestershire and would like to join a club, why not contact Gloucester Angling Club. The club celebrated its centenary back in 2014, and you would be joining a small but incredibly enthusiastic group of members.

The club holds the rights to a five-mile stretch of fishing on the River Leadon. The original club organisers set up the club for coarse and game fishing enthusiasts.

Gloucester Angling Club171 Tuffley Avenue Gloucester Gloucestershire GL1 5NR UKWebsite
South Cerney Angling ClubThe Fishermans Rest Broadway Lane South Cerney Gloucestershire GL7 5UH UKWebsite
Royal Forest of Dean Angling ClubClub Secretary 71 St Whites Road Cinderford Gloucestershire GL14 3ER UKWebsite
Breakingstone Angling ClubUp Hatherley Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL51 3LW UKWebsite
Wagglers Fishing SyndicateSt. Ann Way, Gloucester GL1 5SFWebsite