Lower Itchen Fishery


The Lodge, Embley Ridge, Gardeners Lane, Romsey, Hampshire S051 6AD, United Kingdom

Fishery Information

Noted as the longest uninterrupted stretch of the River Itchen possessed by private ownership, the Lower Itchen Fishery is the perfect spot for unwinding after a long week.

The waters are principally filled with brown trout and salmon, with night fishing available.

People have been salmon fishing at the Lower Itchen Fishery for over 66 years. This spot produces in a big way, holding the highest catch record of all chalk stream rivers in the region. Prime months for catching salmon are May through September, with tickets available for either a day of the week or a more flexible arrangement.

Trout fishing is also a thrill at Lower Itchen Fishery, thanks in large part to the lush fly hatches in the environment.

There is also some coarse fishing at Lower Itchen, although it takes place in the winter months and is only offered on a small syndicate basis.

What size do the fish go to?

The largest salmon caught in these waters is a reported 18 pounds from 2010, but the largest fish taken from Lower Itchen Fishery weighed 42 pounds. This was back in 1958.

Brown trout range up to five pounds. There are no rainbow trout in these waters.

What tactics work well?

Bait fishing for salmon makes for great sport at Lower Itchen Fishery. Prawn, ledger, or float fishing are the most popular approaches for this spot. A method known as “induced lake” fishing has also turned up good results. This involves a weighted nymph on a trout rod.

What facilities are on site?

There is a fishing lodge near the entrance. It features coffee for anglers. There are also shelters and barbecue spots available throughout the grounds.

Lower Itchen Fishery accepts corporate bookings for up to 18 people.

Is parking available?

There is ample parking at Lower Itchen.

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