Although there is an excellent footpath along the whole of the stretch, access to river level at many pegs can be difficult in some instances and anglers should take care.
There is something here for every angler. All tactics and all baits may have their day, although certain areas are better suited than others, and whether you want to catch a bag of small fish, or huge specimens, there is something for you.
From Cranfleet Lock the main flow is on your near side making these excellent stick float pegs. This is quite fast flowing, depths varying between 4 and 8 feet, and with a relatively clean gravel bottom. Feeder tactics also work well throughout this stretch, which produces roach, chub, barbel, skimmer bream, hybrids and bleak, and both pole and waggler will work when conditions are right. For those with mobility difficulties, the pegs at either end of the marsh have easiest access (below the jetty and before the fence end).
Parking is in the BW Car Park, but please note that this is sometimes locked. Keys for the gate may be obtained from the Chandlery at Sawley Marina, or on line from British Waterways.
LEVAS are always interested in hearing from people prepared to join the team that bailiffs this stretch. Please contact the General Secretary (David Kent).
This excellent 3lb 4oz perch from the river at Colwick was caught by Scott Handley on 9 September 2006
One of the best stretches of the middle Trent and over the 30 or so pegs available, offers members an incredible variety of fishing with potential for large catches and big specimens of several species. From the top end (point of entry) to below the exit of the Canoe Slalom,
No angling is permitted from the opposite bank, thus giving members relatively undisturbed sport. The river here is between 50 and 80m wide.
This stretch holds large barbel, carp, chub, bream, tench, pike, perch, roach and dace, as well as gudgeon and bleak. Pleasure anglers have taken bream catches weighing in excess of 100 lb and chub and barbel catches of over 50 lb.
The upstream end is below the massive mechanical weir gates (part of Nottingham's flood prevention measures). The flow is regulated by the gates and in normal conditions is very light (and usually diverted across the river), with the Canoe Slalom Course taking much of the flow. These early pegs are generally shallow (1 to 1 ½ m), and can produce excellent tench and bream catches. Be prepared to give worms and bread a try here, feeding groundbait and casters. Some large carp are also present.
Crossing the 'loop' and heading downstream to the entrance to the lock gates, the river continues to deepen (in places 3+ m). Most of the flow is towards the far side of the river, but can vary depending on weir and lock gates in use at the time. Large barbel and carp have been hooked in the slacker water towards the near bank, roach and 'skimmers' feed avidly further out (waggler works well) and chub can respond to feeder tactics casting well over (ground bait or block end each having their day, maggot or caster/hemp as bait). As you move down this stretch, access to the bank becomes difficult. Banks are very steep and members are advised not to fish here alone.
The pegs immediately opposite and below the Canoe Slalom are favoured by match anglers, and have produced excellent catches of big chub and barbel, although roach and bream cannot be discounted. The far upstream peg produced a 47 lb all chub weight on caster and hemp for the club's 5 hour match record on this stretch, and 30 lb catches have been common in matches. Access to all of these pegs is difficult (steep banks and a long way down to the water).
From where natural bank starts on the far side, and for about three pegs there is a very large shoal of resident barbel, including some very big fish (doubles). The water is much shallower here (to 2m) and quite fast flowing.
From this point to the end of the stretch, the river runs straight, is around 45m wide, 2m to 3m deep and with steadier flow. Access to the waters edge is much easier along this stretch. This part can be a very even match length and responds well to waggler, although stick float, pole of feeder all have their day. Catches here are mainly roach and bream, although there are some big chub throughout the stretch that can show from time to time.
Four barbel in excess of 16-00 in weight were caught in a week at the end of February 2017 from this stretch of River,
LEVAS are always interested in hearing from people prepared to join the team that bailiffs this stretch. Please contact our General Secretary (David Kent).