Outdoors

Fenland

Fenland offers a wide range of fishing opportunities, whether you’re a senior match angler or just looking for a leisurely day out. There are a variety of streams, rivers, lakes and drains, all holding good stocks of roach, bream, rudd, tench, pike and zander, and commercial fisheries well stocked with carp and silver fish. It really is an angler’s paradise. The variety of water courses caters for every taste in this popular sport. The Fen drainage system allows for great winter fishing and a chance to encounter large predatory pike. National Angling competitions are regularly hosted in Fenland. For the competition angler there are matches almost every day, check the Angling Times for a full match diary. Most are open matches, but there are also some good team matches throughout the year, the best ones being King of the Fens and the Angling Times Winter League. An enjoyable place to fish is the Old Nene at March, this is a free stretch and holds a good head of roach and skimmers. The twenty and forty foot drains are also full of fish and excellent for pike and zander anglers. Decoy Lakes near Whittlesey is one of the best commercial waters in the country and holds massive stocks of carp; weights of over 100lbs of fish are regularly recorded here. One of the most beautiful places to fish is Pisces Country Park near Welney, which gives you unlimited access to three great lakes. In March and within approximately 5 minutes’ walk of the town centre bridge, adjacent to the North Drive recreation ground, there are purpose-built fishing stages/swims, which have concrete ramps leading down to areas designed for disabled fishermen. The council does not charge for the use of the fishing stages, as long as anglers hold a current rod licence. Sport fishing is of increasing interest to many with bass, mackerel, smooth hound, Thornback Ray and Tub Gurnard amongst the species regularly caught. Organised sea fishing trips can be joined from Wisbech Yacht Harbour.

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