off the A361
Tel: 01908 302556 or 01827 252066 for
recorded up-to-date information and match bookings
Tel: 01582 843454 for match bookings only
Tel: 07889 532563 for the bailiff
The Canal and River Trust proudly says that Drayton Reservoir is arguably one of the best easy specimen carp and match fisheries of its type in England.
And with the average size of the carp now being between 12lbs and 14lbs and the match record standing at over 400lbs for a six hour competition, it is not surprising that the water is heavily booked for weekend matches up to two years ahead.
Angling is permitted throughout the water except from near the Sailing Club and it speaks for itself when the Canal and River Trust warn anglers not to leave their rods unattended when fishing. Over the past few years more than 500 rods and poles have been dragged into the reservoir after being left unattended by anglers.
Despite Drayton's popularity pleasure anglers can always find room to fish and the abundance of trees and waterside vegetation mean there are some very attractive pegs.
The weights for matches are so good that most clubs recommend their members take two large keepnets when visiting Drayton - indeed, the Canal and River Trust insist on it.
But it is not only as a match water that Drayton excels. In 2004 Drayton claimed its first 40lb carp, whilst fish weighing over 20lbs are caught virtually every day and even modest anglers can expect to catch several double figure fish at a sitting with afternoon sessions usually being the most productive.
Like its neighbour Clattercote Reservoir, Drayton is unusual in that it is almost completely surrounded by a modern wooden walkway which leads to 123 individual jetty-style pegs which jut out into the water.
The Canal and River Trust holds a monthly Pike Match from November through to March and details of these can be obtained from the bailiff.
Limited night fishing is available at Drayton but pegs must be booked in advance. For the safety of anglers the water is patrolled 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because of the stamp of the fish in Drayton, unhooking mats must be used. In addition, anglers should not take metal tins for items such as cat food, luncheon meat or sweetcorn onto the site.
Match bookings are now being taken for 2013 and 2014