Drayton Reservoir offers a total of 123 pegs, 36 of which are bookable night fishing pegs along the newly installed timber staging past the saling club on the right hand side of the reservoir and five of which are on the left hand side of the water.
In addition, the fishery also has an area from pegs 63 to 79 down the left handd side which are reserved for night anglers who have not booked and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Stocked predominantly with carp, a large number of which run to well over 20lbs but which average between 14lbs and 16lbs; as well as with perch to 2lbs 8oz; roach to 1lb 8oz; tench to 4lbs; and pike to over 26lbs, Drayton is a feeder reservoir for the Grand Union Canal and offers a variety of fishing from sheltered stretches in tree and reed-lines bays to open water fishing.
As one would expect, the deepest water - up to 30ft - is to be found off the dam wall whilst at either end of the dam it shallows to about eight feet. The depth shallows off towards the far end, running at only three feet near the banks to about seven feet in the middle at the far end.
When it comes to fishing, Drayton is popular with anglers from as far afield as Llandudno and most people do well even on their first visit. With 100lb-plus catches of carp now commonplace, Drayton attracted more than 15,000 angler visits last year.
Because it is fairly large, Drayton is slow to warm up at the beginning of the year but by the same token fishes well late into the season as it retains the heat better than many waters.
As a result, the best months tend to be from July through until about Christmas. During this time everywhere on the water fishes well.
After Christmas, however, the more successful pegs tend to be in the deeper water whilst from the end of March onwards the fish tend to spread throughout the lake with the very far end yielding good results for those prepared to walk in search of a bit of secusion.
Drayton is also an excellent pike venue in winter with the pike season running from October 1 until March 31.
The three main techniques used to fish Drayton are bottom fishing using a Method or groundbait feeder, an ordinary or bagging waggler and fishing either on the surface or using a Zig Rig to present the bait on or just under the surface. However, because the size of fish has increased over the past few years there has been a corresponding drop in the number of anglers using the pole.
As a result of the increase in size of the fish, most anglers now fish a 10lb main line tied to a 6lb minimum hook length and anything up to a Size 6 or 8 barbless hook.
For float fishing in the deep water anglers are recommended to groundbait and loosefeed constantly and fish about six feet deep. Paste and pellet baits are also good, fished five to six metres from the bank.
Having said that, Drayton is another of those waters where you don't need to fish far out from the bank to catch and a waggler fished just off the end of the rod tip on the bottom often produces equally good results as baits fished at longer distances.
Also, it seems that almost anything goes. Two local anglers who have been regulars to the water for the past six years say they can remember having had only two blank sessions. Most times they fish the water they don't bother to take any hook bait, their favourite bait is ordinary groundbait squeezed tightly onto the hook and fished under the rod tip!
Because Drayton is a popular venue anglers are reminded that fish welfare is a priority so they should take a good padded unhooking mat with them and always kneel down with fish when having them photographed.
They are also reminded that the reservoir is now virtually surrounded by adjacent housing. As a result, 'social angling' is encouraged with anglers being reminded to be quiet and respect neighbouring residents, especially when night fishing.
Permits for Drayton are available from the patrolling bailiff on the bank. There are toilet facilities and car parking spaces.
How to get there...
Drayton Reservoir can be found on the northern edge of Daventry where the A361 nears the town and can be reached from the M1 motorway for anglers travelling from the North or South or from the A45 for those travelling east or west.
From the north leave the M1 at Junction 18 and head south on the A5. At the roundabout in Kilsby take the A361 heading south to Daventry and Drayton is on the right hand side.
Travelling on the M1 from the south east, leave the motorway at Junction 16 and take the A45 to Daventry, then follow the signs for Drayton Fields.
From the south west come off the M40 at Junction 11 and take the A361 to Daventry, then follow the signs for Drayton Fields.
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