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Stockton Reservoir

An attractive seven-acre reservoir near Rugby in Warwickshire run by the adjacent Blue Lias Inn.

Facts and features of Stockton Reservoir

Canal River Trust reservoir
Fishing overseen by the Blue Lias Inn
Wooden walkway around the reservoir
Well stocked with carp and silver fish
Ideal pole or waggler water
Method Feeder works well
Minimum 5lb line advised
Three platforms for disabled anglers
Flat level banks
Popular in summer

Opened as a commercial day-ticket fishery in 1997, Stockton Reservoir is an attractive seven acre lake set in pleasant countryside between the villages of Stockton and Long Itchington to the south of Rugby and Coventry. Following the transfer of British Waterways to charity status as the Canal and River Trust, fishing on the reservoir is now run by Brian Stafford of the Blue Lias Inn.

Fishing along the left bank as you enter the reservoir from the car park is from a modern wooden walkway with purpose-built seating platforms which jut out into the water and give ample room for tackle. The walkway is similar to that installed at nearby Clattercote Reservoir. Fishing from the right hand bank is more natural with many of the pegs being sheltered from nearby anglers by shrubs and other vegetation which give a completely different feel from the walkway pegs.

The fishery is very popular during the summer months with pleasure anglers and, as would be expected, with club matches which tend to be confined mostly to the weekends. Despite its popularity, there are plenty of pegs and vacant swims can nearly always be found.

The reservoir

The fishery has a walkway all around the water, being made up of a timber walkway in similar style to Clattercote Reservoir down one bank and a more traditional pathway around the remainder. This walkway gives easy access to all 66 purpose-built timber fishing platforms that are all large enough to accommodate those anglers who bring everything they could ever possibly need plus the kitchen sink! Each platform has special fixtures for bank sticks and umbrellas.

Well stocked with Carp, Crucians and Chub

The lake has four reed-fringed islands and these can be reached with waggler or small feeder from the adjacent pegs. However, many anglers prefer open water swims as they achieve excellent results and give the fish less of a chance to make for the weeds and roots. The fishery is very well stocked with carp which average up to 6lbs but which run into double figures. There are also tench to 2lbs, crucians and chub to 1lb and huge numbers of roach, rudd and perch.

Ideal for float or feeder fishing

The bottom is flat with an average depth of five feet and a maximum of just over seven feet which makes it an ideal venue for float fishing with either the pole or waggler on the rod. Having said that, many anglers choose to fish a method feeder which is particularly effective when going for the larger carp off the fringes of the islands.

The most popular baits are pellets, paste, sweet corn, meat and bread for the carp and tench and maggots or casters for the other species. All parts of the fishery produce fish but regulars tend to favour certain pegs which frequently throw up big weights. Along the timber walkway, pegs 2, 3, 4, 24 and 25 are the most popular and are best fished on the pole or waggler at about 10 metres or with a feeder at up to 20 metres. Paste over pellets can get the carp boiling by feeding the pellets little and often.

Pegs in the 40s

Other popular pegs are in the reeds in the mid-40s. This area is packed with fish of all species but tackle needs to be stepped up to steer hooked fish away from the thick stems so they can be played in open water. It is also worth noting that the chub often cruise in the surface layers and bonus fish can be caught by fishing a maggot set about a foot below a small waggler whilst spraying a few maggots around the float.

In common with most other day-ticket fisheries, Stockton is a strictly barbless hooks venue and, because of the large stock of carp, anglers are advised to use at least 5lbs line if fishing close to the reeds which can be quite dense in some places. The fishery is very popular with elderley and junior anglers because of the flat level banks, large timber platforms and the short walk from the car park on hard footpaths.

Disabled anglers can park their vehicles on the bank directly behind the three disabled platforms by prior arrangement with the manager of the Blue Lias public house which is next to the entrance of the fishery. Please telephone 01926 812249 for all fishery information.


All tickets are payable on the bank. Day ticket prices are for one rod, an additional rod is charged at £4.00.

Ticket prices

Adults Juniors / OAP / Disabled
Day ticket
Day ticket 6.00 5.00
Night ticket (two rods max)
Night ticket (two rods max) 20.00 20.00

How to get there

Stockton Reservoir is located between the villages of Stockton and Long Itchington which is off the A423 Southam to Coventry road. Southam can be reached from the A425 Leamington to Daventry Road.
The reservoir is located behind the Blue Lias public house (marked PH on the map at the top of Stockton Locks). Turn into the entrance to the Blue Lias and the car park is well signed straight ahead.
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You may also be interested in

If you like the look of Stockton Reservoir then you may also like to find other places to go fishing in Warwickshire. Check out these fishing lakes in Warwickshire including, Earlswood Lakes, Hopsford Hall Fishery, Riddings Fishery, and Seven Meadows.


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