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Woodside Fishery and Holiday Lodges

Well established three lake rural day ticket fishery with four holiday lodges on the Shropshire/Worcestershire border

10 Key Facts about Woodside Fishery

Three well stocked lakes
Four holiday lodges
Attractive rural setting
Suitable for pleasure and match angling
Ideal for beginners
Well established natural looking lakes
Weights exceed 100lbs in summer
Plenty of features to fish to
High standard accommodation
Regular Open Matches

A natural setting to enjoy your fishing

Woodside Lake at Woodside Fishery, Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Set in a total of 10 acres including seven acres of grassland and three acres of undisturbed natural woodland near the Shropshire market town of Cleobury Mortimer, the family run Woodside Fishery has three well stocked day ticket waters catering for both pleasure and match anglers and a fourth being stocked before opening.

In addition, Woodside also has four self-catering lodges with all modern facilities which offer spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to six adults.

Woodside Fishery bucks the trend of over commercialised fisheries in favour of providing a natural setting in which anglers can relax and enjoy a pleasant day’s fishing or take an angling break away from routine.

The pools are well stocked with the usual species but carp and F1 hybrids feature more so in angler’s nets than any other. Match and pleasure weights regularly exceed the 100lb mark during summer whilst the roach provide good sport even in the depths of winter.

Plenty of features to fish to

Each pool has been thoughtfully designed with plenty of features including well established reed beds, lily pads, deep drop offs and numerous shelves. As a result it will appeal to pleasure anglers wanting to enjoy an uninterrupted session, newcomers to angling looking for guaranteed action or experienced match anglers looking for a change of venue.

In addition to the angling and accommodation, Woodside Fishery’s large on-site hard standing car park offers secure parking for both anglers and visitors and is closely monitored by fishery staff at all times. The fishery also has a purpose-built toilet block with separate male and female toilets and wash facilities.

Anglers should note that they must use the fishery’s own feed pellets. A range of pellets are available on-site ranging from micro’s up to 6mm pellets priced at £3.00 for two pints. There are a couple of tackle shops close by for anglers requiring bait either during their stay or during a short pleasure session.

Woodside Fishery is open from 7.00am until 8.00pm during the summer and from 8.00am until 4.00pm in winter.

Woodside Pool

Woodside Lake at Woodside Fishery, Cleobury Mortimer, Kidderminster, Worcestershire

With 20 pegs, Woodside Pool is the longest established water on the site. Catering predominantly for pleasure, match and club anglers, it is well stocked with carp and F1s which account for some impressive match weights with the current record standing at over 200lbs. With lots of commons and mirrors to the high teens, Woodside has the odd fish, including koi carp, to 20lbs.

In addition to the carp, Woodside is also well stocked with some good sized roach, as well as rudd, skimmer bream, tench averaging 2lbs to 3lbs, and big perch which have been caught to over 4lbs.

The main features include the island near to which are several 10-foot deep holes on the open water side, lily pads and a marginal ledge about three to four feet deep before the bottom slopes off to a maximum depth of six feet.

Best fished on the waggler or pole down the edge with sweetcorn or pellet for the carp; maggots and casters for the silver fish and prawns for the perch, some anglers also have a great deal of success with a 10 to 15 gram Method feeder again fished down the edge. This technique works particularly well in summer as does fishing shallow on a pellet waggler or long pole.

If it’s a big weight you’re after, then Woodside Lake is the water to head for. Because it is a popular match water, visiting anglers are advised to check the Fixtures Page on Woodside’s own website for availability.

Island Pool

Island Pool at Woodside Fishery in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire

Island Pool’s main features are its two islands, large areas of weed, it’s undulating bottom and depths in excess of nine feet. Because it has a large amount of natural food including blood worm and freshwater mussels, the fish are less dependent on angler’s baits which can make Island Pool the most challenging of the three Woodside waters.

Stocked with carp to a similar size as those in Woodside Pool but averaging 2lbs to 3lbs and with plenty of low doubles, Island Pool also has a good head of  F1s, skimmer bream, roach, rudd, the odd chub and tench. With the occasional ghost carp to 20lbs it also holds bigger perch than Woodside Pool with fish having been caught to over 5lbs.

The biggest officially recorded perch weighed in at 5lbs 4oz, but one angler reportedly weighed in a specimen of 5lbs 9oz. With lots of perch around the 3lbs mark, drop shotting is the most popular technique when fishing for the perch using prawns, worm or casters.

Island Pool can also be a particularly rewarding water for roach which are said to provide some phenomenal sport in autumn and winter to anglers fishing chopped worm or casters down the edge.

Because Island Pool is also a popular match water, visiting anglers are advised to check the Fixtures Page on Woodside’s own website for availability.

Charlie's Pool

Charlie's Lake at Woodside Fishery in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire

Classed as an easy water to fish, anglers are guaranteed a bite pretty well every chuck with the added advantage that, because it is not used for matches, it is always available to for pleasure anglers. This makes Charlie’s Pool a great venue for those wanting to catch plenty of fish, newcomers to the sport and parents with youngsters.

Charlie’s has no fixed pegs which means anglers can fish from wherever they want on the grass banks and whilst it is only two to three feet deep around the edge it has a bowl shaped bottom which drops gradually to just over 10 feet in the middle.

It is stocked mainly with small carp to about 2lbs, the occasional koi carp plus a large head of roach and rudd. The rudd are particularly interesting in that there are three different varieties in the water – some are silver in colour, others are a buttery yellow and some are blood orange in colour with black spots. The pool also holds some nice perch which go to 4lbs 7oz and some small chub.

Whilst all techniques work well on Charlie’s, it is predominantly a pole water with anglers fishing down the edge or in open water.

House Pool

House pool is closed until further notice due to on-going maintenance work.

House pool is the newest water at Woodside being initially dug as an additional match pool. However, a change in direction resulted in the water being made deeper and stocked heavily with roach, rudd and skimmer bream to be more suited to the general pleasure angler.

Now a dedicated silverfish pool, it is popular amongst anglers wanting a change from catching carp. Come the winter months,  House pool comes into its own.

The accommodation

The accommodation at Woodside Fishery in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire

The cabins are fully self-catering and offer spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to six adults with all modern facilities. Fully double-glazed with gas central heating and satellite TV, the cabins comprise three 10ft x 10ft bedrooms (two bedrooms with two single beds, one master bedroom with double bed, plus double bed settee in living area, an 8ft x 8ft bathroom with shower, a 21ft x 17ft living/dining area with kitchen and 20 metre square elevated decked area acting as patio and BBQ area.

Bed linen and towels are provided and all four cabins offer private parking alongside the property and an individual picnic area. There is also additional off road parking for visitors or additional vehicles.

Anglers should note that Woodside Fishery does not take bookings for stag or hen parties.

Please be advised that guests leaving the cottages must check out by 10am latest. Guests arriving must check in after 2.00pm unless specifically arranged with the management.

For details of prices and terms please visit Woodside Fishery’s own website or telephone 01299 270565 or 07968 111415.

Guests staying in the accommodation are offered discounted fishing at a rate of £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for children under 16.

A video of the accommodation


Fishing tickets should be purchased on arrival at the fishery. Half-day tickets are available only in summer

Day Tickets

Adults £7.00
OAP/Under 16s
OAP/Under 16s £5.00

Half-day tickets (summer only)

Adults £5.00
OAP/Under 16s
OAP/Under 16s £5.00

Rules and conditions

To prevent the spread of disease, anglers must use Woodside’s own landing nets which are available for pleasure anglers to collect on arrival. Unhooking mats should not be used. Groundbait allowed through open-ended/Method feeders or pole pots. Groundbait is not to be introduced by hand.

Fishery feed pellets only. No trout/halibut pellets
No meat including cat or dog meat
No bread or breadcrumb
No floating baits or surface fishing
No bloodworm or joker
No trout pellets
No boilies or pop-ups
No macaroni cheese
No hemp
No nuts or particle baits
No plastic/artificial baits, ie, plastic corn, rubber maggots, etc

Permitted baits:

Fishery feed pellet – 2mm – 4mm – 6mm
Wafters / dumb bells
Soft hookers

NB: Meat is banned because of how long it takes to break down and the negative impact it has on water quality. Bread is banned due to its yeast content. Whereas yeast in its own right is not detrimental to fish or wildlife, it encourages and accelerates algae blooms, which can have catastrophic consequences on oxygen levels.


How to get there

From Kidderminster, take the A456 towards Leominster. At Callow Hill turn right just after the new housing development onto the A4117 towards Cleobury Mortimer. At the top of the village, turn left just before the petrol station signposted Tenbury. Follow the road for approx. two miles and Woodside Fishery is on the right.
From Bridgnorth, take the B4363 heading towards Cleobury Mortimer. Join the A456, go through the village, and turn left by the petrol station signposted Tenbury. Woodside Fishery is about two miles down here on the right hand side opposite Hazely Grange Farm.
From Birmingham, take the A34 then pick up the B4100 towards Walsall, the Ring Road and Perry Barr. Bear left onto the A4540. At Summer Lane (J11) continue straight towards the Ring Road and M5. At Lucas Circus (J10), take second exit to A4540. At Key Hill Circus (J9) take second exit to A4540 signposted West Bromwich (A41). At Hockley Circus roundabout, take first exit and pick up the A41. Continue on to Soho Hill then take the M5 (SW). Leave the motorway at J3 signposted Kidderminster and follow the A456. Continue along the A456 until you see the A4117 signposted Cleobury Mortimer just outside of Callow Hill.
From Bewdley, head out of Bewdley on the B4190/Long Bank heading towards Wharton Park Golf Course. At the roundabout, take the third exit signposted A456/Long Bank. At Callow Hill turn right onto the A4117 towards Cleobury Mortimer. Continue on the A4117 until you reach the village of Cleobury. At the top of the village, turn left just before the petrol station (signposted Tenbury Road). Follow the road for approximately two miles and Woodside Fishery is on the right hand side, opposite Hazely Grange Farm.
Location. Woodside Fishery is approximately 50 minutes from Birmingham, 15 minutes from Kidderminster, 10 minutes from Bewdley and 20 minutes from Bridgnorth. Satnav users should use the postcode DY14 0BU. For What3Words use reference nips.worked.ranted.
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