Famous as home to the Potteries, the River Trent and more recently the Staffordshire Hoard, an important collection of Anglo Saxon objects which was discovered in a field near Lichfield, Staffordshire offers a multitude of possibilities for angling from river, canal, reservoir, lake and commercial coarse fisheries, all of which abound in the county.
Staffordshire’s extensive canal network offers fishing
With its industrial heritage of the Potteries and coal mining, it is not surprising that the county has an extensive network of canals including the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, the Trent and Mersey Canal, the Coventry Canal, the Shropshire Union Canal and the Caldon Canal, all of which offer coarse fishing.
Staffordshire rivers offer fishing for trout and coarse fish
It also has a fantastic array of rivers which offer fishing for both trout and coarse fish with the River Trent – the third longest river in the UK – and its delightful tributaries including the River Sow, Penk, Churnet, Dove and the River Blithe all providing excellent sport for anglers.
Staffordshire angling clubs offer cheap and easy access to what is available
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of accessing what is available is to join one of the many angling clubs in the area. The Stoke on Trent Angling Society is one of the biggest angling clubs in the country and has a wide range of venues including stretches of the River Dove, Blithe and Sow, Blithfield Reservoir, Knypersley Reservoir, Rudyard Lake, Stanley Reservoir, the Trent and Mersey Canal, Caldon Canal and a selection of pools and lakes including Astbury Country Park.
The smaller Saracens Head Angling Group at Weston near Stafford have mixed coarse and game fishing available on a number of Staffordshire rivers, catering for the specialist, pleasure and fly angler. The group lists stretches of the River Dove, Blithe, Tean and Gayton Brook amongst its river fisheries but also has rights to fishing on three pools and a stretch of the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Another significant club in Staffordshire is the Fenton and District Angling Society which has some delightful waters including stretches of the River Dove, Churnet, Sow, Blithe and the River Trent as well as fishing on several lakes, the Trent and Mersey Canal and the Caldon Canal and Knypersley Reservoir.
Staffordshire has some large commercial coarse fisheries
Staffordshire also has some large commercial coarse fisheries with venues such Baden Hall Fishery offering fishing for some of the biggest carp in the county at its Eccleshall venue whilst Cudmore at Newcastle under Lyme is nationally renowned. With 10 main lakes it caters for both pleasure and match anglers and has hosted Fishomania and many other major competitions over the years. Other significant fisheries in Staffordshire include Fisherwick Lakes at Huddlesford, Rudyard Reservoir at Rudyard, Chasewater at Brownhills and the popular Heronbrook Fisheries at Eccleshall.
Small but perfectly formed lesser known fisheries
There are also a mass of smaller and less known but delightful venues including Hamstall Pleasure Fishery at Hamstall Ridware which has several natural looking pools, a stretch of the River Blithe which runs next to the fishery and a specimen carp pool; Chorley Springs Fishery which has mixed pleasure fishing and a big carp runs water; and the popular Coppice Lane Pools at Hammerwich which has several attractive lakes and recently added a specimen carp lake which is proving a great success.
Trout fishing in Staffordshire
In addition to trout fishing being available on some of Staffordshire’s rivers the county also has several stillwater trout fisheries. Perhaps one of the best known is Blithfield Reservoir near Abbots Bromley which is owned by South Staffs Water and offers more than 10 miles of bank trout fishing as well as fishing from a fleet of 40 powered boats.
Another significant sized water is the 35-acre Gailey Reservoir Trout Fishery, said to be one of the oldest trout fisheries in the Midlands, just off the M6 and A5 near Cannock. With more than a mile of bank fishing the reservoir is regularly stocked with rainbow, brown, blue and tiger trout. Located within the Loynton Estate near Stafford, Loynton Trout Fishery has three spring fed lakes providing 12 acres of water with rainbow, blue and brown trout to over 20lbs.
Fishing tackle shops in Staffordshire
Not surprisingly there are plenty of fishing tackle shops in Staffordshire with outlets at many of the major fisheries as well as in many urban centres including Stoke on Trent, Stafford, Cannock, Burntwood, Penkridge, Wolverhampton, Tamworth, Brierley Hill and Walsall and Lichfield.