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The calm rivers and reservoirs of the Peak District make for great spots to go fishing or angling. Steeped in angling history, authors Walton and Cotton wrote their famous guide The Compleat Angler detailing their outings on the River Dove, in Dovedale. The Peak District is the perfect place to fish – great catches and beautiful scenery.
With so many opportunities to fish, it could be difficult to know where to start. For river fishing, head to the river Dove, Derwent or Wye. Here you’ll find plenty of grayling and wild brown or rainbow trout. The Wye is especially popular for its gorgeous scenery, and a great place to start.
The Derwent river, flowing from Ladybower reservoir towards Derby, makes for a good place to fish trout, while further down stream you’ll find chub and barbel. Reservoir fishing is freely available at Carsington and Ladybower reservoirs, and equally popular are Butterley and Codnor.
If you’re a fan of lake fishing, you’ll find there are plenty of opportunities to fish. Try Barlow Farm or Hardwick Hall for roach, as well as Staveley and Butterley for bream.
Canal fishing is a popular past time in the Peak District, with the Trent and Mersey canals proving to be the most popular – head to Acre Lane or Swarkestone Lock to fish chub, or to the Peak Forest canal to fish perch and roach.
The Haddon and Chatsworth estates control large areas of the waters in the Peak District, along with various clubs and reservoirs, but day tickets are available at many locations. Barlow fishery near Chesterfield features four trout lakes and four course lakes, with day tickets at reasonable prices. Self catering accommodation is available on site too.
If you’re thinking of organising a fishing trip you could always book a stay in one of the thousands of Peak District cottages and hotels, or Derbyshire cottages in the area.