A well established and popular fishery which closed down for several years after the previous owners sold the neighbouring house and land, Alvechurch Fishery re-opened in 2009 under new ownership and is undergoing massive changes which are transforming it into one of the Midlands leading pleasure and match venues.
Typical of the improvements which have been made was the completion in summer 2010 of a new clubhouse and tackle shop for anglers (left). Serving a variety of hot and cold food and drinks, the clubhouse is also equipped with a large screen digital television whilst the takleshop is stocking a growing range of tackle, clothing and baits. Follow this link to see more pictures of the clubhouse and tackle shop.
Fishing is now under way on the new Canal Match Pool which has matured very quickly and is consistently throwing up good weights of around 100lbs.
In addition, House Pool has been greatly extended and provided with large purpose-built pegs designed for use by diabled anglers. Work is now also well advanced on the development of a new 4.25 acre big carp runs water which will be run along the lines of Linear Fisheries and initially stocked with specimens around the 15lb to 20lb mark. These will be allowed to grow on for 12 months before the pool opens in 2020. It is currently expected to run as a day ticket water with night fishing being available through a 20-member night syndicate.
Horseshoe Lake, the first water you come to after leaving the large resurfaced car park, targets both match and pleasure anglers; House Pool has been developed specifically for pleasure anglers; and Arrow Pool has being turned into a 15-peg match and pleasure water suitable for small clubs which don't want to book half a lake.
The small Harry's Pool is currently not being used for angling.
Other work has included emptying all the pools, clearing out years of silt, removing intrusive bankside trees and shrubs, widening and improving the banks, building new pathways and bridges to House, Canal and Arrow pools, installing new pegs, landscaping the site and re-stocking the pools with new and existing fish.
In a move to attract new anglers into the sport, Alvechurch has become one of the few fisheries to offer not only help and advice on fishing but also a tackle hire service where, for £10.00 non-anglers or those new to the sport can hire everything they need for a day's fishing - including half a pint of maggots!
For match anglers, Alvechurch stages regular 20-peg Saturday and Thursday Open Matches during the summer and winter which are well supported whilst clubs can book pegs on Horseshoe Lake or the new Canal Pool for their own club matches and combine these with breakfasts or other meals in the cafe.
Anglers are asked to note that luncheon meat should now be used only on the hook and should not be loose fed into swims.
2020 angling ticket costs
Canal, Horseshoe and Arrow lakes
|Half-day ticket (after 2.00pm summer)
House Specimen Lake
Landing nets and unhooking mats must not be taken onto the fishery - these are provided
Concessions includes Juniors under 16, the over 65s and disabled badge holders
Juniors must be accompanied by an adult.
The fishery is open from 7.30am until 7.30pm in summer and 8.00am until dusk in winter.
The first water you come to when leaving the large car park at Alvechurch Fisheries, Horseshoe Lake is an acre and a half in size and has 36 new purpose-built wooden platform pegs. With flat even banks, it is suitable for disabled anglers.
The sides on Horseshoe shelve away giving two feet of water in the margins and an average depth further out of between four and six feet. The lake has a flat even bottom whilst on the banks there are irises, reeds and overhanging trees around much of the lake which provides cover for anglers from the fish and from each other.
One of the main features of Horseshoe Lake is the long central island. This was formerly a long wide penninsula jutting out into the lake which provided several pegs from which anglers could fish. The penninsula was made thinner and severed from the car park bank to turn it into a smaller island. Although this has resulted in the number of available pegs being reduced, it has increased the amount of water available to fish and greatly improved the look of the lake.
At the far end of the lake is an attractive large bay (right) where there is plenty of open water.
Horseshoe is stocked with a good range of mid-sized fish including roach, rudd and crucians to about 1lb; skimmers to 2lbs; bream averaging between 3lbs and 4lbs but running to 7lbs; tench to 4lbs but averaging about 1lb 8oz; chub and ide to 4lbs and a small head of hard fighting barbel between 4lbs and 7lbs which are well worth catching.
For those interested in carp, Horseshoe has been stocked with 600 fish between 4lbs and 10lbs which give exciting sport when taken on light tackle. Although the carp are predominantly mirrors and commons, there are about a dozen ghost carp.
The most popular method for fishing Horseshoe Lake seems to be on the pole in the margins.
When targeting the carp, most anglers on the pole use an 18 or 20 elastic and size 12 or 14 hook with either soft hooker pellets, paste, luncheon meat or sweetcorn fished over a bed of small feeder pellets. Those after the silver fish opt for a lighter rig of 8 to 10 elastic and 16s hook with double maggot as bait, again fished over a bed of feeder pellets.
The waggler also accounts for a lot of fish both in the margins and up against the island whilst those going to the island also use the open ended feeder packed with maggots, blocking the end of the feeder with paste and fishing two or three magoots on the hook.
Although Horseshoe is popular with pleasure anglers and offers a variety of attractive swims with the opportunity to catch decent bags of fish at a sitting it is also a good competition water with the match record currently standing at 218lbs.
New Canal Match Pool
The new 25-peg Canal Match Pool opened for angling in spring 2015 and is already regularly throwing up match winning weights of between 100lbs and 150lbs. The match record currently stands at 215lbs.
Constructed using laser measuring equipment to ensure all pegs present uniform swims where anglers will have an equal chance of catching, there is a four feet wide shelf two feet deep which runs all around the edge of the lake before the sides drop to a six feet deep uniform channel.
A similar shelf runs all around the 130 yard long central island which has been constructed 13 metres from each peg.
Canal Pool has been stocked with fish including carp which are already weighing in between 2lbs and 4lbs together with barbel, roach, skimmer bream and ide, the latter of which are helping to bulk up catches.
The most popular technique so far has been to pole fish 6mm banded pellets whilst feeding 4mm pellets although fishing maggots is pulling in 100lb bags of silvers and good sized ide which have grown on rapidly.
Re-opened for fishing in April 2016 and reserved for pleasure anglers, House Pool has been quadrupled in size to provide some 35 pegs. Because a lot of
With three islands to fish to, the pool has a two feet wide, two feet deep shelf running around the edge which then drops gradually to a bowl shaped bottom with a maximum depth of 10 feet. There are no shelves aorund the island which have banks which taper to the bottom.
House Pool has been stocked with the fish from the former Arrow Specimen Pool, which has been converted into a pleasure and match pool ideal which is proving ideal for small club matches.
This means that House Pool now holds common, mirror and ghost carp to 24lbs as well as tench to 7lbs, bream and barbel to 4lbs, roach to 2lbs, perch to 1lb 6oz and rudd to 1lb.
Although surface fishing is not allowed, good results are being obtained by anglers using the zig-rig which allows baits to be adjusted until anglers find the depth where the fish are feeding.
All techniques seem to work well on House Pool with pole anglers catching well at about eight metres on pellets whilst rod and line anglers are catching decent carp on boilies, particularly 10mm and 15mm Mainline Essential cell boilies which have proved so successful that they are now being stocked in the on-site tackle shop. Because of the good number of decent sized carp in House Pool, anglers are allowed to use two rods.
A significant feature on House Pool is the construction of three large disabled platforms, each of which will cater for up to four anglers, which will make the pool ideal for disabled groups once they are finished.
When the current owners took over the fishery, Arrow Pool had been left to its own devices and had become overgrown with bankside trees and vegetation. To improve accessibility, the pool was quickly fully restored and improved with the opening of swims and construction of decent sized bark-chip pegs to make it fishable once again. Having been stocked with carp it became Alvechurch Fisheries' specimen water.
However, problems with anglers fishing overnight resulted in the water being closed for specimen fishing during 2016 and it was subsequently converted into a 15-peg match and pleasure water suitable for small club matches.
The pool reopened in 2017 after being restocked with carp and carp hybrids between 1lb and 8lbs, plus a range of silver fish which included ide to 2lbs, barbel to 1lb 8oz and a good head of roach, tench and skimmers to give all-round variety.
A long thin linear lake about an acre and a half in size, it has plenty of trees and shrubs on the far bank which with fishing allowed only from one side. With a flat and even bottom, it has depths which currently vary from between two to four feet at the entrance end dropping to six feet at the far end.
Since reopening Arrow Pool has proved a good 'bites water' with anglers never knowing what they are going to catch next.
|Alvechurch Fisheries has revamped its own mobile-friendly website at www.alvechurch-fisheries.co.uk to include a full list of rules and details of facilities including information about tuition, a map of the existing pools and the proposed four-acre Specimen Carp Pool which will open in 2020. There are also imports from the venue's Facebook and Instagram pages. To access the venue's Facebook page simply log into your Facebook account and search for Alvechurch Fisheries. |
How to get there...
Alvechurch Fisheries can be found between Birmingham and Redditch at Barnt Green and is an easy drive from Junction 2 of the M42 motorway in the Midlands.
On leaving the motorway, take the A441 following the signs for Birmingham and at the first roundabout just after the Hopwood sign turn left onto the B4120 signed Alvechurch/Barnt Green. Turn right at the next roundabout into Bittell Road (still the B4120) and the entrance to the fishery will be see on the right after about two tenths of a mile. Park in the car park and obtain your ticket from the office round to the left.
Please note that Alvechurch Fisheries is to the right of Bittell Reservoir on the attached Multimap.com map, the entrance being near the B4120 marker on the map.
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