Anchor Meadow offers great varietyAnchor Meadow

Anchor Lane
near Evesham
WR11 8PA

Tel: 01386 48065

New season kicks off with a 13lb 8oz barbel

Martin Woodroffe with his 13lb 8oz Anchor Meadow barbel
Martin Woodroffe kicked off his 2017 river season with a new personal best when he landed this beautiful 13lb 8oz barbel which he caught off the island during an early evening session at the end of June. Martin took the fish on a single halibut pellet hookbait.

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Ian lands a personal best with 28lb pike

Ian Chambers with his 28lb Anchor Meadow pikeEvesham managing director Ian Chambers celebrated his personal best pike when he landed this 28lb beauty just before the March close season.

Ian, who runs a building and contruction firm, was on only his second visit to Anchor Meadow and was float fishing a roach deadbait in the upstream entrance of the lock when the fish took.

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Lee lands Anchor's biggest fish of 2016

Lee Osborne with his 14lb 3oz Anchor Meadow barbelAnchor Meadow regular Lee Osborne has landed Anchor Meadow's biggest fish of 2016 with a beautiful 14lbs 3oz specimen (right) taken off the point whilst night fishing.

Having arrived as it was going dark, Lee hand-fed boilies and hemp close into the margin with one rod and set up another out in the main river.

He then fished a pva bag filled with crushed halibut pellets, boilies and hemp on 12lb line to a Size 8 hook.

Benjamin Barnes with one of his barbelLee, who works as a recruitment officer, said:"The fish took my margin bait at about 2.30 in the morning and as soon as it screamed off I knew I was into a good one. It took me up and down the river for 20 minutes before coming to the net"

And just to show that you don't have to have years of experience and be a veteran specimen hunter to succeed, Benjamin Barnes, a 13-years-old newcomer to river fishing, caught the barbel bug after pulling out more than 14 fish during his first three visits to Anchor Meadow. Benjamin, pictured above, caught his fish on ledgered luncheon meat.

Some more nice Anchor Meadow fish

Anchor Meadow continues to produce top quality fish with barbel to 14lbs 8oz coming to the net in the last two years. Double figure specimens tend to be caught by anglers fishing at night although plenty of fish in the 7lb to 8lb range are caught during dylight hours. In addition, roach weighing over 2lbs and good sized chub have been caught, including one of 7lbs 2oz.

A nice Anchor Meadow barbel......and another

A 10lb 2013 Anchor Meadow barbel...This 2013 fish weighed 11lbs 4ozs

John Lancaster with an 11lb barbel from the Avon at Anchor Meadow...and with an Anchor Meadow chub

Anchor Meadow has been run as a private fishery for more than 20 years and has built a reputation as one of the most consistently productive and varied stretches on the Warwickshire Avon.

One of the weir pegsAlthough the fishery has only 40 pegs, these vary between deep slow moving water for carp, tench, bream, roach, perch and pike to shallower fast-running stretches favoured by those after some big barbel and chub.

The variety of fishing is matched only by the quality. Anchor Meadow has been a favourite with well-known names and ordinary anglers alike, and with carp to 48lbs, Pike to over 30lbs, barbel well into double figures, tench to over 7lbs, bream to 9lbs and good sized roach and perch, its easy to see why.

Fishing the slow water above the weir2010 saw the capture of the biggest barbel to come out of the Anchor Meadow stretch so far when an 18lb fish was taken from the slow moving water above the weir - the stretch where many large 2010 fish were caught. This is unusual in that in the past the bigger barbel generally tended to come from the fast moving water below the weir off the island.

The previous best Anchor Meadow fish weighed in at just over 16lbs. Other recent top quality fish have included a carp of over 40lbs and a pike of a similar weight. Both these fish were taken from the slower moving water along the meadow.

Anchor Meadow's facilities were further enhanced for 2010 by owners Ken and Margaret Fisher, who are always on hand to offer advice, with the construction of new ladies and gents toilets and showers.

Looking downstream at Anchor MeadowThe result is that anglers travel from throughout the UK stay for short angling breaks at Anchor Meadow and with Evesham, Worcester and Stratford on the doorstep there are a host of good pubs, restaurants, shops and tourists attractions within easy driving distance.

There are both camping and caravanning facilities on site with toilets and showers. Electric hook-ups are also available for caravans for an addition £3.50 per night.

Part of the camping site at Anchor MeadowBecause Anchor Meadow is popular at weekends, particularly during the summer, anglers wanting to fish on Saturdays or Sundays are advised to telephone in advance to check peg availability. However, the river is usually quieter mid-week so telephoning in advance is not necessary unless you are travelling from further afield.

Anglers can drive their cars to nearly all the pegs at Anchor Meadow. Those heading for the slow deeper pegs along the Meadow stretch should either head across the meadow itself or drive down the lane and turn left just before the bridge. Those going to the Island pegs should drive over the bridge and turn either left or right.

Angling Ticket Prices

Day tickets
Night ticket (12 hours)
24-hour ticket
All anglers

Junior anglers who share a peg with an accompanying adult can fish free of charge.
Anglers under 14 must be accompanied by an adult

Camping/Caravan Prices

£16.00 *
£6.00 per person **

* Includes trailer tents. Prices are based on two adults and two children sharing.
The caravan price includes awnings and electrics.
** Tent prices are per person and do not include electricity.

Peg Three - slow and deepThe Meadow - Pegs 1-19

The Meadow length, Pegs 1-19, is the deep, slower moving stretch which runs from the top end of the fishery down to the entrance to the lock which by-passes Harvington Weir.

From Pegs 1-6, up to 13 feet of water can be found under the bank making the pole, swim-feeder or ledgering the most popular techniques for fishing close in.

Because the water is deep and slow moving, these pegs are favoured for carp, tench and bream and are particularly good for the roach and dace in winter. Indeed, it was from Peg 2 in 2001 that an angler from Scotland who visits Avon Meadow for a three-day angling holiday every year took a Common Carp which weighed in at 48lbs. He ledger fished worm under the bank.

A shallower pegFrom Pegs 7-19 the river shallows as it approaches the lock, coming up to six feet deep. Because these pegs are shallower than those at the top end, float fishing is easier. However, because the bank along the whole of the Meadow length is undercut it forms a natural lie for the fish, making it unnecessary to cast more than a rod length out unless anglers want to fish the faster moving water towards the centre of the river either on swimfeeder/ledger tackle or trotting an Avon Stick downstream in the current.

Pegs 17 and 18 where the water slackens near the entrance to the lock are particularly favoured by those going for the tench. Evening fishing is generally most productive and it pays to bait up a swim and leave it for an hour before starting to fish.

In 2010, anglers fishing this area from the island also produced the fishery's largest barbel with several double figure fish to 18lbs having been taken.

Near the lock entrance is good for the tenchAnglers looking to catch some of the big bream should fish close in under their feet on the Meadow bank or within about 10 feet of the far side. When going for the bream, roach, perch, dace and other silver fish it pays to feed generously and often to keep the fish in your swim.

When it comes to baits, almost anything goes although luncheon and pet meat on a Size 8 or 10 hook are favoured by those after the carp, tench and bream with surface-fished dog biscuits being popular for anglers wanting to take carp off the surface. Chopped worm is another popular bait with maggots, casters and bread always forming a popular fall-back and slugs being particularly effective for the chub. Black slugs usually work well whilst those night fishing should try snails - still in their shells - again fished on a Size 8 or 10 hook.

Even the lock provides sport on summer nights and in winterThe Lock

Fishing the entrances to the lock can provide surprising sport with good catches of carp, tench and bream in particular being taken. Whilst anglers should not fish near the lock itself during daytime in summer, they are allowed to fish it late evening, through the night and throughout the winter months.

For the most part both entrances to the lock are only three feet deep and, being still water when the lock is not in use, are easy to fish with float on both rod and pole using stillwater techniques.

The bottom is quite silty and it is obvious when the fish are feeding because great dark brown clouds and bubbles are thrown up as the fish rummage through the silt. Look out for the tell-take signs and you should be in for some fun!

Harvington Weir Pool - good for barbelThe Island - Pegs 19-40

If you are looking to catch some of the big barbel and chub at Anchor Meadow, the Island pegs are usually the ones to head for. Turning left after you cross the bridge leads to the slower moving water above the weir whilst turning right leads to the weir pool itself and the faster moving water downstream. The biggest fish in 2010 to come from the fast moving water below the weir weighed in at 15lbs whilst some 30 double figure fish were taken by anglers fishing the last peg off the point.

The main methods of fishing the Island pegs are trotting an Avon Stick downstream, using a swimfeeder or ledgering. Most popular baits are luncheon and pet meat, a fairly hefty bunch of chopped worms or slugs for the barbel and chub and maggots, casters and bread for the roach, bream and perch.

The faster water off the island at Anchor MeadowWhen float fishing it often pays to wear chest or thigh waders and to wade out slightly from the bank. Although it doesn't look it, the water at times of normal flow is only about three-and-a-half feet deep, but wearing waders enables you to control the float better. Set the depth at between three and four feet and 'button shot' the line by spacing weights evenly along its length with fine dust shot nearer the hook. After casting, hold the float back slightly to allow the bait to run downstream ahead of the float. Bites will usually be obvious as the barbel tend to take the bait fairly viciously. However, be prepared for a good scrap as you will not only be fighting the fish but also the current!

Plenty of shelter near the far end...Float fishing is really only suitable from Pegs 19, 20, 32, 27, 28, 29 and 38, 39 and 40 off the downstream point of the island.

When ledgering use about a one-ounce free-running Arlesey Bomb on the main line stopped about 18 inches to two-feet from the hook by a lead shot. An alternative is to set up a similar sized weight on a fixed paternoster which acts like a bolt-rig. Again, whichever technique you use, the bites will be vigorous so those fishing lighter lines of under 6lbs should slacken their slipping clutches to avoid being broken on the take.

The last peg at Anchor MeadowAn alternative technique is to freeline worm or meat, using part of a blade of grass or grass stalk to hold the bait on the hook.

When fishing for the roach and other silver fish, anglers need to take plenty of bait as regular feeding is required to keep the fish in the swim. A good supply of float and ledger weights is also required as the current can roll the weight around the river bed causing the terminal tackle to snag on rocks on the bottom on occasions, although this shouldn't happen if angler fish with their float set shallower and hold it back as it passes down the swim.

How to get there...

Click on the map for a larger versionAnchor Lane Fishery is about 14 miles from Worcester on the M5, 18 miles from Warwick on the M40, 10 Miles from Redditch and four miles from Evesham.

From Evesham, take the A435 north towards Norton. At the mini-roundabout take the second exit for the B439 and follow this for about a quarter of a mile until you come to Anchor Lane on the right. Proceed into Anchor Lane going over the new by-pass and Anchor Lane Fishery is at the very far end of this road by the river. Click on the map for more detail.

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