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Blythe Waters Fishery

Hampton Road
Knowle
Solihull
B93 ONU


Tel: 01582 843454 for match bookings and season permits
Tel: 01675 443306 for the bailiff
E-mail: blythewaters@hotmail.co.uk


Stevie Duggan with his 25lb 7oz Blythe Waters common
Stevie lands a Blythe Waters beauty

Birmingham specimen angler Stevie Duggan has landed one of Blythe Waters best carp with this beautiful 25lbs 7oz fully scaled common taken from the fishery's Home Pool.

Stevie, who fishes Blythe Waters once a month, was fishing Peg 10 in the deeper water having spodded chopped boilies and particles with a heafty measure of pellets to several swims. On the hook he used 10mm home made Essential Baits shellfish B5 boilies on a size 12 Korda wide gape B hook to 12lb Korda Supernatural hooklength and a backleaded 15lb Fox soft steel main line.

Stevie was fishing with his friend Chris Cooper and between them the couple had several more carp to 19lbs.

Canal and River Trust updates season permits

The Canal and River Trust West Midlands season permit now covers Blythe Waters and Earlswood Lakes' Engine and Windmill Pools and is available to new members.

Full permits, which allow anglers to fish any day of the week, cost £156.00 a year or £130.00 for concessions. The permits run from April 1 until March 31 and allow anglers to fish a second rod at no extra charge. Concessionary permits are available only to anglers who possess a concessionary rod licence and these may be checked by staff.



Canal and River Trust logoBlythe Waters offers five attractive lakes set in pleasant rolling countryside between the villages of Hampton-in-Arden and Knowle to the east of Solihull. Although Blythe has rapidly become established as a popular match venue, it is also well suited to pleasure anglers.

The fishery has good facilities for disabled anglers, particularly on Cherries Pool which is next to the main car park, and has large and even purpose-built fishing platforms which are suited for the less able anglers. Popular with family groups, Blythe Waters offers concessionary tickets to lady anglers as well as juniors, OAPs and the disabled.

The caravan park at Blythe WatersIn addition to the angling, there are facilities for five touring caravans for anglers who want to visit the fishery for short stays or angling breaks of up to a month at a time. The site is available for Caravan Club members only.

Stocked with decent sized carp, bream, tench and roach, the fishery also holds a good head of perch, silver bream, gudgeon, golden orfe, daddy ruffe, barbel and a few chub. There are no pike in any of the waters.

The layout at Blythe WatersNext to the car park is an unmistakable grass-roofed clubhouse. Open every day for the sale of tickets, the clubhouse also serves hot and cold drinks, light meals and snacks most mornings.

Details of opening times are posted in the clubhouse window. In addition to the cafe area, the clubhouse also offers toilet and shower facilities.

Adjacent to the still waters, anglers can also fish a one mile stretch of the River Blythe which has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The river contains good numbers of dace, chub, perch and even a few trout, although it is very shallow in summer.



Prices and Opening Times

Times
Adults Concessionary
Day Tickets
7.30am - close
£6.00
£5.00
Half-day tickets
4.00pm - close (summer)
1.00pm - close (winter)
£5.00
£5.00

Closing times vary according to the time of year - please contact the fishery for details
A second rod is charged at £3.00
Match bookings are now being taken for 2016 and 2017



Blythe Waters' Bridge PoolBridge Pool

Bridge Pool is perhaps best known to anglers as the venue's main match pool. It was split into two lakes where the bridge previously spanned the centre.

This reduced the size of Bridge Pool from its previous three acres to two acres but created a new pool - Willow Pool - which is used for pleasure angling and matches.

Blythe Waters' Bridge PoolWith a fairly even bottom and an average depth of five to six feet, the water is easy to float fish, although at Pegs 1-4 and 33-35 the depth falls to 10 feet.

The water is well stocked with medium sized fish including Common and Mirror Carp to 20lbs, tench to 4lbs, roach to 2lbs, golden orfe to 2lbs, perch over 2lbs and bream to 5lbs. The most commonly used technique is fishing with the pole, whilst those using a rod tend to drop their baits near the islands using either a Method feeder or straight lead.

In summer, many fish are often caught higher in the water with weights of 80lbs or more being taken fairly frequently from the island pegs.

Most effective baits tend to be maggot, caster, bread punch, meat, paste, sweetcorn and, in summer, floating dog biscuits, although anglers should note that bloodworm and jokers are not allowed. In common with most other fisheries, Blythe is strictly barbless hooks only.



Willow PoolWillow Pool

Willow Pool was the far end of Bridge Pool, but has now been turned into a water in its own right with the extension of the spur near the bridge to block off the two waters. The landscaping and tree planting has now matured and the pool has rapidly become a favourite with many of Blythe's regular visitors.

Developed as a mixed fishery with an even depth of about five to six feet, Willow Pool is stocked with carp to just under 20lbs, together with tench and bream to 3lbs and roach and golden orfe to 1lb 8oz.



One of the disabled pegs on Cherries PoolCherries Pool

This pool is particularly popular with less able and junior anglers because of its location adjacent to the main car park and the solid platforms which give good access to the water.

With a fairly even bottom and an average depth of between four and five feet, Cherries is easy to fish and tends to be an out-and-out float water using either pole or waggler on the rod. Most effective baits are usually maggot and caster or pellets.

Another shot of Cherries PoolThe water is stocked with similar species and sizes as Bridge Pool and Willow Pool, although there are probably more tench with specimens to 5lbs being caught regularly, particularly in summer. Because it is shallow, the tench are also often caught on sunny winter days when water temperatures warm up a little.

The large head of small silver fish makes this pool popular with those anglers preferring large numbers of bites rather than having to wait for the larger fish. Cherries Pool holds a good head of skimmers, roach, perch and golden orfe.



Home PoolHome Pool

Three and a half acres in size and 13 feet deep virtually throughout, Home Pool was constructed in 1972 as a reservoir for the 90-acre Christmas Tree plantation near Blythe Waters.

Once used as a trout fishery, Home Pool is now being developed as a specimen water. It was stocked some 10 years ago with carp of about 12lbs and many of these fish are now weighing in at over 20lbs. In addition there are bream and tench to 5lbs as well as a good head of barbel, golden orfe, roach and rudd.

A well constructed peg on Home PoolShallow round the edge, Home Pool drops off rapidly to its deepest only 15ft out. As a result it is most frequently fished on the bottom using boilies or pellets.

The largest known carp to come out of Home Pool weighed in at 31lbs, although a number of anglers have reported losing fish which they believed were even bigger than this.

Specimen hunters are reminded that this is a barbless hook venue, that fish cannot be kept in nets or sacks and they they should use an unhooking mat. A night syndicate also runs on Home Pool and details of this cane be obtained in the clubhouse.



The new Kingfisher Pool at Blythe WatersKingfisher Pool

Kingfisher Pool is the newest water at Blythe Waters and holds 14 peg. Designed primarily with the novice angler in mind, this pool has been designed to ensure anglers get plenty of bites and plenty fish.

Stocked heavily with roach, bream, tench, carp and gudgeon, all the fish are currently under 1lb in weight which makes this an ideal water for younger anglers and those taking up the sport to be fairly certain of catching their first fish. Indeed, so far the sport has been so good that in the depths of winter pleasure and match anglers have taken to the pool because they are almost certain to catch fish!



Click on the image to load a .pdf file showing the layout at Blythe Waters Fishery
Download a .pdf map of Blythe Waters Fishery

By clicking on the map to the right you can download a .pdf file which shows in detail the layout and pegging on each of the lakes at Blythe Waters. The file is 1.2Mb in size and may take some time to download depending on your Internet access speeds - but the end result should be worth it!



How to get there

Map showing the location of Blythe Waters FisheryBlythe Waters can be found between Hampton in Arden and Knowle just the village of Barston. It is not far from Junctions 5 and 6 off the M42. On leaving the motorway at Junction 5, follow the signs for Knowle and when you come to the Wilsons Pub on the left take the left turn immediately after it. This road leads to Barston and as you leave the village of Knowle and come down the hill you will see the entrance to the fishery on the right.

Leaving the M42 at Junction 6 follow the signs for Warwick. Go under the A45 roundabout at the Malt Shovel pub and continue towards Warwick along the dual carriageway. At the next roundabout take the right turn towards Hampton in Arden and as you come out of the village after the Volvo garage on the left take the next road to the left. Follow this towards Knowle, through the crossroads at Barston, and down the hill. The entrance to the fishery is near the bottom of the dip on the left hand side.

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