Ludlow and its surroundings offer many opportunities for fishing in beautiful, unspoilt countryside. The River Teme and its tributaries contain an abundance of fish species, including chub, barbel, roach, trout, grayling and pike. All waters are very wild and lightly fished, and there are also plenty of local still water pools and fisheries at which day tickets can be bought.
The Teme is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest along its entire length. Its high water quality and its mainly undeveloped banks make the river an excellent habitat for fish. Wildlife is also plentiful, including otters, kingfishers, dippers and other species. The famous angler Andy Orme is a regular fisher on the Teme, and back in the early nineteenth century, Sir Humphrey Davy (pioneer of the miner's lamp) would regularly stay near Ludlow at Leintwardine purely to fish for grayling in the Teme. The river through Ludlow is very picturesque, tumbling over a series of weirs beneath the town on one side, and the steep-sided, tree-covered Whitcliffe on the other, overlooked by the ruined castle and tall church tower.
There are free (public) fishing stretches of the River Teme at Bread Walk, Ludford Bridge, Steventon, and between the Dinham and Mill Street weirs at The Millennium Green.
A rod licence is required (please see below) and also you must respect the close season - you can’t fish for coarse fish on any river in England and Wales from 15 March to 15 June (also see below).
Within a short drive of Ludlow are good number of fishing lakes & pools which are open for day fishing; several of them also offer accommodation. A variety of coarse & fly-fishing is available, please see the individual entries and their website for further details. The map shows their location in relation to Ludlow and the individual listings below give approximate driving distances from the centre of Ludlow.
(A) Froggatts Pools - Approx 3 Miles from Ludlow.
Established over 15 years ago, Froggatts Pools now have 5 fully stocked pools which have been carefully designed to cater for every coarse Fishermans needs. Located just 3 miles south of Ludlow the fishery has been established to fit in and compliment the beautiful surrounding Shropshire Countryside. The pools are open all year round for day fisherman and club bookings are welcome.
A number of open matches are hosted running on a weekly basis for anyone who has a competitive streak.
Froggatts Pools, Featherknowle Farm, Ashford Bowdler, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 4AQ
Tel: 01584 831232
(B) Bromdon Fishing Pools - Approx 9 Miles from Ludlow.
Lower Bromdon coarse fishing pools are located in the heart of the picturesque Shropshire hills, looking out on to Clee Hill, Brown Clee, The Long Mynd, & Cannock Chase, areas of A.O.N.B. Not far from the popular tourist towns of Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Cleobury Mortimer & Tenbury Wells. The site consists of 5 separate well established, well stocked, mature coarse fishing pools which are over 30 years old, set in a secluded & unspoilt part of the Shropshire country side. It is a family run business with a relaxed & friendly atmosphere.
The pools are well stocked with : Carp to 20Lb, Perch to 4Lb 9oz, Roach to 2 Lb, Bream, Skimmer Bream, Tench
There are no restrictions on site apart from no barbed hooks
Bromdon Fishing Pools, Lower Bromdon, Burwarton, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 6QT
(C) Delbury Hall Trout Fishery - Approx 9 Miles from Ludlow.
The Trout Fishery is by the walled garden, a short walk from the Hall, with fine views of the surrounding countryside towards Ludlow. The facilities are superb, suitable for any angler of any age, and regularly stocked with large, hard fighting rainbow and brown trout. The Fishery is reached by a private road about half a mile south of Diddlebury village and is well signed from the B4368 about 5 miles east of Craven Arms and 14 miles west of Bridgnorth.
There is a hard car park close to the water, a fisherman's pavilion with microwave, w.c. and refreshments. Picnic facilities are available and the layout of the fishery is convenient for disabled fishermen.There are 2 lakes. Garden Lake and Corve Lake. Garden Lake is two and a half acres with two small islands an Corve Lake, the larger at over three acres, has one large island. The lakes are spring fed from the Diddle, a small stream which runs into the river Corve and, in dey summers, the water supply is supplemented by a borehole. The lakes are regularly stocked with hard fighting rainbow trout from 1½lbs to double figures, with an average fish weight of about 2½ lbs. Brown trout must always be returned to the water.
Delbury Hall, Diddlebury, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9DH.
Tel: 01584 708354
(D) Jay Farm Fishery - Approx 12 Miles from Ludlow.
The Jay is a small family run farm in a peaceful and beautiful environment. It has six acres of pasture surrounding a 1.5 acre pool fed from natural springs. It has abundant plant, insect and animal life and is the perfect place to spend a few hours or even a few days fishing or simply enjoying the surrounding area with its many attractions. There is a great deal to see on walks starting from the farm.
The Fly Fishery opened on 24th March 2012 and has been successful to date producing good catches of stocked rainbows to 5lb and a few wild brown trout with one fish at 11lb.
Jay Farm, Jay Lane, Bedstone, Bucknell, Shropshire, SY7 0BQ
Tel: 01547 540360 or 07870 602747
(E) Docklow Pools - Approx 15 Miles from Ludlow.
Home to 11 picturesque fishing lakes for all types of angler. Whether its pole fishing for silvers, rod fishing for carp or trying to hook into a giant on the Major Bill, you will find what you are looking for at Docklow Pools. Docklow Pools are also offer fishing on the river Wye and river Teme along several stretches that have now been acquired.
Featuring: Onsite tackle shop - Bar & restaurant. - Nine established fishing lakes, including a carp & catfish lake. Five private river stretches – boasting barbel, chub, dace, pike, bream, trout, salmon and grayling. - Accommodation available. - Open all year around with the exception of 24th to 28th December.
Docklow Pools, Docklow, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0RU
Tel: 01568 760256
(F) Walcot Hall Fishing - Approx 15 Miles from Ludlow.
To the rear of Walcot Hall, within the Arboretum, are 2 fishing pools set in beautiful scenery. Guests staying within theholiday accommodation may fish here free of charge or other anglers may wish to arrange a day’s fishing by calling in advance. The cost is £3.50 per rod per day and these run from dawn until dusk. The lake contains carp, tench, roach, rudd, bream, pike and perch. Walcot Lake is on the B4385 at Lydbury North, just outside Bishops Castle.
Walcot Hall, Lydbury North, Shropshire, SY7 8AZ.
Tel: 01588 680570
(G) Hurst Farm Lakes - Approx 22 Miles from Ludlow.
Four fresh water lakes that offer coarse and fly-fishing. The history of the lakes dates back some four hundred years when the brook and valley were dammed to provide a head of water to drive a water wheel on the site of an iron blast furnace. Set in over 200 acres of countryside this family run fishery offers you the opportunity to fish in some of the most tranquil and idyllic surroundings Shropshire has to offer.
Hurst Farm, Morville, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4TF.
Tel: 01746 714375
Unit 6, Ludlow Business Park, Orleton Road, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1XF,
Tel: 01584 878 558
8 High Street, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1BS
Tel: 01584 877876
Docklow Pools, Docklow, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0RU
Tel: 01568 760544
On the 1st Wednesday of each month fly-tying lessons are on offer in Blue Boar, Lower Corve Steet, Ludlow. (minimal cost for materials used). If you fancy tying your own flies (for Fly-fishing) come on down and give it a go. See website for details.
The Lion at Leintwardine - Approx 9 Miles from Ludlow
The Lion is situated on the middle/upper river Teme (a river Severn tributary), which is well known for its trout and grayling fishing, along with coarse fishing for barbel and chub in its lower reaches. Guests are free to fish from their banks within season.
The Lion, Leintwardine, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 0JZ.
Tel: 01547 540203
The Riverside Inn - Approx 11 Miles from Ludlow
Situated on the River Lugg, its' banks full of wildlife – dragonflies, dippers, otters, kingfishers, brown trout and grayling all live here. Fly fishing is available for their guests on a 1½ mile beat upstream from the Inn.
The Riverside Inn, Aymestrey, Herefordshire, HR6 9ST
Tel 01568 708440
Birmingham Anglers Association
Birmingham Anglers Association have an extensive range of fishing grounds throughout the west Midlands including Shropshire, the Teme & Severn. For details about fishing these waters please visit their website.
Birmingham Anglers Association Limited, 30 The Old Woodyard, Hall Drive, Hagley, Worcestershire, DY9 9LQ
Tel: 01562 882116
Within England & Wales anyone (12 years+) fresh water fishing must have a Rod Licence. These are available in 1 Day, 8 Day & Season options. Licences can be bought online or in person at the Post Office in Ludlow. Some stillwater fishing establishments sell day licences, but you are advised to check beforehand; you will not be allowed to fish without one and fishing without a Rod Licence can result in a fine. For more information please visit the Government Website (Gov.Uk) or The Post Office.
‘Close seasons’ are seasons when you can’t fish for some types of fish on certain types of water. For example, you can’t fish for coarse fish on any river in England and Wales from 15 March to 15 June. Close seasons aim to protect fish stocks from the impacts of angling during the fish breeding season. You can fish for coarse fish, eels, rainbow trout and brown trout on most enclosed stillwaters and canals all year. Please check with the establisments directly.
For more information please visit Government Website (Gov.Uk)
Or download The ByeLaws for the Severn Trent Area (PDF 328kb) covering Ludlow & Shropshire or more information for fishing over the border in Wales can be found at Natural Resources Wales.
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