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R i v e r  A v o n  -  S t r a t f o r d  u p o n  A v o n
 
These two stretches of the beautiful Warwickshire Avon provide consistent sport in winter and summer. Being conveniently located close to the centre of Stratford means that angling can be combined with other activities for all the family. Quality shops, pubs, restaurants and the Stratford Leisure Centre with swimming pool are all nearby.
Non-Members must purchase a Day Ticket HERE

The Lido

The Lido stretch has good roach and dace shoals, perch, chub and with small pockets of bleak and the odd gudgeon. Again carp, pike and some barbel near the overhanging chestnut trees at the swans neck bend. Chub are now featuring more in catches, maggot and waggler being the best. A small 4 or 6 no 4 stick float trotted down the edge with a small handful of maggots or caster will seek out the dace and roach.
 
 This stretch is accessed off the A439 warwick road just past and opposite the Welcome Hotel and golf course. There is a pay and display car park, giving immediate access to the river via a tarmac path which runs right along the river and into the town itself.
In summer months the Lido, as the name implies, can be busy with swimmers, boats and paddle boards. The fish don't mind but early morning and late evening can be better for fishing. 
The Recreation Ground
This stretch of the Avon runs through the Stratford town centre starting opposite the theatre and running downstream to just past the church and is famed for its roach shoals that migrate to it in the winter months.
What with all the concrete and surrounding waterside buildings it creates a stretch that is just a degree or two warmer than the exposed countryside around it. The area is obviously busy with tourists and boaters in the summer so early morning and late evening are favourite, but with more pace,colour and depth in the autumn and winter it really is a cracking stretch whether you're fishing the waggler, stick, whip or pole. Ground bait works well here if you are pole fishing, recommended lines are around the 3lb mark with hook lengths 2lb. Maggots are always a favourite here with pinkie and caster bread punch and hemp also. Add to that the ever present bream shoals and you're in for a interesting day. Unsurprisingly there are pike and the quantity of silvers does attract them especially in the winter so if pike are your quarry this is a good place to start! Always remember to use a large unhooking mat and forceps for these fragile fish. Some recent pike captures have topped 20lb! There are some large carp present here and they can often be seen topping to the left of the theatre under the willow trees. Parking is waterside via the council pay and display. Once past the church downstream  you are at Lucy's Mill weir which runs to the road bridge at the end of the stretch. Approximately 15 pegs with an array of species to go after- zander, tench, bream,eels, roach,pike and some monster barbel. Again float tactics will score here but far more popular is ledgering with worm,pellet or luncheon meat. You will need some lead to hold bottom here among the turbulent water. Parking is at the Greenway a short walk away (cheaper) or again at the Recreation Ground waterside. The Rec really is a great and diverse fishery summer or winter.
 
TICKETS. Leamington Angling members, no further charge. 
Non-members must purchase a day ticket in advance HERE (£3.00) online only.
PARKING. For the Lido, park in the car park off the A439 (see map). This is pay and display. For the Recreation Ground, park in the public car park (pay and display) or if you intend fishing towards Lucy's Mill, you can park at the Greenways car park on Seven Meadows Road which is pay and display (but cheaper) and only 5 minutes walk down to the river and over the footbridge.  
ALL ANGLERS must have an appropriate landing net and unhooking mat.
NO BARBEL to be retained in keepnets. 
TWO RODS per angler maximum.
CLOSE SEASON  All rivers are closed between 15th March and 15th June each year.
PIKE FISHING
Live baiting is prohibited in all Association waters. The use of freshwater fish for bait is prohibited whether as live or dead bait. Using dead bait is permitted only from 1st October to March 14th. Pike fishing with lures is permitted at any time during the season. The use of a gaff is prohibited. 

MATCH BOOKINGS RIVER AVON - STRATFORD 
Any pegs not included in a prebooked match are available for members to fish

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To check the current river level on the Avon at Stratford, click here.

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