Shrewsbury Town Fisheries
Our “Jewel in the Crown” premier fishery affording excellent fishing, Game and Coarse but excelling in the Barbel department. Easy roadside access and a good number of hard based pegs (can still get muddy after a flood) makes this a very popular venue. Not however without limitations. The fishery is extensively policed by the Bailiff team, as all waters are. This one has to have particular care.
Sydney Avenue is well renowned for its Salmon and Barbel nationwide. It attracts anglers from as far away as Kent and Essex, London and the home counties in the south and as far as Sheffield, Yorkshire and Cumbria, even as far as Glasgow in the north, all hoping for one of our clean, fit, hard fighting specimens. And there are specimens to be had. The water thunders over the weir at all but the lowest levels. The weir Pool is normally the haunt of the Salmon angler, hoping for a young Grilse or ‘Silver Tourist’.
- The white water really pounds through here at times making fishing tricky at times or even impossible if not loud. Below the Weir Pool rumours of Monster Barbel, plus good Pike and Perch fishing in the many slacks and eddies falling away either side of the tail race as it rushes away from the Weir Pool. The river here flows over a wonderful, clean gravel bed as its mood changes and the pace lessens as it slows to a lovely wide, streamy glide above the ‘Shingle’ , before squeezing past the point of the island and passing either side.
- Most barbel are caught in a slightly deeper channel at least three quarters of the way across the river. The Shingle Beach area is popular with visitors as well as anglers and many people feed the ducks and swans here and they can be troublesome at times! Fantastic summer fishing for Chub and Barbel in specimen proportions so do not forget your un-hooking mat and be prepared for a surprise.