BMAA hold the fishing rights to approx 9 miles of Prime River fishing. Depths vary from fast shallow 18” rapids to sedate 12’ deep pools. This varied water holds Barbel, Chub, Bream, Roach, Dace, Carp, Perch, Pike, Grayling and Trout. The quality of the Barbel, Chub, Grayling and Trout are legendary. The key to a good day Dove fishing is location. You have to be in the right place at the right time, get it right and a good bag of fish is guaranteed, get it wrong and you’ll have a dry net. Still, sometimes just being ‘on the Dove’ is enough?
Below, there is a guide to car parks, access and the fishing
Tutbury Mill – (P1 on map)
Park in Council car park off the roundabout at the bottom of the bike pass. Walk away from car park/road, past Cricket ground, over stile. Walk straight on across Castle Field for weir (800m) start of BMAA water, or turn right after stile and walk 100m to river. The Weir holds Barbel, Chub, Dace and Trout. The Steady/Deep middle of this section holds 10lb+ Barbel, 6lb+ Bream and a few big Carp. Large shoals of big Chub prefer shallow broken water on this section, as do the Grayling and Trout.
Pump House, Castle Hotel – (CH on map))
Park on road opposite the Castle Hotel. The river is 150m across the field.. On this bank, BMAA water starts one field above the road bridge. The opposite bank is shared with Gypsum AC (150m above bridge and down stream of the bridge until the fleam joins the river). Pegs around the bridge are popular for all species and with coloured water Roach can be caught. Down stream is the pump house section that is mostly specimen Barbel, Chub, Pike, and the odd Carp and Bream.
Marston Lane, Nestles – No official parking
This section is known as the ‘Willows’. This section holds Carp, Barbel, Bream and Chub. This is a very popular stretch and relatively easy to fish on all methods.
Marston Lane, Under Pass – (2 on map)
300m past Church before 2nd cattle grid there is a track across the field on the left, this leads to the railway bridge. Park to the left of bridge against the fence, DO NOT BLOCK BRIDGE, walk under bridge and the river is 80m ahead. 300m down stream are the ‘Bottom Willows’ which hold large numbers of Chub & Barbel
Marston Bridge/Old Dove – (3 on map)
Marston Bridge/Old Dove – (3 on map) Park next to the bridge or use our car park through the gate (Key required). This is a popular section for all species with good fly fishing. Down river is the Weir and also further down approx 500m is an old railway bridge known as the ‘Pillars’, these are well known hot spots for Pike, Barbel and Chub
Horseshoe Meadow, Rolleston – (4 on map)
Park in car park down track off Station Road. Walk down the track to the 2nd gate. Walk straight ahead for the fleam then follow the fleam to the river. Winter floods provide good fleam fishing for big Roach and Dace. Shallows below the fleam hold Grayling and Trout. The Horseshoe is very good for Barbel, Pike and Chub. The shallows below the Horseshoe hold Dace, Grayling, Trout and Chub.
Fishpond Lane, Eggington, Podmores – (FPL on map)
Park on bend each side of the track near the Duck Street sign. Walk down the track over 3 streams (Hilton Brook fishing as per map) and through a gate. Turn right and follow a hedge on the right for 300m, over flood bank to the river (Beware of Cables!) The river here is 3m (9ft) deep and in the wood further down it is 4m (12ft) deep. This section holds good Bream to 5lb+, big Roach, Chub and Barbel. Down river is Stretton Weir which is good for all species. Below the weir (Straight on at Gate) is a good Barbel and Chub section with the odd Bream and Big Pike. Podmore Pools are in the middle of this section (just above Weir). Full of lilies and reeds with a good head of Tench. Due to silt the pools are very shallow but also contain Pike, Bream, Roach and Perch.
Horseshoe Meadow, North bank, Blacksmiths Lane, Eggington – (BSL on map)
Continue past FPL for 150m, turn left into Blacksmiths Lane, go further 200m then turn left into track (BEWARE RUTTED) Limited to 6 cars. DO NOT BLOCK ACCESS. Parking is just before gates (park on verge). On foot go straight ahead down the bridlepath, over bridge (Hilton Brook) then turn left to river 300m. Fishing as car park 4.
Monks Bridge – (5 on map)
From southbound, come off A38 just before river. Use key for gate and park each side of the bridge. Fishing above Monks ‘willows’ very good for Chub and Barbel. Below Monks is good for all species. Under aqueduct is good for big Chub.
Ratcliffs and the Fleam – (22 on map)
Follow Millstream Lane to railway bridge and drive under bridge (Beware deep water at times). Just through bridge go through gate (key req.). The car park is at end of track. For river (Railway Bridge) walk over footbridge then bear right – walk straight across field for 200m. The river here holds good Chub, Barbel and Bream. The shallows above Bridge hold Dace and Grayling. The lower River can be found past the Pool by following the Fleam. The Fleam mouth is good for Pike and Perch and below this is good for all species. Walking straight across from the Fleam mouth puts you on the wall; a good bend/bay here holds all species. 300m further is the boundary.
Ratcliffes, north bank
On the South bound A38, ½ mile before the River Dove, turn left over Canal Bridge. Drive down lane, over a railway bridge past the entrance to CEMEX and then 300m past the Bridge the road has a sharp left bend (there is a gate which has our lock on and is sometimes locked. Park on verge without blocking the road. Walk right through the gate and the river is 250m away. You should be on bend below the Fleam. Fishing is as above.
Hargate Meadow, River Trent – (6 on map)
Members can take their cars along the banks of the R Trent PROVIDED THAT
a. There is no mowing grass AND
a. There is no mowing grass AND
b. The land is not too wet.
Under these circumstances then use the temporary enclosure provided. This is situated on the higher ground at the end of the track. It is marked Car Park 6 on the map. This water is now shared with Cemex A/C