Fishing or angling is one of the most popular pastimes in the Cotswolds and with the number of lakes, rivers and canals in the area it is not difficult to see why.
The River Thames begins its 180-mile journey from Kemble in Gloucestershire and several tributaries flow into the river during its meandering flow through the Cotswolds. The Thames and its streams offer the best coarse and trout fishing anywhere in the country. The lime-stoned riverbeds provide the environment for traditional fly-fishing for brown trout or the silver-purple graylings, and the lakes are well stocked with chubb, roach, pike and carp.
One of the best Cotswolds rivers supplying the Thames is the Coln; rising near Sevenhampton it provides angling for brown and rainbow trout as well as grayling. The river flows through some of the most pleasant scenery and perfect villages of the Cotswolds before joining the Thames near Lechlade.
There are many still water commercial fisheries throughout the Cotswolds and many of them are being developed from former gravel pits, such as those at the Cotswolds Water Park.
The Environment Agency website has all the latest rules and regulations regarding fishing in the Cotswolds and the Thames and Severn valleys, and it is worth taking time to read the freely available information before you plan a fishing trip.
More details on places to fish in the Cotswolds can be found in our fact sheet. We do not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions and inclusion in this list does not imply recommendation.