Shardlow Marina offers some great fishing, if you fancy a day out where you are pretty much guaranteed to get a net full of fish then this is certainly worth a look. The Marina is fed by the River Trent, when the weather is rough and the river is high, the fish will often seek refuge in the slack marina water.
There are a lot of silver fish in the marina. Predominantly, you will be catching 3oz to 6oz roach and dace, but there are lots of bigger bonus fish if you can get your feeding right.
The water is surprisingly deep. Along the popular wall section there is around 12 feet of water, in other areas you should find in the region of 6 feet depth wise. Stay alert while you are fishing, if the river is rising then the water in the marina can rise quite quickly. During winter the water can come above the wall, sometimes it happens while you are fishing – you might have a mad scramble to move tackle to keep it dry.
As you’d expect with a venue with lots of small fish, there are plenty of predators. Try to fish as delicately as possible, don’t let the fish splash around on the surface too much – this should attract less attention from the pike. There are some big stripy perch lurking in the depths too.