A lovely water, a solid option in the winter for guaranteed fish

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.

A roach from Shardlow Marina

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.

Main Species at Shardlow Marina

  • Bream
  • Dace
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach

Best Pegs

It is not possible to fish everywhere in the Marina. Make sure you read the signs, if you haven’t been before then it would be wise to ask in the shop which sections you are able to fish. The options will largely depend on where boats are parked. There is a section you can fish near some diesel pumps, you might need a mask if you head there! That part looks and smells a bit grim – based on the smell the pumps must be in use, so if a boat comes in to fill up there will be a lot of disturbance.

If you are unlucky and can’t get a peg, there are plenty of other local options. This list isn’t as comprehensive, but options inlude the Derwent (Pride of Derby, members only), the Trent (not too sure about day tickets), Weston Moat, Coopers Lake or Rycroft – all of these are within a 10 minute drive.

Fishing at Shardlow Marina

Fishing at the mouth of the Marina during some October floods.

Rules and Restrictions

Fishing at Shardlow Marina is allowed between 9am to 5pm. The barrier on the car park is closed at 5pm, so make sure you don’t get locked in!

Day Tickets, Membership and Prices

The fishing at Shardlow Marina costs £5 for a day ticket. They should be purchased from the shop before you start fishing.

Find out more information

Address: London Road, Shardlow, Derbyshire, DE72 2GL.

Sat Nav Postcode: DE72 2GL

Shardlow Marina Location Map