A big water with a big reputation
Drayton Reservoir… oh Drayton! To many people, this could be described as the Wembley of places to go fishing (not in a facilities kind of way), walking round the boards on the way to your peg must feel like emerging from the tunnel ready for an FA Cup final or England international match. The reservoir is packed with fish, not just and kind of fish, it is packed with lumps! There aren’t many places where you could get bored of catching double figure carp, but this is potentially one of them!
If you are planning a visit then there are a few things to bear in mind. Make sure you take strong enough tackle, you will be catching some big fish and there will be no better way to spoil the day than to keep loosing them! The pegs around the venue are located on wooden platforms, this can potentially cause a few issues as it is not possible to get bank sticks into the ground. Also, make sure you hold onto your tackle.. everyone knows someone who has lost a rod or a pole at Drayton!
Main Species at Drayton Reservoir
Most carp techniques will perform and result in some rod bending action. Take plenty of bait, these fish are hungry and will clear the bait out of your swim before you know it!
The deepest water which goes to around 30ft can be found along the dam wall. The venue then levels out to around 3ft deep at the far end, with around 7ft being an average depth around the sides.
Rules and Restrictions
- Unhooking mats must be used
- Barbless hooks
- Mono mainline must be used
- No standing with fish
- No nuts
- No dogs
Day Tickets, Membership and Prices
Tickets are available on the bank from the bailiff.
Adults day tickets: £12 – up to two rods
Concessionary day tickets: £8 – up to two rods
Night ticket: £25 – These must be booked in advance and a 50% deposit is required. The only pegs for night fishing which don’t need to be booked in advance are numbers 63 – 79, these are available on a first come, first served basis.
Find out more information
Drayton Reservoir is located on the north side of Daventry. From the north or south leave the M1 at junction 19 and then follow the signs to Drayton. Head along the A45 if you are travelling from the east or west.
The car park is along the back of the dam wall. Make sure you drive in the correct entrance, the car park is a one way road.
Sat Nav Postcode: NN11 0SG
Drayton Reservoir Location Map