Drayton Reservoir

Drayton is almost completely surrounded by a wooden walkway leading to jetty-style pegs. It covers 25 acres and supplies water to the local Grand Union Canal.

Fishing at Drayton Reservoir

Drayton was originally stocked in the early 1990s with a large number of small carp, averaging only a few ounces in weight. For several years it was the most prolific match fishery in the UK. These fish have now grown on and average 14 to 18lb in weight, with many weighing in at over 20lb. The lake record to date is 35lb in summer 2017.

There are 28 pegs along the dam wall 63-36A from Entrance Gate down. The left-hand side of the lake is called the straight, which leads to the point area and then on to the shallower end of the lake.

The pegs known as The Boards are pegs 1 to 36 on the sailing club side of the lake, these are bookable night pegs only.

There are portable toilets on site.

Fishery rules

Please always check with the fishery bailiff for any changes or updates to the fishery rules. 

The reservoir is in a residential area, so please be respectful and considerate to those who live nearby.

Drayton is a shared water with the sailing club. Together we work very hard to keep everyone safe when sailing is taking place, generally on a Sunday. Pegs 36a and 37 are closed during sailing hours. Please be aware when casting out during these times and treat the sailors with respect.

Drayton Reservoir fishery rules

Fish stocks

Carp - large catches are now common. Most modern carp fishing techniques will produce results, with the best sport to be had in the afternoons and evenings.

Roach and perch are plentiful, but these are rarely fished for.

Pike - there's also excellent pike fishing in winter, with a venue record of 26lb.

Angler with pike at Drayton Reservoir Catching pike at Drayton Reservoir

Prices and opening times (from 1 January 2021)

The fishery is open 24 hours.

Day permit Monday to Friday from 7am. Closing times vary during the year.

Day permit Saturday and Sunday from 6.30am. Closing times vary during the year.

24-hour night permit (midday to midday). Must be booked in advance by texting 07889 532563.

  • Adult (two rods) £12
  • Concession* (two rods) £10
  • Evening (adult or concession, two rods) £10
  • Night (24 hours, two rods) £25

*Concessionary permits are available to anglers who are in possession of a concessionary rod licence.

Day permits are available on the bank from the fishery bailiff.

Address and contact details

Off the A361
NN11 8YY

On the northern edge of Daventry, you can reach here from the M1 from the north or south and from the A45 from the east or west.

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Call: 07889 532563 for general information 
Text: 07889 532563 for night bookings
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Last date edited: 22 February 2021