River Wensum

Written by Admin. Posted in Fishery

With over a mile of the superb river Wensum available to us here at Wensum Fisheries it really adds an extra dimension to the fishing experience we can offer. The river as a whole is covered by the River Wensum Restoration Stratergy find out more about this here and is under ongoing further habitat improvements however the river with its SSSI status has naturally good habitat in this stretch with plenty of bankside vegitation, berms and areas for fry and is one of the areas chosen by the Environment agency and NACA for its groundbreaking barbel tagging program it is also a site for one of the aerial loop systems that regularly detect the movements of the one year plus barbel stocked just upstream at Taverham mill since 2007 & and a further 200 plus fish as recently as 05/03/2013, find out details here of this project and 2012 information from the loop systems. With views over the lovely Norfolk country side the river benefits from some long glides ideal for trotting and with several overhanging bushes and a tight 'S' bend the river has some great fish holding areas that demand to be fished. The river has recently produced chub to over 7lbs and in the past produced barbel to double figures also with many of the recently stocked barbel having shown up in the area on the aerial loop system its hoped these fish are now resident and will remain here at Wensum Fisheries. Great catches of chub have ben reported from the river in winter 2013-2014 with plenty of fish over 5lb with some superb fish to 6lbs plus.

The large elusive roach once prevalent in the Wensum have been taken to over 2lb in recent years and to over a pound this winter from the fishery so quiver tipped bread flake as the sun sets may just temp this most iconic of Wensum species and produce a once in a life time moment.

Access can be made to the river at several points through the fishery and with regular maintenance and support from NNNSI we hope to keep the banks clear of the troublesome Himalayan Balsam and improve on access over the coming months. The river is available to our members on both our permits so check out our membership page and get access to this excellent stretch of the river Wensum.





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