This navigation channel was cut near Newark to form an arm of the Trent to by-pass an unnavigable section of the river and give access to the town itself. It begins at Staythorpe (Notts) and passes through the town before rejoining the main river at Crankley Point, the latter one of the best known fishing spots on the Trent. The Dyke is an important coarse fishery, being specially acclaimed for the quality of its roach fishing. It also contains chub, eels, gudgeon, perch and pike. The most highly rated section is the weir field opposite Staythorpe Power Station.

Newark, NottsjC4milesentireRB from FarndontoCrankley Point, LB for 3 miles upstream from Crankley


Staythorpe, NottsC3 mile from downstream boundary of

Nottingham PS Fishing to upstream boundary of Newark PF


DT: AAA (Ransome, Hoffman and

Pollard AC)


A coarse fishery, the Penk is a tributary of the Sow joining the latter just below Stafford. There are some ticket facilities.

Drayton (Upper & Lower), StaffsjC

Tatfarmsat Upper& Lower

Drayton LB

DT: AAA (Whitmore Reans CAA)

Penkridge, StaffsCT From just above Cuttlestone Bridge to


DT: A AA (Whitmore Reans CAA)

Rickerscote, StaffsCTThree fields at RickerscoteLB

DT: AAA (Whitmore Reans CAA)

Stafford, StaffsC2 miles from Radford Bridgeto junction with River SowjBB DT: ATS (Stafford) or AAA (Izaak Walton, Stafford, AA) POULTER Rising near Clowne in Derbyshire, this river flows through the grounds of the most famous of the Dukeries’ stately homes, Welbeck Abbey, where it has been dammed to form a series of lakes renowned for their coarse fish. The river fishing is of no account and access to Welbeck Lakes is only possible for the general angler on the few special open days held there each season.

Trent Records

Match Catch Record:’51-8

P Sargeant in club match Sept 1

Barbel: 14-0-0 Shibbertpre-1

Bream: 5-0-0captor unknown Sept 1

Carp: 31-12-0 T Hartley (cheese)

Sept 1

Chub: 7-2-0 FWKWallis 1

Perch: 3-0-0 captor unknown Mar 1

Roach: 3-0-0 R Goddard (maggot)

June 1

Tench: 3-4-4captor unknown Aug 1 ‘this 5-hour catch taken at

Fiskerton beat the previous best 6- hour and 7} -hour records.


Rising near Todwick on the Yorkshire-Nottinghamshire border, the Ryton is a tributary of the Idle. Efforts to improve it by restocking have been hindered by pollution and where it is fishable, it is controlled. SENCE

A tributary of the Anker, the Sence has been developed as a mixed fishery offering trout and coarse fish with little or no chance for the visitor.