The fishing rights on the Hampshire Avon in Fordingbridge Recreation are owned by the town council. It is famous for its specimen fish that are caught every year. Over the past few years, Roach have been caught to over 3lb, Chub to 7lb  and 1lb Dace. The British pike record was once caught from near here weighing 37lb 8oz although that was back in 1944! You will also find Barbel, Brown Trout, Grayling and Perch.The Avon’s salmon population is increasing and I have seen large salmon over the past few seasons in the pool below the bridge. 

There are approximately 12 swims that vary from 2 to 7ft deep. Depending on the time of year and swim will dictate the method of fishing, trotting with a centre-pin or perhaps feeder fishing. Bait wise will again depend on the time of year. Minnows can be a problem if using maggots especially in the summer but bread, corn, hempseed, caster, luncheon meat to name just a few baits can all have their day! I hope to be able to give frequent updates on how the rec is fishing as well as river conditions. I don't profess to be an expert fisherman but I do have over 25 years  experience of fishing this beautiful river. I have more stories of blanks than successful days but as time goes on, its the red letter days that are still so vivid in my mind and as clear as the water flowing in the  Hampshire Avon!!

Check out Ray Waltons YouTube . This was done last summer when the rec can be busy on sunny days. 

 Keep your eyes open for Ken!!

20th March 2018

Well that's the end of another season. The park I believe fished very well this year with numerous 2lb Roach and a reported 3lber although I didn't see that one! My best Roach of this season from the Park was 2lb 6oz.  The last week picked up nicely and word got out as it was very busy for a change. I spent the last day on the Stour for a nice bag of Roach, bream, dace and chub. Now its time to clean the gear and get the boat ready for the sea bass!

Paul and a 5lb plus chub

23 February

Congratulation to Garry from Devon for his first Avon 2lb Roach and what  a lovely fish it is weighing in at 2lb 41/2oz.


Tickets cost £5.00 per day or £2.50 for juniors and OAP. These must be purchased in advance as no tickets are sold on the bank.

Available from Riverside Kiosk and Fordingbridge Tourist Information Office.