About the River Trent fishery
The Soldiers & Sailors AC stretch of the River Trent known as Polo Fields is situated upstream of Trent Lock. Ample car parking is available in the car park at the end of Lock lane at Trent Lock. The car park also has Erewash Borough Council provided public conveniences.
A short walk passed the Trent Lock public house to the left of the access road will have you arrive on the banks of the River Trent in front of the pub lawn. If you turn right and walk upstream on the gravel bank-side road you will arrive at a access gate near a small holding, and a couple of permanently moored boats.
This is the start of Polo fields on the River Trent where the Soldiers & Sailors AC waters stretches right up to the railway bridge that you can just see in the distance. A notice board to the left of the access gate also indicates the start of the Soldiers & Sailors AC club waters. The railway bridge and footbridge access to Sawley locks and Sawley Marina indicate the end of the Polo fields club waters.
There are no permanent pegs, and the trees and bank-side vegetation is very overgrown. There are a few existing defined pegs, but the vegetation will need to be cut down for any new pegs. Please be aware there can be some very deep water in the river margins, everybody should exercise extreme caution.
The fish and Locations
Top of the stretch and Railway Bridge
The natural river bed tends to dictate to some degree which species frequent particular areas. And of course the water conditions, and the time of year will all effect where the fish feel most comfortable. At the top of the Polo fields the main flow under the railway bridge tends to increase in speed over large submerged rocks, and become more turbulent. The rocks and other solid debris was probably used in the Railway bridge construction. Shortly after flowing under the arches the river bed becomes a very snaggy and then flows into a deep hole.
Information from a recent fish finder exploration in 2016 have estimated the river bed hole could be as deep as 27 feet. This depth of water would be a “natural larder”, and also offer the fish some protection from predators. In the summer months this area can be particularly good for bream and barbel fishing.
Most specimen anglers that fish Polo field now days tend to have more success during the hours of darkness. Because the water clarity is generally fairly clear I think the fish feel safer during darkness, hence allowing the fish to feed more confidently.
This part of Polo fields is not the area to use light tackle, the river bed seems to have a abundance of snags. Strong line and decent hooks are definitely the order of the day, and still be prepared of tackle losses!. This strong tackle is required to try and bully the fish out of their natural habitat. To lose fish and terminal tackle in rocks, and other snags can be very frustrating, especially after waiting long periods between bites.
Middle section also known as “The High bank”
The River Trent in this stretch tends to slow up, and become slightly shallower with a average depth of around 12 to 14 feet. The river bed is also less snaggy, and the bank-side trees and vegetation can be very challenging!.
Stick float and waggler methods are a good bets here, but be prepared for 12-13 foot of water on the stick float line. The use of longer 14-15 foot rods could help with the depths and better bait presentation.
This deep slow water seems to hold decent shoals of roach, bream and some big perch. Although the river is not fished as much as it use to be I do know of anglers that regularly fish here, they have always caught fish, and have had some really good nets of 15-20 pounds of fish.
The feeder can also be successful, whether block-end with maggots for roach and skimmers, or a open-end groundbait feeder for the better bream. And of course fishing the river who’s knows what the next species of fish could be!.
Mud Flats and Dry Dyke
Moving down to the mud flats/dry dyke area the River Trent’s flow really slows up almost to a standstill, or even flowing opposite to the main direction of flow at times. The depth here increases to around 20 feet in places, and has always held some decent bream.
The feeder can excel here for the bream which can run to 5 to 6 pounds, plus the chance of even bigger fish. The mud flats are very popular with some river carp anglers, but you don’t always hear of their successes. Barbel anglers will also try this area during times of high waters and heavy floods. The theory is they believe the barbel will drop down to the mudflats to rest from the temporary fast flowing current.
The lack of flow shouldn’t put you off fishing the stick float. Maggots and casters on the stick float line can tempt the roach, and some big bream on the day. To coach the stick float down your swim may take some patience with very little flow.
The First Meadow
This meadow runs from the middle access gate down stream to Trent Lock. Some pegs are virtually impossible to access due to the abundance of mature willow trees. Limited natural pegs are available in this meadow, which can also be snaggy in certain areas.
One notable peg is called locally “the transformer peg”, which not surprising is situated near a transformer located on overhead power line poles. There is also a very large rock at the water edge which restricts the undergrowth and leaves a clear peg to fish from.
The fishing still can be very challenging with the prevailing down stream wind blowing in to this bank. Good presentation can be difficult under these conditions. Some large perch tend to frequent this stretch of river, probably because of the snaggy river bed.
Match results years ago always highlighted how good the first two pegs in the first meadow can be. They might be a bit of a snag pit, and difficult to find a comfortable bank to fish from. The fishing could compensate anglers very well if they overcome these problems.
Polo fields has always had a reputation for winter pike fishing. The pike catches can be very rewarding for the hardy pike anglers that brave the winter conditions. I’m sure big pike do exist in the River Trent, and this stretch of river, but I’ve never been aware of any big ones.
SEASON TICKET HOLDERS ONLY, NO DAY TICKETS ARE SOLD ON THE BANK Season tickets MUST be purchased before fishing. Please see the Membership page for details of where to obtain season tickets from.
No Sweetcorn or Meat or any TINS to be left on the bank.
The use of keepnets is allowed
Leave no litter, and remember discarded hooks and line harms Wildlife. Please take home and dispose of these items.
Enjoy your fishing!.
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Polo field match bookings 2017