River Thames – Sonning, Berkshire

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Venue Information

This water consists of one and a quarter miles of the River Thames in Berkshire, species that can be caught at this venue are Chub, Barbel, Roach, Dace, Perch, Pike, Carp, Gudgeon and Bleak. The banks are tree lined which gives some cover and some good holding areas.

The downstream boundary is just upstream from St Patricks Stream, the first ten pegs give some excellent Chub, Barbel, Bream, Roach and Dace fishing swims area very deep in the edge about 14 feet, moving upstream the swims shallow up to about 6 to 9 feet. Then you come to the upstream boundary here the depth vary from 8 feet to about 12 feet again there is some excellent Chub, Barbel, Bream, Roach fishing.

This venue has produced Chub to 7lb 14oz, Barbel over 14lb, Roach to 2lb, Dace to 12oz and bream to 12lb over the seasons of 2011/2012.
There are two locked car parks, one at St Patricks stream end and the other at Sonning road bridge end of the fishery.

Post Code RG10 9TN

Directions to the water

Proceed to South Mimms and take the M25 anti-clockwise to the M40 (junction 16). Follow the signs to Oxford as far as junction 4 which is the A404. Turn left onto the A404. Pass Marlow bridge (over the Thames) to a roundabout, straight over to the first turning on the left (about 3/4 mile), signposted for Henley, turn left onto this road to the next roundabout straight over the roundabout signposted Burchetts Green, keep on this road until it meets the A4.

Turn right towards Reading, continue for about six miles until reaching a roundabout signposted to Sonning.(Texaco Garage on the left hand side). take the 3rd exit off B478 (this will take you to the top end of the fishery.

The entrance to the car park is on the B478 opposite Sonning farm post code RG4 6TJ go through the gate follow the track until you come to a left turn signposted Aquatic Laboratory go down to the gates and park on the left hand side.Then go through the gate on the left down to the next set of gates, go through the right hand side and walk down the track to the river. Please close these gates. (these are not the same gates as above)

Bottom end of the fishery

For the bottom end of the fishery follow directions to the Texaco Garage and take the 4th exit off the roundabout on the A4, after about 50 yards turn left into Milestone Avenue Post Code RG10 9TN the car park is on the left after the houses on the right (about 450 yards).

Tips & Techniques

Baits include hemp, caster, maggot, pellet, paste and meat all work well on their day.
There are a lot of boats in the summer but in our experience we have found that once you get the swim going the boats do not worry the fish, after all they are there all the time.


The Best on 3 Bream

15lb 2oz Barbell