2020/21 River Coarse Fishing Season begins on 16-06-2020!

Fishing on the River Derwent at Belper

The coarse fishing season opens on the River Derwent at 00:01 on Tuesday June 16th.

If you wish to fish the Derwent on a day ticket, you may do so from sunrise provided that you have purchased a day ticket in advance from one of our official ticket outlets. NO DAY TICKETS ARE SOLD ON THE BANK.

If you wish to night fish on the river, or fish before sunrise, you will need to become a member by purchasing an annual permit prior to fishing. NO SEASON TICKETS OR PERMITS ARE SOLD ON THE BANK.

River Fishing Season Closes at Midnight on March 14th

All members & day ticket anglers should be aware that the annual river close season comes into force from midnight March 14th, lasting until the rivers reopen to coarse fishing on June 16th.

The only way you can now fish our stretch of the Derbyshire Derwent is to fly fish for the trout.  Local byelaws apply.

Of course, our members can still coarse fish Wyver Lane Pond and our stretch of the Erewash Canal whilst the rivers are closed, for our stocks of carp, silver fish, bream & tench.

Also, don’t forget to renew your EA Rod Licence, which may expire during the close season. It is a condition of fishing club waters that all anglers are in posession of a valid rod licence.

2019/20 River Coarse Fishing Season begins on 16-06-2019!

Fishing on the River Derwent at Belper

The coarse fishing season opens on the River Derwent at 00:01 on Sunday June 16th.

If you wish to fish the Derwent on a day ticket, you may do so from sunrise provided that you have purchased a day ticket in advance from one of our official ticket outlets. NO DAY TICKETS ARE SOLD ON THE BANK.

If you wish to night fish on the river, or fish before sunrise, you will need to become a member by purchasing an annual permit prior to fishing. NO SEASON TICKETS OR PERMITS ARE SOLD ON THE BANK.

If anyone is planning on fishing this Sunday 16th June, take a look at this video, shared on our Club’s Facebook page, showing a very coloured but very fishable River Derwent on June 15th, despite the heavy rain we’ve seen in the last week:

Good luck to everyone fishing the river tomorrow!

River Derwent fishing peg improvements – new platforms installed on Sewerage Works section at Belper

Stepped fishing pegs created at Belper on the River Derwent

This year, and particularly over the river close season, a small group of committee and club members have been extremely busy on our stretch of the Derbyshire Derwent; particularly the area known as the “Sewerage Works” section – downstream of Morrisons & the rubgy club in Belper. View a slideshow carousel of photos of the work.

Thanks to the hard work of these volunteers, new fishing pegs have been created and several existing pegs have been vastly improved – both upstream & downstream of the famous pipe bridge/foot bridge which crosses out stretch here. These fishing pegs will benefit match anglers, pleasure anglers and specialists alike – making it more comfortable to fish some of our most popular and productive swims; noted for chub, bream, perch and barbel.

Please visit these pegs, fish from them and let us know what you catch using our online catch report form.

Particular thanks must be given to Adi, Martin and Peter, who attended all or most of the work parties. This work would not have happened without them and the club is extremely grateful for their efforts. Other special mentions must go to Phil, Phil’s wife, Robert , Martin and Wayne; who each helped out at one or more of the peg improvement working parties.

This is a continuation of work undertaken in 2018 to replace and improve the fishing platforms on our members-only stretch of the Derwent beside Wyver Lane Pond.

If you would like to help with future working parties, please get in touch via our Facebook page or our contact form. We are always in need of extra pairs of hands and we encourage all members who have the time and are physically able, to help at as many work parties as possible. Great work, which benefits all members, is done during these days and we are always grateful for any help we receive.

The club plans to continue this work to increase and improve the pegs on our stretch of the Derwent. Much of which is under-fished, partly due to its “wild” nature. We’re hopeful that this programme of peg creation will increase the number of anglers wanting to fish the stretch and improve match turnout for any future events held on the river.

With the 2019/20 river season about to start, why not get down to fish the Derwent and try out our improved pegs, which can be fished on day ticket or season permit (all tickets must be purchased in advance – no tickets are sold on the bank).

2019 River Season Reopens on June 16th!

River Derwent chub fish at Belper

This is a reminder to all anglers who wish to coarse fish the Belper section of the River Derwent, either as a club member or on day ticket, that rivers in England & Wales reopen to coarse angling on The Glorious 16th – Sunday June 16th. That’s just a month away!

You can fish the majority of our stretch of the Derwent around Belper on a day ticket, although the small length around Wyver Lane Pond is available exclusively to club members with season permits.

If you would like to join our club there is still time to purchase an annual ticket. Please view our Membership & Day Ticket Info page for further details.

The club would like to wish “Tight lines” to all anglers fishing our waters.

Please remember to take photos of your captures and send them to us via our online catch report.

River Derwent – new season captures June 2018

River Derwent Chub caught at Belper

Alfreton-based angler and BDAC member, Andrew Kennedy, enjoyed a great early morning float fishing session on our stretch of the River Derwent near Belper last week, showing the river’s potential for both coarse and game species.

He sent us details of his session using our catch report & photo form and had the following to say:

“I had a really enjoyable session on the Derwent last Saturday morning, before work. I got off the mark for the season with no less than 5 species! With chub, trout, barbel, perch and grayling all caught. I landed a total of 4 chub, ranging from 3lb to a specimen chub just shy of 5lb; all on the float. Most fish took trotted caster or worm, with the barbel taking a banded pellet on swimfeeder. Great fun and just reward for a dawn start!”

You can fish our length of the Derbyshire Derwent on both season permit and day ticket.

Have you been catching on BDAC waters? Please send us details of your captures, with photos too if possible. You can choose whether the information you send us is kept private by the club, or made public on our website.

Information on all captures is helpful to the club because it helps us to monitor fish stocks and growth rates on our venues.

River Derwent fishing peg improvements – new platforms installed at Belper

Fishing peg improvement work on the River Derwent at Belper

Over the weekend the club has been working hard making improvements to fishing pegs on our stretch of the River Derwent at Belper.

Club and committee members made a fantastic contribution to river access during the club’s latest work party. Some of our wooden fishing platforms were rotten and in disrepair, so our team worked tirelessly to remove the old platforms and replace them with two brand-new platforms.

These platforms allow anglers to float fish the river with ease, as they move the peg out several feet from the bank. Of course, this benefits leger and swimfeeder fishermen too, but this extra distance from the bank makes float control whilst trotting so much easier.

These platforms also benefit anglers with reduced mobility, providing a safe, flat and comfortable platform to enable bank fishing for all.

These peg improvements are the latest part of our wider work to improve river access and fishing pegs along our most popular stretches of the Derbyshire Derwent. We’ll provide further updates as and when more improvements are made. If you’re a club member who would like to provide your time to help on future work parties, please get in touch.

Massive dace & roach bags caught in River Derwent match!

Dace and roach bags caught match fishing on River Derwent

Just before Christmas several club and committee members fished a light-hearted 3-hour match on the River Derwent, just upstream of Belper town centre, and landed some fantastic winter bags of silver fish!

The top 5 anglers weighed in: 11lb 2oz, 10lb 14oz, 9lb, 7lb 2oz and 3lb 14oz, with the predominant species being dace and roach. That is some serious winter sport for any river!

Our club runs a full programme of matches, held throughout the year, and this Christmas Eve river match may become the next addition to our match calendar.

We run a series of short summer evening matches, which often need 16lb+ to win!

If you’d like to sample some of our red-hot, winter river fishing for yourself, or if you’re a match angler who would like to join our club scene, then please consider becoming a member.

SALMON caught from Belper & District AC stretch of the Derwent!

Derbyshire Derwent Salmon caught at Belper - river Derwent game fish capture

A historic, rare and special capture was reported to one of our water bailiffs, recently.  A visiting angler spent a few hours lure fishing whilst visiting the area and had quite a suprise when he hooked and landed a “silver tourist”!

Derbyshire Derwent salmon!

The cock salmon was hooked close to Belper town centre, on a small Fox spinner which was intended for pike & perch. Despite being hooked on 50lb braid, the fight from the fish was of such intensity that it still took 45 minutes to land!

Derbyshire Derwent Salmon caught at Belper - river Derwent game fish
This salmon – caught from the Derbyshire Derwent at Belper in late 2017 by a lure angler – might be the first salmon caught on rod & line in Derbyshire for over a Century! It was safely released, alive.

The lucky angler had purchased one of our discounted Autumn permits, available from October onwards, to take advantage of fishing our stretch of the Derwent.

This salmon capture is highly significant. It may be the first salmon caught on rod & line in Derbyshire in well over a century! Certainly we cannot find any mentions of captures from the Derwent, and earlier in 2017 another cock salmon was found dead at Belper weir, which was the first salmon recorded at Belper for over 100 years!

Belper is only a few miles from the centre of England (Morton parish, Derbyshire) – as far inland and away from the sea as an English town can be. So in order to get here, this salmon has successfully negotiated the Humber estuary and passed through large towns and cities such as Hull, Gainsborough, Newark, Nottingham and Derby. It has overcome numerous weirs – including many formidable ones on the Trent, such as Collingham Weir – and has swum over 140 miles inland, upriver! That is one incredible journey, and we’re pleased to say that the captor released the fish alive and reported that it swam off strongly – hopefully far enough to meet a female at their spawning grounds.

Who knows, the parr this fish helped create may already be hatching in the Derwent…?!

The River Derwent once had a thriving salmon population and this significant capture is yet more evidence that salmon are migrating further up-river and in greater numbers than has been seen for decades.  The whole River Trent catchment is seeing an increase in salmon numbers which is great news for Derbyshire.

Other recent mentions of salmon in the River Derwent:


Further information on the Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar), and salmon conservation in the UK:


Have you spotted or caught a salmon in the Derwent?

Although the above capture is historically rare, recent conservation efforts seem to be slowly increasing the number of salmon travelling upstream in the Trent system, including the River Derwent. If you have any verified sightings or captures of salmon from the river, please send us an email via our contact page.