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:
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.
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.
“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!”
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.
This is a reminder to all anglers who wish to fish our 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 – Saturday June 16th.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.