Astbury Mere was created within a former sand and gravel extraction pit, which has been fully restored to provide a mature lake. In total the lake extends to some 43 acres and is a very attractive piece of water set in a slight valley surrounded in part by trees. On site there are WC's and facilities to purchase food and beverages from a licensed restaurant. Access and car parking is excellent
The water is extremely attractive and many swims offer easy access. The depths range from a few feet in the shallows to 50 feet out in the middle. There are many bars and shelves and a little plumbing about will easily locate likely feeding areas.
Astbury Mere is the Society’s only owned water, having been purchased in 2002. The water is a shared amenity with a sailing club who hold a lease with Stoke-on-Trent Angling Society. Members are encouraged not to cause conflict with other water users, rather share in the enjoyment of such an outstanding venue.
Species & Stocking
The lake is known to contain good stocks of carp, perch, pike, and roach. The Society was instrumental in a previous stocking in 1988, when roach, bream, common and mirror carp from the Capesthorne Estate were stocked. The former owners stocked over 300 Carp from a southern fish farm, some of the fish coming from Woburn Abbey. Early indications show the fish are putting on weight with numerous fish of 25lb plus having been reported, in particular commons.
The water holds an estimated 50 fish over 20lb and did it's first 30lb-plus fish during 2004, with carp going to 38lb today. There have been bream to 14lbs caught and double figure pike to 27lb. Further to Environmental Agency approval the Society have also stocked catfish which go to 26lb, with Tench to the magical 10lb mark the Society continues to make Astbury Mere one of the top specimen fisheries in the North West of England. An intensive stocking program is already underway in order to make the large head of carp compete for food; huge numbers of coarse fish have been added in order to move the carp onto baits. Thousands of fish have been added over recent years with more planned for the future.
Common Bream Low Upto 14lb, average 10lb
Skimmers Large shoals <1lb
Roach Large shoals Up to 2lb
Rudd/Golden Rudd Medium <1lb
Perch Large shoals Up to 3lb
Pike Medium Up to 27lb
Tench Medium Up to 10lb, average 7lb
Common Carp High Up to 31lb
Mirror Carp High Up to 38lb 10oz with approx. 8 over 30lb
Grass Carp Low 22lb - 32lb
Wels Catfish Low Up to 26lb
Located on the A34 Newcastle Road, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 4FH, ½ mile north of Astbury Village.
Nearest Post Code CW12 4FH
Grid Reference SJ847622
Sat Nav 53.157158, -2.229515
Read all the General Rules and additional rules for the water on the Membership General Rules & Conditions page of the Members section of the website. Click Here To View
Incident requiring the Police call 101. In emergency call 999.
Carp Match 2020 - 48 Hours
Draw 9am on the last Friday in July Fish 12 noon Friday to 12 noon Sunday
To book Telephone Roger Watts (number is in the membership book)
Water will be closed to all Members not fishing the match.