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Astbury Mere

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 over 40lb today. There have been bream to 16lbs caught and double figure pike to 27lb. Further to Environmental Agency approval the Society have also stocked catfish which go to 60lb plus , 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.


Species/Density/Weights (2024)

Common Bream Low Upto 16lb, 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 plus

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 60lb plus



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

Additional Rules:

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.

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