River Dove - Scropton

The river has many twists and bends providing a lot of character and interesting swims to fish from deep water to fast gravel runs. There are numerous overhanging bushes, which provide cover for many of the resident species. In addition there are countless margin features, bars and shelves, islands and shallow runs along this tree lined stretch.

Species & Stocking

The river favours classic Chub and Barbel fishing. Interest being shown in recent years by the British Barbel Society. Heavy line is a must when fishing near to snags and overhanging trees. Roach, Grayling and Perch catches have also been reported by members.


Species/Density/Weights (2015)

Bream Low Upto 4lb

Barbel Medium Upto 11lb

Chub High Upto 6lb

Grayling High Upto 2lb

Gudgeon High Upto 2oz

Perch High Upto 2lb

Pike Medium Upto 19lb

Roach High Upto 1lb 08oz

Location - Lengths E-F left hand bank downstream.

Mr A Smith, Riverside Farm, Scropton, Burton-on-Trent, DE65 5PN.


Car Park P3 for length E-F

Directions from Scropton Road continue on to Leathersley Lane, after approx 50m turn left for Brookhouse Farm go over level crossing continue to Riverside Farm park in paddock or lane near to the farm.

Post Code DE65 5PN

Grid Reference SK191300

Sat Nav 52.867701,-1.717163


Location - Lengths H-E and G-H left hand bank downstream.

Mr Henry Archer, Brookhouse Farm, Scropton, Burton-on-Trent, DE65 5PN.


Car Park P4 for length H-E

Directions from Scropton Road continue on to Leathersley Lane, after approx 50m turn left for Brookhouse Farm go over level crossing and turn sharp right immediately after crossing the brook and park vehicle before double gates, do not obstruct the track. Members may take their vehicle (at own risk) through the double gate (leave this gate open or closed as you find it - ALL other gates on the farm to be closed) and EITHER follow the track to parking area at the end of the field OR drive across the field to the left, through locked gate (code in membership book) to access the river.

Post Code DE65 5PN

Grid Reference SK183299

Sat Nav 52.866954,-1.728472


Car Park P5 for length G-H

Directions from Scropton Road continue on to Leathersley Lane, after approx 3/4 of a mile look for gated access on left to Brooms Lane (code in membership book), continue down Brooms Lane for approx 1/2 mile and park by the railway underpass, access to the river is on foot via the underpass YOU MUST NOT CROSS THE RAILWAY LINES.

Post Code DE65 5DN

Grid Reference SK174303

Sat Nav 52.870402,-1.742772

Additional Rules - All Lengths

1 The season is from 16th June to 14 March, 

Trout Fly Fishing allowed from 18th  March to 7th October in accordance with EA rules.

NO coarse anglers allowed on the river during the close season. 

2.  No visiting the river prior to the start of the season.

3. 3. Fishing session from first light to 12.30am; all members must be off the farms by 1.00am unless in position of a night permit. No camping, etc, on the banks between sessions.

4. All Land adjacent to these fisheries is private.

Members who wish to be accompanied by a non- fishing-guest must be in possession of a named Non Fishing Guest Permit for each guest.

NOTE: Failure to comply with Society rules or behaving in an inappropriate manner will result in loss of membership.


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