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River Sow

The River Sow is a fascinating little river with a maximum width of only 3 metres. The society leases a 1-mile stretch including both banks just down from the road bridge. An interesting feature is the weir pool close to Great Bridgeford Hall Farm.


In the summer there can be an amount of weed but trotting the gaps will usually throw up a few surprises. In the winter the water actually tends to shallow up without the weed to hold it back and is crystal clear only colouring up after heavy rain, spend time and you will be amazed at the size of some of the fish that drift past you!

Species & Stocking

The River Sow is known for its quality Chub, Roach, Bream and Perch fishing. Remarkably the Chub and Bream can go to 3-4lbs in weight. The fish hold up in shoals around the weir and the sharp winding bends. There are Pike to be caught, which tend to be located from any area but in particular can be found in close proximity to the shoal fish. The Environment Agency have previously stocked the river with small Chub and Barbel.


Species/Density/Weights (2015)

Roach High Upto 1lb

Perch High Upto 3lb, average 1lb

Pike Medium Upto 19lb

Chub High Upto 5lb, average 3lb

Barbel Medium Upto 4lb



River Sow, Whitegreave Lane, Great Bridgeford, Stafford, ST18 9SH.


Directions from junction 14 of the M6 take the A5013 Eccleshall Road towards Great Bridgeford, after approx 1 mile turn right into Whitegreave Lane. Park on Whitegreave Lane. Keep track clear. No parking at farm. Access to river over gate opposite Whitegreave Lane on A5013 and through gate via lane upstream of bridge.


Post Code ST18 9SH

Grid Reference SJ884269

Sat Nav  52.840115,-2.173102 

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 

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