There are good stocks of grayling in the river and its tributaries that are mainly fished for by trout anglers during the trout season, and some beats allow grayling fishing - by fly only - during the winter months.
The river also has good stocks of coarse fish - roach, dace, carp and chub - but other than the Timsbury Fishery on the lower Test very few trout fisheries allow coarse angling. The Timsbury Fishery lets coarse fishing by the day at a reasonable cost on the main river during the winter months (November to March), and all year on its well stocked lakes.
Still water coarse fishing is available at Broadlands Lake, Green Ridge Farm, Longbridge Lake and Whin Whistle Lake near Romsey, Golden Pond at Stockbridge, Vale Farm Fishery at Longparish and Peril Lake near Andover.
There are many other coarse fishing venues/lakes in the area - click here
for more information.
Winchester City Council
allows coarse fishing in the winter months between the weirs in the city and on the Itchen Navigation between Black Bridge and St Catherines Lock. Fishing is free.