Lower Itchen Coarse


Lower Itchen, near Southampton


The fishery offers excellent coarse fishing during the winter months on the lower beats.

Access to the fishing needs to be driven with care as potholes are appearing.

One rod caught 80 grayling in one day with an average of 1 in 10 120 being over 2lbs and the best 3lb 1oz.

A number of Roach of over 2lbs have been landed and also a Leather Carp of over 20lbs.

Chub to 6lbs 14oz and Bream to over 9lbs have also figured in our catches together with Barbel to around 7lbs.

Please note that the fishing offered online does not include the services of a ghillie. If one is required please contact the fishery on the numbers opposite where details and costs of the ghillie service can be obtained.

In extreme weather conditions, please call or email the fishery prior to fishing, ie, 24-48 in advance. We cannot offer refunds for high water, if you have not contacted the fishery.


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The Lower Itchen Fishery

"The river Itchen is one of the most famous chalkstreams of Hampshire, and has inspired the writings of such legends as F M Halford and C E M Skues."

The river meanders gracefully from its source near Cheriton through Winchester to its completion in Southampton water.

Lower Itchen Fishery was founded in 1954 and consists of c. 5,300 yds making it the longest continuous stretch of the River Itchen in private ownership. The fishery is set amidst picturesque water meadows and has an abundance of animal, bird and insect life which creates an atmosphere in which to unwind from the stresses of life.

The fishery is situated under five miles from Junction 5 off the M27 providing excellent access from surrounding areas with London only 77 miles away. For the local business person, Southampton is only a few miles away allowing fishing after a day at the office or to entertain business clients at the river. With Southampton Parkway train station only 2 miles away getting from London Waterloo takes just 1 hour. For those further afield, Southampton Airport is about a 5 minute car journey away.

Once at the fishery access to the beats is via a private track which follows the course of the river and enables rods to park beside their beat, making the fishery ideal for the more mature fisherman and suitable for the disabled.

The entrance to the fishery is via Gaters Mill, which is, in itself steeped in history. There have been mills on the site since Doomsday. Within the mill complex is the Fisherman's Lodge with a kitchen area for the preparation of snacks and refreshments and a lounge area in which to sit and chat to fellow fishermen. Fishing huts and shelters are also provided at various points along the riverbank, together with BBQ facilities.

Our resident Keeper, Clayton Moorhouse, is there to help answer any questions about the river and to give advice and guidance on fishing, and act as ghillie and can be booked for 2 to 8 hours.

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Contact Details

Lyndsey Farmiloe
Lower Itchen Fishery Ltd
Embley Ridge
Gardeners Lane
S051 6AD

Mobile: 07885 175540
Tel: 023 8081 4389
E-mail: info@itchen-fishing.net