Where to catch Zander in Northamptonshire

Whilton marina is the place to be.

Whilton Marina, Grand Union Canal

Day ticket or syndicate: Day ticket
Price: £3-6
How do I get a ticket: On the bank
How busy is it: Empty
Can you drive to the swims: No
On site facilities: None
Nearest tackle shop: Northampton
Average size: 2-4lb
Max realistic size: 8-10lb Zander, 20lb+ Pike
Realistic catch rate: 3-10 per day
Best swim(s): Marina side of the foot bridge
Best method: Wobbling a dead bait
Best bait: Sprats
Ideal fishing range: 0-20 yards
Strange rules you should know: You're not supposed to fish the marina!
Skill level to catch: Beginner
Location: Whilton Marina, Whilton.

A great place to catch Zander in Northamptonshire?

Cutting a long story short the Whilton Locks stretch (near the go karting track) is absolutely chocker block full of zander (and pike).

I’m not talking a few handfuls in places around the area that you’ll have to search for, I’m talking everywhere, thousands of them and they go big too.

My first venture around the marina for a few hours in winter resulting in a dozen zander landed up to 4 or 5lb with many more lost, not to mention several double figure pike.

A simple rig consisting of 2 small trebles on a wire trace and a free-lined sprat twitched around the marina slowly accounting for all the fish.

I’ve been there several times since and not once left disappointed, a friend of mine landed a zander around the 8lb mark.

The marina itself is where it’s at, you’re technically not allowed to fish it, but it really depends on what locals/residents are around as to how long you can get away with it for. On a cold winter’s day you can be there all morning without a peep.

Lures haven’t really worked well for us, stick to wobbling dead-baits, you’ll catch right under your feet.

Keep your head down and stay away from the boats and you’ll often be fine all day.

Worst case scenario, walk over the lock and fish towards the entrance of the marina, it’s not as good but you’ll still bank several fish.


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Chappers has been angling since he was five and has spent the last 10-years fishing across the World. Catching carp to 60lb, wild Arapaima to 400lbs, Siamese carp over 200lb, Maekong Catfish to 250lb and 100lb Redtail catfish.

Chappers | 24th January 2020