Warping Drain

Brief description of fishery:

The statutory coarse fish closed season applies to the Warping Drain
(No fishing is allowed between March 15th – June 15th Inclusive)

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SAA control the fishing rights on the Warping Drain from its outfall at the Trent at Owston Ferry to a point approximately 600 yards to the west of where the A161, Station Road, crosses the drain. All fishing is on the southern bank of the drain

The traditional closed season applies to this fishery, so fishing at that venue between March 15th and June 15th is not permitted.

Most, if not all, of the possible entrances to our stretch are well signposted . Any of our locks you encounter require the same club number to open them. We have included an Environment Agency lock on the same chain so that their staff, and a local farmer with grazing rights on the north bank, can also gain access when they like. Please be careful to lock these gates and arrange the locks exactly as you find them. There have been times when our members have locked our padlock through both links so the farmer cannot gain access, and it’s usually me he telephones, and shouts at, at 6 am!

It is possible to catch many Tench in one session, as well as perch to 4lb (No, not a misprint, 4lb), pike to 31 lb, and bream of 7 1/2 lb. There are a number of car parks on the stretch, all of which are easy to find.


Owston Ferry, England, United Kingdom

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To reach this fishery you need to head out of Scunthorpe on the A18. Once over Keadby Bridge you take the next left towards Althorpe. Follow the west bank of the River Trent into Owston Ferry. That road, once in Owston Ferry itself, turns a sharp right at The White Hart pub into the market place. Follow that road through the village and take the third left turn into Station Road. About a mile out of the village is a left turn, sign posted ‘weak bridge’. Take that left turn and you will cross the drain. The main E.A. car park is on the left, just prior to the bridge over the drain. Again this is fitted with one of our combination locks with the same combination.

If you carry on over the bridge the road bends sharp right and follows the drain for some distance. We have provided four bridges over the dyke to the south of Warping Drain to provide easier access to the bank. You are also able to park on the grass verge near to these bridges.

Beyond the last bridge there is a pull in on the right where you can also park up and access the Drain bank. At that location there is a concrete slipway and the drain itself narrows where there used to be another farm bridge, long since lost to the elements. Just to maintain the confusion here, that location is locally referred to as ‘four bridges’. (That’s Owston Ferry for you !!)

If you were qto carry on along that road you would reach a crossroads where you turn right towards East Lound. All fishing is from the south bank. The north bank has problems in that the E.A. are keen to preserve some of the wildlife in the area, and the local farmers have grazing rights, (or at least their cattle have!). Please do not fish anywhere other than a designated peg. Please do not fish on the concrete ramp (just above the Pylon stretch) as this is the only point at which a wheelchair user can fish on the entire Drain. Please leave this free for wheelchair users. Thank you.



  • Tench
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Bream