Location in the South East:
Aldermaston Mill, Berkshire, England.
Bailiff Peter Arlott on 0118 971 2365 [office] or 07881 620554 [mobile].
Day tickets cost £14.00, with concessions costing £7. Tickets available on the bank.
Meat, pellet, paste, maggot, caster, bread flake.
From the A4 north of Aldermaston, take the A340 towards basingstoke. After a mile, turn right into the Old Mill.
Aldermaston Mill offers one of the few opportunities for day ticket fishing on the River Kennet. This is where the River Enbourne joins the River Kennet and it offer some excellent coarse fishing, especially for big barbel and chub. The famous lawn swims below the weir are popular spots to try.
Try swim feeder tactics with maggots on hot days when the water is clear and meat when the water is coloured. The upper swims has slower water and holds good numbers of carp, bream and roach. Trotted maggots, casters or bread work well.
This venue can get very busy in the summer and at weekends so get there early if you want a swim.
Reader feedback: Michael Allen, Sept. 2006
I recently fished Aldermaston Mill and there were 8 other fishermen there, weather perfect ... no one caught a thing. I've been there and caught barbel and chub but this is the first time for ten years - what a difference. I would strongly advise anyone thinking of going there not to bother. I fished no less than 3 "hotspots" and the guys on the lawn had driven from leeds. They were not amused either. And the price is now £12 a day - never again.
Reader feedback: Jason hanley, January 2007
"Have just been to Aldermaston Mill (near Reading) for a day fishing on the Kennet. I arrived to be greeted by the most quintessential English postcard setting - this has to be one of the top 5 most beautiful fisheries in the South of England. Peter the Bailiff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable and keeps the swims almost snag free and very clean. I didn't catch but had several knocks and fell in love with the setting, runs and glides and would heartily recommend a visit to any Barbel, Chub or Perch fanatic seeking weir pools and a "How to Fish" venue (to coin the title of a superb piscatorial book by Chris Yates I also genuinely recommend to any other lovers of fishing in a gentlemanly fashion)."
Reader feedback: R Probert, June 2007
My dad and I visited Aldermaston Mill on the River Kennet 22nd/23rd June and would like to say what a fantastic venue this is for the budding barbel angler. This was our first venture for river barbel and my dad had an 11lb 8oz as his first ever and me 8lb 12oz and 5lb 10oz plus lost several others. The bali ff 'Peter' is the most pleasant bali ff I have ever come across and is very helpful with tips and advice - Want to catch a Barbel? This is the venue, its got weirs, river and whirlpools - 10/10
Reader feedback: Dan Smith, August 2007
Fished the Mill yesterday, first time, what a place. Peter is super friendly and very informative. Caught two cracking Barbel. Would highly recommend.
Reader feedback: Terry Flicker, Essex, September 2007
Just spent a day at the ''Mill'' ... excellent place. Peter was really helpful, my friend caught his first barbel and was delighted, will definitely go back for more.
Reader feedback: Tony Bissett, September 2007
Spent a great day at the "Mill". Excellent place, Peter was really helpful, with his help I caught my first barbel after trying for them everywhere else including the Thames. Also had what looked like a sea trout. Will definitely come back for more. Thanks again, Tony
Reader feedback: Tony Ayres, October 2007
Fished the mill on monday, had a great day. My friend caught a seven pound barbel at the river. I fished the lake and caught 2 bream, one was 6lb 8oz and another was 7lb 9oz which the bailiff said was a new lake record. Also caught a 11lb carp. Great day ! Would recommend any one going to definitely go
Reader feedback: Alex Price, June 2008
Fished the Old Mill on several occasions between November 2007 and March 2008. Was a novice river angler and had never caught a barbel before but was very keen to do so. Peter has been a source of encouragement and expertise during my recent learning curve. I didn't catch on the first occasion but ultimately caught a handsome 11lb specimen and another 7lbs fish. The setting is glorious no matter what season, the river bailiff couldn't be more helpful, the fish are there, but as with any "true" sport fishing situation there are no guarantees - but what a wonderful place to wait and learn in.
Reader feedback: Steve Maslen, Oct 2008
Fished the old mill last weekend and it did not fail me again. I have been fishing this water on and off for at least 25 years when Peter's father used to run it. Its not as prolific as it was but the fish are bigger and it still gives up a surprise now and then. I have had days when I have blanked but the surroundings make up for that. My last visit gave me another double 10.5lb and a 6.4lb barbel and I lost three which is rare but one was under the cill of the main weir and the others in the weed bed snags off the lawn swims. Anyone going to the Old Mill don't be put off by any blanks - you will find fish.
Steve from Basildon
Reader feedback: Tony, Jan 2009
Two of us fished aldermaston mill 3/1/09 - not a fish to be had. Approx 12 fishing, only 2 small jacks caught. Couldn't buy a bite on single maggot on 2lb line 18 hook. Fished until after dark. Very disappointed, place seems devoid of fish. Won't be going back.
Reader feedback: Nick Patterson, March 2009
Fished Old Mill for the first time two weeks ago (10th March) with four friends. Stunning location and friendly, helpful welcome from the chef!
Followed Peter's advice and had a great day - eight chub for over 40lb and a perch of over 2lb - lost four monsters but was fishing on a 16 hook to 4lb so I was pushing my luck a bit (couldn't buy a bite on a 14 hook!)
Will I be back? You kidding? Can't wait!
Many thanks Peter for your help and advice - much appreciated.
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