Bishops Bowl Fishery’s new owners Shaun and Sarah Smart have been working hard making a lot of fishery improvements, including opening up some of the venue’s waters that were previously only fishable by a select few.

Shaun is an angler and he knows what’s required, and since he took over in early 2010 has already made vast improvements to the £7-a-day, seven-lake venue, a former limestone quarry, by making swims accessible, introducing fish stocks, and giving tips to visiting anglers.
“Our vision for the fishery is to provide a top venue for the match, club, pleasure and specimen angler, whilst preserving and respecting the fish and surrounding wildlife, and maintaining the unique environment of the site,” he says. Plans are in place to build a number of fisherman’s holiday lodges, a restaurant and bar and a tackle shop.
A series of open matches will start this Saturday, May 22nd, and the plan is to rotate the fishing across the pools on the Bishops Itchington complex so the fish are given a chance to rest. It’s £16 all-in with the draw at 8am and fishing 10am to 3pm. Contact Shaun Smart on 07970 196044 or 01926 612379 or to get a feel for the place, visit