Drayton reservoir in Daventry, Northants, will shortly be undergoing structural repairs and will be closed from mid September until mid November. As part of ongoing maintenance work across the network, British Waterways has decided to carry out the work in the autumn so that the reservoir can collect winter rainfall effectively.
Drayton reservoir was built in the early 1800’s to feed water into the Braunston Summit on the
Grand Union Canal
. Repairs will be done to an outlet valve, which controls the water levels, and also to the dam wall to prevent leakage.
The reservoir is a very popular destination for walkers and anglers. British Waterways would like to reassure any angling clubs with match bookings that they will be in touch shortly and will work hard to accommodate as many matches as possible nearby.
Before maintenance work begins, the water level of the reservoir will be lowered and all fish including carp, perch, roach, pike and tench will be rescued and removed to other venues.
British Waterways would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused as there will be no access for visitors during this time. After works are complete, the reservoir will be rewatered and fish will be restocked in the spring.

Total Fishing understands that BW are taking the opportunity to move the big fish of Drayton to Naseby and Makin’s, and will be restocking Drayton with smaller carp. More news on that when we get it.