The Twenty Foot

The Twenty Foot Drain, starts at the Old Nene just outside March and runs towards Peterborough. It is slightly wider then the Forty Foot, and it’s depth varies. It is renowned for it’s pike fishing, but the tench, bream and roach fishing can be just as rewarding.

I tend to fish between Goosetree corner and the junction with the Old Nene. This stretch belongs to March And District Angling Association. I have also fished it at it’s lower reaches at Pondersbridge (Bevills Leam) which belongs to Whittlesey  Angling Association (W.A.A).

Baits And Methods

Bream and Tench

To get the quality fish, the best method is feeder. Magic mixed with hemp, maggots and breadcrumb work a treat. Especially in the deeper areas of the drain between the Old Nene junction and Goosetree corner. Simple waggler methods also works a treat.


Pike and Zander

There are some lovely pike here. 25ib+ fish are not unheard of. There are also some zander. My first trip here caught me a zander just over 11ib. This was on roach dead bait.

The best method I find is a leger setup with mackerel or sardine. Float fished baits also work a treat. Try fishing near reed beds and other features. I have done very well near one of the old railway bridges. The roach shoal up every winter round this. I tend to fish the waggler and catch a few, then use them as live bait. The pike go crazy and I have netted seven in one session. Some were into double figures. 

All of the Twenty Foot drain is club owned.

Details of the clubs below:

Old Nene Junction up to Goosetree Corner

March And District Angling Association – Visit local tackle shops for info.

Goosetree Corner to Pondersbridge (Bevills Leam)

Whittlesey Angling Association (W.A.A)









11 Responses to The Twenty Foot

  1. Dave Marrs says:

    Nice website mate, I’m enjoying reading about your exploits – takes me back to my own time on the Fens, awesome place and great to fish.

  2. Great website… Although ive fished most of the drains ovet the past 25+ years… i still find new places thanks to excellent sites like this one..

    Good work

    • admin says:

      Many thanks Phil for the positive comments.
      That’s the great thing about living in the fens. So much water to explore, and will never run out of places to go.

  3. Roger Fawkes says:

    Hi mate can you tell me what stretches of the Twenty Foot are open to the public please . I’m new to the area and river fishing. Hope to hear from you . Cheers

    • admin says:

      Hi Roger,
      Most of the Twenty Foot is open to the public, but is controlled by Whittlesey Angling Association. Link below to the website. There is also a detailed map showing the stretches you can fish.
      Hope this helps!

  4. C Wilson says:

    Just started fishing again and had some great times fishing the twenty foot near the water treatment works. A few years ago stages where built which was great. Now all over grown and loads of weeds. Who is responsible for the upkeep and keeping swims free from weed ? Thanks in advance

    • Admin says:


      When I fished it, it belonged to March and District Angling club. I think it still does, but not fished that end of the twenty foot for a long time, so not entirely sure now.

      There is a tackle in shop called Millview, which would have more up to date info on this area of the twenty foot.

      Hope this helps.


  5. Vince Aronica says:


    Sorry to trouble you. I’ve been looking on the web about pike fishing at Thorney Toll. I use to go there about 20years ago and you get day tickets from the petrol station on the main road. The station doesn’t do them anymore. On google map there’s a sign that says TGA water, cant find any details of them. I was just wondering if you know the water and if its still a day ticket. The local tackle shops haven’t got any information.

    Many thanks for help

    • admin says:

      Hi Vince,
      I have never fished thorney toll and tend to fish near Crowland, when I am over that way.
      It could belong to Tydd Gote Angling Club, which I know have a few waters in that area. Probably worth looking it up and checking.
      However, I do know they sell day tickets on the bank aswell.
      Hope this helps.

      • Vince Aronica says:

        Hello. Thank you for the reply to my message. Yes, it certainly helps. Once again thank you very much.

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