River Darwen

Fishing on the River Darwen in Lancashire. River Darwen Fishing in Lancashire

The river runs through Darwen, Blackburn, Witton Park, Samlesbury to join the mighty River Ribble at Walton le Dale. 


Mouth of the River DarwenSouthport and District Angling Association offer a stretch of fishing along the River Darwen front Winery Lane into the River Ribble.



This is a short section of about 175 yards. PR5 4AR – Winery Lane is behind the Capitol Centre. Roach & Chub, especially winter.

Web: www.sdaa.org.uk


Once one of the best winter stretches in the country - River DarwenThe Next section up (shown left) was once arguably the best winter stretch of River in Lancashire if not the country for a spell.



A run of a dozen or so pegs, when the Chub were tightly packed as they often were in the winter, especially when the Ribble was running fast – guaranteed every angler 100 – 200lb Fishermen would literally sleep out all night on the river bank in the middle of the winter for one of these pegs – and i don’t mean in a nice cosy bivvy, often just in warm clothes or a sleeping bag and covered in frost by the early hours, but well worth it !

Located upstream from the Capitol Centre/ A6 Bridge we are currently unsure who controls this section, under review.



Overgrown and often hard to fish River Darwen Preston
Overgrown and often hard to fish River Darwen Preston



Upper stretches of fishing on the River Darwen to follow including the stunning Roach Bridge pool ! shown below

Roach Bridge RIver Darwen
Roach Bridge RIver Darwen


River Darwen Samlesbury Bottoms

Samlesbury Bottoms, Lancashire, PR5 0RN

Samlesbury Bottoms Fishing Contacts

Email: withnellanglers@yahoo.com

Controlled by: Withnell Angling Club

Please see also Withnell Angling Club for further details.

Parking for Fishing Samlesbury Bottoms River Darwen

Careful parking on road side.

What Fish can you catch at Samlesbury Bottoms?

This stretch of the River Darwen offers anglers Chub, Brown Trout, Dace, Roach, Carp & occasional Rainbow Trout.

Fishing the River Darwen at Samlesbury Bottoms

A very nice stretch of river providing peaceful surroundings and excellent easy access.

As with all Rivers in Lancashire there is a close season from 15th March through to the 15th June inclusive.

Location for Fishing Samlesbury Bottoms

Details correct at time of writing July 2020, but please always check before you travel as things change ! Thanks

Fishing in Lancashire