Ivel Protection Association (IPA)
members of the Ivel Protection Association,
giving members access to around eight miles of
the river and its tributaries.
A few words on what to expect for
fishing the IPA Waters:-
Biggleswade Common and
Backmeadows: These sections are some of the best
fishing on the Ivel with the river at it's
fastest and flowing over a lot of gravel. Look
to catch barbel and chub on these stretches.
Most methods will work ,but this is excellent
pole fishing water and step up the elastic as
you never know what to expect. A number of
double figure barbel were caught last year with
most fish averaging 7lbs. Chub in this section
are prolific with plenty of 4lb plus fish
ranging up to over 6lbs. Biggleswade common also
holds a prolific bream shoal with fish to over
Broom to Biggleswade: A number of
hot spots in this section try Buries Hole which
is the confluence of the Mill Stream and main
river down stream of Jordan's Mill Broom. A lot
of chub in this section but some other surprises
are in store with almost anything turning up.
Sandy New Road: A slower section
which has suffered like most of the river from
cormorant predation. However it contains some
big fish so try out the bends and look to catch
the big chub and barbel in this section.
Blunham Behind Salutation Pub: A
new piece of water for the IPA with some good
chub, bream and occasional river carp.
In general the Ivel is a classic
pole fishery ,although the serious specimen
anglers need to tackle up with some strong line
(8lb) if they intend to chase the barbel. A 15lb
plus fish is not out of the question and they
are getting bigger each year. Mostly centred
around the Biggleswade and Sandy area, the river
is fast becoming famous for the popular barbel
fishing and fish well into double figures are
not unusual, 12lb 8oz being the top fish last
Though the roach fishing is
probably not as good as it once was, there is
still good quality sport to be had and efforts
are constantly being made to improve the river
for “silver” fish.
The management committee of the
IPA and its member clubs, take the welfare of
the river very seriously and work alongside the
various other bodies similarly concerned. Stock
is introduced into the headwaters of the river
and tributaries and allowed to filter down the
Some of the tributaries are
available for fishing though because of the
nature of the river, swims are limited but still
worth trying out for the more adventurous.