The bream is a freshwater fish that is commonly seen in large shoals in ponds, lakes and slow-flowing rivers. It is a member of the Carp family and shares features with the Dace, Chub and Rudd species of fish.

The appearance of a bream often features a deep-body with a high back and flattened sides. Mature bream are usually a dark brown or greyish colour and younger fish being more silvery.


What time of the year is best to catch bream?

Bream can be caught throughout the calendar year! Any time you go freshwater fishing, you are likely to come in to contact with a bream.

What is the conservation status of the bream?

The bream is a common species of fish that is widespread throughout the UK.

What length do bream grow up to?

Bream will typically grow up to around 30-40cm when they are fully mature.

What is the lifespan of a bream?

The average lifespan of a bream is approximately 15 – 20 years. This is entirely dependand on the water that they live in and and how much food is available.

Do bream breed with any other fish?

Yes. In locations where bream and other fish spawn together, bream will often hybridise with its close relative, the Roach.

What is the British record size?

The British record Bream currently weighs in at 22lb 11oz.

Why should i fish for bream?

Anglers often target Bream as they tend to live in large shoals, meaning that many fish can be caught in a single session.

What is the best time of the day to catch bream?

The best time to target Bream is in the early morning or late evening, when fish are typically at their most active, and any activites such as boating is at it’s quietest.

How many lateral line scales do bream have?

Bream have a lateral line scale count of between 51 and 60.

What size bream should i be looking to target as a good size?

Bream vary in size depending on the water that they live in. They are typically seen in reservoirs up to a size of 10lb, and 4lb in rivers and canals.