Canals - Canals and Rivers Trust
Many of the canals and some river navigations are managed by The Canals and Rivers Trust.
CRT is a registered charity which replaced the old British Waterways.
By purchasing a Navigation Licence kayakers are allowed paddling rights on most of the CRT's canals and rivers. However this gives no rights whatsoever to fish. Much of the fishing rights are leased to Angling Clubs. To fish the lease sections it is the anglers responsibility to find the leaseholding club, ascertain whether it is Day Ticket or Season Ticket water. Most of all you have to find out if the club allow angling from a kayak, some do some don't, you MUST abide by their decision, contravention could lead to prosecution.
A link to CRT and fishing can be found HERE
However some stretches are not leased. CRT lump the fishing right for these stretches under one licence called Waterway Wanderers. A licence costs £20 for 12 months from the date of purchase.
A full list of Waterways Wanders water is HERE
The CRT's Kayak Fishing page is HERE
CRT rules for fishing are below:
- Permit holders may use a maximum of two rods.
- No native fish species to be removed from the fishery under any circumstances.
- Zander and non native crayfish must not be returned to the water once caught.
- No fishing in the close season on waters where the close season currently applies.
- Keepnets may be used but anglers must adhere to the Angling Trust keepnet code.
- Permits must be carried at all times and must be made available to authorised bailiffs and Canal & River Trust staff on demand.
- Anglers are strongly advised to hold insurance covering their third party risk arising out of their angling activities. (included as part of individual Angling Trust membership)
- All permit holders are required to hold an Environment Agency rod licence
- No fishing in the vicinity of overhead powerlines as signed by Canal & River Trust.
- Fishing must not take place within 25 metres of a lock approach, swing bridge or water point.
- No fishing between boats on permanent towing path moorings or at visitor moorings where so signed.
- Where visitor moorings are not signed as to whether fishing is permitted, its is assumed that during the boating season those wishing to moor have priority, at other times access will be on a first come first served basis.
- Anglers are requested to follow the spirit of the Waterways Code and act responsibly at all times.
Additional to these rule kayakers must abide by the following:
Have a navigation permit.
Have an Environment Agency Rod Licence.
Only fish when moored to the towpath bank. NO MOORING ANYWHERE ELSE!
Do not attempt to pass a moving barge. This is very dangerous !
NEVER use a grapnel or any anchor to the bed of the canal. These can cause damage to the delicate substrata of the canal bed.