Our canals and rivers are popular with anglers and canoeists alike. Some people choose to combine their hobbies and indulge in a spot of fishing from their kayak.
Kayak fishing, unsurprisingly, is when you fish from a canoe or kayak. The sport is growing in popularity in England and Wales and our canals and rivers are great places to start. You can enjoy the activity from a canoe or a kayak, although the vast majority of kayak fishers choose purpose-built sit on top fishing kayaks.
Our waterways are perfect for getting started. Learning how to fish from your boat and land a catch takes practice and there’s nowhere better to get acquainted with these skills. Our canals and rivers don’t generally tend to have fast flowing water and you can master the skills you need in a relatively sheltered setting.
Please note that on the canal network the kayak must be moored to the towpath bank.
Most of the fishing rights on the canal network are licensed to angling clubs and many of them allow kayak fishing, but you must check first. Find your local angling club using the search facility on our angling pages.
Some stretches of our network may not be let to clubs for various reasons. To make these waters available the Waterway Wanderers scheme has been designed for the benefit of both angling clubs and individual fishermen.
On Waterway Wanderers stretches, you can get a discounted permit for the Waterway Wanderers scheme and a boat licence for your kayak directly from the Angling Trust. Further details can be found on the Angling Trust’s website.
British Canoeing and the Angling Trust both run courses, which will help you learn the skills and make the most of the sport.
Find out more about kayak fishing courses at British Canoeing
Kayaking fishing in sheltered waters is a great way to gain experience but it’s easy to underestimate the potential hazards. To ensure you, your family and friends stay safe while enjoying your paddling experience here are some basic tips and equipment recommendations.
Last date edited: 14 February 2017