We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.


Fishing is one of the best ways to experience Britain's waterways and our dedicated team of fisheries and angling experts work hard to keep it that way. You can relax and watch the world float by as you wait for your first bite, and no two days on the canal are ever the same.

Fishing rights to many stretches of our canal network belong to local fisheries or angling clubs. Our Waterway Wanderers scheme also gives you access to many miles of canal fishing. Find a place to fish on Canal & River Trust waters by using our search on the right.

Before you go fishing on any canal or river you will need to purchase your rod licence from the Environment Agency. Remember also that our waterways can be lively places. Please read our guidance on Sharing the Space.

We benefit from the support of an expert Angling and Fisheries Advisory Group, which comprises a small number of skilled and experienced practitioners. Read more about the National Angling Advisory Group.