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

Discover the tranquil pleasures of fishing Britain's slow-flowing canals and rivers.

Fishing is one of the best ways to experience Britain's waterways. 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 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.