Fishing

Will you help us?

Almost two thirds of households near our waterways are disadvantaged. Help support our community projects along canals and rivers

Fishing is famous for being one of the best ways to get outside, relax and enjoy a healthier, happier life. Our canals and rivers teem with a rich diversity of fish, and our dedicated team of fisheries and angling experts work hard so you can enjoy a good day's fishing every day.

There are currently some restrictions on angling in England and Wales, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please read our guidance on coronavirus and angling to find out more.

Find a place to fish on our canals by using our search box on the right. 

Before you go fishing on any canal or river you'll need to buy your rod licence from the Environment Agency, plus a permit to fish from either the local angling club or our Waterways Wanderers scheme.

Remember, our waterways can be lively places. Please read our guide on Sharing the Space.

Read about how we're supported and guided by a group of skilled angling professionals in our National Angling Advisory Group.