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Coarse fishing close season

Can we go fishing in the traditional coarse fishing close season?

Gloucester & Sharpness Angling Trust Division One National 2015

Guiding Principles

  • The majority of stillwaters, except some stillwater fisheries that have nature conservation status, can remain open all the year round for fishing should the fishery owner so choose.
  • On the vast majority of the canal network, the traditional coarse fishing close season was abolished in 2000 (earlier in the North-west). This means that the majority of the nation's canals can be fished all year round. However, there are some exceptions based around river interactions, for example the eastern section of the Kennet & Avon and also nature conservation designations such as SSSIs.

    Find a list of canal locations where the close season is still in force
  • On rivers, the traditional close season for coarse fishing which runs from 15th March through to the 15th June inclusive, remains in situ. This applies to all rivers. Here is a list of rivers where the Trust own some sections of fishing rights and where the coarse fishing close season applies to the whole river:
  • Kennet
  • Bristol Avon
  • Thames
  • Colne
  • Frays
  • River Lee above Aqueduct Lock
  • Old River Lee
  • Stort
  • Cherwell
  • Witham
  • Ouzel
  • Nene
  • Severn
  • Dee
  • Salwarpe
  • Anker
  • Trent
  • Soar (but not the canalised Grand Union)
  • Ribble Link
  • Calder
  • Aire
  • Tees
  • Yorkshire Ouse
  • Usk
  • Weaver
  • Irwell
  • Croal
  • Goyt
  • Gowy
  • Douglas
  • Blythe

Last date edited: 21 February 2017