Canal fishing is for everyone – but is it free to fish on the canals? What type of rod or bait do you need? What types of fish can you catch? And where can you go for a good day’s fishing?
If you go fishing only to catch fish, then you're missing the point. It’s also about being outside and close to nature as well as finding space to be calm and quiet. Sometimes you’ll catch a fish and on the best days you might catch several of different species. But if you don't, who cares? You’ve enjoyed quality time by the water and made your life that bit healthier and happier.
No. But they're cheap and accessible for first-timers. You will need:
Go to your local angling tackle shop or outdoor retailer for:
Canals are surprisingly common in our countryside and cities – there’s around 2,000 miles in our network alone. In fact, around 50% of us live just five miles from our local canal. And, even though people love regularly exploring them by foot or by bike, would you ever think of fishing on one?
Actually, canals are perfect habitats for fish of all shapes and sizes. Most are relatively shallow – only about four or five feet in the middle and perhaps 2-foot-deep at the edge. There’s plenty of food and lots of shelter from over hanging trees, shrubs or boats. (Experienced anglers say the fish often prefer to live near the boats as these offer good habitat.)
Our waterways are full of fish – about 30 species, even some rare and protected ones. And we’re not talking about little minnows here, fish like bream, carp and pike can be huge. They’re all part of the natural ecology of the waterways and our team of fisheries experts makes sure the fish stay happy and healthy. If you’re new to fishing you’re most likely catch:
If you’ve never been fishing before, or you’re looking to start fishing again after a long break, start by:
What are you waiting for? Get out and have a go this weekend.
Last date edited: 20 June 2019