Can we go fishing on the canals during the traditional coarse fishing close season?
On rivers, the traditional close season for coarse fishing runs from 15 March through to the 15 June inclusive. This applies to all rivers, including the ones we own fishing rights too. But most of our canals are still open.
Some canal sections where they meet rivers, for example the eastern section of the Kennet & Avon Canal, are closed. Plus, anywhere with nature conservation designations such as SSSIs.
Find a list of canal locations where the close season is still in force
|Waterway County Bridge 44, Carlton Bridge to end of Ashby Canal||Ashby Canal|
|Bridge 60, Whit Sunday Pie Bridge to Bridge 80, Misterton Coopers||Chesterfield Canal|
|Foxton to Bridge 87, Kilby Bridge||Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)|
|Bridge 44, Rectory Bridge to Bridge 53, Redmile Mill Bridge||Grantham Canal|
|Kinoulton Marsh & Canal||Grantham Canal|
|Around Boodles Bridge||Prees Branch Shropshire Union Canal|
|M6 Toll Motorway Bridge, Burntwood to end of Anglesey Branch||Wyrely & Essington Canal|
|Whole of Cannock Extension||Whole of Cannock Extension|
|Castleford Weir to Lock 11, Ferrybridge Lock||Aire & Calder Navigation|
|Lincoln to Lock 1, Torksey Lock where it joins the River Trent||Fossdyke Canal|
|Downstream of confluence with River Kennet at Kintbury to Reading||Kennet & Avon Canal|
|Upstream of Lock 8, Aqueduct Lock to Hertford||Lee Navigation|
|Guilsford Arm||Montgomery Canal|
|Whole of Montgomery Canal south of Bridge 92, Llanymynech Bridge||Montgomery Canal|
On rivers, the traditional close season for coarse fishing runs from 15 March through to the 15 June inclusive. This applies to all rivers, including the ones we own fishing rights too.
|For rivers not on the list below||please check the Environment Agency|
The Environment Agency are currently in the process of reviewing the close season, which has involved a public consultation exercise. Three options are being given consideration:
There will be no change until the spring of 2020 at the earliest.
Last date edited: 18 February 2019