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

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, depending on the fishery owner
  • On rivers, the traditional close season for coarse fishing which runs from 15 March through to the 15 June inclusive, remains in situ. This applies to all rivers. Including the ones we own fishing rights too, which are listed below:
  • 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

For rivers not on this list please check the Environment Agency website.

Last date edited: 15 March 2018