Can you go fishing on the canals during the traditional coarse fishing close season? Mostly, yes. See below for what you need to know.
The traditional close season for coarse fishing runs from 15 March through to 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 Environment Agency classifies the whole of the eastern end of the Kennet & Avon Canal from Kintbury downstream to Reading as retaining a close season because it connects to the River Kennet. Plus, anywhere with nature conservation designations, such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (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 15 June inclusive. This applies to all rivers, including the ones where we control the fishing rights.
For rivers not on the list below please check with the Environment Agency
Last date edited: 15 December 2020