Renting our waters

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A step by step guide for angling clubs who wish to lease our waters.

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Follow these simple steps to successfully rent fishing rights on our canal and river network:

  1. Email to get a list of waters available in your area. (Or you can check our Waterway Wanderers Scheme - although this may be less accurate as negotiations with a club could be in progress
  2. Meet one of our fisheries and angling managers on site to discuss the details of the fishery. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and find out whether renting fishing rights is the right option for you. Fees and the duration of agreements vary from place to place and are normally negotiated at this stage
  3. Complete and return the formal letter and acceptance form
  4. Sign and return the legal agreement document covering the fishing rights in question. Have a look at our standard angling agreement
  5. You must hold third party public liability insurance to the value of no less than £2million. Although there are several providers of this service, many clubs get insurance through the Angling Trust
  6. Once the agreement starts, your club can sell day permits or temporary day memberships if it so wishes or can keep the fishery for members only. Where a fishery was formerly part of the Waterway Wanderers scheme, you must honour all valid season permits 
  7. Anglers may fish the fishery from licensed moored boats but your controlling club is entitled to charge day or annual membership. Please note: boat licenses do not allow people to fish free of charge from their craft
  8. Clubs have to provide ‘bailiffs’ to patrol the whole length. There will inevitably be part of the overall length where fishing is not permitted eg. near overhead powerlines, in lock chambers and within 25 metres of a lock approach etc. The club will have responsibility for the bailiffing of these sections. Training for club bailiffs is available and soon we hope that club bailiffs will have the chance to get involved with the Voluntary Bailiffing service.

You're good to go!

One thing to remember...

All of our current staff and pensioners of both the Trust and British Waterways are entitled to fish on waters where we control the fishing rights without charge (other than any car parking fees). However, they are still bound by the rules of the controlling club and should produce proof of identity.

Matches and competitions

You can follow our forthcoming events listings or see who's winning what where with our weekly angling match update. Or find out how your club can take part in our canal angling competitions, including the ever-growing National youth and junior angling championships.

Let's Fish! your way into the future

One of the best ways to be part of our angling club community is to take part and help to host Let's Fish! 'learn to fish' events for families. We're always looking for more clubs and more coaches

Last date edited: 14 August 2019