Renting our waters

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.

  • In virtually all cases, one of our fisheries & angling managers will meet you 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 location to location and are normally negotiated at this stage.
  • Following the site meeting, a formal letter and acceptance form will be sent out and these need to be filled out and returned promptly.
  • The legal agreement document covering the fishing rights in question is then drawn up and sent out for signing and return. Have a look at our standard angling agreement
  • Third party Public Angling on the canalsliability insurance to the value of no less than £2million must be held. Although there are several providers of this service, many clubs choose to obtain insurance through the national governing body for angling, the Angling Trust
  • Once the agreement commences, the 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, all valid season permits previously issued must be honoured.
  • Anglers may fish the fishery from licensed moored boats but the controlling club is entitled to charge day or annual membership. Please note that our boat license does not allow people to fish free of charge from their craft.
  • Clubs have to provide ‘bailiffs’ to patrol the whole length. There will inevitably be part of the overall length where fishing is not permitted e.g. in the vicinity of 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!

Last date edited: 15 November 2016