News article created on 18 September 2017

Anglers Update Autumn 2017

Nominate your club’s canal fishery for a 2018 canal pairs qualifier

Jake Fowles, Angling Trust Division 1 National Championships 2017

Popularity of match fishing on the canal network does seem to be on the increase. In partnership with Angling Trust, we will once again be hosting the canal pairs event in 2018 and are now giving clubs the opportunity to nominate qualifying venues.

Get your skates on as the closing date is Friday 13 October. For more information about how to get involved read our news article.

Working with British Canoeing

The fisheries team are currently in discussions with British Canoeing, the governing body of canoeing with a view to producing a Share the Space instructional video. Do let us know by email what Share the space messages you think should be included.

People canoeing along the Montgomery CanalCanoeing on the Montgomery Canal

One important message is the need for sharing events calendars to avoid clashes. Clubs are reminded to let us know about all of their events, using the match notification form. Should you have any questions, please email Chris Stanley or call on 01788 890789.  

Who is the best junior canal angler in the UK?

It’s still not too late for any up and coming youngsters between the ages of 10 and 16 inclusive, to enter this event for the chance to earn the title of the UK Junior Canal Angling Champion 2017. This closely fought contest will take place on Saturday 21 October on the Erewash Canal with prizes for all participants. Find out more about the event and entry details at Young anglers are being offered the chance to net a prestigious title.  

Finding out when canal maintenance might impact your fishery

Did you know that anyone can register for all the latest maintenance work and stoppage information? To register visit our notices and stoppages page. Please do let us know by email how useful you find this service.

Ted Carter Southport storm to victory

This year’s Angling Trust Division One National was once again held on the Canal & River Trust owned Shropshire Union Canal, between Coole Pilate and Shebdon. Read our thoughts on how the day went and find out more about the 2017 Division One national.

Good manners on the towpath

Most commentators are agreed that the principles of our Share the Space campaign such as the slowest user having priority are sound ones. Improving everyone’s behaviour is undoubtedly work in progress amongst those millions of people who enjoy visiting our historic waterway network, including those who fish our waterways. We recently put together some tips for anglers on how best to share the space.

Lady anglers – are they more skilful than men?

When it comes to salmon and sea trout fishing, there is some strong evidence that female anglers such as Georgina Ballantine, to name just one, really are at the very top of the sport. In this fascinating article we explore the history and reasoning for such a claim.

Annual report and accounts published

There’s a host of fascinating facts about our business as we celebrate five years in the charitable sector. Please note that the annual public meeting is now fully subscribed.

Keep those match results coming in

As part of the new terms and conditions of renting fishing rights from the Trust, clubs are required to send us the results of any matches fished on our waterways for the weekly match results column that we support for this purpose. Results should be emailed to, ideally by 8.00 pm on a Sunday evening. If you miss the deadline, your results will appear in later editions of the column. The results will also help form a long-term dataset, making a useful fisheries management tool.

Upcoming events

Keep an eye out for the following:

  • Our new website series exploring the life work of the nation’s greatest angling writers, followed by a public vote where you can choose your favourite
  • Canal & River Trust Angling Facebook Live at the canal pairs and junior canal championships on 21 October
  • News on a major fish rescue at Upper Bittell Reservoir, due to take place during October

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Anglers' Update

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