Anglers Update Christmas 2017

With the festive season approaching, it seems a good time to take stock and reflect on progress made in the first five years of the Canal & River Trust’s existence.

Canal ice fishing

The fisheries team has been part of the Community Engagement team under the leadership of Caroline Killeavy. Caroline is leaving at Christmas for pastures new and we wish her well in her new role as chief executive of the YMCA. Caroline’s finest achievement may well be driving the production of the angling strategy,

Co-incidentally, we've recently announced an internal re-organisation, which will impact on the fisheries team and we will most likely sit in the chief operating officers' team. Visit changes to our executive team for further details. 

Our National Angling Advisory Group have been asked for their input as to the future vision for fisheries in the Trust so you can rest assured that the views of our angling customers are fed into the process.

Volunteers play an increasingly important role in all our waterway activities and we recently bid farewell to Glyn Williams who represented fisheries on the East Midlands partnership board. Our final goodbye is to Waterway Wanderers stalwart John Harding, who has been involved with us for over 30 years. Hopefully retirement will free up more time for John to fish his beloved Shropshire Union Canal.

Angling participation

The fisheries team have become much more actively involved in coaching and angling participation in the past two or three years. Dennis Hunt recently produced an interesting article on how the Luton Angling Club had reinvigorated its flagging junior section. An equally heart-warming story unfolded at the recent national junior canal championships when young Liam Murphy, who just a few years earlier was headed for an uncertain future, stormed to victory. Read Liam’s story in full.


Angling Trust Angling Improvement Fund

The latest Angling Trust Angling Improvement Fund tranche of funding has been announced and there are plenty of opportunities for canal clubs to submit bids.

If you would like to discuss a joint bid, then please email Get your skates as all bids must be submitted by mid-January

It’s quiz time

Test your fishing knowledge to see if you can get full marks in our latest quizzes. The first one has questions on a festive theme. 

Some fish are often known by alternative names, see if you can separate snigs from your billy’s.

Sign of the times

If your club is contemplating upgrading signage on its canal holding, take a look at our signs of the times article covering all the pertinent points to ensure all is in good order. 

Canal pairs & junior canal pairs championships 2018

While the 2018 final might still be nine months away, work is already happening behind the scenes to organise the qualifying venues for the pair events.

The final will be held on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal and Trent & Mersey Canal  on Saturday 20 October 2018. Contact the Angling Trust on 0115 822 4660 in the New Year for tickets.

The key to a pee

Did you know that it’s not just our boating customers who can use our canalside sanitary stations? Keys are available for anglers and other towpath customers to purchase through our online shop.

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 6.00pm 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.

Last but not least, the Fisheries & Angling Team would like to wish all of you the very best for the festive season and 2018.


Last date edited: 18 December 2017

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Anglers' Update

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