Anglers' Update: September 2015

As summer draws to a close don’t despair, we have lots of exciting fisheries and angling things happening here at the Trust. Why not grab five minutes, have a rummage through some of our highlights from the past four months and you will see that the best is yet to come.

National Angling Championships National Angling Championships

Calling all junior anglers!

Are you a 12-16 year old fisher? Do you have a friend who knows their way around a canal water or two? Why not get in touch and get entered in the National Junior Canal Championship? It is free after all and no one will go home empty handed, but you’ve got to be in it to win it!

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This year the Trust played host to the biggest match in every anglers’ calendar, the First Division National, held on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. Our very own chief executive went along for the day; John Ellis, national fisheries & angling manager, gives a first-hand account of the national event.  Check out what’s going on at Little Britain, join John on thecampaign trail to victory and find out who would be the lucky anglers in his dream team!

Help our roach population

RoachThe poor old roach don’t stand a chance with the increasing numbers of zander on the Grand Union Canal and without the roach the rest of the fish suffer. We are appealing to all you keen anglers to help increase the number of roach and improve the quality of angling in this area.  Find out how you can donate to help restore fish stocks in the Grand Union Canal.

Calling all angling clubs

It’s that time of year again when the behind the scenes planning starts ready for the third national canal championships. We are looking for a club in each of our 11 waterways to host the qualifier rounds and of course a final!  If your club has what it takes…apply within

Helping solving Fisheries Crime on the Ground

Fisheries crime has long been a problem and catching the culprits even more so. The Voluntary Bailiff Service is a relatively new and much needed scheme to deal with the issue and raise awareness. VBS is a joint venture with our friends at the Angling Trust and the Environment Agency. Canal & River Trust will be coming on board initially on our Waterway Wanderers fisheries in the London area. We would encourage all angling clubs to get actively involved to help protect their fisheries as soon as the opportunity arises.

Read more about the Voluntary Bailiff Service and you might even be tempted to apply to become one yourself!

Winter moorings – yep, they’re back!

Find out if the changes to winter Moorings 2015/16 will affect you or your club. A full list of sites has been published which will enable you to plan ahead for matches. the FAQs states that boats must be prepared to move to facilitate pegging of matches, but remember to give plenty of notice – at least 14 days. If you have any questions regarding the winter mooring arrangements in your area email

The amazing life of the intrepid eel!

As part of a joint venture the Trust is building a pass on the River Lea to assist the endangered eels on their incredible 3000 mile journey. Find out more about the project and the life of the eel.

Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15

The Trust’s annual report & accounts might be possibly the least exciting title in the history of man, but good news! This year we have brought some sparkle to the old report with our very own John Ellis featured about plans for the future in fisheries and angling.  It’s not all stats and figures – there’s also lots about the Trust’s exciting projects and achievements across the country. Why not take a look? You might be surprised and the pictures are stunning!

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Anglers' Update

Find out what the Trust’s fisheries and angling team have been up to. Keep up to date with the latest information on upcoming angling events and recent highlights.

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