News article created on 11 April 2018

Anglers Update Spring 2018

Welcome to the spring 2018 edition of Anglers Update. A lot has happened since we started our quarterly updates back in 2014. Have we ever known a colder, wetter start to the spring? But we hope, like most years, summer will eventually arrive!

Fishing at Foxton winter open day

Let’s Fish 2018

Our project to encourage more young people and their families into angling are about to get a whole lot bigger and better due to us recently securing significant funding from our partners at Angling Trust.

Peter Henery has recently joined our team to manage this year’s Let’s Fish campaign. You can contact Peter at or call 07775 650359.

Six great reasons why your club should get involved in Lets Fish 2018

  • It will lead to an increase in the number of junior members in the club, bringing in more income and ensuring long term survival
  • There are funding opportunities for club members to get formal coaching qualifications at minimal cost to your club
  • Canal & River Trust will promote your events so you don’t have to
  • Canal & River Trust provide free starter kits for new members signing up to the club
  • Until your coaches are fully trained, we will provide coaching support
  • Nothing beats the positive feeling of putting something back into the sport

One club that took the plunge last year was Luton Angling Club. Read what their chairman Dennis Hunt has to say about the initiative.

To find out more, visit our Let’s Fish and upcoming events pages. You can also find out about qualifying as an official angling coach,  

Non-native species

Topmouth gudeon in carp mouthTopmouth Gudgeon in carp mouth

To coincide with non-native species week, we've produced a series of useful articles. Here the Environment Agency's Gareth Davies explains why topmouth gudgeon are such as threat to our natural ecosystems. Young Phil Smith first learnt to fish on his local Leeds & Liverpool Canal and ended up doing a doctorate on the ecology of zander in heavily trafficked canals. Phil has summarised his research on the subject in this thought provoking article.

Canal Pairs championship 2018

With up to £6,000 on offer for the winning pair, why not grab a mate and have a crack at qualifying for the national final being held on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal on Saturday 20 October.

In last year’s event Hodnet Angling Club secretary, Terry Nutt, by his own admission a club angler, and his son Michael, who has not fished for nearly 12 months, dusted down their kit and took part. Not only did they qualify for the final, but they finished just outside the top 10 on the big day. If Terry and Michael can do it, so could you. All the information you need is on our Canal Pairs championships 2018 page.

Fishing on the Shropshire Union

Register your fishing related events

Fed up of finding that your club’s fishing matches are interrupted by other events happening along the towpath? The answer is to ensure that you register your clubs event in good time to avoid clashes.

My Favourite Peg

Do you have a favourite canal or river peg? We are now on the lookout for volunteers to add to our already impressive list of venues covered in this series. If you would like to take part drop us an email


Earlswood Reservoir dewatered

Due to a combination of essential valve safety works and a notice from the Environment Agency that non-native wels catfish were present, the Trust drained down Engine Pool during the winter of 2017/18. Many of the silver fish were rehomed in adjacent Windmill Pool, with the carp translocated to various Trust fisheries including Clattercote, Gailey Lower, Trench Pool, Harthill and Thorpe Lea. Subject to funding, it’s hoped to restock Engine Pool during 2019. Despite the reservoir being fully emptied, not a single catfish was recovered, despite at least one having been caught on rod and line a few months previously.

Test your knowledge of fish and fishing

Our fish related quizzes have continued to prove popular with our readers, nearly 10,000 of you having a go at the recent predator fishing quiz. Gudgeon may not grow big but they are loved never the less. You can test your knowledge of all things gudgeon.

Junior rod licence changes

The Environment Agency have recently announced that the age at which a junior rod licence is first required has increased from 12 up to 13 as from 1 April 2018. Find out more information about the EA rod licence.

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