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Top places to fish for £22

Our Waterway Wanderers permit gives anglers access to miles of canal fishing in England and Wales for just £22. John Ellis, national fisheries & angling manager, has put together this list of the top places to fish in the Waterway Wanderers scheme.

Carl Nicholls on the Daw End Branch

Of course, often the best place to fish is the spot closest to you, and you can find out exactly where that is by using our fishing search. This includes angling clubs and stretches of water that you can fish through our Waterway Wanderers scheme.

But if you're up for exploring some of the best fishing locations across England and Wales, then read on for our recommendations.

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“The Waterway Wanderers permit is great value for the angler who likes to try out different venues. From London to Lancashire and from the Witham to Wales, there’s a fishery to suit everyone.”
John Ellis, national fisheries & angling manager

Top places to go fishing

1. The Llangollen Canal at Whixall

Fish caught on the Llangollen Canal
John Harding, angling on the Shropshire Union Canal
Fish caught on the Daw End Branch Canal
Urban fishing on the Regent's Canal

5. The River Witham – great for pike

Pike, courtesy of Jack Perks

A very popular method of fishing for pike is to use a spinner, plug or lure. It's simple and requires minimal tackle, suiting the angler that likes to roam rather than sit in one place.

6. The Mon & Brecon at Govilon

Man walking along towpath by canal with autumnal colours

7. The Ashby Canal from Marston Junction to Market Bosworth


As an alternative to buying a Waterway Wanderers permit, you can also fish on this stretch by becoming a full member of Tusses Angling Club.

Remember, before you go fishing you will need a rod licence. Details of the Waterway Wanderers scheme change regularly so it's always worth checking before you cast off.


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Last Edited: 11 September 2023

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