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The Canals Trust have over 2,000 miles of waterway to look after for the many interest groups who use them. With so much water it is no wonder that fishing is high on the list of activities.
The Trust issues a Waterway Wanderers Permit that entitles you to fish on an impressive amount of water throughout England and Wales (for just £20).
Devises Angling Association
Devises AA have a 15 mile stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal and the 6 acre Croockwood Lake.
The waters covered by the club on the canal extend from Ladies Bridge near Pewsey to Semington Road bridge nead Melksham. The canal fishes best with the pole or waggler fishing for skimmers, bream, tench, roach, perch, rudd, pike and some carp.
Crookwood has 65 pegs 3 of which are suitable for disabled anglers. The holds carp to doubles (common, mirror, crucian) bream, tench, perch, gudgeon, rudd, goldfish, chub, barbel and pike.
Day Tickets and 14 day tickets available from local shops:
Day Tickets and Fishing License
Premier Angling, Chippenham. 01249 659210
The Tackle Company, Melksham 01225 793463
Wiltshire Angling, Trowbridge 01225 763835
T.K. Tackle, Calne 01249 812003
Cotswold Angling, Swindon 01793 522922
Day Tickets Only
Spar Shop, Bath Rd, Devizes
Lower Foxhangers Camp Site, Devizes. (after 8.30 am)
Google Map Ref Crookwood Lake 51.325519, -1.960010
The Canal from Wilcot 51.350569, -1.799025 to Semington Rd Bridge 51.347211, -2.138622
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
The Trust has done extensive work on this 31.62 hectare site to create a nature reserve with recreational and educational facilities.
The have done work on the side adjacent to the river Wylie to improve the fish habitat. Day ticket fishing on a catch and release basis for brown trout and grayling is allowed.
On Brockbank Lake the fishing is controlled by the Langford Fishing Club, coarse fishing along Brockbank Centre shore. There are good paths and the fishing is accessible to wheelchair users.
There are toilets at the Centre, coach and car parking (disabled designated spaces) .
Google Map 51.130750, -1.944417 Post Code SP3 4PA
Near Durrington, a two lake spring fed fishery on the banks of the Avon, 3 and 5 acres each stocked with rainbows 2lbs to double figures.
There is also a 1 mile stretch of the Upper Avon for brown trout and grayling. Brown trout April to October, grayling October to March. Frank Sawyer country, for me the excitement of the induced take on gin clear water never fades over time. Don't you just hate it when a stockie scoots in and takes your fly before the biggie you were stalking gets to it? Grrrrrr!
There is a club house and facilities for disabled anglers.
Call 01980 653557 or 07774801401.
Google Map Reference 51.200449, -1.767874 Post Code SP4 8HH.