The Canals Trust has 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 Wanders Permit that entitles you to go fishing on an impressive amount of water throughout England (for just £20).
Bay Malton Angling Club
Based in Crewe this club offers a wide range of fishing opportunities over 17 fisheries.
The fisheries in brief are:
Bath Pool in High Leigh Park near Knutsford. A small mixed fishery with just 6 pegs. Google Map 53.349946, -2.441583 Post Code WA16 0WA
Borders Complex, in contrast with the above this complex has 7 pools including a 64 peg canal style pools, a 49 peg match lake and specimen lake with carp into the 20s. It has toilets, a shop and food facilities and has facilities for disabled anglers. Google Map 53.043933, -2.386951 Post Code CW2 5QA
Bradley Hall, a 1.5 acre secluded pool with good carp to mid teens, bream, tench and perch. Google Map 53.101542, -2.410986 Post Code CW1 5QN
Brookhouse Pool, a 30 platform mixed fishery, 3 with parking right by for disabled anglers. Google Map 53.235941, -2.379978
Clare Pool, a small 6 peg mixed fishery, Google Map 53.358563, -2.643549Post Code WA4 6UZ
Dovehouse Pool a 2 acre pool with 28 pegs. A mixed fishery with some large carp. Google Map 53.046770, -2.435793 Post Code
Dunham Fishery, a commercial mixed fishery that the club has an arrangement with. Google Map 53.387392, -2.413859 Post Code WA14 5SE
Cheshire Cheese Angling Club
CCAC have a stretch of the Mersey at Rixton. There are 20 armchair pegs and hard stand parking next to the river.
Fishing is for roach, bream, hybrids, dace, perch and some large carp. There are some trout and reports that salmon and sea trout are returning.
Open for membership. Google them for contact details, sound like a fun bunch.
Google Map Ref 53.413040, -2.454075
Dunham, near Altringham, has 2 lakes Copper Beech and Whiteoaks with 50 pegs available for pleasure and match fishing. The lakes are stocked with carp to 15lbs, chub, barbel, roach, tench crucians and skimmers.
The new lake has level access and good platforms which would suit disabled anglers. Regular matches on going including an over 65s / disabled anglers match every Wednesday. Toilets on site.
Call 0161 233 0299
Google Map Post Code WA14 5SG
Acton Bridge, a fishery consising of 5 lakes:
Snake- common and mirror carp to doubles plus crucians, skimmers, roach, rudd, tench, blue tench, golden orfe.
Small Marl, reserved for wheelchair users, wardens and blue badge holders. Common and mirror carp to doubles plus orfe, barbel, roach, skimmers, crucians.
Island, common, and mirror carp to doubles plus crucian and ghost carp, skimmers, perch, roach, rudd, tench, gudgeon, golden orfe, silver bream, chub.
Deep Marl, common and mirror carp to doubles plus roach, tench, orfe, skimmers, perch and crucians.
Kingfisher Canal same stock as Snake.
Google Map Reference 53.267749, -2.616339 CW8 2RF
Goose Green Farm
Located near Macclesfield Goose Green has 3 lakes stocked with common, mirror and curcian carp, tench, bream, roach, rudd, perch.
They have installed staging on one lake to make it wheechair accessible. There is ample parking, toilets on site.
Call 01625 828814 or 07721 024493.
Google Map 53.298492, -2.191333 Post Code SK10 4RA
Part of a rural regeneragtion scheme the fishery is sited in a nature reserve.
There are 4 lakes:
Kingfisher and Lagoon lakes are plearure fisheries with a wide variety of species but there are carp to doubles.
Specimen Lake holds common and mirror carp to 20lb plus, it also has doubles koi, leather and ghost carp and crucians.
Match Lake has 18 pegs, a mixed fishery it also has good bream and silvers.
4 pegs have been set aside for disabled anglers.
There are toilets and showers (handy for bivvy fishers) on site and a cafe during the summer.
Call 01270 812929 or 07747 007669.
Google Map Ref 53.321130, -2.585102 WA4 4EA
Hampton Springs Fishery
An 8 lake fishery with a good reputation for quality angling. the lakes are not big but they are varied in size and shape, with islands and other features making the fishing interesting.
Poplars, half an acre with 16 pegs, carp averaging 4lbs plus chub, tench, bream, perch, roach and barbel
Alice Springs, 2 acre mixed fishery with carp to 21lb good bream, plus lots of raoch, rudd, perch, green and gold tench, chub and barbel.
Oasis, half an acre with 15 pegs, good for pole fishing. Smaller fish, a good beginners pool. Lots of skimmers, silvers, rudd, roach, chub, mirror and common carp to 8lbs, barbel, crucians, green and gold tench.
Rock Idol, 2.5 acres with 4 islands, 31 pegs holding mirror and common carp up 16lbs plus roach, perch, chub, bream, tench and crucians.
Meadows, 30 pegs over 1 acre, a long narrow lake with carp to 8 / 10 lbs, bream, chub, perch, grenn and gold tench. A good pole, wagler water.
Long Island, 2.5 acres for up to 50 anglers. tench, carp to 15lbs, chub, crucians, skimmers, perch.
Willow, 35 pegs with mirror and common carp, lots of chub and barbel plus bream, crucians and tench.
Folly is a 3 acre lake for 15pegs with mirrors to 26lbc and common carp to 21lbs.
The fishery has accesss for vehicles around most of the site plus toilets including disabled facilities.
Call 01948 820789
Google Map Ref 53.049067, -2.724266 Post Code SY14 8AD
The fishery near Alsgar is a 2 lake day ticket water, specimen, pleasure match fishing. The specimen lake has 30 established lily pads about 8 metres off shore providing refuge for fish and challenges to anglers landing common, mirror, ghost and grass carp to an ounce under 30lbs and Wels catfish to 66lbs. The Match lake is well stocked with species including including chub, tench, barbel, carp, bream and ide.
There are known to be 150 carp doubles and many 20ls. They recon the cats are putting on 4 lbs a year so expect to meet bigger and bigger fish over time. Permits at the cabin on site, nights available. There are toilets and showers on site.
Call 07713 886654
Google Map 53.091565, -2.309490Post Code ST7 2FY
Jodrel Bank Angling Club
A members club with a number of waters available in East Cheshire. The pools are:
Hollin Farm, Holme Chapel, bream, chub, gudgeon, hybrids, perch, roach, rudd, tench and crucian carp. Google Map Ref 53.211652, -2.356767
Bomish Pool, 10 pegs, bream, common and mirror carp, chub, gudgeon, hybrids, perch, roach, rudd, tench. Google Map Ref circa 53.238489, -2.317301
Brookbank, Blackenden, 22 pegs, tench, large bream, common and mirror carp to doubles, roach, rudd, perch, chub. Google Map Ref circa 53.232530, -2.316574
Courthouse, Brereton, 14 pegs for bream, common and mirror carp, chub, hybrids, perch, roach, rudd and tench Google Map Ref circa 53.185283, -2.367597
Jimmys Pool Blackenden, bream, common and mirror carp, gudgeon, hybirds, perch, roach, rudd, tench. Google Map Ref circa 53.232581, -2.316704
Orchard Farm, Twemlow, 12 pegs, common and mirror carp to 5lbs. Google Map Ref 53.215338, -2.342900
The club is new and actively acquiring water. Popular due to the quality of the locations there may be a waiting list.
Call 07984132017 or 07876 203010
Located in Moreton in the Wirral this 2 lake fishery offer pleasure fishing and match fishing opportunities.
The Pleasure Lake is stocked with carp to 26lbs, tench to 10, golden tench, ghost carp, perch, roach, rudd, bream, chub, hybrids, orfe, ide and F1s.
The match lake has 32 pegs, carp in 1 to 15lb range, barbel to 8 plus tench, crucians, bream, chub, silvers, ide and F1 carp.
There is a cafe, male and female toilets and facilities for disabled anglers. The lakes have good access for wheelchair users and by calling in advance and making arrangements anglers who need additional support can be provided for.
Call 01516777911 or 07766651817.
Google Map Ref 53.410611, -3.126557 Post Code CH46 7UJ
Lloyds Meadow Fishery
Located near Mouldsworth there are 4 lakes in a 9 acre mature setting with some tree lined areas and reed beds all sypatheticaly managed.
The lakes area:
Fox, with 14 hard stands suits people with mobility issues. Well stocked with mirror and common carp to 6lbs, crucians, roach, rudd, bream, skimmers and tench.
Badger, 31 swims with a mature wooded island. The lake holds mirror and common carp to 8lbs, roach, rudd, bream, skimmers and perch to over 3lbs.
Kingfisher, a wheelchair accessible lake, has mirror, and common carp to 10lbs, ghost carp, roach, rudd, chub skimmers and perch.
Heron, there are big perch here over 4lbs, roach, rudd, bream, skimmer, and mirror and common carp to 8lbs.
Call 01928 740710
Google Map Ref 53.229229, -2.729025 Post Code CH83 8BD
Manley Springs Coarse Fishery
3 lakes stocked with a variety of species including, common, mirror and crucian carp, bream, perch, roach, rudd, tench and gudgeon.
Wheelchair access is available
For booking or further information call 07533 683396 or 07871 933550
Google Map Ref 53.239638, -2.727207 Post Code WA6 9EA
Newton le Willows Anglers Association
Newton Le Willows AA have fishing on 19 venues spread over the county. Day tickets are availble at Moathouse Farm and on Sankey Canal however membership in very inexpensive.
For a much more comprehensive picture of what is on offer go to newtonangling.com.
Tarporley Angling Club
This club has 8 ponds and pools with a good variety of species. The ponds are:
Kelsal Pit, with common carp, roach, tench, crucians, a pretty pools with reedy fringes, and lily pads, challenging.
Farm Pond, a mixed fishery with tench, roach, rudd and crucians.
Little Budsworth Mill Pool, carp to the 20s, big bream, silvers, roach, rudd, perch and pike. Ashallow lake with a silty bottom.
Little Mill Carp to the 30s, big tencg and breamplus crucians, tench, perch, roach, rudd and pike.
Lodge Pool, 8 pegs, ghost, common and crucian carp plus perch, roach, tench and eels. (some goldfish too.
The Dell, crucians, tench, silvers, roach, rudd, perch.
Willow Pool, carp to 10lbs plus silvers, roach, rudd, perch, tench, crucians and eels.
Oulton Mill Pool a large shallow lake, carp to 20lb+ also roach, rudd, perch, pike
Fishing is for members only, call 07561390234 for futher information.
Google Map Ref 53.161318, -2.669182 Post Code WA6 9AF
15 lakes spread over a 70 acre site with 394 pegs. Fair choice for a day out (or several days). The site is carefully landscaped with good made paths, well constructed platforms and the waters are very well stocked.
Many lakes are day tickets only, some however are used for match fishing and become unavailable. Matched are on 7 days a week and it is good to note that there are open matches for disabled, over 60s and blue badge holders on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For week end matches you do need to book, call 07950057613.
Here is a sample of some of what is available.
Holbar, day ticket only, 47 pegs, common and mirror carp to 26lbs, hybrid carp, chub, F1 carp (bet they are quick), bream, barbel and silvers.
The Coveys, consists of 6 lakes with 173 pegs over a 5 acre area. F1, mirror, common, ide, barbel, chub.
Gold Lake, carp to 22lbs, tench, barbel, silvers, ide.
Spey Canal, 22 pegs ide, common, skimmers, F1 carp to 15lb, mirrors, bream, golden tench, perch, roach.
Marsh Canal, 22 pegs runs along side Spey (Speyside you might say). Carp to 12lbs, golden tench, common and mirror carp, barbel, bream, roach, rudd.
Willow Lake, 20 pegs, located next to the cafe, toilets and shop. 20 pegs, F1s, barbel, bream, roach, rudd, golden tench, silvers.
Ribbon Lake, 15 pegs, F1s, common and mirror carp, golden tench.
Piper. 15 pegs, carp to 20lbs Tweed Lake, there seems to be a Scottish theme here, 15 pegs, F1, common and mirror carp, roach, rudd, bream to 9lbs.
Pines Lake, 15 pegs, F1s, common and mirror carp, to 6lbs, skimmers.
Google Map Ref 53.446822, -2.531763 Post Code WA3 4AQ
Roman Lakes Leisure Park, Marple nr Chester, a 10 acre lake and 'canal' complex in a wooded valley. Holds good stocks of carp (30lbs+), pike (20lb+), bream, perch, roach, tench.
There is good parking next to the lake and a Visitor Centre with a tearoom and toilets including facilities for the disabled.
Permits must be bought before commencing fishing, you can buy one at the Visitor Centre (there is a penalty charge if you buy after starting fishing.) Disabled angler recieve a £1 discount on the permit.
Call 0161 4272039
Google Map Reference. 53.387435, -2.047188 SK6 7HB
Located near Golborne there are 6 pools stocked with a good variety of species.
The Pools are: Silver Birch and Powan, 2 rectangular lakes with a long central island. 20 pegs each pool, stocked with mirror and common carp to 8lbs, crucians, F1 carp, barbel and tench.
Davids, 30 pegs on a tree lined oval pool with a long central island. Mirror, common and crucian carp, bream, barbel, ide, tench, roach, rudd.
Willows, 24 pegs with parking nearby. Mirror, common and crucian carp plus ide, bream, tench, roach, rudd, chub.
Joes Canal, 12 pegs, mirror, common and crucian carp, ide bream, tench, roach, rudd, chub.
Clockface, 12 peg on a circular pool with a central island. Mirror, common and crucian carp, ide, bream, tench, roach, rudd.
There are regular open matches on the fishery so not all pools will be available.
Call 07710 780864
Google Map Ref 53.486228, -2.605774 Post Code WA3 3UU