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 go fishing on an impressive amount of water throughout England (for just £20).
Aldenham Country Park
Located near Elstree this 65 acre lake issues day tickets for coarse fishing for very good roach plus perch, carp, pike, bream, tench and chub. They also hire punts which is handy on a big water.
Google Map 51.645306, -0.310972 Post Code WD63BA
An 8 acre former gravel pit in Hoddesden with over 200 varp many 20s. Seen a few nice fish on their Facebook.
Permits from Simpsons Tackle in Turnford.
Located just of the M1 near Chiswell Green this 2 acre fishery is stocked with carp, roach, rudd and golden rudd, tench and bream. There are 14 double swims.
Call 07932 041091
Google Map 51.722215, -0.384536 Post Code AL2 3NJ
Hertford Angling Club
Fishing on the river Lea from Broxborne to Hatfield and at Fishers Green, big barbel, chub and silvers. They also have fishing on Turnford Pit with specimen carp, tench, bream, pike, roach and rudd.
Contact the Secretary on 0775147028
Redbournbury Fishery and Sporting Clay
The fishery near Harpenden consists of 2 lakes one fly fishing for trout the other for coarse fish. There is also a stretch of the river Ver for brown trout C & R only.
The coarse lake holds good stocks of roach, rudd, perch, chub, bream, tench and a variety of carp species to 22lbs.
Booking by phone on 07774197411 or buy your permit on the bank and if no one is about there is an honesty box by the canteen.
Google Map 51.788366, -0.380368 Post Code AL3 6RS
Rib Valley Lakes
A 3 lake fishery 2 coarse one trout.
The coarse lakes are:
Rib, 12 acres stocked with carp to 30lbs and pike to 25lbs plus roach, tench and perch.
Westmill Lake is 2.5 acres with small carp including common, crucian, mirror some bigger fish are present, plus tench, bream perch.
Tickets from the on site tackle shop. There are also toilet facilities gents, ladies and disabled.
Call 01920 462200
Google Map 51.825169, -0.057909 Post Code SG12 0ES
A 16 acre lake in Welwyn Garden City with carp to 33lbs and many fish in the 20s. Also bream to 7lbs, tench to 6, perch, roach, rudd, crucians.
There is designated per for disabled anglers next to the shop.
Permits from a self service liosk or on the bank from the bailiff..
Google Map 51.787683, -0.223895 Post Code AL8 6DQ
Part of the Canal and Rivers Trust portfolio built between 1800 and 1838 to supply water for the Grand Union Canal. These waters are record breakers
Ther are 4 reservoirs:
Wilstone, 119 acres, tench to over 14lbs, perch over 4 and catfish to 35lb+, also pike.
Startops, 26 acres holds the bream record at a whopping 17lbs 4ozs, lots of double. Also good pike and carp.
Marsworth, 24 acres, carp to 30lbs+, pike to the 20s and catfish 30lb+ (bigest so far 6olbs 2ozs.
Day and evening and season day and day/night tickets available, Call the Head bailiff on 01582 841985 8am to 9pm. The season ticket also includes Clattercote Reservoir.
Google Map 51.813360, -0.668490 Post Code HP23 4LH
Ware Angling Club
Ware AC have access to quite a number of waters either through fisheries they have control off or through consortia.
One lake, Pretty Lake, has a designated peg for disabled anglers. It is well stocked with roach, rudd, bream, carp and crucians.
River Stort, big carp, bream, rudd.
Tumbling Bay Lake, some very big carp.
Turnford Consortium, 4 pits, Railway, Boot, Lea and Marsh with a very wide range of species including carp to 30+, pike to 20+, perch, roach, crucians, bream, tench, to doubles and rudd.
Fisher Green Consortium of 9 member clubs with fishing in a complex including the river Lea, Hooks Marsh Lake, 70 Acre Lake, part of Landridge Lake and the relief Channel. Mixed fishery including big tench and carp.
Lysander Lake, a match fishery with 28 pegs, carp to 15lbs, bream, ide, roach, rudd, perch.
Hurricane Lake 9 pegs including Spitfire lake with 4 swims. Carp to 30lbs plus also big catfish.
Lancaster Lake, 10 acres carp to 30lbs.
For membership enquiries call 07766 746059
Welwyn Garden City Angling Club
The club has fishing on 5 lakes a on 2 stretches of river.
The river waters (for members only) are:
Bayfordbury River, carp to 24lbs, chub, barbel, roach.
Starborough Lake River (in Starborough Park), the river Lea, barbel to 13lbs, carp to 22lbs, chub, roach, perch.
The lakes are:
Starborough Park South Lake, 16 acres with carp to 32lbs, crucians, chub, roach, tench, bream, perch. Day Tickets, night fishing allowed, call the bailiff on 07789658056.
Google Map Post 51.782777, -0.217901 Code AL8 6DF
Holwell Court, mixed coarse including carp to 26lbs, catfish to 45lbs, bream, roach, rudd, tench, perch. Call the bailiff on 07886 994 971.
Google Map 07886994971 Post Code AL9 5RL
Holwell Hyde Day Tickets available, nights allowed, carp to 32lbs, pike to 30, bream, tench, perch, crucians, roach, rudd and tench. Call the bailiff on 07710020133 or 07952266521
Google Map 51.786364, -0.169703 Post Code AL7 4AA
Fairlands Lake, 20 acres over 4 interconnected lakes with carp to 35lbs, crucians, barbel, roach, rudd, Day Tickets and nights allowed. Call the bailiff on 07719 277 443.
Google Map 51.901540, -0.179430 Post Code SG2 0BL
DeHavillands Lake a mixed coarse fishery near Colney Heath.
A members club with over 1,600 members, pretty active bunch. They have a portfolio of coarse and trout fishing venues including: 2 stretches of the river Lea, 5 on the Ouse and a short beat on the Uozel; there are 8 still water including their trout waters; 9 associated fisheries.
Just too much to describe here best you visit their web site go to Verulam Angling
You can contact them through the web site.