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).
Buckland Lake Reserve
Based in a nature reserve the fishery has 3 lakes:
Specimen carp lake with fish ranging from 10lbs to 42lbs.
A mixed coarse fishery with rudd to 4lbs, pike to 22lbs, perch and tench.
A trout lake stocked with rainbows.
Night fishing can be arranged as can group bookings. There is a cafe on site with toilets.
Call 01634 22005 or 07946 522072.
Google Map 51.449257, 0.490228 Post Code ME3 7RT
Located near Biddendean Cackle Hill has 2 specimen lakes and a mixed coarse lake, day tickets available.The lakes are:
Specimen 1, 9 pegs and up to 7 feet deep in places the lake holds some big fish. Carp including commons to 40lbs, mirrors to 43, ghosts to 36lbs and grass carp to 35lbs, the catfish come biggers at 90lbs.
Specimen 2 has carp to 38lbs, cats to 80 and perch to 6lbs.
The Mixed Coarse Lake has lots of silver fish, tench, bream, chub and carp to doubles.
Days and night tickets available plus matches can be booked.
Call 01580 292292 or 07885 284500.
Google Map 51.131242, 0.644899 Post Code TN27 8JW
Located near Ashford, Chequertree offers both coarse and trout fishing on 3 lakes on a day ticket basis (24 hours for carp).
The coarse fishery is mixed, including carp to over 30lbs (common, mirror, leather and grass) there are also rudd, roach, bream, chub, tench and perch.
There are no platforms for disabled as such but the grass is cut to the waters edge and the ground is level so it will be suitable for many disabled anglers.
There is a club house with bar and cafe as well as toilet facilities.
Call 01233 820078
Google Map 51.112577, 0.742578 Post Code TN26 3JR
Fishing on Chillham Estate near Canterbury for trout and carp.
The trout fishing is on 1250m of the river Stour with wild brown trout and stocked brownies. Some older fish have reached 5lbs.
At certain times of the year the river also gets a run of sea trout with the best so far being a 9lb fish.
Day tickets available, call 07748767882
Carp fishing is on a 26 acre lake. A syndicate fishery with several carp into the 40s. Call the above number to enquire,
Google Map 51.242865, 0.972683 Post Code CT4 8EE
Cottington consists of 8 lakes in a 45 acre woodland setting near Sholden. There are 5 mixed fisheries and 2 specimen lakes.
There are some streams running throught the fishery with pike to 20lbs and carp to the 20s which can be fished on the day ticket.
The lakes are:
Lake Pepper, 7 acres, a specimen carp lake which takes 16 fishermen, so the are swims generous. Over 200 carp with 40 in the 30 to 40lb range and 14 over 40lbs, plus Big Girl who clocks in at 51lbs 12 ozs, what a gal. Car parking is close to each swim
Lake Christine, 3.5 acres, max 6 anglers. Mirror and common carp to 30+ and ghost to high doubles.
Lake Winsor, a 30 peg match water with lots of carp in the 3 to 8lb range plus, tench, chub, roach, rudd and skimmers.
Black Lake, 53 pegs, 3 island, 2 bays and a canal stretch offer a variety locations. Bream, carp, rudd, roach, chub and perch.
Alder Lake, 12 pegs and lots of fish, big tench and bream, roach, chub and rudd.
Elliot Lake, a 30 peg mixed fishery with some carp to low doubles.
Match Lake, a 93 peg snake lake, lots of carp to 3lbs plus rudd and roach.
Heron Lake a 20 peg, 1.5 acre lake with lots of silver fish plus roach, rudd, tench, bream and crucians.
There are specially designed facilities for disabled anglers including parking at Black Lake, solid pathways and 2 square metre platforms.
When having a break there are toilets and shower, a cafe and a bar.
Call 01304 380691 for further details and to book the specimen lakes of a match venue.
Google Map Reference 51.230434 1.368762 Post Code CT14 0AR
A 7 lake complex near Horsmonden consists of a mixture of pleasure and specimen fishing.
West End 3 acres, carp to 50lbs +, Plantation 1.3 acres, North Lake at 6 acres and Pullens 3 acres, carp to 50lbs+ are specimen carp lakes while Kettles 2.5 acres (carp to 30+, tench to 10+, perch), Sandwich 1.5 acres (mixed with carp), Prairie 3 acres (specimen carp to 40lbs+) are day ticket waters.
There is a lodge with a ramped entrance and disabled toilets. Many swims are suitable for disabled anglers with hard ramps and all weather surfaces.
With such big fish this is a popular venue so booking is advised, call 01580 212512.
Google Map 51.114402, 0.428526 Post Code TN12 8EL
Greenacres Farm Fishery
Located near Biddenden this fishery has 2 spacimen lakes for carp and predators, a mixed coarse lake, a match lake and a family lake with tench.
Call 07933 934942
Google Map 51.115268, 0.628823 Post Code TN27 8EH
Kemsley Community Angling Preservation Society
Located near Sittingborne they have 2 lakes:
Front Lake, 20 pegs including a peg for disabled anglers. Carp to25lbs, pike to the same, ghosts to 21lbs plus good tench, bream, perch to 5lbs, roach and rudd. Google Map 51.357159, 0.738719 Post Code ME10 2RF
Back Lake, 12 pegs including 1 for disabled anglers. The lake has carp to 25lbs, pike to 30lbs, 10lb tench, bream to 11lbs, plus chub, roach and perch. Google Map 51.358435, 0.745802 Post Code ME10 2TT
For such promising fishing the membership and day tickets are inexpensive and they discount for under 17s, over 60s and disabled.
Located in Headcorn the fishery has 3 lakes in a landscaped setting. The lakes are:
Lake 1, 1.1 acres, common and mirror carp to 30lb plus.
Lake 2, 1.2 acres, common and mirror carp to 30lb plus and catfish to 50lbs+.
Lakes 1 and 2 take 8/9 anglers between them.
Mixed Lake, 1.6 cares, 20 anglers only. Lots of carp 4 to 12lbs, tench, bream to over 8lbs, roach, rudd, crucians and quality perch.
Open March to October. You can take out a membership which allows you to fish at night.
There is a cabin on site with seating, kettle, microwave and toaster. There are also flushing toilets with hot and cold water.
Call 01622 890990
Google Map 51.168096, 0.648574 Post Code TN27 9HJ
Medway Valley Fisheries
A popular members club located near Snodland with 9 fisheries (7 available to general membership). The lakes are:
Abbey Meads, 30 acres holding carp to 30lbs, pike to 30lbs, tench and bream to 13 and big perch.
Big Lake, 14 acres with carp to 48lbs and many 30s, tench and bream to 16lbs and pike to 36lbs.
Brooklands, 28 acres with carp to 50lbs, pike to 38 tench to 14 and bream to 13lbs. This lake has a toilet for disabled anglers and vehicle access to many of the pegs.
Ford Lake, 5 acres with carp to 20lbs plus bream and tench to doubles, rudd, roach and perch.
Larkfield Complex consists of 4 lakes, Railway, Island, Road, Ocean with carp to 40lbs (except Railway where there are fewer fish). There are also tench and bream to doubles.
Trout Lake, 4 acres has carp to 30lbs, bream, tench, pike, perch, roach and rudd.
Woodlands, 5 acres with carp averaging 8 to 12lb with a few to 20lbs plus roach, perch, bream, tench and pike.
As stated this is a popular club as might be expected with so many specimens and there is a waiting list for some lakes. Call the Membership Manager on 07875 649402.
Google Map 51.328620, 0.446930 Post Code BH23 4TR
Mid Kent Fisheries
Mid Kent Fisheries has an exciting potfolio of places to fish around Kent, lakes and former gravel pit from 110 acres to 3 acres plus river and canal fishing.
All lake have been stocked with specimen carp to over 30lbs, most lakes have 40s and some have fish to 50lbs.
If you arn't into carp there are bream and tench to double figures, very big pike as well as quality roach, rudd, chub, barbel and Uncle Tom Cobly and all.
No day tickets but there are a variety of options available for specimen lake or just mixed coarse fishing. All too complex to be descibed here so I suggest you Google Mid Kent Fisheries and have a gander, there is a lot on offer or call 01227730668.
Bases on 120 acre site in Marden near Maidstone there is 48 acres of water to cover here; a specimen lake, 2 pleasure lake and 4 match lakes and 2000m of the river Beault. The waters are;
Mallard, 5 acres, specimen carp to 45lbs very few under 20. 10 anglers.
Bridge Lake, 16 acres, for pleasure, common, mirror and ghost carp, barbel, bream, tench and dace.
Puma Lake, 10 acres for pleasure, carp to 30lbs, barbel, bream, tench, dace. Would suit anglers with disabilities. In dry weather you car drive close to pegs.
Match Lake 1, 2.5 acres, carp, bream, barbel, tench, chub.
Match Lake 2, 4 acres, 46 pegs, with platforms. Carp, barbel, tench, chub, bream.
Match Lake 3, 3.5 acres, 45 pegs with platforms. Carp, barbel, green and golden tench, chub, bream and roach.
Match Lake 4, 1.5 acres, 29 pegs, platforms, carp, bream, barbel tench.
River, challenging fishing with two pools created that fish well in wet weather. Carp, roach, bream, pike.
Lots of parking, tackle shop and bait store as well as on site catering and toilet facilities.
Call 01622 833332
Google Map 51.199818, 0.531788 Post Code TN12 9BS
Orchard Place Farm Fishery
If you want to ton up on catfish this is the place to you. 11 lakes, 8 for carp and cats, 3 match / pleasure. The lakes are in brief:
Lake 1, next to the main car park. 2 acres, 5 swims, 2 islands and 3 submerged islands, fish holding feature. 3 swims designed for disabled anglers.
Lake 2, 2.5 acres with islands and overhanging vegitation. 7 swims for carp to 36lbs and catfish to 50lbs.
Lake 3, 3.5 acres, 1 island, 8 swims. Carp to 40lbs and cats to 50.
Lake 4, 4.5 acres, 2 islands, 8 swims, carp to 48lbs and cats 50.
Lake 5, 2.5 acres, pleasure / match fishery. 1 island, 20 swims, common and mirror carp to 15lbs, F1s, bream, chub, tench, golden tench, barbel.
Lake 6, 6 acres, horseshoe, match / pleasure, 60 swims. Common and mirror carp to 20lbs, bream, F12, chub, tench, golden tench, barbel.
Lake 7, 12 acres, 7 islands and 3 causeways. Carp to 50lbs and catfish to 100lbs
Lake 8, 7 acres, 4 island, 15 swims, carp to 38lbs, cats to 100.
Lake 9, 3.5 acres, various islands, 7 swims, carp to 38lbs and cats to 50.
Lake 10, a silvers lake, "everything except carp".
Lake 11, a small lake with carp to 36lbs and cat to 50.
Call 07860608212 or 01892 838576.
Designated swims for disabled anglers with purpose built toilets and showers in the main car park. Paths have all weather surfaces. There is another toilet and washing block between Lakes 3 and 4, at Lake 7 there is a bothy with a kettle, microwave and toaster.
There is a tackle and bait shop on site and food on sale from a canteen wagon April to October.
Google Map Post Code TN12 6NY
Located near Canterbury there are 6 lakes to choose from:
Victory, a specimen lake of 2 acres with common and morror carp to 35lbs plus ghosts, tench, roach, rudd and perch. Night fishing can be arranged.
Kingfisher, 0.6 acres, 8 swims with carp to 10lbs. This lake is right next to the car park and is wheelchair accessible.
Damson and Victoria lakes are both match venues of 1 acre each with carp to 12lbs, bream to 12lbs plus rudd, roach, perch and some tench.
Meadow, 1 acre with scaley mirror carp plus commons to 5lbs, perch and roach.
Deer Lake is the biggest at 2.5 acres with 15 swims. Carp to 18lbs, roach, rudd, perch.
There are a range of day ticket options including reductions for junior, disabled anglers and pensioners. There is a cafe and toilets on site.
Call 07936 409912
Google Map 51.281695, 1.311556 Post Code CT3 2DA
The Willows Angling Centre
Formerly Bax Farm Fishery near Sittingbourne Willows is a day ticket fishery with 3 lakes and a stream.
The lakes are;
Farm Lake, a small clay based lake averaging 4 ft deep. Mixed coarse including carp, roach, bream, perch and F1 Ghost Carp.
Langleys Speci Lake; 3 acres averaging 4 to 5ft deep holding mirror and common carp to 38lb with several 20s. There are 11 swims and a maximum of 9 anglers at any one time.
Pan Lake, 1 acre 4 to 5 ft deep with carp to 20lbs+, a good runs water. Also roach, bream, tench, barbel, perch.
Stream is a 700 by 30 metre about 4ft deep with 60 swims. Hold stocks of roach, rudd, skimmers, tench and bream to 5lbs, chub, F1 ghosts and mirror and common carp to mid teens.
Night fishing avilable, call 01795 520887
Google Map 51.344392, 0.787451 Post Code ME9 9BU
2 lakes in Five Oaks Green. The lakes are:
Specimen Lake with carp and cats. Two 40 pounders Sugar and Arthur, a dozen 30s and plenty of twenties. The catfish go to 30lb and some of the perch are very big.
The other lake is a match fishery of 1 acre stocked with carp to 28lbs, roach and tench.
Toilets on site, hard stand car park, easy access to the lake. Toilets on site. Also a Lodge with a tackle and bait shop offering food and drinks. Suitable for some disabled anglers.
Call 07743 955812
Google Map 51.175431, 0.365925 Post Code TN12 6SH