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).
Apps Cout near Walton on Thames is a 2 lake fishery with a match lake and a specimen lake.
The Match Lake is 2.5 acres 4 to 16ft deep. It has a wide varity of species from tiny to 20. Roach and rudd, carp, tench, orfe, bream crucians, eels, koi, gudgeon and perch.
The specimen lake is 2 acres up to 16ft deep. Carp, mirror and common, range from 10 to 30lbs with an average of about 17.
Some pegs are easy access and suitable for less mobile anglers.
Day tickets 6am to 6pm and night tickets available from the shop which also sells bait, food and refreshments. Night fishing is available.
Call 07894638324 or 01932244822.
Google Map 51.400763, -0.402778 Post Code KT12 2EG
2 lakes holding carp and plenty of rudd and roach. Located in Yiewsley near West Drayton you get your permits from a ticket machine in the car park, £1 coins required.
For more information call 07931 255897.
Google Map Reference 51.514107 -0.481466 UB7 7RN
Thames Valley Angling Association
TVAA cover some stretches on the Thames from Henley to Staines and the surrounding area. Set up to keep fishing waters available where clubs were no longer able to afford them TVAA offers local clubs to affiliate allowing their members to have full access to TVAA waters. 19 clubs have availed themselves of this excellent initiative.
The waters available are:
Wey Navigation Canal; Jubilee River; the Thames (at Bray, Dorney, Clewer Meadows, Cookham, Sandford; Boveny Ditch and Roundmoor Ditch at Eton Wick; Weirs Pool, Oxford.
Day tickets available from local tackle shops. If your club would wish to join call 0843 5121066 for further information
Free fishing on the river (where there is public access and you have a rod license) from Staines Bridge down to Teddington Lock. Fish, various, who knows you might get a salmon nowadays.
Staines Bridge Google Map 51.433211, -0.516965Post Code TW18 4QY Teddington Lock Google Map 51.430555, -0.321844 Post Code TW11 9NH
Thorney Weir and Mets
This fishery in West Drayton has been revived after years of neglect, however on doing so some excellent carp were found. Now fully functional the lakes offer day ticket fishing for carp into the 40s.
There are 2 lakes and a stretch of the river Colne.
Mets Lake, 15 acres holds approximately 550 carp with several into the 30s and one common tipping in at 38lbs.
Thorney Weir, 20 acres with several islands. There are known to be 4 carp into the 40splus "chubbers" who goes to 46lbs. There are thought to be about 100 30s in Thoney Weir.
River Colne, runs adjacent to the fishery, barbel to 13lbs, carp to 20lbs, chub to 9 plus roach and rudd.
Season tickets available call 07903 819270. Day tickets for the lakes and the river from a ticket machine in the Lizards car park by the tackle shop. 24hr tickets for the lake (map ref 51.514492, -0.482314)
Google Map 51.513215, -0.487173 Post Code UB7 7RT
Uxbridge Rovers Angling Society
Established in 1884 Uxbridge Rovers have fishing on 5 lakes, 3 rivers 2 canals and membership also gives access to the Thames Valley AA waters.
The waters are:
Rickmansworth, approximatly 1 mile of the Colne some excellent fishing for good chub and barbel, bream to 13lbs, wild 30lb plus carp (look out for the "Beast", roach, dace, pike and perch
Denham, 2 stretches of wild water with some good carp for those who like to get in and stalk.
Troy, a short stretch of the river between the Troy Lakes, good carp and lots of roach. They also have both of the Troy lakes.
River Thames at Bray, Cookham, Cliveden Reach and Jubilee.
River Cherwell, there are a few pegs but they reckon this stretch is ideal for roving for good chub and perch plus lots of roach.
Grand Union Canal, shared with Blenheim Angling and North Harrow Waltonians there is fishing from Batchworth Lock to Denham Deep Lock for bream, roach, carp, tench and pike.
Membership is very reasonable with reductions for students, over 65s, disabled anglers, and juniors (12 to 17) just pay a quid. You can also pay extra for a night ticket. Log on to their web site, it is very good, just Goole Uxbridge Rovers.