Coronavirus Update 8th January 2021 - Fisheries to re-open

Thanks to some great work by the Angling Trust (see statement below) we are now able to reopen our fisheries. Fishing can re-commence on Saturday 9th January. Locks & new notices have been changed (Friday). 

As you can see from statement below there are a number of new restrictions associated with this. Regarding "LOCAL fishing" it is important you follow the advice regarding travel on the link below. We realise this will mean that some of our members will not be able to fish our venues, but we are sure you will understand why the government are trying to limit travel and movement of people at this difficult time. The other restrictions are no night fishing, we will impose a sunrise to sunset rule initially, and no match fishing. As the days get longer, we will review this to enable more effective bailiffing. 

 Obviously, things have changed very quickly, and guidance is still being issued. We will review any new guidance and make changes if necessary. It is the responsibility of us all to abide by the new rules, and once again we can continue our sport when many others have not been as fortunate. We thank you all for your understanding and we hope the situation improves soon so we can return to normal.

Statement from the Angling Trust: Update January 7th 2021

The Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust. We have promoted the huge benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing and have been able to present a case to which the Government have listened. On this basis I am pleased to announce that fishing will be permitted during the third national lockdown in England.

The DCMS Sports Team confirmed the following:

“fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors”

This has also been confirmed by DEFRA:

“Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.”

We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.

Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will publish shortly:

  • This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May.
  • We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.
  • The Government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.
  • Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.
  • The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
  • To remain within the law you should follow the Government’s guidance, and only fish locally. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways. Full Government guidance on travel can be found here

We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others cannot and we must ensure that every angler adheres to the rules.

I would ask all anglers who are not members to join the Angling Trust and give us your support. We have worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome and that is only possible thanks to the support of our new and existing members. I would ask all anglers who value their ability to go fishing to make the same commitment as your fellow anglers have and join the Angling Trust. We are stronger together!

Join the Angling Trust today

Stay safe and very best fishes

Jamie Cook
Chief Executive, Angling Trust