The gradual easing of covid-19 restrictions over the last two weeks and the clarifications and amendments to government advice that has followed has made for a confusing picture at times, particularly when it comes to fishing. Angling Trust has sought to keep anglers updated and informed throughout the process and we have been answering literally hundreds of inquiries from anglers, fisheries and clubs every day for the last two months. To try to ensure that the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions were clear ahead of a weekend full of fishing for many in England, we have produced this simple list of FAQ’s below. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please visit our Angling Support Hub where a full list of information and best practice guides are available.

Can I use a Keepnet ?

Following the return of match fishing to the new COVID compliant best practice guidelines the Angling Trust has revised the overall guidance in respect of no longer discouraging the use of keepnets. This was always intended as a temporary measure until we had secured consent to resume competition fishing. Anglers should check local fishery rules to ensure that they allow keepnets before using them. We would also recommend reading THIS ADVICE on fishing during prolonged hot weather when it comes to the use of keepnets.

How far apart should pegs be spaced ?

With regard to match fishing we favour leaving peg spacing to the common sense of match organisers. Obviously, a 15 metre space would be preferable for pleasure fishing and it is the standard on our river matches but we recognise that there are venues where this is impractical.

Can I go boat or kayak fishing ?

New government guidance issued on May 13th stated – “water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed”. The Angling Trust have now made it clear that this includes solo boat and kayak fishing, boat fishing with a household member and shared boat fishing on both sea and freshwater with one other person where social distancing can be maintained and with five other persons from June 1st where social distancing can be maintained. Anglers are reminded that the coarse fish close season is still in force until June16th, so no coarse fishing should be taking place on rivers until then.

Are Tackle Shops allowed to open ?

The Angling Trust was unsuccessful in attempts to persuade the government to allow the reopening of tackle shops to coincide with the resumption of angling on May 13th. It now looks as is they will be reopening on June 15th. However tackle shops are able to carry on trading  by remote ordering (online, phone text or post) and can operate on a click and collect basis if they contact their local trading standards office.

What type of Fishing Licence do I need and where am I allowed to fish ?

Angling Trust have produced a simple to understand guide to fishing legally in England which can be READ HERE this guide is available in English, Polish. Lithuanian and Romanian.