Chesterfield & Stockwith Canal

This canal was opened in 1777 to promote the shipment of products in the Chesterfield area, especially coal, to the Trent at West Stockwith and, from there, to the Humber. As a coarse fishery, it has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, thanks to determined efforts by the associations leasing water along it. All the fishing is concentrated in the section from Worksop through Retford to the Trent. There are roach, some of specimen proportions, chub, pike, gudgeon and eels. Ticket facilities are reasonable. Three associations control the biggest holdings; for those interested in fishing the canal on a seasonal basis, these are Sheffield and District AA (membership open to all), Retford AA (membership open to a certain limit on a first come, first served basis) and Worksop AAA (membership open to those living within a certain radius of Worksop). Convenient day fishing centres are East Retford and Gringley on the Hill. Rod Licence: STWA East Retford, NottsC6J miles from West Retford Bridge, Retford to Church Lane, ClayworthTP DT:B

Chichester Canal

This short canal – only four miles long – links Chichester with an arm to Chichester Harbour estuary below Birdham. It contains most coarse fish species, including carp and tench. Access for visitors is good.

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