The Angling Trust has given a warm welcome to the announcement (May 10th) by Prime Minster Boris Johnson that recreational fishing looks set to resume in England on Wednesday, May 13th.
The Prime Minister announced the resumption of ‘unlimited outdoor sports’ from Wednesday providing they are conducted alone or with members of the same household and that social distancing rules are followed at all times.
A government source confirmed that “outdoor exercise includes angling, golf, water sports and tennis providing social distanced from Wednesday.”
The decision to include outdoor activities such as angling in the first wave of newly permitted activities followed weeks of intense advocacy and lobbying by the Angling Trust which unified the angling community like never before and saw over 8,000 individual emails sent to MPs and dozens of articles in the regional and national press in support of a safe return for angling.
The Prime Minister is making a full statement to the House of Commons tomorrow and the Angling Trust will be seeking clarification about the reopening of tackle shops and confirmation of any restrictions on how angling should be practised during the next phase.
Following advice from the Angling Trust we have taken the decision to re-open or waters from Friday the 15th of May. This is on our still waters as follows; Block Fen A and pump pond, Heritage Lake, Andersons lake and Block Fen B pit (Gold Members only) Barnwell lake remains closed and we’re still communicating with Milton Country Park to decide how we move forward there. Rivers remain closed until the season re-opens on June 16th.
Any anglers wishing to resume fishing at any CFPAS waters must adhere to the guidance and are required to have a current season permit. Membership applications can be downloaded from our website here.
The Angling Trust has today published further Phase One Guidelines for clubs and fisheries to help them prepare for the resumption of angling on their waters on May 13th.
Just to end – Some general notes; Obviously it’s that time of year when the fish are spawning. Some of our carp have been showing signs so we ask that you repsect this and don’t just chuck everything at them. This is their most stressful time of the year so please respect that. If necessary we will temporarily close the fisheries including B pit for gold members if the fish are too pressured. Block Fen – The far end of A-pit will be closed off for maintenance work our volunteers are carrying out and all other scheduled work, including track repair, fencing and general maintenance will phased back in as soon as we can.
Thank you in advance for your understanding during this time. Please respect that this is a huge decision for all fishery owners and stay safe.