13th May 2020 Warrington Anglers Association Covid-19 Fishery News Update:
Please note that the Angling Trust has confirmed today that night fishing is allowed.
Dear members, thank you to all those who have continued to support the club throughout these difficult times and have remained patient, whilst we navigate through the minefield of getting our members back on the bank, safely and responsibly. As we have said, none of this has been straight forward and there are still many grey areas, which will mean we could see further changes to what is set out below.
Angling will be allowed from 6am Wednesday 13th May with the exception of:
- Worthington Reservoir
- Appleton Reservoir
- All Welsh waters, such as Offas Dyke, The Mount and including rivers in Wales.
**As I type this, the situation in Wales may have changed, as soon as we have confirmation, we will update the members**
The following conditions apply to all waters:
- Members must ensure that they comply with all Covid-19 social distancing and hygiene regulations.
- When handling our locks, anglers MUST either wear new gloves, antibac before and after handling, or use hand sanitiser (again before and after handling) for your safety and other members. We will not tolerate any of these disposable items being left behind, any member found discarding gloves/ wipes on waters will lose their license with immediate effect.
- Keepnets are NOT allowed on any waters.
- You must be in possession of a paid-up membership card to show to bailiffs.
Due to Safeguarding issues junior anglers must adhere to the following:
- On waters where there is public access, e.g. Bridgewater Canal, they must be accompanied by an adult from the same household, in accordance with Government Guidelines.
- On private waters where there is no public access, e.g. Grey Mist, the accompanying adult must be a WAA paid up adult member, again from the same household.
Night Fishing from Thu 14th May *This is to allow for further clarification*
Night fishing seems to be the greyest area within angling currently and as such, our stance could change at any point. As it stands, Night fishing WILL be allowed, but as there are lots of members on ‘Furlough Leave’ there will be increased bookings. So, initially in the interests of fair play and to give everyone a chance to fish the changes are:
- Single nights on all night permit fisheries which are open, with the exception of Big Sandiway which is reduced to two nights.
- Current rule applies that you must be off the water by 12noon following your night session.
- Only one night permit booking, per member, per week until things settle down.
- Members must have a confirmed booking before proceeding to a water for a night session.
- All bookings strictly by TEXT only between 9am and 6pm from 13/5/2020, night fishing to commence from 14th subject to change.
- Bookings no more than 3 days ahead.
- As things could change at any point, we will have an updated voicemail messages on the night permit phone with regards to that nights bookings. If you have successfully booked on for that night, please check before setting off to fish. Voicemails will not be picked up, so please do not leave any on there, it is purely to keep members updated and to save any wasted journeys.
Again, thank you for your support. I sincerely hope that all anglers of the club will make us proud and stick to all the guidelines the government have laid out during these difficult times. We are fortunate to be able to get out and enjoy our sport, please lets all act as ambassadors and act responsibly.
Following a meeting with Welsh Ministers this morning Angler’s in Wales can go fishing. There are further details to follow later but initially this will be ‘local fishing’ and maintaining social distancing.
We are awaiting further details but our Welsh Fisheries such as The Mount and Offa's Dyke will be open for members on Wednesday subject to the Welsh 'local fishing' conditions and those regarding night fishing from my original post.
Also, more good news: Worthington and Appleton Reservoirs are open for fishing tomorrow. Don't forget the rules governing angling on these waters are as above in my original post.
Please note Adlington is closed as always until the 16th June 2020 also the main car park may not be open until Friday so members desperate to fish must use the lay-bye parking up from the Kilhey Court Hotel and be sensible about it.