Essex Waterways - Angling

Except for a few short restricted sections, mainly among moorings and close to navigational structures, the entire length of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation’s towpath is available for coarse fishing, together with many of its backwaters.  Although often known as 'The Canal', the Chelmer & Blackwater is for most of its length a canalised river, and as such is subject to the closed season regulated by the Environment Agency, from whom a rod licence is required to fish the waterway.

Fishing rights on the waterway are leased to, and managed by, Maldon Angling Society, in conjunction with Chelmsford Angling Association, and members of either club may fish the navigation in compliance with MAS rules.  For non-members, day tickets apply throughout the waterway, and are available from bailiffs on the bank (£6), or local tackle shops (£5).

Species caught include roach, bream, tench, chub, perch, pike, dace, barbell and carp to over 30 lbs.

Much more information about angling on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation and other local waters, together with membership details and costs, can be found on the Maldon Angling Society’s website: