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Basingstoke Canal

Canal fishing in Surrey

Information about fishing in the Basingstoke Canal, a 32 mile stretch of waterway running from Greywell in Hampshire to Woodham in Surrey, where it joins the Wey Navigation.

The Surrey section starts at Ash where the Canal crosses the Blackwater (and the A331), and enters the county on its journey down to the Wey. There are 29 locks, with 28 of them in Surrey. Overall the canal rises some 200 feet from the Wey through these locks. About half of the navigable canal is in Surrey.

The locks were built in flights and in Surrey sit mainly in groups that run from Woodham to Byfleet.

Angling on the Canal is controlled by the Basingstoke Canal Angling Association, and permits can be purchased from the Canal Centre. Many angling clubs that operate in Surrey have an affiliation to the BCAA that results in permits being issued to their members.

The standard coarse fishing season operates on the Basingstoke Canal.

In order to catalogue the angling on the Surrey stretch this website has divided the Canal into three stretches.

Information:
Use our species pages to find the fisheries that suit you: CARP, PIKE, TENCH, TROUT, CATFISH, BARBEL. Use search options for different categories such as day ticket, night fishing and season ticket.
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Select the stretch you wish to view:

Ash to Mytchett

Mytchett to Brookwood

Brookwood to Woodham

Details

OWNER / CLUB
Basingstoke Canal AA
Details of owner / club
CLICK HERE
Website of owner / club
CLICK HERE (no link means no website)
TICKET
Season and day tickets
SEASON
Standard coarse
ROD LIMIT
2
BAITBOATS ALLOWED
Yes
BOATS ALLOWED
No
DOGS
No
NIGHT FISHING
Yes, but not within 50 yards of any private dwelling.
HOOKS (usage rules)
Barbless or micro barbed only
KEEPNETS
Yes, but not for carp
SIZE
32 miles

No tins or fires. No obstructing the towpath.

Fishing from towpath only.

Day fishing times: 5am-10pm June 16 to Oct 31 / 5am to 7pm Nov 1 to Mar 14.

No bloodworm or joker except 1st Oct to 14 March, 1/2 kilo limit per angler.

Species available in this venue

SPECIES PRESENT TOP WGHT
CARP  YES
PIKE  YES
CATFISH
TENCH  YES
BREAM  YES
BARBEL
CHUB  YES
TROUT
GRAYLING
RUDD  YES
DACE
ROACH  YES
PERCH  YES
CRUCIANS  YES
EELS
GOLDEN ORFE
GEN CRSE FISH

Hampshire County Council have a useful guide – CLICK HERE.

Fishing tactics

All the usual canal tactics will work for pleasure angling.

Summer: squats, pinkies, maggots, casters; sweetcorn or pellets for larger fish.

Winter: fining down on the above, try hook link line of 0.06; also try bread punch over liquidised bread or punch crumb (Van Den Eynde or similar produce ready made packs). For Bob Nudd’s article on winter bread punch tips click HERE.

Watch canal fishing videos: CLICK HERE