Trent & Mersey Canal

The Trent and Mersey Canal in Staffordshire experienced a decline in popularity among anglers due to the rise of commercial fisheries in the 1990s, but is now seeing a resurgence in interest, particularly among lure anglers.

The canal offers opportunities to catch a variety of fish including big perch, pike, zander, carp, roach, bream, and chub.

Trent & Mersey Canal

Trent & Mersey Canal, Staffordshire, ST4 4, United Kingdom

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About Trent & Mersey Canal

The Trent and Mersey Canal in Staffordshire has had a big change in fishing over the years. It used to be a popular spot for fishing matches and pleasure fishing, with lots of anglers coming to fish. But in the 1990s, commercial fisheries became more popular and the canal lost some of its appeal. Anglers started looking for easier fishing options with better amenities and parking, so the canal became less popular.

Now, canal fishing is making a comeback, especially with lure anglers. Anglers using lure and drop shot tactics are catching big perch, pike, and zander all along the canal. Even though efforts have been made to reduce the zander populations, there are still chances to catch these elusive fish.

Some people think the canal only has small fish, but it’s actually a huge Stillwater that stretches for seven miles. In such a big area, fish have the space to grow really big. There are big carp, roach, bream, and chub in the canal for those who take the time to learn the water and find where the fish are.