The Trent and Mersey Canal has undergone significant transformations in the realm of fishing over the years. In the past, it was a bustling hub for matches and pleasure fishing, attracting numerous anglers. However, the rise of commercial fisheries in the 1990s led to a decline in its popularity as anglers sought easier fishing options with convenient amenities and parking. As a result, the canal became a distant memory for many.
But the tides have turned, and canal fishing is experiencing a remarkable resurgence, particularly with the rise of lure anglers. Throughout the entire length of the canal, anglers employing lure and drop shot tactics have landed impressive catches of monster perch, pike, and zander. Despite efforts by the Canal and River Trust to reduce zander populations, there are still opportunities to catch these elusive fish.
While some anglers may perceive the canal as a water body predominantly teeming with smaller fish, it is important to recognize that its vast expanse of seven miles makes it perhaps the largest Stillwater in the region. In such expansive waters, fish have the potential to grow to extraordinary sizes. Magnificent carp gracefully roam these depths, while sizeable roach, bream, and remarkable chub can be found for those willing to invest time in studying the water and pinpointing the fish’s locations.