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Winsford Anglers Angling Times and General Rules

The following are starting and finishing times that you are allowed on the water whether fishing or not

Night Fishing

Times for all night fishing waters are as follows

Arrival is at 12 noon then leaving at 12 noon at the end of the session

That means you must not arrive at the swim before 12 and you must be off by 12 at the end of the session

Then you are not allowed to return to same water for 24 hours.

Day time fishing

Times are as follows

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The Times above apply to all waters APART FROM the following

Top Flash

6.30am - 10pm --- 2nd May to 31st January (Pool closed 1st February to 1st May)


River Weaver Day Tickets

Times are from Dawn to Dusk

Winsford & District Angling Association General Rules

1. Annual Fees and Subscriptions.

Affiliated Clubs

Affiliated Club Fee - £15 annually

Affiliated Club Adult Members - £40

Affiliated Club Veterans £20

Individual Permit Prices

Adult Members - £45

Juniors or Spectators - £5

Over 65's - £20

Night Permit Sticker - £25 (for all night fishing waters)

Closed season working party waiver - £40

Over 65's , Juniors and disabled anglers are exempt from the working party requirement and the above charge.

All permits are to be available by May each year

Other waters -Day ticket River Weaver Only  £4 online or £5 from the Bailiff

2. General Rules

(a) All members shall observe the proper closed season on Rivers Weaver, Dane and Severn  (15th March - 16th June)

(b) No person shall be admitted to membership or his membership continued if he shall be found guilty of poaching.

(c) Fishing in the Association waters with a line not connected to a rod is prohibited.

(d) Unless mutually agreed anglers must allow at least 15 yards (13.5 Metres) space on the river bank or poolside between themselves and the next adjoining angler.

Where permanent pegs are in position on waters these are to be used.

No angling is allowed between pegs. The creation of new pegs is strictly forbidden, as is the cutting of branches and damaging of trees.

(e) Members are requested to cooperate with the water bailiffs, keepers and officials and to comply with their reasonable requests and if so requested to produce

for inspection a membership permit. Any member on production of his own membership permit may request members to produce theirs for inspection

(f) Dogs must not accompany anglers fishing in the Association waters.

(g) All fish caught in the Association waters whether in match fishing or otherwise must be returned to the water at the end of the angling session. Specimen fish may be weighed in , but these must be returned to the water from which they were caught immediately after weighing.

(h) The use of Boga Grips & Gaffs on Association waters is prohibited.

(i) Camping on the land adjoining the Association’s waters is prohibited except with the express consent of the riparian owner.


(j) Portable radios, Bluetooth speakers are banned on all Association waters,  personal earphones / headphones are allowed.

  (k) No club match will be allowed on the same day as any Association match.

(l) Times of fishing are as shown on the inside front cover of the permit unless special times apply to individual waters.

(m) All carp caught in Association waters to be returned to the water immediately after weighing and not kept in a keepnet.

(n) No barbel are to be retained in keepnets, except for in bonafide matches.

(o) Members fishing for carp, pike or barbel must use an adequate Landing net and unhooking mat.

(p) The use of lead core line and tungsten leaders is now banned on all Association Waters.

(q) No bait boats allowed on Association waters.

(r) No peanuts or tiger nuts allowed on Association waters.


(s) Barbless or micro-barbed hooks only allowed.

3. The Winsford and District Anglers Association members card is the property of the Association

and the right is reserved to refuse issue or to confiscate. Persons ceasing to be members of the Association must return their membership card to the Secretary. Anyone refusing to comply with the rule may be proceeded against for the recovery of such card. Any card not marked with the name and address and photograph of the member shall be invalid.

4. All clubs affiliated to the Association must attend working parties.

Failure to comply with this means the club will pay full fees for the following year. Any affiliated club not attending a working party as requested by the Fishery Manager will lose its right to free matches in the following season.

5. Match Fishing

(a) Applicants must give notice to the Association Match Secretary, stating the date of the contest, the length of water  required, the time of the match and estimated number of competitors.

(b)Nails or pins shall not be used for marking out purposes.

(c) The match must not exceed more than 5 hours duration.

(d) Keepnets must be at least 2 metres long by 45cm wide.  Keepnets and landing nets must conform to EA bylaws and shall be of a knotless construction.

(e) All fish must be returned to the water after weighing.

(f) At least 7 days notice must be given to the Match Secretary for cancellation of any booked match.

(g) Booked matches have priority of water and any member not engaged in the match must remove to 30 yards from the match length if requested so to do by the captain or referee engaged in the match.

(h) In respect of matches of non-affiliated bodies or open matches run by affiliated bodies, the fee charged shall be £3.00 per peg and shall be paid at the time of booking. A minimum of 10 pegs to be paid for.

(i) Affiliated club bookings can be made after October 1st in any year for the following season.

Outside match bookings can be made after January 1st in the year of booking.

(j) All Affiliated Clubs are limited to eight free matches per year. Any extra matches to be paid for.

(k) No match fishing will be allowed on any water between 14th March and 15th June each year.

(l) At all Trophy and Winter League matches the team captains will be held responsible for their team members to be in possession of an Environment Agency Rod Licence. Any individual who is found not to be in possession of the relevant licence will be disqualified.


6. Association Cups and Trophies (Special Matches)

(a) John Blackburn, Hallmark, Ledwards & Jack Swift Trophies Teams to consist of 5 Association members.

(b) Specimen Awards

The Association will award a £10 prize for the heaviest fish caught in each of the species listed in Rule 2g. Specimens

may be weighed by club or Association weighers. Photographic evidence to be submitted wherever possible.

7. Match Rules

(a) Anglers are allowed to plumb the depth of the water before the start of the match.

(b) No recognised bait should be banned with the exception of lures, live bait and dopes.

(c) Up to two hooks may be used.

(d) Peg placing in minimum of 15 yards apart.

(e) Any number of rods may be set up, only one to be baited and used at any one time.

(f) Association permits must be shown when making the draw for Association matches.

(g) Any angler may leave his/her peg provided they do not interfere with or annoy any other angler. All lines must be removed from the water if the angler leaves his/her peg.

(h) Catapults and throwing sticks to be allowed.


(i)Team or club to be nominated by the angler at the draw, any angler failing to do so will fish as an individual.

(j) Pools must be entered before the draw.

(k) If the Match Secretary or his stipulated deputy considers a peg to be unfishable, the angler may draw another peg.

(l) Any complaint must be referred to the steward immediately. No action can be taken if left until after the match.

(m) Any angler reported as breaking a rule, shall be automatically disqualified from the match except if ruled otherwise by the Match Secretary or his stipulated deputy at that match. The angler to be given the right of appeal to the Committee.

(n) Fish will only be weighed in if kept in keepnets (No buckets or plastic bags or carp sacks allowed).

(o) Any angler with litter on his/her peg will not be weighed in.

8. Night Fishing

Adult members (Age 18 & over) may take a junior member (age 12-16) night fishing with them, but the junior must fish in the same peg as the adult, and only 1 rod is allowed for each adult and junior. Juniors may fish there own peg, but must purchase a night sticker, and must be booked on by the

accompanying adult as per current rules. Juniors under 12 are not permitted to night fish any waters without explicit written consent from the committee.

Night fishing must be booked online at: www.winsford-anglers.com



(i) Bookings can be made at least two days in advance of the date required.

(Booking is not required for Bottom Flash, River Weaver, River Dane or River Severn)

(ii) Members must be in possession of their WDAA permit with a valid night permit stuck inside the back cover of your permit.

(iii) No members are allowed on the waters before 12 noon and must vacate the water by 12 noon the next day or at the end of the session if 48 hours . That is packed up and in the car park by 12 noon. ( See the WDAA Waters page for any other specific rules for each Water)

(iv) No alcohol is permitted on any WDAA waters. Anglers caught breaking this rule could face a lifetime ban.

(v) No spectators allowed on the water at any time, unless they in possession of a Spectator Permit.

(vi)No fish to be retained /  taken for any reason.

(vii) No bright lights, although head-torches may be used for baiting etc.

(viii)No fires on any WDAA waters.

(ix) Designated night pegs may be moved from time to time.

 (x)Night fishing should only be carried out using a shelter designed for fishing. ie. NO TENTS.

(xi) All other WDAA rules still apply.


(i) Members must not vacate the water between the hours of 10pm and 6.30am, unless in the event of a serious emergency.

(ii)  The landowner has requested that night anglers leave their vehicles in the current top car park. Although it is

permitted to drive down to the flash to drop off and pick up fishing tackle. No Vehicles at the poolside after Sunset

 (iii) All other WDAA rules still apply.

(iv)Three rods may be used all season.

NOTE: If you intend fishing with three rods you must by law also purchase an adequate Environment Agency rod licence