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Winsford Anglers Angling Times and General Rules Updated 2022/ 23 Permit

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.


The following are the starting and finishing times. Members can arrive or must be off the water within the times stated.

This applies if you are fishing or spectating
April to October 3.30 am to 10.30pm
November to March 6am to 9pm

Top Flash, Kitchen Meadow and Top Flash River Weaver 6.30 am to 10pm 
Winsford & District Angling Association General Rules

1. Annual Fees and Subscriptions.
Permits are valid from 1st June to 31st May each year.

Individual Permit Prices
Adult Members aged 18 to 64 - £45
Juniors aged 12 to17 - £5
Spectators - £5
Over 65's aged 65 and over - £20

Concession Permit £20
Night Permit Sticker - £25 (For all night fishing waters)
Closed season sticker - £40
Day tickets; £4 online or £5 from the Bailiff
(River Weaver at Winsford only) ALL Day Tickets are from Dawn till Dusk
Affiliated Clubs
Affiliated Club Fee - £15 annually
Affiliated Club Adult Members - £40
Affiliated Club Over 65’s - £20

Under 12 years old can fish for FREE but must be accompanied by a WDAA Permit holder, adult, over 65’s or spectators can accompany under 12’s.

All permits are to be made available during May each year.
The Winsford and District Angling Association permit gives a member the rights to fish on Association waters, but it remains the property of the Association and the right is reserved to refuse issue or to confiscate it. Any Permit not marked with the name and address and
photograph of the member shall be invalid.

2. General Rules
2.1 All members shall observe the proper closed season on Rivers Weaver, Dane, and Severn (15th March to15th June).

2.2 Anglers should note that Winsford and District Angling Association do not accept any liability whatsoever for damage to property or injury to persons who may be angling, gaining access for angling, or spectating. Consequently, all use of facilities offered by the association is at members or spectator’s own risk.
2.3 Permits must be always carried whilst fishing, anglers who cannot produce a permit may be asked to leave.
2.4 Anyone found to be poaching on our waters will not be allowed membership of the Association.
2.5 Anyone found to be removing or transferring fish from our waters will face disciplinary action.
2.6 Fishing in the Association waters with a line NOT connected to a rod or pole is prohibited.
2.7 Anglers must not leave a rod and line unattended with its bait or hook in the water.
2.8 Unless mutually agreed anglers must fish on separate marked pegs where possible or allow at least 10 yards space on the riverbank or poolside between themselves and the next adjoining angler.
a. No angling is allowed between pegs. The creation of new pegs is strictly forbidden, as is the cutting of branches and damaging of trees.

2.9 Members are requested to cooperate with Association bailiffs and officials and to comply with their reasonable requests. If asked members must produce, for inspection, their WDAA permit and Rod Licence to any person with reasonable grounds to request it.
2.10 No spectators are allowed on our waters at any time unless they are in possession of a Spectator permit.
2.11 Dogs must not accompany anglers fishing.
2.12 All fish must be returned to the water from which they were caught.

Keepnets may be used in Association waters with the following exceptions:
a. During the close season (March 15th to June 15th inclusive)
b. No barbel to be placed in keepnets apart from in genuine matches.
c. Keepnets but must be at least 2 metres long by 45cm wide.
d. All nets must conform to EA bylaws and shall be of a knotless construction.

2.13 Retention of specimen fish/carp 
a. No specimen fish/carp to be placed in keepnets or carp sacks. Retention slings may be used for up to 30 minutes to allow for fish recovery.
b. Specimen fish may be weighed using an appropriate weigh sling, photographing is allowed, but the fish must be returned to the water as soon as possible.
2.14 Camping on the land adjoining the Association’s waters and the use of tents is prohibited except with the express consent of the riparian owner.
2.15 To avoid disturbing others, portable radios/music players may only be used with headphones.
2.16 Times of fishing are as shown on the inside front cover of the permit unless special times apply to individual waters.
2.17 Members must use a landing net that is adequate for the species they are fishing for.
2.18 Members fishing for carp, pike or barbel must also have an appropriate unhooking mat or cradle.

2.19 The following are permitted on Association waters.
a. Barbless or micro-barbed hooks only, treble hooks should be barbless or semi barbless.
b. Three rods may be used on Top Flash and the River Weaver; all other waters have a two-rod maximum.
c. NOTE: If you intend fishing with three rods you must by law also purchase an adequate Environment Agency rod licence.
d. Smoke tins are allowed but must be kept off the ground.

2.20 The following are NOT permitted on Association waters.
a. Alcohol
b. Illegal drugs.
c. Tin cans or glass jars or glass bottles.
d. Peanuts and tiger nuts.
e. Lead core line or tungsten leaders.
f. Boga grips or gaffs.
g. Fires.
h. Disposable barbecues.
i. Bait boats.
j. Camping Tents.

2.21 Leaving of litter will not be tolerated on any of our waters, if you are fishing a peg that already has litter present it must be picked up and removed and anyone found to be ignoring this rule may face disciplinary action.
2.22 Do not discard hooks or fishing line of any type or length, take it home and dispose of it correctly.
2.23 Human Faeces!!!/Solid Waste Anglers must not foul the bankside at any time. If you must go use a bag/bucket system and take it home for disposal. Anyone found leaving a mess on the bankside or leaving bags of waste will face disciplinary action.

2.24 Work Parties
a. Members can volunteer to attend any of the advertised work parties.
b. Work parties may take place at any time of the year, the dates for work parties will be announced on our social media platforms and the news page on our website.
c. Affiliated club members can volunteer to attend work parties, these will be arranged directly between the affiliated club and the fisheries manager and will usually take place around the closed season.
d. Over 65’s and Juniors are exempt from work parties and can fish any waters that are open all year round.

2.25 Restricted close season waters
Some still waters will be closed to adult members during April and May each year. To fish during this period adult members must have a closed season sticker fixed in the back of their permits to fish these waters. A closed season sticker can be purchased from the website and certain outlets. Please contact the fisheries manager for further information.