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Much of the length of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation’s towpath and backwaters are available for coarse fishing. However there are some restricted sections, mainly among moorings and close to navigational structures.

Species caught along our Navigation include roach, bream, tench, chub, perch, pike, dace, barbell and carp to over 30 lbs. 



Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

Fishing the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation


Fishing rights on the waterway are leased to Maldon Angling Society. Members of the club may fish the Navigation in compliance with the Society’s rules. For non-members, day tickets apply throughout the waterway.  These are available from local tackle shops (£5).

Rod Licences

The Chelmer & Blackwater is, for most of its length, a canalised river. This means it is subject to the closed season regulated by the Environment Agency (15th March to 16th June), and you will need a rod licence to fish along the waterway.

More information about angling on the Navigation and other local waters can be found on the Maldon Angling Society’s website.

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