COVID-19 Fishing Updates – BDAC

UPDATE – Fishing set to resume on some Belper waters

The club is delighted to announce that fishing will be allowed on our waters for the first time since the national “lockdown” measures were imposed in response to the worsening outbreak of COVID-19. All of our waters have been closed to angling activity since March 24th, and the club has been monitoring Government & Angling Trust guidance ever since. Fishing will once again be allowed on some of our waters very soon.

Wyver Lane Pond & Eerewash Canal both reopen for angling 13-05-2020

In line with the slight relaxation of the Government restrictions, and in line with the Angling Trust “When we fish again” phase one guidance, fishing is now allowed as an outdoor activity. As of Wednesday 23rd May we will be reopening Wyver Lane Pond and the Erewash Canal to fishing, subject to strict conditions.

Wyver Lane Pond is, as always, only open to club members in possession of a valid season permit. Erewash Canal may be fished by club members and also on a day ticket (which must be purchased in advance). Assuming restrictions on outdoor activities are not strengthened, our stretch of the River Derwent will reopen for coarse fishing at the end of the river close season on June 16th.


Angling will be allowed during the hours set out in the Club Rules, between 5am and 10pm.

Anglers fish at their own risk. Belper and District Angling Club will not be held responsible for anyone contracting COVID-19 whilst fishing their waters.

Please follow the instructions of BDAC bailiffs & Committee members. Their word on all anglers visiting Club waters is FINAL.

Please do not visit our waters if you are currently self-isolating or if you have symptoms of COVID-19! You should be at home following Government guidance.

Please ensure you adhere to social distancing & hygiene requirements at all times whilst fishing BDAC waters. If you cannot abide, you will be asked to leave. Please bring hand sanitiser with you and, if possible, rubber gloves for opening gates, etc.

Anglers are in a privileged position right now, to be able to indulge in our chosen pursuit with relatively few restrictions. Please follow the rules and ensure it remains this way.

The graphic below details the key aspects of the Angling Trust’s guidance. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the guidance for anglers on the Angling Trust website.

Angling Trust - when we fish again phase one freshwater guidance for angling during the COVID-19 outbreak.

You will, of course, need to be in possession of a valid EA rod licence. Forgot to renew? buy one online here.

Please follow the official Belper & District Angling Club Facebook page for regular updates on any future changes the club implements. We will, of course, keep the website updated too.

If you have any specific questions you can contact the club directly via Facebook Messenger, through our Facebook page, or email us via our website contact form. Meanwhile, check the following FAQs and your question may be answered:


Where can I currently buy a ticket to fish your waters?

The only ticket outlet open (as of 13th May) is:
Market Place Newsagents – Belper
5 Market Place (top of King St), Belper, DE56 1FZ
Tel:  01773 823270
Google Maps:

Will the club be operating a booking system for Wyver Lane Pond?

It is not currently our intention to operate a booking system. We hope members will use common sense and maintain social distancing at all times, but we will monitor the situation and make changes where deemed necessary.
Remember, our stretch of the Erewash Canal at Langley Mill is under-fished, so there should always be some solitude and the chance of some good fish for those giving it a go.

Are you running any fishing matches?

Under the phase one guidance from the Angling Trust, no keepnets or competition fishing are permitted – current advice still prohibits organised gatherings.
So, until further notice, all matches on Belper & District waters have been cancelled.

Can I use a keepnet when pleasure fishing?

For the time being, no, keepnets are not allowed on BDAC venues. Using a keepnet implies competition (i.e. match fishing) and match fishing is not allowed under the Angling Trust’s phase one guidance.