Newton Canal, Merseyside

A 500 meter stretch of canal in St Helens with loads of fish to go at including some mint carp to over 20lb.

Newton Canal, Merseyside

Day ticket or syndicate: Club
Realistic catch rate: 1-3 per session
How much: £9 juniors, £50 adults
How do I get a ticket: Local tackle shops or online
Skill level to catch: Beginner
How busy is it: Usually a few anglers around
Location: Newton-le-willows
Can you drive to the swims: No
On site facilities: None
Best bait: Most baits work
Best swim: Any with overhanging trees
Average size: 8-15lb
Max realistic size: 20lb

Newton Canal, Merseyside

There are plenty of fish in this 500m stretch of canal in Newton-le-Willows.

Whether you’re looking for a few hours on the float, some surface fishing for carp or targeting the predators, it has it all.

Bigger hooks and strong tackle is a must as they fight hard by the snags

Harrison Anders

If you’re after the bigger specimens, don’t be afraid to put lots of bait in, there are smaller fish around so make sure there is plenty left over for the carp when they arrive.

I’d stay well clear of hemp and small pellet in your mix though, this will get the roach and bream active.

There are plenty of snags and the carp fight hard here, so make sure to use big hooks and strong tackle so you can keep them away once hooked.

I usually use a size 4, 5 or 6 with heavy rods and a strong coated hooklink material, because of the snags I’d also suggest a leader of some sort. As it’s a canal, there are no strict rules so go with what you’re confident in and step it up a level if required.

The majority of pegs produce fish but those with overhanging trees are my go to spots and generally out fish the others.

If you can locate some fish and get them feeding the rewards are there.newton canal

Newton Canal, Merseyside

Bait rules: No nuts
Dogs: It's a canal so plenty of dog walkers!
Hooks: No rules but go strong
Equipment: No bait boats or spod/spombs
Lead arrangements : No rules
Fish care: Fish care liquids and mats
Other rules: Mainline minimum 0.35 diameter

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