You can fish in some of the rivers that flow through our parks, as well as other areas that we own around Chelmsford city centre.
We do not own the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation (the canal). You can visit Essex Waterways for more information about fishing there.
To fish in Chelmsford, including in the rivers and the lake, you need to have a rod fishing licence from the Environment Agency. You can find more information and buy your rod fishing licence on GOV.UK.
You can't fish for coarse fish during the close season from 15 March to 15 June every year. You can look at GOV.UK for general information about freshwater rod fishing rules.
Fishing in the rivers
You can fish in many places along the:
River Can, which flows through Central Park and Admirals Parks
River Chelmer, which flows from Valley Bridge to Bunny Walk and into the city centre
You can't fish:
in the city centre by the Meadows Shopping Centre
from the concrete channelled river banks which run from the city centre through to New London Road by the M&S back entrance
on either side of the river at Bell Meadow and Blue Sky Pasture (which is near Market Square on one side and the County Cricket Ground on the other)
from the riverbank next to Tesco on Springfield Road
either side of the weir near the Essex Records Office
in the West Park Pitch and Put course
You also can't fish from any bridges, due to risk to pedestrians and people using the river below.
Fishing in lakes
There is no fishing in the lake in Central Park.
Essex County Council own Danbury County Park and are responsible for fishing in the lakes there. You can visit Essex County Council's Visit Parks for more information.