The River Weaver and Wheelock look set to delight south Cheshire anglers this summer thanks to the generosity of Lymm Angling Club who have donated 6000 fish through the Environment Agency.

Earlier this week (27 March) the Environment Agency released 5000 roach, bream and perch into the River Weaver above Beam Bridge, Nantwich, an area whose fish stocked were severely affected by a pollution incident last year.

Also on the same day 1000 roach where released in the River Wheelock between Middlewich and Sandbach, replenishing stocks after a similar fish kill last year.

Paul Blake, Fisheries Officer, said: “Lymm Angling Club approached the Environment Agency asking if we could find suitable homes for a number of fish from an over populated pond owned by the club.

“After giving the fish a clean bill of health we moved them to our depot in Northwich and got them in training for life in a river by installing flow units that create a current in the ponds.

“Restocking both rivers went well and when the fishing season opens on 16
June* I’m sure Nantwich Anglers and Elworth Angling Society will enjoy catching these fish.”

Before heading out to catch these new fish anglers must ensure they have a valid rod licence. Anyone fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish and eels in England, Wales, and the Border Esk in Scotland must have a licence from the Environment Agency. Those caught fishing illegally face tough penalties, which could include a fine of up to £2,500 or even a ban from fishing.

Don’t get caught out. You can buy you licence from any Post Office, Direct Debit, phone sales or online. Log on to or call 08708 506 506 for more information.