All anglers love a bit of free parking, and I’ve been meaning to have a few hours on the fishing on the Ashton Canal with lovely free parking for ages now.
Wedged in between Man Citys ground and the National Cycling Centre is the Ashton Canal – and a lovely big Asda car park offering 3 hours free parking.
See the map below and look at the red dots (where I parked) and the red cross (where I fished).
Now its important to remember that the car park is monitored – and only allows you three hours for free. And also that the angling on the canal is not controlled by any local angling clubs, so you will need a “Waterways Wanderer” permit to fish their legally.
So, back to the fishing. I know the Ashton Canal contains a good head of roach and skimmers, I’ve also seen some cracking carp and tench over the years, but I was keen to add a Gudgeon or Ruff to my seasons fish tally.
I parked up close to the canal and walked through the passage way from the car park to the canal — no more than 10 yards from my car. Bliss.
Seeing as though both of the species I was most interested in were bottom feeders, I initially set up a rig to fish 2 inches over depth. A 2g pole float, and 0.08mm hook length to a size 20 kamasan B520 with single maggot on the hook, and no ground bait.
I could see plenty of fish topping but decided to stick to my game plan of bait hard on the deck.
It didn’t take long for the roach to find my bait, and I had a good run of fish in the first hour (but sadly no Gudgeon or Ruffe.
Then the swim died – pike maybe ?
An hour of nothing was broken by a few small perch, to break the monotony. Then before I knew it, it was time to pack up my kit, and get the car out of the car park before the ANPR cameras stitched me up with a £100 ticket.
I didn’t catch either of my two target species but did enjoy a couple of hours maggot dangling on the canal … all good fun.
baz roberts says
Fished that stretch quite a lot over the years for silvers and pike with plenty of success one thing about the peg dying could be a big perch as we used have a few” Knock ups” on there and we did weigh a couple of perch over the 3lb mark a couple of years back, Also we caught more ruffe on the lower stretch below the stadium in the wide near the low bridge
Mike Duddy says
Hi Baz — yes I’ve often kicked myself for not bringing predator tackle with me when fishing Manchesters Canals – it happens a lot…. I build up a swim and then it just dies. Got to be a pike or big perch there scaring off all the silvers. The disturbance caused by catching fish no doubt draws them in
Paul Anderson says
My boy as just got into fishing and we are local to the canal. Hes new to it and I’ve never been. Is there any advice you can give in terms of location and bait. Many thanks