Collingham Angling Association’s

Additional Guidance for Anglers fishing during the Pandemic

Updated 18 June 2020 


You are all aware of COVID-19 and the associated risks this brings with it to the membership of the association.  If we are to get fishing again, it stands for reason that we will need to implement a number of changes to the way we all go about our business whilst on association waters.    To that end we ask all members to adhere to the following guidance; in addition to the association constitution and all government restrictions.

Failure to do so will lead to expulsion from the association or any other lesser punishment as deemed appropriate by the committee.   

Symptoms:  Anyone displaying any symptoms are not to enter onto any association waters.

  1. A persistent cough other than that previously known about due to a medical condition (e.g. Throat cancer / hay fever) that means you cough more than normal. (This can be any kind not just a dry cough)
  2. Shortness of breath (Again other than that previously known about due to a medical condition.
  3. Breathing Difficulties (Again other than that previously known about due to a medical condition.
  4. Fever (High temperature).

How to avoid catching the virus or spreading it:

  1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  2. Place used tissues in a rubbish bag and remove off site with you.
  3. Use hand sanitizer often.
  4. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Please bring a rubbish bag and hand sanitizer with you and take it home.

In line with new government guidelines Spalford lakes have been opened up for leisure activities, however, members who bring their families are reminded that they remain responsible for them.                                                                                     Members are reminded that the toilet facilities remain closed

The barn/storage shed have been placed out of bounds to all members other than those working for the fisheries Officer.


The Fisheries Officer through the Chairman remains the authority within all association water at all times and will have the authority to amend or include any rule for the benefit and safety of the membership as he deems necessary.

Members are to adhere to all signage and the tampering, defacing, removal or moving of any sign will result in a member being expelled.  


Travel to any association water is to be by individual means of transport if they are not from the same household. This will ensure anyone who starts to feel unwell is able to leave to complex immediately and not have to wait for as traveling partner and adhere to the 2 meter social distance rule. 


On Spalford complex where it is not possible to park behind your peg please leave a 2 m gap between cars.  If fishing on the strip between Centenary and Willow or on Centenary low numbers please approach from the relevant/closes end.


The outside drinking water tap situated out the toilet block will be off limits, all anglers wishing to make their own brews will be required to bring water.

The toilet facilities at Spalford complex will remain closed to all those other than the fisheries staff who will need to continue to maintain the complex throughout the pandemic.  Anyone caught defecating on any association water will be expelled from the club or any other lesser punishment as deemed appropriate by the committee.   

Social Distancing:

A minimum of 2 meters distance is to be observed at all time.  Walking around the complex to talk to other anglers or for general exercise is to be discouraged.  If an angler brings a wife or partner with them they are required to adhere to the same rule.

In line with the Angling Trust guidelines when pleasure fishing at Spalford complex we would ask all anglers to fish from Every Other Peg.  This will ensure the 15m separation gap between anglers which the Angling Trust put forward in their Implementation Plan and was subsequently agreed by the government.  This includes where possible those from the same household


Sharing of equipment

Sharing of equipment is to be kept to a minimum and at all time items touched by more than one person are to be disinfected:

To minimise the possible spread of the virus No keep nets are to be brought onto the complex when pleasure fishing.


Consideration for other anglers, especially if the venues are full, should be paramount. Therefore, for the time being there will be no guest tickets available.

Carp Fishing:

Due to the facilities at Spalford being closed Long stay anglers should bring their own toilet facilities.

Consideration for other anglers, especially if the venue is full remains key and we ask all anglers to remain courteous to other and discuss matters between themselves to resolve any issues that may arise. With this in mind the committee has agreed to the following:

  1. Change from the two rods limit to a three rod limit (licence dependent)
  2. Removal of the overnight stay limit.
  3. To allow parking behind the pegs along the Donkey Bank (Please allow enough room for other anglers to pass)


It is beholden on us all to use the facilities of the association safely and to ensure our actions do not endanger the lives of our fellow members many of whom are within the extremely vulnerable age group. 

Please be polite, keep your social distance and keep fishing.

Your committee are committed to keeping the venues open and ensuring the all members are as safe as is reasonably practical.





Competition fishing on both Spalford lakes and the river (Match)

The following guideline lay out the basic principle of how CAA will run matches in line with Government guidelines and wherever possible following AT guidance.


Keepnets are allowed only in authorised matches on lakes

Fishing on every other peg (Spalford complex only)

Maximum of 30 anglers per match over 2 lakes (Spalford complex only)

You must book your place directly with the Match Secretary at least 36 hrs beforehand. (By Friday 9pm for a Sunday match)

Anybody not pre-booked will be refused entry

Please keep to the social distancing rules at all times


The draw / booking in will be conducted as a rolling raffle type draw and will be open between 0800 and 0830.

The draw / booking in will be conducted outside and in the area of the toilet block at Spalford complex and at the given location on the river.

Competitors are to drive up the booking in table where they will be asked to pay the relevant pools (Please bring correct money) into a collection bucket.  This money will remain in the bucket until the next match. The club will provide a sanitised float for the pay-out.

Once booked in, the match organiser will draw your peg inform you of any additional information required and ask you to drive directly to your peg.

 Please observe the social distancing guidelines when parking your car.

Match Timing / etiquette:

Match timing will be as normal, you will be informed of any changes at booking in.

Once at your peg we ask that you remain there till after the weigh in, making as few as journeys to and from your car as possible.  

Please keep your social distances at all times and please do not touch another angler’s equipment without their consent.

 Weigh in:

The weigh in has been organised to reduce the contact between the angler, his keepnets and weigh teams to the absolute minimum:

You will be weighed in by the designated weigh team using the equipment provided.

Please follow all instructions given by the weigh team and only approach the scales when asked to do so.  You will wherever possible be asked to place your own catch into the weigh bags.

Please do not touch any of the equipment.

Please do NOT follow the scales.

Once weighed in please load your equipment into your vehicle.


The results will be organised at the same location as the draw.  The envelopes will be laid out on the draw table and when your name is announced you will be asked to approach the table a pick up the relevant winnings.

For the time being we ask that only those who think they have won a prize attend.

Please adhere to social distancing at all times.

To all Collingham Angling Association Members

The new Club books have arrived and Keith has started to process the applications.
You can renew in the following ways but please remember to send in an SAE in all cases:-
Cash – through Keith’s door only if you live in Collingham
Cheque – Made Payable to Collingham A.A
BACS Transfer – Account Collingham A.A
Sort Code 54-10-23
Acc No. 05930049
Reference “your initial and surname ”

£60.00 for Senior Members.
£15.00 for Intermediate Members.
£ 5.00 for Junior Members.
Failure to add your name in the reference box will result in delays which we are not responsible for. Keith will match your payment to your SAE and send your book on.

Russell Jones

Collingham Angling Association is run entirely by volunteers has a constituted membership of 300 full fee paying members made up from seniors, juniors and Senior Citizens.
The success and growth of the association is a result of many hours of hard work and tireless effort by local anglers with a common interest.
The backbone being developed by residents in the village and surrounding area and support of local farmers.
The aim of our game is to promote fair angling and protect the country side, improve our skills to catch more fish and enjoy ourselves with fellow anglers !!
Our playground is the Tidal Trent below Cromwell weir and some of the local reclaimed gravel workings.
The Lower River Trent at Collingham was once the match angler’s Paradise. However, these days it’s the place to go if you want to bag up with barbel. Long gone are the days when you could “frame”with nets of roach and chub in a mixed bag or depend on the skimmers and slabs net. You can run a groove with a stick float and catch but not on a level playing field. Take your casters, maggots and hemp but boilies and pellets are a must.
Specimen hunters love the place, but so do plenty of ‘in the know’ pleasure anglers and match men, all of whom have barbel on the brain! Not to mention “catfish”
The Trent below Collingham weir is tidal and although the rise and fall of water twice per day is fairly slight and it is still noticeable but does vary in both time of the day and height. Viewing the fairly featureless stretch below the bubbling white water “the oven” of the weir pool is a daunting prospect. Think big and positive.
Temporary membership of the association for the Fleet and the Trent may be obtained by the purchase of a day ticket from the Bailiff on the bank or by the way of a match permit issued by the secretary in advance No temporary membership is available on the private pegs.
No person shall fish from the wall at Cromwell Weir.
River Trent Collingham from Cromwell weir downstream on east bank to Collingham Parish boundary,(approx. 305 pegs).Omitting a short stretch at Jolly barge.Acces Via Westfield Lane for Weir field or via Carlton ferry lane and road bridge,upsteam and downstream.
River Fleet-East bank for 2 fields, situated between Besthorpe and Girton.Access via Tinker Lane off A1133 Gainsbough Road.
Please note, however, that the Rivers Trent and also the Fleet are all still close by law for the traditional closed season.

The Honorary Secretary and Match Bookings

Mr Keith Archer

40 The Hemplands



Nottinghamshire NG237PE Tel 01636892573


  • Water available for temporary membership is on the lower Trent below Cromwell weir to Carlton ferry Lane, various access points via Collingham, just north of Newark and on the Fleet at Besthorpe village(Which is a river and closed season does apply on this water). Temporary membership issued for both by our own bailiffs on the bank at a cost of ₤5.00 per day and £5.00 per night.
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Last year we had loads of rubbish dumped in car parks and on the banks please take it home with you

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