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The Society was founded in 1899 by a group of dedicated anglers who fished Stanley Reservoir in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Today the Society has grown to be one of the more prominent fishing organisations in the UK with members, made up of seniors, ladies, juveniles, and disabled members from all over the country.

Our Waters

With a good selection of still waters and a number of river stretches to tackle we aim to cater for all types of angling. For canal anglers this year we can now offer three stretches   for you to enjoy. The links below will take your to our full Waters List or our Google Map.

Membership

2021 membership is now available click the Join Us button below for full details.

Latest News
COVID-19 Virus 

* Latest Lockdown *

* New AnglingTrust Guidelines *

Updated 07/01/2021 Click Here to View Full Text

Statement from the Angling Trust: Update January 7th 2021

The Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust. We have promoted the huge benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing and have been able to present a case to which the Government have listened. On this basis I am pleased to announce that fishing will be permitted during the third national lockdown.

The Head of Sports Participation at DCMS confirmed the following:

“fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors”

This has also been confirmed by DEFRA:

“Cabinet Office have now officially confirmed that angling / fishing (incl. sea fishing off private boats, water sports) can be considered exercise and are hence permitted.”

We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.

Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will publish shortly:

  • This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May.

  • We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.

  • The Government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.

  • Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.

  • The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.

  • To remain within the law you should follow the Government’s guidance, and only fish locally within the district where you live. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways.

We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others cannot and we must ensure that every angler adheres to the rules.

Because of this announcement we are instructing all members that as from Today 07/01/2021 fishing is again permitted on all SOTAS waters other than RUDYARD RESERVOIR which remains closed until further notice, UNDER STRICT ADHERENCE  to the rules and guidelines (Listed Above) laid down by the government and Angling Trust.

NOTE: NO NIGHT FISHING, NO MATCH FISHING, AND LOCAL ONLY. THESE RULES ARE ENFORCEABLE BY LAW.

Please ensure that you comply with these rules.

New Restrictions and regulations will be enforced. Please Click here and read all the Latest Guidance Notes and Updates.
 
Society  News

**Important notice re. SOTAS AGM**

Due to the latest Coronavirus Lockdown it was decided that we could not proceed with the AGM as planned this year. As a result the planned changes that were approved by the committee to be presented to the members at the AGM have been implemented. The full details can be read in the Members-Newsletter &  AGM 2020 section of the website. 

Stanley Reservoir Pike Season

The Pike Season on Stanley Reservoir as been extended this year till 30th of April 2021.
 

Canal & River Trust Annual Blog

Click Here to read Canal and River Trust Annual Report on Lets Fish events. Its nice when people take the time to complement Stoke-on-Trent Angling Society for what we contributed this year. Thanks to all that helped.

  

Lets Fish Gallery

Stoke -on-Trent Angling  Society is proud of the efforts that we make towards encouraging the youngsters of today to be come the anglers of tomorrow. Towards this aim we have again been running Lets Fish events on the Middleport section of the Trent and Mersey Canal. Click Here to view a few photos of the participants and their catches. A great time was had by both the participants and the coaches.

 £1 Juvenile Ticket Retained for 2021

The £1 juvenile ticket has been retained for 2021 with a view to attracting more juveniles.

 

Special rules will apply i.e. child protection, fishing in the same peg with an adult, 3 rods max per peg.

It is hoped that this new initiative will provide a gateway into the sport for the young of today to become the anglers of tomorrow.

The mission of Stoke-on-Trent Angling Society is to manage, serve and promote angling. To assist members and participants in their various forms of involvement in angling. To adhere to all the laws of angling and to encourage and facilitate the involvement of as many people as possible in angling activities.

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