Coronavirus (COVID-19 Update Page

THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AT 20:30hrs on 13-5-2020 - Information is subject to change at any time and this page will be updated accordingly and a post made on facebook if anything changes

HERE ARE THE LATEST GUIDELINES FOR FISHING AT ALL OUR VENUES - PLEASE READ THE GENERAL GUIDANCE AND THE INFORMATION RELATING TO SPECIFIC VENUES AND NIGHT FISHING VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE PLANNING A FISHING TRIP

Our bailiffs have a difficult job to do, please help them do this safely.

Initially we expect all our waters to be much busier than usual so please bear this in mind when planning your trip. We have imposed temporary restrictions and 24 hr session limits on our waters and once demand falls we will return to normal as per the membership book.

Please carefully read the information below regarding the general rules and the venue specific information. As this is an ever changing situation all these rules and guidance notes are subject to change at any time so please keep an eye our facebook page.

Anyone found disregarding any of the conditions set out below will not be dealt with lightly and will risk a ban.

New Members with only the Green 2020/21 Membership Book(Starting 1st June 2020) are able to fish the South Lagoon Grand Union Canal, Slipe Lane Pits and South Lagoon as soon as you receive your membership book. On 1st June 2020 it then becomes valid at all our other waters. If you do not have an existing membership (Blue Book) do not attempt to access our other venues until June 1st 2020

  • DO NOT go fishing if you or anyone you have been in close contact with has any symptoms of Coronavirus

  • Only travel with other members of your household

  • Use Hand Sanitiser/Wear Gloves when using Club Locks/Gates and the toilets.

  • Dispose of any wipes or gloves responsibly DO NOT LITTER

  • Stay Alert and keep 15 metres away from other people where possibel and an absolute minimum of 2 metres.

  • Park vehicles considerately do not block any access

  • Our bailiffs will still be checking membership books and collecting Day Ticket Money at a safe distance

  • ALL RIVER STRETCHES REMAIN CLOSED (Rivers will re-open on 16th June at the end of the normal statutory close season)

  • Please ensure you have renewed your EA Rod Licence before fishing

VENUE SPECIFIC INFORMATION

BECKERINGS RESERVOIR - Members Only
From 14th May 2020 to 17th May 2020 - you can only fish from DAWN UNTIL DUSK  - Parking at Beckerings is limited and although there are 27 swims we only have capacity for approx 15 Cars.

 

IF WHEN YOU ARRIVE THE CAR PARK IS FULL - DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE ELSE ON SITE as the farmer will not be happy if you do. If you can get dropped off and picked up by someone from your household this will help parking capacity. Please park considerately to maximise the space. Keep access to the toilet clear through the car park at all times as it is cleaned once a week and vehicle access is required for this.

NIGHT FISHING AT BECKERINGS - Permitted from 18th May 2020(Pre Booking Required)

On Monday 18th of May the usual 10 Night bookings spaces will be available for 24 Hour fishing sessions (7am to 7am) these must be booked in the usual way via the night bookings text number in your membership book. The Night Bookings line will open on Friday 15th May at 8am to accept bookings by text for Monday onwards. DO NOT Text the Night Bookings phone until Friday 15th at 8am. You will receive a confirmation text message to confirm your booking has been accepted or one informing you we are fully booked. Bookings will be managed to give everyone a fair chance of booking on please bear this in mind when making bookings - No Return within 48hrs 

 

NORTH HOUSE LAKE - Members Only

From 14th May 2020 to 17th May 2020 - you can only fish from DAWN UNTIL DUSK - Please Park Considerately and make best use of available space. Considering social distancing there are approximately 15 pegs that can be fished safely at the moment please choose your swim wisely.

NIGHT FISHING AT NORTH HOUSE LAKE - Permitted from 18th May 2020(Pre Booking Required)

On Monday 18th of May the usual 8 Night Bookings Permits will be available for 24 Hour fishing Sessions (7am to 7am) these must be booked in the usual way via the night bookings text number in your membership book. The Night Bookings line will open on Friday 15th May at 8am to accept bookings by text for Monday onwards. DO NOT Text the Night Bookings phone until Friday 15th at 8am. You will receive a confirmation text message to confirm your booking has been accepted or one informing you we are fully booked. Bookings will be managed to give everyone a fair chance of booking on please bear this in mind when making bookings - No Return within 48hrs

KEMPSTON LAKE
From Wednesday 13th May you can fish Day Sessions 7am to 7pm. Read all the rules/signage on site.

NIGHT FISHING AT KEMPSTON LAKE - Permitted from 18th May 2020 (Pre Booking Required)

On Monday 18th of May 10 Night Permits will be available each night for 24 Hour fishing sessions these must be booked in the usual way via the night bookings text number in your membership book. The Night Bookings line will open on Friday 15th May at 8am to accept bookings for Monday Onwards. Do Not Text the Night Bookings Phone until Friday. You will receive a confirmation text message to confirm your booking has been accepted or one informing you we are fully booked. Bookings will be managed to give everyone a fair chance of booking on please bear this in mind when making bookings - No Return within 48hrs. You must show the confirmation text to the Kempston Bailiffs on request (they will also be able to verify your booking online if necessary)

SOUTH LAGOON - Members and Day Tickets
From 14th May 2020 to 17th May 2020 - you can only fish from DAWN UNTIL DUSK The lake is open to members and Day Ticket Anglers from Dawn to Dusk

NIGHT FISHING AT SOUTH LAGOON

From 18th May Night Fishing will also be allowed for 24 hour sessions (7am to 7am) on a first come first served basis to members and Day/Night Ticket Anglers and no pre-booking will be required. Bailiffs will check books and Collect Day/Night Ticket money at a safe distance - No Return within 48hrs after a night session.

GRAND UNION CANAL
Open for Day Sessions from Dawn Until Dusk  from Wednesday 13th May for Members and Day Ticket Anglers with strict social distancing to be observed at all times. Keep as far away from (AT LEAST 15 METRES AWAY FROM MOORED BOATS) quickly pass and do not interact with other towpath users. Please choose your fishing spot carefully with Social Distancing in mind and choose the widest areas of the towpath that you can find. DO NOT fish near or opposite any moored boats or near the locks. DO NOT complain if asked to move away from a NO FISHING AREA!

NIGHT FISHING - GRAND UNION CANAL - CLUB MEMBERS ONLY - CERTAIN SECTIONS ONLY

Night fishing is allowed, providing you stay alert and follow these guidelines exactly as you would if fishing during the daytime, maintaining social distancing at least 15 Metres away from other people/moored boats.

For further information please also see https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus

DAY TICKET ANGLERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO NIGHT FISH ANYWHERE ON THE CANAL - NIGHT FISHING IS RESTRICTED TO CLUB MEMBERS AND ONLY ON CERTAIN SECTIONS - see the canal page for more information.

DO NOT CAUSE ANY NUISANCE TO ANY OTHER CANAL USERS OR THE POLICE WILL BE CALLED AND WILL RESPOND.

SLIPE LANE PITS - NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERS ONLY WITH GREEN 2020/21 BOOK

Open for Fishing from 12th May 2020. Only for new and renewed members that have the orange Turnford card in the book.
 

  • Max 24 hours on the fishery then off, no moving to another lake or swim.

  • Anglers should wear gloves when handling the lock and gate 

  • You must provide for your own toileting which must be taken away with you. 

  • No guest permits will be issued.

  • You must not congregate anywhere on the venue

  • Do not approach any other person, always maintain the minimum Government recommended distance.

  • You must carry soap and water or alcohol gel (minimum 60%) to use immediately after opening gates and locks. Do not spray any of our locks with disinfectant spray of any description.

  • Bailiffs will still ask to see your membership cards from a safe distance, please hold your book up, state your name and card number, or ask you to bring it to the back of the swim to take a pic.

  • Ensure that you leave nothing at the venue.

  • Always follow the Government Guidelines

ALL RIVER VENUES

SUBJECT TO STATUTORY CLOSE SEASON AND WILL RE-OPEN AS NORMAL ON 16th June 2020

Please respect these rules and adhere to government advice – otherwise these privileges may be withdrawn some useful information links can be found below.

Finally, to be clear, failure to comply with any of the above, may lead to your permanent exclusion from Luton AC.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/…/co…/coronavirus-and-angling

https://joinanglingtrust.net/individual-anglers-phase-one-…/