Environment Agency

Water Resources Act 1991

Environment Act 1995

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975


THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY, in exercise of its powers under Section 210 of, and paragraphs 6(1)(b), 6(2)(b)(i) and 6(2)(d) of Schedule 25 to, the Water Resources Act 1991makes the following time limited byelaw to protect salmon and sea trout within the River Camel and its freshwater tributaries.

Byelaw explanatory notes

In this byelaw- “the Agency” means the Environment Agency;

“River Camel catchment” means all of the rivers and streams, including the River Allen, which collectively form the main River Camel and which flow into the River Camel estuary at Wadebridge, Cornwall (SW 99116 72466).

“Salmon” means the species Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)

“Sea Trout" means the migratory form of the species brown trout (Salmo trutta).

“Brown Trout” means the resident form of the species brown trout (Salmo trutta).

“Hook Gape” means the widest opening of a hook used for rod and line fishing, the dimensions of which are measured from the hook point to the vertical shank of the hook.

“Artificial lure” or "spinner bait” means any artificial bait either with or without a revolving blade used in conjunction with a rod and line to attract a fish to a hook.

"Barbless" means a hook with no barb or a hook with a fully crushed barb only.

`24 hour period” is defined as the 24 hour period from the time that fishing first commences on any day.

Byelaw 1 Application and Exemptions

a) These Byelaws apply to the River Camel catchment.

b) These Byelaws shall not apply to any employee of the Environment Agency acting in their official capacity or to any person who, with the permission in writing of the Environment Agency and acting in accordance with any conditions attached to that permission, carries out work connected with the maintenance, improvement or development of fisheries or for scientific purposes.

c) These Byelaws shall expire 5 years after the date when they first come into force.

Byelaw 2 Catch and release of rod caught salmon.

a) No person shall retain a live or dead salmon that has been taken by rod and line or other instrument designed to capture fish within the River Camel catchment.

b) Any salmon caught with rod and line within the River Camel catchment must be returned immediately to the water with the least possible injury at the point of capture or removal.

Byelaw 3 Prohibition of measures for rod caught salmon, sea trout and brown trout.

a) No person shall fish for salmon within the River Camel catchment with rod and line by means of any bait with the exception of prawn or shrimp using a single, barbless hook with the gape of any such hook being no greater than 13 millimetres.

b) No person shall fish for or take any sea trout or brown trout with rod and line from the River Camel catchment by means of any bait other than with a single worm baited on a single, barbless hook with the gape of any such hook being no greater than 13 millimetres.

c) All artificial lures or spinners used for the capture of salmon, sea trout and brown trout from the River Camel catchment must be fitted either with barbless treble hooks with a hook gape width of no greater than 8 millimetres or single, barbless hooks with a hook gape width of no greater than 13 millimetres.

d) The use of all treble hooks associated with artificial lures or spinner baits are prohibited after the 30 September within the River Camel catchment.

e) Treble and double hooks used with an artificial fly for the capture of salmon, sea trout and brown trout within the River Camel catchment shall be barbless and must not exceed a maximum hook gape width of 8 millimetres.

f) The maximum gape width of any single hook when used in conjunction with an artificial fly to catch salmon, sea trout or brown trout within the River Camel catchment must be barbless and shall not be greater than 13 millimetres.

Byelaw 4 Sea trout protection measures

a) The maximum number of sea trout to be retained by a person fishing with rod and line within the River Camel catchment shall not exceed two at any point in lime and within a 24 hour period.

b) No person fishing by rod and line within the River Camel catchment is permitted to retain a sea trout of greater than 50 centimetres measured from the snout to the tip of the tail.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF THE COMMON SEAL OF THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY Was hereunto affixed on the 4th day of April 2019

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EA Camel Bylaw - April 2019EA Camel Bylaw - April 2019


This has been a year of problems made worse by pointless regulations forced upon us by the Environment Agency and Natural England who are forcing more and more restrictions on what we do it has become very close to needing permission from them to get out of bed on a Sunday morning. This has led to the Anglers losing all interest in the river. There were a number of working parties and apart from the four people that run all of the work parties only THREE other people turned out this makes the very few that do turn out wonder why the hell we do. In the previous six years a kilometre of river has been cleaned up and six years ago there were very few fish seen there was a survey in 2018 which shows that area is now very productive. 2018 has as far as I can tell has had the best run of Sea Trout for many years this must be the result of the many hours of work done by a very few people!! The future of Fishing is in your hands if you do nothing to look after your rivers FISHING IS DOOMED and Catch and release is not the answer improving Spawning and Habitat is the only way forward this is evident on the Fowey as Juvenile Stocks mirror the effort increasing from 1999 to a peak around 2008 and now dwindling back towards 1999 figures there has been NO GRAVEL CLEANING ON EITHER RIVER THIS YEAR [2018] it will be very sad if all of the work I have done has been wasted and it will have be if NO ONE CARRIES ON THE WORK I HAVE DONE IN THE LAST 18 YEARS. So, fishing is in your hands either get involved and take some responsibility for looking after your rivers or watch them die. Tight lines for 2019.

The Chairman thanked everyone for their help on the river and he also thanked the Officers and Committee for their support of the Club and stressed the need for more members to help with working on the river.


2018 has been one of the driest seasons we have had for a long time. River levels extremely low for all methods. Even with the Camel being low it didn’t stop the early run of Spring Salmon and Seatrout entering the river. This carried on throughout the season, on several occasions I had phone calls from members reporting of good numbers of Seatrout and Salmon throughout the river Camel. I witnessed this myself on several occasions when fishing on the river. I can only think that all the gravel cleaning that has been carried out over the last six years is beginning to pay off. The weather didn’t change until November when the rain came, and the river levels rose up high, we were then faced with the problem of leaves which were late in falling this year. But this didn’t stop anglers going out fishing and one or two of our new members catching their first Salmon. We also had a new Website set up for 2018 www.bodminanglers.co.uk this was set up by Richard Grieve and John Lawrey and an excellent job they did with the new maps and up to date news etc. Thanks again Richard and John. Work parties started again in April with foot path maintenance which was advertised on the web site and on the Facebook group friends of the river Camel and Fowey news. But unfortunately, very poorly attended. I think the largest turnout was six members four of them were club officials. I have been told from a good source that there are a few members going around moaning about the state of the river banks and trees etc that are in the river. My only answer is we can’t do everything, and you have no right to moan especially if you don’t turn out on the working parties.

The Hon Sec thanked everyone for attending this evening. He informed everyone that we have retained all the fishing for the 2018 season and have access again at the Old Mill House at Helland Bridge. From what I have seen with the catch returns those that have been fishing on a regular basis have caught fish, he has also noticed a very large percentage of members are not bothering to fish at all. He also thanked all the members that have worked on the gravel cleaning, footpath maintenance, the Committee and the Officers of the Club for their help and support. The total hours worked on the Camel for 2017 were 192 hours, effort and turn out to help, it’s not hard work and we are normally finished by midday plus it can be quite entertaining. I have now been the Secretary for over 12 months until you take on the position you don’t realise how much work is involved with the running of the club. As I work full time it has been a struggle doing things and I doubt if I could have managed running it on my own, so I would like to thank the following people for their help. John Lawrey for the running of the web site, Graham Toms who has done more than the role of a Treasurer, and Chris Janes for dealing with important matters when I am unable to and my wife Lisa for taking on at short notice the position of Membership Secretary. Tight Lines for 2019 John Rossiter Secretary.


After we were badly let down, we had a considerable mess to sort out. We have overcome the problems we were left with and things should be a lot smoother in the future. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this. To run the Club efficiently we need accurate up to date information so can you please fill in the new Membership Renewal form and Catch Return form accurately to help us to contact you. Tight lines Lisa Proposed changes to the news letter Due to the big changes with fishing we have lost about half of our members. We are now looking at ways of keeping spending money to a minimum. This will be the last year that we will be having the newsletter printed. It costs quite a bit of money and time to produce. As from next year you will find the newsletter and catch return/membership Renewal Form on the B.A.A website.


Held at the SWEB Club on Friday 23rd February 2018 The Chairman Mr. C Janes welcomed everyone to the meeting. APOLOGIES Apologies were received from Lady Molseworth St Aubyn, Steven Pearce, Trevor Hill, Robert Odgers, Roy Coombes, Ivan Lyne, Garry Marshall, Steve Meeks, Andy Stevens, Rodger Cox, and David White.

MINUTES OF THE LAST AGM The minutes of the previous AGM held at the Bodmin SWEB Club on Friday 24th February 2017 had been distributed to the members within the annual newsletter. It was proposed by Mr. Winn and seconded by Mr. Wooton that the minutes were a true record of the meeting and this was carried unanimously.

PRESENTATION BY SIMON TOMS FROM THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY Mr. Toms gave a talk about the conditions the Camel was in. Rod catches have been poor for some time. He also said that there has been a decline in Salmon numbers and the winter run had all but gone. He also mentioned about IFCA that there is no netting within the Camel Estuary. There also had been talks of habitat works on the Camel working with the Clubs and Natural England and possibly getting some funding.


It was proposed by Mr. R Winn and seconded by Mr. O Rowe that Mr. C Janes carry on the position as Chairman. This was carried unanimously. It was proposed by Mr. R White and seconded by Mr. B Hodge that Mr. J Rossiter take the position of Secretary and the help from Mr. P Best as the Membership Secretary. This was carried unanimously. It was proposed by Mr. D Odgers and seconded by Mr. J Lawrey that Mr. G Toms carry on the position as Treasurer. This was carried unanimously. It was proposed by Mr. Hardiker and seconded by Mr. N White that all committee members who wished to carry on would. This was carried unanimously.


The treasurer reported that the club was still in a healthy state financially and we still had an income over expenditure. Also mentioned that there was no need to raise subscriptions and any one was welcome to look at the accounts.


It was proposed by Mr. P Best and seconded by Mr. J Lawrey that we re-appointed J & M Thomas as auditors and this was carried unanimously.


Commercial Fisherman Mr. G Eglington raised concerns that we are over run with Seals and Dolphins at sea and in the Estuary. He said other Commercial Fishermen have seen Seals and Dolphins with Salmon in their mouths and this is another problem being overlooked.


Mr. R Winn assisted by Mr. D Odgers conducted the auction which raised £185 for Club funds. The raffle run by Mr. D Odgers and Mr. B More was drawn and made £110 for Club funds. The meeting closed at 21.30 hours.

After a lot of searching I have at last found a link for the new river level gauge situated under the Camel trail bridge near to the Borough arms (turns out the EA had this gauge listed on the river Allen, silly old EA)


The gauge at Denby will be phased out over period of time, if you do use these gauges to determine where to fish it may be handy to note both gauge heights while the old one is still recording, it is now phased out June 2019.

Many thanks to our secretary John Rossiter for making Rays plaque at Dunmere secure again, if left as it was I am sure it would have ended up in the dam.

The new website is now up and running, still a few adjustments to be made but here we are.

With the current conservation rules in place some anglers may not bother to go fishing on the Camel at all, what we as a club need to know is any information regarding fish seen, we need to know that fish are about and that the river is healthy, contact details are on this site.

Following the AGM a rule change has been agreed -

Rule 60 formerly about the use of circle hooks was replaced by the following-
Rule 60. Barbless hooks when bait fishing are compulsory on Bodmin Anglers Association waters between 1st September to 15th December inclusive.
This means that if you use worms, shrimps, prawns, natural sand eels, cheese, oysters etc. as bait they must be mounted on a barbless hook.
This rule does not effect the use of a barbed hook on spinners spoons artificial flies or plugs.

Dear Members - Please find details below of 2 new Club Rules following our AGM on 26 Feb 2016 -

Rule 66. All hooks used for all methods of fishing before 16th June each year must be barbless

Rule 67. Sea trout over 20 inches long (500 millimetres) to be returned if lightly hooked and able to be returned with little damage (this is a “guideline rather than a rule)