ANGLERS can return to action from tomorrow, Wednesday, as long as venues have been reopened.

The Government's plan for gradual, small steps in the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures, first presented by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday and firmed up in a 50-page document yesterday, includes people being able to resume playing sports such as fishing, golf and tennis in a safe way that still involves social distancing.

Committees of Warrington Anglers' Association and Lymm Angling Club are working on plans to safely reopen some of their fisheries based in England, while any rights they have on waters in Wales will remain closed.

Both organisations have issued statements to members in the past couple of days.

"We are currently working on which waters can safely be opened on Wednesday, with the number of waters involved hopefully you can understand that it is no simple task," says the Warrington Anglers' Association statement.

"We are presently waiting to hear back from Canal & Rivers Trust, United Utilities and others before final decisions can be made on waters they own.

"Things are still evolving and various grey areas still need to be clarified. Once we have a definitive plan of action, we will make an announcement to all members.

"Our priority is to get members back on the bank but safely."

Lymm Angling Club's committee met last night on conference call to iron out their plans.

"We are sure that our members understand the importance of the safe reintroduction of fishing but we cannot stress enough how important it is that all members read the guidance (to be published later today) in full before heading to the bank."