ILLEGAL fishing on the Ancholme is on the increase, according to the local Angling Association.
Mike Storey of the Scunthorpe and District Angling Association claimed the Brigg stretch has its problems – but blamed people who had in the main come into the country for flouting fishing regulations on British rivers.
“We have discovered they set their bait with dead fish pegged below the water line, eels have been taken this way,” he told the summer meeting of the Ancholme Users Group.
He also claimed fishing by the same groups has taken place off season.
“Our bailiffs have challenged them but now we need back-up from the police,” added Mr Storey. “Our anglers are getting angry when they see fish being taken away like this.
“Sometimes they are fishing without a license, they are breaking rules around Brigg.”
The meeting asked the police, through PCSO Lisa Blogg who was in attendance, to chase up offenders.
The public and boat users are urged to report any incidents on the police’s 101 number.