Water is generally 5 feet deep and 50 ft wide
The main species are roach bream perch and pike.
There are a few tench and carp but nowhere near as many as there were in years gone by.
There are no locks on the whole of the length until the city centre and as a result flow is very limited with no more than a very steady tow towards Liverpool.
There are large weeded areas mostly from Maghul through to Liverpool and in summer it can cover the whole of the canal. Access to the canal is by All road bridges.
The most popular methods of fishing is pole. For predatory fish lure fishing is popular.