Anthony Ogburne, aged 40, from Widnes, is accused of pushing Harry Morris, aged 57, from Dallam, into the canal during a Saturday contest organised by Dallam and District Community Angling Club.
Father of six Harry is said to have been pushed into the water by a man that had been sitting on a bench behind him and had his head held underwater.
Fellow anglers gave chase through Sankey Valley Park but the man escaped into nearby woods.
Cheshire Police said a post-mortem examination revealed that Harry had drowned.
For the full tragic story, read thi week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.