Want to get into fishing? There's lots of information on the Environment Agency website, including byelaws and closed seasons.

Fishing rod licence

Anyone over the age of 12 fishing in freshwaters must have a valid rod licence.
You can buy a licence online at the GOV.UK website or you can buy one from any post office. Find your local post office here.

The following licences are available online:

  • full licences
  • junior licences (12 to 16 year olds)
  • eight day licences
  • one day licences.

Money from the sale of rod licences helps fund the Environment Agency's (EA) work managing fisheries. If you are caught fishing without a licence you could be fined.