If you are new to fishing, please take a look at the most frequently asked questions around fishing in the UK.
Below is a list of the most asked questions around fishing within the UK.
You can only keep game fish. Course fish must be released back into the water. It is offence to take away any course fish under the 1968 Theft Act and Environment Agency Byelaws.
Everyone over the age of 12 who is fishing on inland waters for eels, freshwater fish, salmon, smelt or trout in England and Wales or the Esk border region in Scotland is required to have a rod licence. A rod licence is not required for sea fishing.
Go online to the Environment Agency www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence or at your local Post Office (England and Wales and selected Post Offices in Scotland) or Tel: 0844 800 5386 (lines are open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 8pm from March to September excluding Bank Holidays and 8.30am to 6pm October to February)
A full annual licence is valid from 1st April till the 31st March each year. A one day licence is valid for 24 consecutive hours and an 8 day licence is valid for 192 consecutive hours.
You will need two licences if you use three or four rods for course fishing.
Type 1 is £27.00 and type 2 is £72.00 for the full season
Everyone over the age of 12 is required to have a rod licence. A permit or day ticket is record issued by the fishery owner (the person/organisation who holds the fishing rights) giving you the permission to fish.
It is against the law to fish freshwater fish and eels without a valid rod licence. The fine is £2,500
Barbel, bleak, bream, common carp, crucian carp, chub, dace, eel, gudgeon, perch, pike, roach, rudd or tench.
Artic char, brown trout, grayling, rainbow trout, salmon or sea trout.
Cod, conger eel, dabs, dogfish, flounders, halibut, huss, ling, plaice, mullet, mackerel, sea bass, shark, sole, turbot, whiting, wrasse and many more species. In fact there are over 350 species recorded around the coast of the British Isle.
There are two types of rod licence available
1. Char, eels, freshwater/coarse fish, non-migratory trout and smelts
2. Char, eels, freshwater/coarse fish, non-migratory trout and smelts plus salmon and migratory sea trout