Apply for a fishing licence

You must have a rod fishing licence for England and Wales if you’re fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eels with a rod and line in:

  • England (except the River Tweed)
  • Wales
  • the Border Esk region, including the parts of the river that are in Scotland

You can get a fine if you're fishing in these areas and cannot show a valid rod fishing licence when asked.

For more information about fishing, licences, rod limits, other permissions you may need, national and local rules (byelaws), and to buy a rod fishing licence, see:

For more information or advice please contact the Coastal Office.

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Page last updated: 21 June 2024

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