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Local fishing byelaws (rules)

Environment Agency statutory rod fishing byelaws (rules) for England.

Rod fishing byelaws (rules) protect fish stocks and their habitats. These local byelaws apply to all waters in England, whether they are owned by angling clubs, local councils or private individuals. Owners may have additional rules but the byelaws must still apply to their water. If you do not comply with these byelaws you could face prosecution and be fined up to £50,000.

If you fish with a rod and line you must hold a rod fishing licence and comply with the byelaws that cover the waters where you are fishing.

National byelaws

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National byelaws: England

Local byelaws: England

Published 25 March 2014
Last updated 7 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include the full national byelaws.

  2. Added link to Natural Resources Wales.

  3. Added reference to Environment Agency region map.

  4. First published.