Local fishing byelaws (rules)

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

Rod fishing byelaws (rules) protect fish stocks. These regional byelaws apply to all waters in England, whether they are owned by angling clubs, local councils or private individuals. Owners may impose additional rules but the byelaws must still apply to their water. Anyone failing to comply with these byelaws could face prosecution and receive a fine of up to £50,000.

These fishing byelaws set out:

  • when you can fish (open and close seasons)
  • where you can fish
  • how you can fish
  • what fish you can take

Anyone fishing with a rod and line must hold a rod fishing licence and comply with the byelaws that cover the waters where they are fishing.

Please also see Freshwater rod fishing rules for national fishing byelaws.

The documents are organised by Environment Agency operational regions. Please refer to each document for details of the exact locations covered or refer to the map of Environment Agency regions.


For locations in Wales, please refer to the Natural Resources Wales website.

Published 25 March 2014
Last updated 29 May 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added link to Natural Resources Wales.
  2. Added reference to Environment Agency region map.
  3. First published.