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Rod fishing byelaws are statutory rules put in place by the Environment Agency. They protect migratory and freshwater fish stocks from damaging fishing practices.
Rod 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 rod and line in England and Wales must hold a rod fishing licence and comply with the byelaws that cover the waters where they are fishing.
Anyone failing to comply with these byelaws could face prosecution and receive a fine of up to £50,000.