Statutory guidance

Environment Agency rod fishing byelaws: Severn and Trent catchments

Rod fishing byelaws are the statutory rules and regulations explaining who can fish, where and when you can fish, and what fish you can take.



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 a rod and line in England and Wales must hold a rod fishing licence and comply with the byelaws for the waters they are fishing.

Anyone failing to comply with these byelaws could face prosecution and receive a fine of up to £50,000.

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