Statutory guidance

Environment Agency rod fishing byelaws: south east region

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

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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.

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