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.
Published: 1 October 2013
Updated: 12 June 2017
- New changes to rod licence products (365 day licence, 3 rod licence).
- Details of the emergency byelaw for the River Dart, Devon, added.
- First published.