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Regional rod fishing byelaws: Anglian region

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

Overview of Anglian byelaws

These byelaws for the Anglian region apply to anyone fishing with a rod and line for salmon, trout, coarse fish, eels, smelt and lamprey in all freshwater fisheries.

Private fisheries may enforce their own additional rules, but national and regional byelaws still apply.

When and where you can fish

National close season rules for coarse fishing apply across the Anglian region. The coarse fishing close season between 15 March and 15 June applies to all rivers, streams, drains, the Norfolk Broads and some stillwaters.

Dates are inclusive

All dates mentioned in these byelaws are inclusive: this means a stated period, such as 15 March to 15 June, includes the full day of 15 March and the full day of 15 June.

Salmon and migratory trout

The close season for salmon and migratory trout (in all waters) is 29 September to the last day of February. There is also a weekly close time from 6am on Sunday to midnight on the following day.

Non-migratory trout

The close season for brown trout and rainbow trout in rivers, and for brown trout in unenclosed stillwaters, is 30 October to 31 March inclusive.

Canals with a close season

A small number of rivers in Anglia have been canalised (converted into canals), and remain subject to the national close season: Fossdyke Canal, Louth Canal, Horncastle Canal and the Dilham and North Walsham Canal.

List of waters in Anglia that retain the national close season

County Water OS grid ref / map
Bedfordshire Felmersham Gravel Pits SP991584
Cambridgeshire Fowlmere Watercress Beds TL406454
Grafham Water TL150680
Holme Fen TL205895
Little Paxton Pits TL200637
Stow-Cum-Quy Fen TL515527
Wicken Fen TL555700
Woodwalton Fen TL230840
Dogsthorpe Star Pit TF213025
Nene Washes [TL200977, TF395029
Ouse Washes TL393747, TL571987
Norfolk Didlington Park Lakes TL777963
Dillington Carr, Gressenhall TF971158
East Wretham Heath TL910882
Gunton Park Lane TG221345
Sea Mere, Hingham TG035012
Stanford Training Area TL870940
Thompson Water, Carr and Common TL930955
Wretham Park Meres TL902918
Westwick Lakes excluding Captain's Pond TG273274
Northamptonshire Higham Ferrers Gravel Pits SP945686
Pitsford Reservoir SP780708
Twywell Gullett SP947775
Suffolk Benacre to Easton Bavents TM537855
Cavenham/Icklingham Heaths TL755733
Lackford TL890710
Lakenheath Poors Fen TL701827
Minsmere/Walberswick Heaths & Marshes TM465662, TM465735
North Warren and Thorpeness Mere TM460594
Sizewell Marshes TM466638
Stallode Wash, Lakenheath TL675853

List of waters in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads with no close season

There is no close season on all other canals and stillwaters including some stillwaters in the Norfolk and Suffolk broads.

Water OS grid ref / map Water OS grid ref / map
Aldeby Hall Pits TM441930 Shell Club, Aldeby TM444928
Marsh Trail Lakes, Beccles TM429913 Farm Reservoir, Dunburgh TM404911
Ditchingham Pit TM335907 By Pass Pit, Bungay TM327898
Earsham Pits TM318900 Bungay Common Pond TM332902
Cantley Sugar Factory Lakes TG390036 Limpenhoe Fishery TG393038
Reedham Ferry Touring Campsite Pond TG403014 Boundary Farm Campsite Pond, Oby TG403149
Mill Road Fishery, Stokesby TG426108 Snakesmeadow, Winsford Hall, Stokesby TG446120
Martham Pits TG447195 East Ruston AC Pit TG344272
Priors Diesel Pit, Martham TG439191 Weavers Way Fishery, East Ruston TG354263
Mown Fen, East Ruston TG341278 Penneygate, Barton Turf TG358231
New Pit, Mustard Hyrn, Martham TG440189 Holly Farm Lakes, South Walsham TG384134

Fishing for eels

You may fish for eels during the coarse fish close season (15 March to 15 June) in waters seaward of the demarcation points specified in the table below.

You may fish for eels in all other waters all year round, provided you use a method where no hook or metal implement is attached to the line.

T = Tidal Limit

Watercourse Demarcation point OS grid ref / map
Middle Level Main Drain St German's Pumping Station TF588143
Tidal Great Ouse Stowbridge Road TF602070
Mill Basin The Sluice TF545110
Smeeth Lode Pumping Station, The Sluice TF575144(T)
Flood Relief Channel Tail Sluice TF605173(T)
Nar Valley Drain The Sluice TF615187(T)
Nar Tidal Sluice, King’s Lynn TF621183(T)
Middleton Stop Drain Pumping Station Sluice TF622187(T)
Gaywood Mill Fleet Sluice, King’s Lynn TF618197(T)
West Lynn Drain The Sluice TF612198(T)
North Lynn Drain The Sluice TF611215(T)
Babingley Tidal Sluice, The Saltings TF606239(T)
Ingol Tidal Sluice, Wolferton Creek TF654303(T)
Heacham Tidal Flap Valve, Heacham Harbour TF663368(T)
Stour (South Channel) Judas Gap TM080328(T)
Stour (North Channel) Cattawade Barrage TM101330(T)
Stutton Brook Stutton Mill Tidal Sluice TM132331(T)
Holbrook Tidal Sluice near Lower Holbrook TM174349(T)
Ramsey Dock Sluice near Parkeston TM242323(T)
Holland Brook Holland Sluice, Holland Haven TM219172(T)
Colne East Mills, Colchester TM006254(T)
Salary Brook Tidal Sluice TM021238(T)
Roman Essex Water Company Dam TL997201(T)
Tenpenny Brook Tidal Sluice TM082194(T)
Blackwater Beeleigh Long Weir TL839084(T)
Pennys Brook Osea Road Sluice TL891073(T)
Bowstead Brook Tidal Sluice TL928087(T)
Virley Brook Tidal Sluice Salcot TL951136(T)
Chelmer Beeleigh New Sluice TL838083(T)
Asheldham Brook Round Barn Dengie TM017015
Crouch Wickford Gauging Station TQ748934(T)
Shotgate Brook A129 Road Bridge TQ775931
Rawreth Brook Rawreth TQ778932 TQ778932
Roach B1013 Road Bridge TQ876902
Prittle Brook Rochford TQ880894
Mardyke War Department Sluice TQ548786(T)
Chelmer/Blackwater Canal Heybridge Basin TL872068
Winterton Beck Winteringham Haven Sluice SE935228(T)
West Drain Sluice at South Ferriby SE975211(T)
Ancholme Sluice at South Ferriby SE975211(T)
East Drain Sluice at South Ferriby SE975211(T)
Barton Haven Barton Haven Sluice TA028226(T)
Barrow Beck Barrow Haven TA064225(T)
New Holland Main Drain New Holland Sluice TA080243(T)
Goxhill Haven Goxhill Haven Sluice TA120254(T)
East Halton Beck East Halton Skitter Sluice TA145228(T)
North Killingholme Drain North Killingholme Haven Sluice TA166201(T)
Killingholme Marsh Drain Killingholme Marsh Sluice TA177187(T)
South Killingholme Drain South Killingholme Haven Sluice TA187172(T)
Habrough Marsh Drain Habrough Marsh Drain Sluice TA207157(T)
North Beck Drain North Beck Sluice TA216152(T)
Middle Drain Middle Drain Pumping Station TA229140(T)
Oldfleet Drain Oldfleet Drain Sluice TA238131(T)
Mawmbridge Drain Mawmbridge Drain Sluice TA246124(T)
New Cut Drain Pyewipe Sluice TA263109(T)
Freshney Alexandra Dock Pumping Station TA270096(T)
Buck Beck Buck Beck Outfall Sluice TA327067(T)
Louth Canal Tetney Sluice TA354031(T)
Old Fleet Drain Tetney Sluice (North Coates) TA354031(T)
Seven Towns North Eau Grainthorpe Sluice TA395007(T)
Seven Towns South Eau Pyes Hall Sluice TA409006(T)
Grayfleet Drain Saltfleet Haven Sluice TF456934(T)
Great Eau Great Eau Sluice TF459933(T)
Mablethorpe Cut Mablethorpe Sluice TF508854(T)
Woldgrift Drain Trusthorpe Sluice TF514841(T)
Boygrift Drain Huttoft Sluice and Pumping Station TF534800(T)
Anderby Main Drain Anderby Sluice and Pumping Station TF546760(T)
Willoughby High Drain Chapel Sluice and Pumping Station TF560729(T)
Ingoldmells Main Drain Ingoldmells Point Sluice and Pumping Station TF571684(T)
Steeping Wainfleet Haven Clough Sluice TF543596(T)
Steeping Relief Channel Steeping Relief Channel Sluice TF552587(T)
Cowbank Drain Pumps at Wainfleet Haven TF553585(T)
Witham Grand Sluice Boston TF323445(T)
Maud Foster Maud Foster Sluice Boston TF336430(T)
South Forty Foot Drain Black Sluice Boston TF327428(T)
Hobhole Drain Hobhole Pumping Station and Sluice Fishtoft TF365402(T)
Hun Sluice TF721446(T)
Burn Near Burnham Norton TF835439(T)
Stiffkey Stiffkey Greens TF988441(T)
Glaven A149 Road Bridge (Cley next the Sea) TG043438(T)
Thorpeness Hundred Sluice Cottage TM468584(T)
Lothingland Hundred Benacre Pump TM536845(T)
Cove Run B1127 Road Bridge TM509791(T)
Blyth Blythburgh Bridge TM453756
Wang Wolsey Bridge A1095 TM472768(T)
Dunwich Dunwich Bridge TM474707
Minsmere The Sluice TM477662(T)
Alde Near B1069, The Maltings Snape TM390577(T)
Butley Butley Mills TM387516(T)
Deben Wilford Bridge Melton TM291502(T)
Fynn Martlesham TM259473(T)
Shottisham Creek Near Shottisham TM300431(T)
Mill Kirton Creek TM291415(T)
Gipping/Orwell Velocity Control Structure TM168434
Belstead Brook A137 Road Bridge, South of Ipswich TM162419(T)
Bure (including Ant and Thurne) Five Mile House TG474101
Yare Six Mile House TG455034
Waveney Waveney Seven Mile House TG458015
Mun Mundesley Mill TG315365
Welland Confluence downstream of Fulney Lock and Coronation Channel TF259242(T)
Glen Surfleet Seas End Sluice TF280293(T)
Nene Guyhirn Road Bridge TF400035
Vernatt’s Drain Vernatt’s Bridge TF282293(T)
Risegate Eau Risegate Outfall TF304316(T)
Lutton Leam Leamlands Sluice TF486263(T)
South Holland Main Drain Confluence with River Nene TF477200(T)
North Level Main Drain Confluence with River Nene at Foul Anchor TF468182(T)

National rules apply in Anglia to tackle, lures and bait and the number of rods you can use.

Lures and baits

You must not fish with any form of gorge bait. A gorge bait is a piece of stick, strip of plastic or bone hidden in the bait parallel to the line. When swallowed a tug on the line causes the gorge to turn sideways in the fish’s throat.

You can only fish for trout using artificial wet or dry fly during the annual coarse fish close season.

Catch limits, size limits and catch returns

For salmon, migratory trout and coarse fish catch limits, national byelaws apply across Anglia.

Published 7 June 2019