Severn Trent (Midlands) byelaws are statutory rules and regulations explaining who can fish, where and when you can fish, and what fish you can take.
Overview of Severn Trent (Midlands) byelaws
These byelaws for Severn Trent (Midlands) region may apply to local waters or to whole river catchments areas - for example, the River Severn and all its tributaries. Please see the national rod fishing byelaws for rules that cover the whole country.
These byelaws apply to anyone fishing with a rod and line for salmon, trout, coarse fish, eels, smelt and lamprey in all freshwater fisheries and tidal estuaries.
Separate byelaws apply to the River Wye, which are regulated by Natural Resources Wales.
Private fisheries may enforce their own additional rules, but national and regional byelaws still apply.
When and where you can fish
National coarse fishing close season rules apply across the Severn Trent (Midlands) region.
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.
You cannot fish for salmon and migratory trout (in any waters) from 8 October to 31 January.
You cannot fish for brown trout and rainbow trout in rivers, and for brown trout in unenclosed stillwaters, from 8 October to 17 March.
National coarse fish close season applies to all rivers, streams, drains and the stillwaters listed below.
Stillwaters that retain a coarse fishing close season (that are designated as SSSIs):
|County||Water||OS grid ref / map|
|Cromford Canal||SK299569, SK351520|
|Hilton Gravel Pits||SK249315|
|Morley Brick Pits||SK389418|
|Herefordshire and Worcestershire||Ashmoor Common||SO852467|
|Bittell Reservoirs, excluding Lower Bittell Reservoirs||SP018750|
|Grimley Brick Pits||SO840605|
|Hewell Park Lake||SP010690|
|Upton Warren Pools, excluding the Sailing Lake||SO913672, SO935672|
|Brampton Bryan Park||SO360716|
|Flintsham and Titley Pools||SO318589, SO325595|
|Hurcott and Podmore Pools, excluding Hurcott Pool||SO854779|
|Cave’s Inn Pits||SP538795|
|Groby Pool and Woods||SK521083|
|Grantham Canal||SK747317, SK790359|
|Barrow Gravel Pits||SK568166|
|Buddon Woods and Swithland Reservoir||SK560145|
|Ashby Canal||SK346099, SK387043|
|Nottinghamshire||Clumber Park||SK622744, SK643773|
|Attenborough Gravel Pits||SK522341|
|Misson Line Bank||SK715961|
|Chesterfield Canal||SK722821, SK762944|
|Kinoulton Marsh and Canal (Grantham Canal)||SK677306, SK690305|
|Bomere, Shomere and Betton Pools||SJ504078|
|Marton Pool, Chirbury||SJ296027|
|Sweat Mere and Crose Mere||SJ434304|
|Morton Pool and Pasture||SJ301239|
|Prees Branch Canal (Shropshire Union Canal, Llangollen Branch)||SJ496341, SJ497332|
|Montgomery Canal - Aston Locks to Keepers Bridge (Shropshire Union Canal)||SJ328257, SJ351287|
|Chasewater Heaths including Wyrely & Essington Canal, Anglesey Branch||SK042073, SK046071, SK 039 080|
|Doxey and Tillington||SJ906245|
|Cannock Extension Canal||SK019044, SK020069|
|Coleshill and Bannerly Pools||SP200860|
|Stockton Railway Cutting and Quarry, excluding Big Quarry Pool||SP440650, SO444643|
|West Midlands||Edgbaston Pool||SP054841|
|Swan Pool and the Swag||SK040019|
Fishing near weirs
You must not take, or attempt to take, fish by rod and line within a distance above or upstream of the crests, or below or downstream of the toe of certain weirs. These are:
- 15m above and 45m below Shrewsbury Weir on the River Severn SJ501131
- 15m above and 25m below Powick Weir on the River Teme SO832524, and Carreghofa Weir on the River Tanat SJ254219
- 5m above and 15m below Tewkesbury Weir SO882328, Maisemore Weir SO818217 and Llanthony Weir SO822182 on the River Severn
- 15m above and 35m below Diglis Weir on the River Severn SO847535
Legal fishing tackle, lures and bait
National byelaws apply in addition to regional byelaws to the use of tackle, lures and bait.
National byelaws apply in the Severn Trent (Midlands) region to the number of rods you can use.
Lures, baits and weights
Where the coarse fish close season applies and you are fishing for eels, trout or salmon, you must not use any float or bait (including ground bait) other than artificial or natural fly (excluding bloodworms, jokers and other midge larvae), spinners, minnows, worms, prawns or shrimps.
Keepnets and landing nets
You must not use a keepnet or keepsack in waters where the close season for coarse fish applies (15 March to 15 June).
You must not keep salmon (including salmon parr) or trout in a keepnet or keepsack.
In addition to the national byelaws on fishing for eels, if you fish for eels during the coarse fish close season, you must not use a hook with a gape of less than 12.7mm (0.5in).
You may use either artificial or natural fly, spinners, minnows, worms, prawns or shrimps as bait, but not bloodworms, jokers or other midge larvae.
You may keep an eel in a keepnet or keep sack, but not during the coarse fish close season. Eels must be returned to the water from which they were caught.
Catch limits, size limits and catch returns
For salmon and migratory trout catch limits, national byelaws apply.
It is illegal to catch and remove any live or dead salmon from these rivers, their tributaries and estuaries:
- Blakeney Brook and Blackpool Brook
All salmon caught from these waters must be released immediately with the least possible injury.
You must not take or kill any trout (except rainbow trout) less than 20cm from any water, or rainbow trout less 20cm from the waters of the Rivers Derwent and Amber, including their tributaries:
- above or upstream of their confluence at Ambergate, Derbyshire - SK346515 - excluding the stretch of the River Wye from Blackwell Mill near Buxton to Cressbrook Mill - SK173727
- above or upstream of Ashford-in-the-Water - excluding any reservoir or lake formed by the construction of a dam across the valley of those rivers or across one of their tributaries
If you unintentionally catch an immature or undersized fish, you must return it immediately to the same water with as little injury as possible.
Coarse (freshwater) fish
National byelaws apply across the Midlands region.
All lengths are measured from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail.