Regional rod fishing byelaws: Severn Trent (Midlands)

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.

Coarse fish

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
Derbyshire Carver’s Rock SK330227
Cromford Canal SK299569, SK351520
Hilton Gravel Pits SK249315
Ogston Reservoir SK376602
Morley Brick Pits SK389418
Gloucestershire Frampton Pools SO753073
Soudley Ponds SO662112
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
Berrington Pool SO509630
Flintsham and Titley Pools SO318589, SO325595
Moccas Park SO341425
Hurcott and Podmore Pools, excluding Hurcott Pool SO854779
Leicestershire Blackbrook Reservoir SK458174
Cave’s Inn Pits SP538795
Frisby Marsh SK686174
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
Thoresby Lake SK630703
Welbeck Lake SK580729
Attenborough Gravel Pits SK522341
Misson Line Bank SK715961
Chesterfield Canal SK722821, SK762944
Kinoulton Marsh and Canal (Grantham Canal) SK677306, SK690305
Shropshire Berrington Pool SJ525072
Bomere, Shomere and Betton Pools SJ504078
Brown Moss SJ562395
Cole Mere SJ433332
Fenemere SJ445228
Marton Pool, Chirbury SJ296027
Shelve Pool SO335979
Sweat Mere and Crose Mere SJ434304
White Mere SJ414330
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
Staffordshire Aqualate Mere SJ770205
Chasewater Heaths including Wyrely & Essington Canal, Anglesey Branch SK042073, SK046071, SK 039 080
Cop Mere SJ802297
Doxey and Tillington SJ906245
Maer Pool SJ789384
Cannock Extension Canal SK019044, SK020069
Warwickshire Alvecote Pools SK249050
Brandon Marsh SP385755
Coleshill and Bannerly Pools SP200860
Combe Pool SP392794
Middleton Pool SP190983
Stockton Railway Cutting and Quarry, excluding Big Quarry Pool SP440650, SO444643
Ufton Fields SP383615
Ensors Pool SP348903
West Midlands Edgbaston Pool SP054841
Sutton Park SP098974
Swan Pool and the Swag SK040019
Fens Pools SO920886

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

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).

Image showing how to measure hook gape

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:

  • Severn
  • Blakeney Brook and Blackpool Brook
  • Trent

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.

Picture of a fish with an arrow to indicate how a fish should be measured
Published 7 June 2019