Just a quick reminder to anglers – coarse fishing on rivers and streams is closed for three months from Monday 15th March – 15th June inclusive.
What stays open during the closed season?
Most canals, stillwaters (ponds, lakes, reservoirs), except some fisheries that have nature conservation status, can remain open all year for fishing, depending on the fishery owner.
The annual close season helps to protect fish stocks across England when they are spawning by preventing fishing for coarse fish in rivers, streams, drains and specified canals, as well as the ‘site of special scientific interest’ (SSSI) stillwaters.
EA officers and AT volunteers patrol riverbanks and streams to ensure anglers observe the close season rules. They also regularly patrol lakes, canals and ponds to make sure all anglers have a valid rod fishing licence. Anyone fishing without a fishing licence can be prosecuted.
You will need a fishing licence from the Environment Agency to fish for freshwater fish in England. You can purchase one here: https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences
Licences for children aged between 13 and 16 are free, but you’ll still need to get one.
You must always carry your rod fishing licence when you’re fishing or you could be prosecuted.
Get Fishing is brought to you by the Angling Trust and funded by the Environment Agency from a fishing licence income.
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