Children under 12 don’t need a licence. However, if you take a child under 12 fishing and hold the rod or help hold it you must buy a licence for yourself.
There are 2 types of licences:
The maximum number of rods that you can fish with depends on the type of water and fish. You may need to buy additional licences if you fish with more than one rod.
|Types of fish||Rivers, streams, drains and canals||Reservoirs, lakes and ponds|
|Salmon and sea trout (migratory trout)||1 rod||2 rods|
|Trout (non-migratory) and char||1 rod||2 rods|
|Coarse fish and eel||4 rods||4 rods|
You don’t need a rod licence for ‘spod’ or ‘marker’ rods as long as they don’t have hooks attached.
You’ll need to buy:
nnual licences run from 1 April to 31 March.
You can buy a licence:
Prices for 2019.
|Licence type||Trout and coarse 2-rod||Trout and coarse 3-rod||Salmon and sea trout|
|12-month - over 65 or disabled||£20||£30||£54|
|12-month - junior (13 to 16)||Free||Free||Free|
You can go fishing as soon as you have paid for your licence - take your Post Office till or email receipt with you.
Contact the Post Office if you’ve had a problem paying for your licence.
Contact the Environment Agency to set up a Direct Debit.
Your renewal payment will be taken from your account at the beginning of March each year. Your new licence will be posted to you in April.
You can also send the Direct Debit form by post.
You can buy your licence online. Use the UK address where you’re staying for the online registration.
You can use the confirmation email as proof of purchase if you don’t get the licence in the post in time for your visit.
For a concessionary licence call the Environment Agency on +44 (0)1709 389 201.
Contact the Environment Agency:
It costs £5 (£1 for junior licences) to replace a lost or damaged full licence.
You can’t fish for salmon or sea trout with a Trout, Coarse Fish and Eel licence.
Take your licence to a Post Office branch to upgrade your licence and pay the difference.
You don’t need a fishing rod licence in Scotland but you need permission.
You need to buy an additional permit to fish at locks or weirs on the River Thames.
The permit costs:
They’re valid from 1 April to 31 March each year. You’re allowed to take another person fishing with your permit 3 times a year.