Do you have the right licence for your fishing trip? Whether you’re going to be fishing for a few days, or all year round, there are rod licence options to suit you.
Remember all annual fishing licences expire on 31st March each year - so get a new one in good time.
Get your rod licence sorted
- It’s great value – for just £27 (or £72 if you fancy fishing for salmon and sea trout too), the annual licence is great value for money
- Quick and easy – you can even buy your licence online
- Flexible options – you can choose a 1 day licence, an 8 day licence or get a licence for the full season.
You could be fined up to £2,500 if you fish for salmon, sea trout, freshwater fish or eels without a valid rod licence – so don’t take the risk.
How it works
Applying for your licence is easy. Here’s what you need to do:
- Pick the right licence. Decide if you need a Non-Migratory Trout & Coarse Licence or a Salmon & Sea Trout Licence. The Salmon & Sea Trout Licence is more expensive, but also covers you for Non-Migratory Trout & Coarse.
- Choose the length. If your trip’s a one-off, consider the 1 or 8 day options. If you’re a regular angler, you can get cover for the full season.
- Buy your licence. You can buy it online, in branch or by phone. Full contact details can be found in the right hand column.
- Wait for it to arrive. Remember – you’re allowed to go fishing with your email confirmation.
- Senior – for age 65+
- Junior – for ages 12-16 inclusive
- Disabled – for those in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payment) and Blue Badge Holders. You’ll need your National Insurance number or Blue Badge number for your concession.
Do you need a second licence?
If you’re fishing for coarse fish with three or four rods, you’ll need to buy a second licence.
It’s exactly the same process – just make sure you’ve got both licences with you when you’re fishing.
Don't get caught out
Every year thousands of anglers are prosecuted for not having a fishing licence. Don't ruin your fun by getting caught out too.
Any angler aged 12 or over, fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel in England (except the River Tweed), Wales, and the Border Esk (and its tributaries in Scotland) must have a valid Environment Agency Rod Fishing Licence.
For further details check the Terms and Conditions.
Post Office sells Rod Fishing Licences on behalf of the Environment Agency.