Rod Fishing Licence

Rod fishing license

Planning a fishing trip? Please make sure you've got the right licenceIt’s an offence to fish for salmon, sea trout, freshwater fish and eels without a valid rod licence. If you're found fishing without the correct licence you may be fined up to £2,500. before you set off. Prices have been frozen for 2014/2015.

Key benefits

  • Good value for money: At £27 (or £72 to also fish for salmon and sea trout), the annual licence is great value for money - it's the same price as last year
  • Quick and easy: It's easy to buy online - try doing it digitally
  • Flexible options: choose a 1 or 8 day licenceFor a short term Rod Fishing Licence, choose between a 1 day licence (valid for 24 consecutive hours) and an 8 day licence (valid for 192 consecutive hours from the start time and date)., or get covered for the full seasonValid from the date of issue (or 1 April if bought in advance) until the following 31 March., making sure you continue to fish legally

How it works

Applying for your licence is easy – just choose what’s best for you.

  1. Which is the right licenceIt’s an offence to fish for salmon, sea trout, freshwater fish and eels without a valid rod licence. If you're found fishing without the correct licence you may be fined up to £2,500. for me?Do you need a Non-Migratory Trout & Coarse or a Salmon & Sea Trout Licence? Remember, the Salmon & Sea Trout Licence also covers you for non-migratory trout and coarse. Full season or short term? If your trip’s a one-off, consider the 1 or 8 day licenceFor a short term Rod Fishing Licence, choose between a 1 day licence (valid for 24 consecutive hours) and an 8 day licence (valid for 192 consecutive hours from the start time and date). options. If you’re a regular angler, you can get cover for the full seasonValid from the date of issue (or 1 April if bought in advance) until the following 31 March..
  2. Apply

    You can buy your licence online, in branch or by phone. Full contact details can be found in the right hand column.

  3. Valid Licence?Please make sure your licence is in date. However you apply you can go fishing with your email confirmation, receipt or reference number whilst we post your licence to you.

Concessions available

  • Senior - for age 65+
  • Junior - for age 12-16 inclusiveIncluded in the price you are already paying.
  • Disabled - for those in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payment) and Blue Badge Holders. Please note, you will 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

Make sure you are fishing legally. 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 following Terms and Conditions (PDF 52kb).

Post Office sells Rod Fishing Licences on behalf of the Environment Agency.


Make sure you have the right licenceIt’s an offence to fish for salmon, sea trout, freshwater fish and eels without a valid rod licence. If you're found fishing without the correct licence you may be fined up to £2,500.!

Prices for 2014/15 Rod Fishing Licences are valid from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015
  Non-Migratory Trout & Coarse Salmon & Sea Trout
Full £27.00 £72.00
Senior Concession £18.00 £48.00
Disabled Concession £18.00 £48.00
Junior Concession £5.00 £5.00
8-Day Licence £10.00 £23.00
1-Day Licence £3.75 £8.00
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Can we help?

To buy a Rod Fishing Licence please call:

0844Call costs may vary depending on your service provider. Calls may be monitored or recorded for training and compliance purposes. 800 5386

1 March – 30 September

Mon-Sun, 8.30am-8pm

1 October – 28 February

Mon-Sat, 8.30am-6pm

Closed bank holidays except Good Fri & Easter Mon

More about Rod Fishing Licences:

Environment Agency

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The Angling Trust

Find out about fishing and where to fish

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Date for the diary

Rod Fishing Licences (full and concessionary) expire on 31 March each year – make sure you’re up to date

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Handy Info

For more information, check out the Terms and Conditions.

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