Rod Fishing Licence FAQs

Answers to some of your most common questions

I have a Non-Migratory Trout & Coarse licence and want to fish for Salmon. Do I need to buy a new licence?

You can upgrade your Non-Migratory Trout & Coarse to a Salmon & Sea Trout licence throughout the year.

Just take your current licence to a Post Office branch and pay the difference in cost between the two.

The Post Office will keep your Non-Migratory Trout & Coarse licence and a Salmon & Sea Trout licence will be posted to you. Remember, your Salmon & Sea Trout licence still allows you to fish for anything included in the Non-Migratory Trout & Coarse licence.

You’re also allowed to go fishing with your email confirmation, receipt or reference number whilst we post your licence to you.

Do I need a renewal letter to buy a licence?

No – if you haven't received a renewal letter or don’t have it to hand, you can still buy a licence online.

However, you’ll need to choose the ‘buy an annual licence’ option when you’re on the licence buying pages.

I think my rod licence application has failed. Who should I contact?

If your application is successful, you'll receive an email confirmation.

If you're not sure, then get in touch with the Environment Agency on 0370 850 6506 or

I’ve lost my rod licence and need to replace it. What should I do?

If your licence has been lost or destroyed, you can get a replacement.

You’ll need to call the Environment Agency on 0370 850 6506. There’s a £5 (£1 for juniors) charge for a replacement licence. You can pay this by debit/credit card, cheque or postal order.


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