It is unlawful to fish for coarse fish from the 15 March to 15 June, both dates inclusive on any river or stream.
It is unlawful to fish for migratory trout from the 1 November to 2 April both dates inclusive.
It is unlawful to fish for salmon from the 1 November to 31 January both dates inclusive.
All salmon caught before 16 June must be returned to the water immediately with as little injury as possible.
No person shall sell, offer or expose for sale, barter, or have in possession for sale any salmon or sea trout which has been taken by rod and line.
It is unlawful to fish for non-migratory trout from 1 October to 21 March on any river both dates inclusive.
All anglers aged 12 years or over must be in possession of a valid Environment Agency rod licence before starting to fish.
All fishing belongs to someone; make sure you have permission from the owner before you start to fish.
Further details of Byelaws are available from the Environment Agency - Fisheries Byelaws for the North East.
Contact the Environment Agency for Catch and Release Guidelines - England and Wales.
This publication is for guidance only and is not intended to replace statutory regulations.