Anglers should be aware of the legal requirements in place before they book fishing. Each of the rivers have separate sets of rules and/or recommendations outlined below. There are also conservation codes, individual beat and booking agency conditions to be considered.
Environment Agency rod licence
Any angler aged 12 years or over, fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels in England (except the River Tweed), Wales or the Border Esk and its tributaries in Scotland must have an Environment Agency rod licence.
Money from the sale of licences helps to fund work managing fisheries. If you are caught fishing without one, you are cheating other anglers and could be fined up to £2,500.
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It is unlawful to fish for coarse fish from the 15 March to 15 June both dates inclusive on any river or stream.
On rivers you may not take any grayling other than two fish per day of between 30 and 38 cms.
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.