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River Management

The Environment Agency


You must follow national and local rules (byelaws) when freshwater fishing with a rod and line in England and Wales.

These rules are aimed at protecting fish stocks and making fisheries sustainable.

Freshwater fish include salmon, trout, coarse fish and eels.

You must have a rod licence to fish in England and Wales if you’re aged 13 or older.

Find out which rules apply to your area

England and Wales are broken down into regions that each have their own rules. National rules are included in each set of local rules.

There may also be rules for privately owned bodies of water, such as private fishing lakes.

Read the rules for your area

Read the local byelaws for your area to find out the:

  • areas in your region where you’re not allowed to fish
  • closed seasons (when you can’t fish) which apply to particular types of water and fish within your region
  • sort of tackle you can use for certain fish in your region
  • size of fish you can keep
  • Read the local byelaws for your region - there are different regulations for Wales.


The Ure Salmon Trust

It was a great honour that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited us on the 10th of September. Our solar powered livestock drinkers were what initially caught the Prince's eye. He visited a new installation on the banks of the Ure before moving on to a reception at Berry's Farm Shop Swinnithwaite. He showed a great interest in our work and was particularly interested to hear about the very large multi sea-winter fish that frequent the river. Not many people realise that the Ure was the river that produced the two largest salmon caught in England and Wales during 2012. Its relatively common to hear of anglers having long battles with huge fish. Ure Salmon Trust relies soley on sponsorship from local companies which includes T&R Theakston Ltd, Biker Group and membership subscriptions. I would urge you to support us by becoming a member at We are working very hard to ensure the Ure will very soon be a major salmon river once again.

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