New Fishing Licence Laws: what do I need to know?

New Fishing Licence Laws: what do I need to know?

26 July 2017

The UK government introduced new fishing licence regulations on April 1. These include changes to pricing and the number of rods you can use.

The two types of licence remain the same. There is a cheaper trout and coarse license. This allows you to fish non-migratory trout and freshwater fish. The second type of licence also remains. This lets you fish everything included in the cheaper licence, plus salmon and sea trout.

The specifics of these licences have changed, however. Among them is a new 3-rod licence option. Here is an infographic showing all the differences:

Infographic of fishing licence laws starting on April 2017

How much is a fishing licence now?

Fishing licences are generally more expensive since April 1. This is the first licence fee increase in seven years, although junior anglers now get free licences. These duties go from April 1 2017 to March 31 2020. That means there won’t be any further increases for at least three years.

Licence Type Trout and Coarse 2-rod Trout and Coarse 3-rod (new from April 2017) Salmon and Sea Trout
1-day £6 (increased from £3.75) Not available £12 (increased from £8)
8-day £12 (increased from £10) Not available £27 (increased from £23)
12-month for 65+ year olds & disabled £20 (increased from £18) £30 £54 (increased from £48)
12-month for 17-64 year olds £30 (increased from £27) £45 £82 (increased from £72)
12-month for 12-16 year olds Free (was previously £5) Free Free (was previously £8)

River Thames fishing

Regulations for lock and weir fishing on the Thames haven’t changed. Instead, new locks have been opened up to anglers with a licence and Thames fishing permit. These are Abingdon Lock in Oxfordshire and Molesey Lock in East Molesey, Surrey has been reinstated.