Fishing for many is about more than just catching fish. It is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the great outdoors, spend quality time with friends and escape the pressures of everyday life. We caught up with the Environment Agency to understand what a fishing licence is and why you should get into fishing.
It’s a common question with a simple answer – yes! For all freshwater fishing (rivers, canals, ponds and lakes) in England and Wales you will need a fishing licence, regardless of whether they are public or private. The only exception is sea fishing.
A fishing licence can be bought easily online, with licences starting from just £30 for the whole year (concessions are also available). Under 13s don’t need any licence and those aged 13-16 are free but must still get a junior licence. Then with just a bit of fishing kit from our Fishing Republic section in your local GO Outdoors store, you’re ready to go!
Looking for a licence to lose yourself, stay active and make the most of the great outdoors? Getting a fishing licence is a low-cost, easy way to get out into nature and go make the most of it either on your own, or with friends and family. Here are some of the great benefits of going fishing:
As you can see there are so many great benefits to fishing and buying a fishing licence is quick and easy. Give fishing a go; buy your licence at gov.uk/fishing-licences.
Fishing is a much-loved outdoor activity which connects people with each other and the natural world. In 2019-2020, fishing licence sales helped the Environment Agency to:
Fishing is allowed during COVID-19 restrictions, but anglers must remember to adhere to the latest government guidance which can be found at GOV.UK