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Fishing

When fishing, please protect our environment by taking your litter home with you.

A little consideration helps to preserve the beauty of our open spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Ducks, swans and other wildlife are vulnerable to harm from carelessly discarded fishing tackle, so please help us protect them. Take your fishing tackle home with you and if you spot any discarded fishing tackle, please pick it up and dispose of it responsibly.

Fishing licences

Any angler aged 12 years or over who fishes for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels in England and Wales is required by law to have a rod licence from the Environment Agency. If you do not have the right licence, you could be fined up to £2,500.

Please note that rod licences are not the same as permits, which give you permission to fish a particular water and are issued by fishery owners.

Use the links on the side of the page to identify places to fish or ask for a list of sites when you apply for a rod licence. You can call in at a local fishing tackle and bait shop if you want to know where to fish with a rod licence.

You can buy a rod licence from the Environment Agency (on-line or by phone) or from any post office in England and Wales.

Health warning

We do not allow swimming in public lakes for health and safety reasons. Anyone who bathes in a lake does so at their own risk. As well as the risk of drowning, there is a risk of disease such as Leptospirosis or Weil’s disease, which is spread by water contaminated with the urine of rats and other animals. Get medical advice immediately if you think you may have contracted Weil’s disease. Further information on Weil’s disease is available on the NHS Direct website.

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