How To Get a Fishing Licence

 How To Get a Fishing Licence

If you’re an angler who is fishing for smelt, eels, trout, salmon, or freshwater fish using a rod and line, in England, Wales, or the Border Esk region, then you need to purchase a fishing licence from the Environment Agency, before you start your fishing journey.

You can do that by clicking here.
If you cannot show a valid rod fishing licence when asked in the above areas, you can get a fine of up to £2,500.
What are the different types of fishing licences?
How To Get a Fishing Licence


Trout, coarse fish and eel licence
If you are going to be fishing for trout, coarse fish, or eels, then you need to purchase the above type of licence.
Find out more on rod limits for this type of licence here.
Salmon and sea trout licence
This licence lets you fish salmon, sea trout, non-migratory trout and all freshwater fish.
Find out more on rod limits for this type of licence here.
Buying a fishing rod licence
Before you purchase your fishing licence, you need to know if you want to buy for 1-day, 8-days or 12-months.
Make sure you have the below things ready for when you buy it:
  • Your credit or debit card
  • Your Blue Badge or NI number
  • The details of another person (if you’re buying for them)

Fishing licence prices
Starting from £6, click here to view the prices and to buy your fishing licence online.
Other ways to buy a licence
If you’re buying an adult licence, you can also do this at a post office, or by calling the Environment Agency.
How to extend a fishing licence
To change a 1-day or 8-day licence to a 12-month licence, call the Environment Agency within 14 days of buying a new licence, but you will get a refund for the first one you purchased.
Fishing licence for children
How To Get a Fishing Licence For Children


Kids and children under the age of 13 don’t need a fishing licence. 
However, licences for children between the ages of 13-16 are free, although you'll still need to get a junior licence. Get one here.
Fishing Tackle & Bait
After you’ve purchased your licence, you can start looking at buying new, or upgrading, your fishing equipment!
If you’re looking for great quality fishing rods, lines, hooks, weights, bait and much more, for a great price, look at our extensive range of fishing equipment (and accessories, such as outdoor clothing!).

Browse and buy our products by clicking here.