You need a rod fishing licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel with a rod and line in:
- England (except the River Tweed)
- the Border Esk region of Scotland
You can be fined up to £2,500 for fishing without a rod fishing licence.
Children under 12 don’t need a licence.
Licences for children aged between 12 and 16 are free. You’ll still need to get a junior licence.
To purchase a licence, visit GOV.UK.