To fish on any of the 2,000 miles of canals, rivers and commercial fisheries we look after, you will need a rod licence and a permit.
A rod licence gives you the legal right to use a fishing rod or pole. You can buy a licence:
A permit gives you permission to fish the actual stretch of water, depending on who manages that stretch. Check whether you need to buy a permit from:
Issued by the Environment Agency (EA), one rod licence covers up to two fishing rods. You'll need a licence before you fish on any inland waters. This licence, however, does not give you permission to fish anywhere.
You can fish on stretches where fishing rights are not rented out to clubs, but you'll need to buy a Waterway Wanderers permit first.
The fishing rights on the majority of our waterways are rented to local angling clubs. For these fisheries, use our Find a Fishery search tool for details.
If the stretch you want to fish isn't controlled by an angling club then you will need one of our Waterway Wanderers permits.
Can't find what you’re looking for? Email us or call 03030 404040. Please provide the name of the waterway, nearest bridge or lock number, postcode or town.
Last date edited: 19 February 2021