Changes to the fishing licence in England and Wales

The Environment Agency will launch, on 1 March 2017, a new website Get a Fishing Licence”. This simplifies the process of buying a fishing licence for England & Wales: www​.gov​.uk/​g​e​t​-​a​-​f​i​s​h​i​n​g​-​l​i​cence. You can now buy a rod licence on line, by phone or at the Post Office. EA say this is part of a series of improvements to the service, which include:

• Free fishing for junior anglers, up to the age of 17, announced in November 2016

• The fishing licence now lasts for 12 months from the day it is bought, rather than expiring at the end of March each year

• The use of three rods now needs just one licence, rather than two.