In south east England there are varying rules on the times of year that fishing for trout and salmon are legally permitted in the byelaws.
Fishery owners can be more strict than these byelaws should they so choose – please check the venue’s season rules before angling.
Close season dates:
|Species||Venue||Thames byelaw area||Southern byelaw area|
|Brown & rainbow||Rivers / streams / drains / canal||1 October – 31 March inclusive||1 November – 2 April inclusive|
|Brown||Fully enclosed stillwaters||No close season|
|Rainbow||All stillwaters||No close season|
|Migratory||All waters||1 October – 31 March inclusive||1 November – 30 April inclusive|
|Salmon||All waters||1 October – 31 March inclusive||3 October – 16 January inclusive|