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:

SpeciesVenueThames byelaw areaSouthern 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

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