Fishing Regulations

Do I need a fishing licence on the Norfolk Broads?

Every angler over the age of 12 is required to have a licence. During the open season, this allows angling on the free fishing areas of the Broads. Licences can be issued for 1-day, 8-day or 12-month periods from Environment Agency. Fishing without a rod fishing licence is an offence for which you can be fined up to £2,500.

Annual licences, which run from 1st April to 31st March, can be purchased online of at a Post Office. Children between 12 and 16 require a licence but it is free.

There are many areas that are privately controlled by angling clubs. If you are using these areas make sure you gain permission from the relevant organisation, which might require a permit.

When is the fishing season on the Norfolk Broads?

It is important to remember that coarse fishing is not allowed on any rivers, streams or waterways in England or Wales between March 15th and June 15th. Some reservoirs, lakes, ponds and areas classed at “enclosed stillwaters”might allow fishing all year, but it is important to check the local byelaws for the area you are visiting.

Environmental and conservation issues: Things to know when fishing on the Norfolk Broads

Certain areas of the Broads do not permit any fishing as they are designated as either conservation areas or Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

For the protection of the environment and wildlife, make sure that fishing tackle is never discarded. This includes any tackle that gets caught in vegetation or low hanging branches.

Be aware that birds in the area might be used to feeding from visitors. Make sure that they do not try to feed on your bait or get close enough to your line to get tangled.