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Don’t forget, if you are 13 years or older, you need a rod licence to fish legally in Wales.
Fishing in Wales is subject to national and local byelaws in order to protect the future of our fisheries. They apply to all waters, whether they are owned by angling clubs, local authorities or private individuals.
Read the angling byelaws (fishing rules).
Fishing in Wales features everything you need to know about Welsh angling.
Managed by the Angling Trust, and funded by Visit Wales and Natural Resources Wales, the Fishing in Wales website provides a comprehensive Welsh angling resource for visitors and locals alike.
In collaboration with angling clubs, Welsh anglers, writers and influencers, it includes key information on where, how and when to fish in Wales - for all angling disciplines.
Remember if visiting Wales, please follow the Welsh Government's COVID-19 visitor charter.
Catch and release is vital to help protect and restore salmon and sea trout stocks in our rivers.
Since January 2020, all salmon must be returned to the river with least possible injury.
In addition sea trout over 60cm must also be returned, as well as all sea trout before 1 May on most rivers. View our page Sea trout open seasons and method restrictions for more information.
Studies show that most fish will survive after they have been released and survival rates can be up to 100% if the following steps are followed:
Invasive non-native species can have a damaging impact on British plants, animals and ecosystems. They do this by spreading disease, competing for habitat and food as well as direct predation. Anglers may unknowingly be helping to spread invasive species from one water body to another in wet equipment, such as nets and waders.
Help stop this happening by following three simple steps: Check, Clean and Dry.
Read more about disinfecting tackle to control fish disease.
As an angler you’re in a unique position to help update wildlife records; not only the fish you catch, but all the other species you see when out fishing.
The iRecord App offers a simple field based way for you to get involved in wildlife recording and help contribute to nature conservation, planning, research and education.
You can get more information on biological recording at:
NBN Atlas Wales or the UK Biological Records Centre
If you use Twitter, you can keep up to date with fishing information, ask questions to experts and share information. Below are a few of the best people currently tweeting about fishing in Wales:
@NatResWales – Keep up to date with everything Natural Resources Wales.
@FishAround – A community for anglers, helping fishing fans find the best places to fish, share information and connect.