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Why not enjoy the Welsh outdoors and go fishing? Find out all you need to know here, from where to fish to what tackle to use
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.
Before you go fishing, please check the national and local byelaws to ensure you do not break the law and that you have a hassle-free fishing trip.
If you want to find somewhere to go fishing, there are a number of useful websites, including:
Wales is well known for the quality of its wild brown trout, grayling and salmon fishing and has some of the best sea trout (or ‘sewin’) rivers to be found anywhere in Europe. We also have some great reservoir trout and pike fishing, and no shortage of still waters for targeting coarse fish such as carp, bream and roach.
Some clubs, rivers and private fisheries have their own rules and restrictions so always check with the fishery owner before you start to fish.
If you are new to fishing, you can get instruction or a guide at a local angling club. This is a good way to get into fishing and with a lot of instructors providing their own equipment, it’s a less expensive way to try out fishing for the first time.
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.
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:
Practice Catch and Release to help conserve stocks.
Stocks of salmon and sea trout have generally been declining in recent years. As a result, anglers are voluntarily releasing an increasing number of fish they capture.
The rivers Taff, Ely and Wye are now 100% Catch and Release all season for both salmon and sea trout. In addition, any salmon caught in Wales before 16 June must be returned to the river.
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.
Natural Resources Wales has made emergency byelaws to replicate the current level of protection for salmon that expire on the 31st December 2018. They will take effect from 1st January 2019. The controls are intended to be in place for 12 months unless revoked or extended.
The current National Salmon Byelaws, which have been in place for 20 years to protect early-running spring salmon, will expire on 31st December 2018. The new emergency byelaws will ensure the continued protection of Welsh salmon stocks until a decision is made by Welsh Government following the conclusion of the Local Inquiry on NRWs application for the introduction of new more protective catch controls.
It was our intention that our proposed new ‘All Wales’ byelaws for nets and rods would be in place before the National Salmon Byelaws expired, however the timing of the Local Inquiry means that this is no longer possible, potentially leading to less protection for salmon.
The emergency byelaws replicate the existing National Salmon Byelaws utilising the same controls which have been place for 20 years and with which all fishermen are familiar. They are not expected to have any effect on either the Local Inquiry or NRW’s application for new catch control byelaws.
The emergency byelaws require:
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