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To fish on the river Usk and any of its tributaries, you need to have a fishing licence, which you can purchase from the Environment Agency website or the Natural Resources Wales website

Freshwater rod fishing rules

What follows is a summary of the points made on the Environment Agency website about fishing in freshwater in England and Wales:

  • You must follow national and local rules (byelaws) when freshwater fishing with a rod and line in England and Wales. These rules are aimed at protecting fish stocks and making fisheries sustainable. Freshwater fish include salmon, trout, coarse fish and eels.

  • England and Wales are broken down into regions and each has their own rules. National rules are included in each set of local rules. There may also be rules for privately owned bodies of water, e.g. private fishing lakes.

  • Read the local byelaws for the area in which you intend to fish — and any additional rules for privately owned water — to find out such matters as the:

    areas in your region where you’re not allowed to fish
    closed seasons (when you can’t fish) which apply to particular types of water and fish within your region
    sort of tackle you can use for certain fish in your region
    size of fish you can keep and catch limits

  • You must have a current rod licence to fish in England and Wales if you’re aged 12 or older

  • You must report how many salmon and sea trout you’ve caught during the fishing season if you have a migratory salmon and sea trout rod licence

  • You can be fined for selling rod-caught salmon or sea trout in England and Wales. You can also be fined if you remove fish from privately-owned waters without written permission from the owner.

The Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have introduced new fishing byelaws, which cover the river Usk.  We have written a summary at Fishing Practices.

Usk Fishing Association

The Chairman
The Estate Office
Glanusk Park

Tel. 01873 810414

Join the UFA and help to safeguard the future of the River Usk.