Fishing on the Thames

There are some excellent fishing opportunities available at the borough’s rivers, ponds and local organised clubs.

Licences and rules

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

Information about buying a rod licence and information about freshwater rod fishing rules are available on the GOV.UK websites below:      

Fishing/Angling clubs

There are a few local angling clubs who welcome new members:     

You can also fish at Apps Court Lakes. For information on fees, terms and conditions, please visit the Apps Court website.

Fishing from open spaces

Fishing is permitted from the borough's open spaces provided you own an appropriate rod licence.

Please be mindful that these open spaces are well used by other recreational users and respect other users at all times. If you are fishing overnight, bivvies are permitted but no tents or lighting of fires. 24 hour stay maximum with no return within 48 hours. Failure to comply may result in a fine and legal action being taken.

Make sure you respect the environment and remember to take any litter home with you. Do not leave it by the bins.

To report any incident and concerns regarding potential damage to the riverside environment or wildlife, please contact the Environment Agency.

If you have any concerns about anti-social behaviour in our open spaces please email with the location, date, time and any relevant photographs. Our Parks Patrol service will carry out regular patrols of any areas of concern.

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