Dorset is an unrivalled destination for anglers and fishing is widely available to all visitors throughout the county.
Sea and shore angling are extremely popular right along the Dorset coast and chartered boats are increasingly in demand around the harbours of Christchurch, Poole, Weymouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis. There are also a good range of trout lakes throughout the country, both privately and municipally owned.
Obtaining a Rod Licence
The Environment Agency Rod Licence is required by all persons of 12 years and over and is available from Post Offices. However, this does not entitle the angler to fish without permission from the land owner. The Environment Agency owns all fishing rights in the tidal waters of the Rivers Frome and Piddle from Wareham to the white posts where the river enters Poole Harbour.
For permits contact the Blandford office by calling 0870 8506 506.
The SeaClean Project
The SeaClean Project provides recycling bins in Christchurch, Swanage, Kimmeridge, Weymouth, West Bexington and West Bay so you can recycle your fishing line. Find out about what you can do to keep Dorset's beaches and wildlife free from fishing tackle on the Dorset Wildlife Trust website (opens in a new window) .
Dorset's edible fish
A large number of edible fish can be found off the coasts of Dorset. The issue is how they can be managed sustainably to ensure that viable populations continue into the future.
Sign up to the Recycle Fish campaign and become a responsible angler. Open to individuals, anglers, divers, boat charters etc, to agree to only take what you need and release unwanted fish alive and well back into the sea. Many local boat owners have already signed up. You can also download a new 'tackle box guide' to find out top tips such as minimum catch size and fish handling techniques. For more information visit the Dorset Wildlife Trust website (opens in a new window) .