You can only fish in some areas of the harbour, parks and green spaces.

Where you can fish

Bristol Harbour

You can fish in areas around Bristol Harbour shown on the Harbour Map (pdf, 454k) (opens new window) .

You can’t fish on any pontoons or landing stages.

For further information, contact us on 0117 903 1484 or

Parks and green spaces

You can fish with a line or net in any lake or river, in and next to all parks and green spaces, except St George Park.

You need a permit to fish with a rod and line in Eastville Park.

Licences and permits

Rod licence

You need a rod licence to fish anywhere for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel.

Eastville Park fishing permit

To fish with a rod and line in Eastville Park Lake you need to buy a permit. This costs £6. You'll need a passport standard photograph, proof of address and a rod licence.

Fishing permit application form (pdf, 64k) (opens new window) .

If you’re found fishing without a permit, you’ll be asked to leave and could lose your right to enter the park.

When you can fish

You can fish during daylight hours, dawn to dusk, during the open season. The closed season runs from 15 March to 15 June inclusive, when you can't fish.

Fishing guidelines

  • you may only fish from angling stations or designated areas
  • no fishing at night (between dusk and dawn) on any park lake
  • no fishing during closed season, 15 March to 15 June inclusive
  • you may only use two rods or poles per person
  • no tents or bivouacs are allowed within the park and lake area, unless you have permission
  • put all litter and fishing line in the rubbish bins in the park or take it home
  • don’t use floating bait because any birds it attracts might get caught up in hooks and line