Fishing

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 harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk

Parks and green spaces

When you can fish

You can fish during daylight hours, dawn to dusk, during the open season. The open season ended on 13 March 2016 and will reopen on the 13 June 2016.

Licences and permits

Rod licence

To fish anywhere you’ll need an Environment Agency rod licence. You must fish in line with the agency's regulations. Spot checks for licences are carried out and you’ll need to show your rod licence if asked.

Fishing permit

You need a permit to fish in Eastville Park. This costs £3 (£1 if you’re under 16 years old). You’ll need to supply a passport standard photograph, proof of address and a current Environmental Agency rod licence.

You can get a permit from:

  • Avon Angling Centre, 348 Whitehall Rd, Bristol. BS5 7BW. Telephone 0117 951 7250
  • Veals, Broad Plain, Bristol, Avon BS2 0JP. Telephone 0117 926 0790
  • Bristol City Council Parks: see contact details below.

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

Byelaws consultation 2016

Because of the byelaws consultation, we won’t issue new permits this year in April, but your current permit will be valid at Eastville Lake until the new byelaws are introduced later this year.

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, 13 March to 13 June
  • 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

Contact information

Parks and Open Spaces

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 9am until 4pm

Email: bristolparks@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 922 3719