Where you can fish and what licences and permits you need.

Where you can fish

Bristol Harbour

You can fish in certain places around Bristol Harbour:

  • on the quay side by Baltic Wharf, between Cottage Inn and Bristol Marina
  • between Bristol Bridge and the Glassboat restaurant
  • on the quay side in Bathurst Basin
  • in the Feeder Canal

pdf Map of Bristol Harbour, showing where you can fish (454 KB)

You must not fish where boats land, such as ferry points or landing stages.

All fish must be returned to the water unharmed.

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 in Eastville Park with a rod and line.

All fish must be returned to the water unharmed.

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 must buy a permit. If you fish without a permit, you might be asked to leave and could lose your right to enter the park.

The permit costs £6 a year.

  pdf Fishing permit application form (168 KB)

Rules you must follow in Eastville Park

You must:

  • fish during the day and only in the open season, which runs from 16 June to 14 March each year
  • only fish in marked fishing areas
  • not use more than two rods or poles per person
  • not put up a tent or other shelter
  • put all rubbish in the bin or take it home
  • not use floating bait as any birds it attracts might get caught in the hooks and lines