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Coarse fish close season on rivers has started
THE annual coarse fish close season began yesterday to protect fish during their breeding season.
No coarse fishing is permitted in rivers, streams and drains from March 15 to June 15 to help increase fish stocks and secure angling for the future. Anyone found fishing illegally faces prosecution and a hefty fine.
Lawrence Talks, the Environment Agency’s South East Strategic Fisheries Specialist, said: “This necessary break will safeguard fish during their breeding season, resulting in increased fish stocks and better angling opportunities.
“However there are plenty of other places to try coarse fishing such as the many lakes, ponds and stillwaters across the South East of England. If anglers want to try something new, many of our rivers are open for trout fishing.”