Sea and shore fishing in Dorset
Buy a rod fishing licence
You can buy a 1 day, 8 day or 12 month licence on Gov.uk
When you need a rod licence
You need a rod fishing licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel with a rod and line. You must also get permission from the land owner.
You must always carry your rod fishing licence when you're fishing or you could be prosecuted.
Children under 12 don't need a licence. Licences for children aged between 12 and 16 are free.
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. You can get a permit from the Blandford Office by calling 0870 8506 506.
Where you can fish in Dorset
Find out where you can fish in Dorset on Visit Dorset and on i-coast.
Responsible sea fishing
The Dorset Wildlife Trust have tips on helping to conserve the marine environmentas well as information on minimum catch size, spawning seasons and fish handling techniques.
Fishing has an impact on our marine environment and affects fish stocks, sensitive habitats and endangered species. The Marine Stewardship Council's (MSC) ecolabel and fishery certification program contributes to the health of the world's oceans by recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, as well as influencing the choices people make when buying seafood.
Read about sustainable fishing on the MSC website.
The Marine Conservation Society have produced the Good Fish Guide which uses sustainability ratings to help you choose the fish to eat and which fish to avoid.
Buying locally caught fish reduces the number of 'food miles' the product travels before reaching the consumer, and you will often be rewarded with a fresher product.
The south west has many local specialities which are line caught such as mackerel, saithe (coley), dab, dover sole, witch (Torbay sole) and edible (brown) crab.