Anglers reminded to keep away

ANGLERS in Northumberland are being reminded that they are not allowed to look for a catch in rivers over the next three months.

The Environment Agency is warning that the coarse fishing season is closed and anyone caught breaking the rules may be prosecuted.

Special enforcement team leader Kevin Summerson said: “The river close season is there for a reason.

“By preventing coarse fishing for three months, between March 15 and June 15 inclusive, it allows for an uninterrupted spawning period which increases spawning success, in addition to providing wider environmental benefits.

“Our fisheries enforcement officers will be doing regular patrols of waters during the close season and anyone found fishing illegally may face prosecution, and a hefty fine.”

Fishing is still permitted on many canals and stillwaters, depending on landowner agreement.

All anglers need a valid Environment Agency rod licence which allows them to use up to two rods. For more information, including prices, call 0844 800 5386.

Illegal fishing should be reported to the agency’s Incident Hotline on 0800 807060.