Environment Agency warns Lincolnshire anglers not to fish in close season
Anglers in Lincolnshire are being reminded that rivers are off limits from next week.
The Environment Agency is warning anyone thinking of going fishing in rivers and drains that the coarse fish season closes on Thursday, March 14, and anyone caught breaking the rules may be prosecuted.
Chris Reeds, fisheries technical specialist, said: "The angling season for coarse fish ends on March 14.
"The close season allows fish to spawn undisturbed and it is important that people know the rules.
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"Environment Agency fisheries bailiffs will be carrying out regular patrols of waters during the close season and anyone found fishing illegally may face prosecution.
"Our message to anyone thinking of breaking the rules is: You better watch out, there's a bailiff about."
The close season runs until June 15 inclusive and applies to all anglers who fish rivers or drains.
Angling is still allowed on some still-waters and canals.
All anglers need a valid Environment Agency rod licence which allows them to use up to two rods.
Rod licences run from April 1 to March 31 and fishing without one can lead to a fine of up to £2,500.
Licences can be bought using a credit or debit card by calling the Environment Agency's telesales line on 0844 800 5386.
Alternatively, they can be obtained from any Post Office or via the internet at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence
Illegal fishing should be reported to the Environment Agency's Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.