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Fishing season reopens

If you’re a fan of fishing, you might already know that June signals the start of the fishing season in the Norfolk Broads. From 16th June to 14th March, licensed fishermen can try their luck in the beautiful waterways that dot this protected area. Before you head out for a day on the water, take a look at our guide to making the most of your day on the Broads.


Getting your fishing licence

Everyone over the age of 12 fishing on the Broads needs to have a valid fishing licence. You can buy one very easily at your local Post Office or on the Environment Agency website. Children aged between 12 and 16 can get a licence free of charge.

If you prefer to purchase your rod licence by phone please call the Environment Agency fishing licence service on 0344 800 5386 


What can you catch on the Broads?

The Norfolk Broads are home to a large number of different types of fish. As the area is made up of a variety of tidal, non-tidal and estuarine habitats, the species you catch will depend on where you’re fishing. Pike, tench, rudd, roach and bream are all readily available in many parts of the Broads, while carp are more likely found in areas like Waveney and Yare. 

What can I expect catch on the Broads?


Boats vs banks

When out and about in the Norfolk Broads, you have the choice of fishing from a boat or from a bank. While some species like pike and bream can be caught from either the bank or a boat, others are more choosy about where they spend their time.

If you’ve rented a boat, you can fish pretty much anywhere you like (as long as there are no official restrictions). The River Ant, Barton Broad and the River Bure are all great fishing locations, though you’re sure to find fish in most parts of the Broads. 

Don't forget as a Broads Escapes customer your entitled to a 25% discount off day boats from Herbert Woods. Don't forget you can only fish by your boat if you are moored up. 

If you don’t have a boat, you can try your luck from the riverbanks in Wroxham or Horning, Acle Bridge, Upton Dyke and Salhouse Broad. Talk to locals, or ask in a nearby tackle shop, for the latest tips on the best spots in the area.


Tackle shops

You’ll find tackle shops in many towns and villages across the Broads. Some of the best are located in Norwich, while Diss, Great Yarmouth, Horning and Potter Heigham also have a good choice of establishments.



As the Norfolk Broads is such a popular area for fishing, it’s no surprise that there are a number of angling clubs in the area. Many of these clubs run events throughout the fishing season, giving you the chance to get involved in local activities and learn a little more about fishing in the region. Contact one of the many clubs that dot the Broads to find out what’s on while you’re in the area.


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