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Fishing in Wales

Fishing In Wales COVID-19 Guidance

Fishing In Wales COVID-19 Guidance

Coronavirus lock-down guidance rules in Wales must be considered by anglers, these are different to England.

Maintaining physical and mental well-being is important, but if you are fishing in Wales please follow the Welsh Government coronavirus regulations and guidelines.


Welsh government has announced a lock down for the whole of Wales which will run from 6pm Friday 23rd October until Monday 9th November.

This is a strict lock down – people must stay at home and pubs, restaurants and all non-essential shops will close. Outdoor and indoor meetings of people from different households are banned. Full details can be found here.

How will this affect angling in Wales?

First Minister Mark Drakeford has stated that exercise is permitted ‘’as long as it starts and ends at home’’. Angling is classed as exercise.

Further to this, Welsh Government has specifically addressed angling on its latest FAQ page:


  • During the ‘fire break’ lock-down you will be able to go fishing in Wales, as long as you can walk or cycle to your local venue.
  • People with specific health or mobility issues may, however, need to travel (drive) from their home in order to be able to exercise. The need to carry sports equipment isn’t regarded as a justification on its own for driving in these circumstances.
  • All non-essential businesses will close during this time, so expect fisheries and tackle shops to be shut during the lock down.
  • Outdoor meetings are banned, therefore no angling competitions should take place in Wales.
  • Welsh anglers should not travel to England to fish, or take part in competitions in England.
  • Anglers from England should not travel into Wales to fish during the Welsh national ‘fire break’ lock down.


Local lock-down area rules (Valid until 6pm 23rd October)

Before the national ‘fire break’ lock down begins on at 6pm on the 23rd October, please follow the guidance for locally locked down areas as outlined below. After 9th November a new set of national rules will be introduced, covering how people can meet and how the public sector and businesses operate.

Following a sharp increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases new restrictions have been introduced to reduce the spread of the virus and protect public health for people living in a number of Welsh counties. These include local lock-downs. Welsh Government guidance is that non-essential travel (which includes sport) into or out of locked-down counties is prohibited in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The local lock down restrictions will be kept under review. These restrictions apply to everyone living in the areas listed below.

Local Lock-down restrictions currently apply in the following Welsh Counties:

  • Caerphilly
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT)
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Bridgend
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Newport
  • Cardiff
  • Swansea
  • Torfaen
  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • Llanelli (Town)
  • Bangor (city)
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Wrexham

Welsh Government guidance states that travel into or out of these areas should not be undertaken, unless it is for work, education and food shopping (if nothing is available locally). With this in mind people living within these areas should not travel to fish outside of their counties, attend angling events and competitions in other parts of Wales or further afield.

Anglers from outside the lock-down counties (including anglers from England) should not travel into locally-locked down areas of Wales to fish. Anglers within a locked down county should not travel to another locked-down county to fish.

We remind anglers to be mindful of Welsh Government Covid-19 regulations.

Please read Visit Wales latest Coronavirus information which covers travel restrictions to Wales.

We would urge anyone that has any concerns over their own health to use the NHS Coronavirus Symptom Checker.

If you have any questions relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit the Public Health Wales website.

Further COVID-19 information from Welsh Government and UK Government is updated on a regular basis.

The Angling Trust has a dedicated and comprehensive Coronavirus resource hub for angling organisations and individuals. It can be accessed here.