Fishing on the River Thames
Think angling heaven, think River Thames – a haven for some of the best coarse fishing in the country.
Whether you’re a serious match angler, a specimen hunter or simply a pleasure angler, the River Thames has it all from roach and perch to barbel and chub with pike and carp too! There really is something for everyone. Once you have your rod licence you can either join an angling club or take advantage of one of the many free fishing sites along the River Thames for some of the finest fishing in the land.
We've got everything you need to get you fishing on the River Thames.
The Environment Agency provides a quarterly fishing e-zine, Reel Life that you can subscribe to for further updates.
A licence is required for the trapping of American Signal (non native) crayfish and these are available from the Environment Agency, the Fish Movements Authorisation Team can send an information pack to customers. You can contact them on 01480 483968 or by email. For more information on crayfish and the trapping of crayfish, visit the Environment Agency website.
Explore the beautiful, relaxing and inspiring
Discover a range of sites on the River Thames where you can fish for free! All you need is a rod licence.
Fishing at one of the 18 River Thames lock and weir sites gives fast-flowing water for an exciting fishing experience.
Fishing is a great outdoor sport that anyone can do whatever their age, gender or physical ability. Find out how to get started.