A lot of Anglers tend to believe that you only need a fishing rod licence on rivers and canals in the UK. This isn’t true. Whether you are fishing private commercials, reservoirs, canals, streams, rivers or canals the same rules apply. About the only place you can still fish for free and not need a rod licence is in the sea.
The fine if you do get caught can be anything up to £2500. So is it really worth taking the risk? The police are even getting involved with some of the patrols now, so personally I don’t think it is worth taking the chance.