Fishing fishing

There is a wide variety of excellent fishing throughout the Tyne’s rivers. This beautiful river system, with its continually improving water quality, provides an excellent habitat for a wide range of fish. The Tyne is now the best salmon river in England and Wales – a spectacular recovery from the polluted river it once was.

Three of the Tyne’s major tributaries are regulated by reservoirs, the Derwent, the Rede and the North Tyne. Kielder Reservoir at the head of the North Tyne has a major impact on river flow. Releases from the reservoir make the river more fishable. Before fishing, it is worth checking when releases are planned.

For river reports click here


Booking fishing

Tyne Angling Passport

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You can enjoy affordable fishing on the Tyne, and support our work, by purchasing fishing from the Tyne Angling Passport scheme.  Day tickets are only £8 per beat per day, and a range of beat types and river environments are on offer, with opportunities to catch wild brown trout, salmon and grayling.  For information about the available beats and to book please click here.


You can book fishing on most of the commercial game fishing beats on the Tyne through FishTyne.  The FishTyne website also contains useful information on how the river is fishing, recent catches etc.

Fishing opportunities

Game Fishing

The Tyne is the best river system for salmon and sea trout in England and Wales and is even starting to challenge some of the more famous Scottish rivers. The quality as well as the quantity of fish is superb; the season begins in February, with beautiful fish often caught on the opening day. Spring fish are gradually increasing in numbers with typically April/May being the best months. The best early season fishing up to May is on the main Tyne. Thereafter, the number of fish entering the river substantially increases. From June, the whole system produces steadily, with catches gradually increasing through July and August, and peaking in September and October.

The Tyne’s rivers also have a healthy wild brown trout population, particularly on the river Derwent where quality grayling will feature in many returns.

Coarse fishing

There is a great tradition of coarse fishing on the river Tyne. This includes some very good quality dace and sizeable chub, as well as roach and gudgeon. Most coarse fishing is concentrated on the main river, via local angling clubs.

Tidal fishing

By their nature, tidal estuaries support very rich and diverse marine ecosystems. Worms, crabs, shrimps and fry offer abundant food for species including mackerel, cod and flounder. Perhaps the most interesting thing is the number of different species and the types of fishing that can be used, which, combined with the 19 mile length of the tidal stretch, gives tidal fishing a universal appeal.

Protect our rivers

Check clean dry

The Tyne is home to the native white-clawed crayfish.  Please don’t bring signal crayfish, or other nasties, to our lovely rivers!

Please follow the check, clean, dry advice for all your fishing kit.  See our invasives page for more information about the threats to our rivers.

It’s the Law!

The law requires any angler over the age of 12 to carry an Environment Agency Rod Licence and have permission to fish from the owners of the beat. Rod licences are easily obtained online from the Environment Agency or at the Post Office. Some beats will have their own fishery rules in addition to the byelaws below, please check before fishing.

National and Regional Fisheries byelaws for the North East.

Help us monitor the Tyne’s fishery

You can help monitor changes in the Tyne’s fishery by taking part in the Environment Agency’s logbook scheme. Record where, when and for how long you fished along with river/weather conditions and what you caught. This information is a very useful indicator of the overall long-term trends of the productivity of the river.