Tuesday 12th May, 2020

We are glad to announce that as of tomorrow (Wednesday 13th May), Passport beats in England will restart fishing with bookings possible as of 6pm this evening. 

Passport fisheries in Wales will remain closed while full lockdown restrictions on travel are still in place that side of the border.

Some English fisheries will also remain closed – specifically those where social distancing will be difficult to maintain or where owners have requested closure to continue.

Otherwise, the following conditions apply:

  • Bookings will be online only for the time being. Telephone bookings will resume once the Wye & Usk Foundation office reopens.  
  • Fishing on Passport beats in England restarts at dawn on Wednesday 13th May. No fishing is permitted before then. 
  • Anglers should take every precaution when visiting a fishery to protect themselves and others from the spread of COVID-19. This includes staying more than two metres away from anyone else, wearing gloves to open gates or climb stiles and to wash their hands thoroughly when they return home. If you have to stop for fuel, wear gloves when using the pump and use contactless card payment if you can.
  • Owners always retain the right to close their fisheries with immediate effect.
  • If the restrictions are changed by the Government, the Passport could close again immediately with all outstanding bookings for the restricted period cancelled and refunded.

We expect that after weeks of lockdown, there will be something of a rush to make bookings. Conditions for Wye salmon fishing are good from Ross downstream. Meanwhile for trout anglers the Lugg and Arrow, although low, should provide some fun.

Hopefully, we will be able to open the Welsh fisheries soon but only if this partial reopening is successful and providing we avoid another tightening of the restrictions on activity and movement.

Once again, we urge all anglers to please adhere to the Government rules on preventing the spread of COVID-19 at all times.

Thank you,

The Fishing Passport team.


Sunday 10th May, 2020

Following today's announcement on the changes to lockdown measures in England (but not Wales), the Fishing Passport will remain closed to bookings for time being as will the Foundation's offices. We will be reviewing the situation over the next few days as more details from the Government are released.


Thursday 26th March, 2020

Following the Government's announcement on Monday evening of more stringent restrictions on movement, the Foundation's offices are currently closed with all staff that were based there working from home.

Our 01874 711 714 number will divert to a home-based staff member, although we ask it is used only for urgent enquires until further notice. The [email protected] email address can also be used to contact us.


Fishing Passport COVID-19 Update

Following yesterday evening's clarity from the Government on what constitutes non-essential travel, we are closing the Passport to bookings with immediate effect. Full refunds will be available to anybody who has made a booking while the current restrictions are in place.

We will review the situation when the latest rules on movement change.

In the meantime, thank you for your support and we hope that you stay safe.