Environment Agency enforcement teams have continued their clampdown on illegal fishing, carrying out more than 30 patrols across Cumbria and Lancashire and two rod license ‘blitzes’ .
Coarse angling is suspended between March 15 and June 15 on rivers, streams, and specified canals and stillwaters to protect spawning fish.
Sarah Chare, Environment Agency head of fisheries, said: “Our enforcement teams have been in out in force – particularly over the last couple of bank holidays – and will continue to be over the coming months.
“The number of anglers caught red-handed is testament to how seriously we take illegal fishing but worryingly it shows a blatant disregard for the law and the health of fisheries.
“People who don’t buy a licence are not only cheating other anglers and the future of the sport but running the risk of criminal conviction and a fine.”