A fishing licence is a legal document that allows an individual to fish in a specific area for a specified period of time. The licence covers the legalities of fishing, such as the size and number of fish that can be caught, as well as the type of fishing gear that can be used.
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A fishing licence from a landowner permits the licensee to fish for a season over a defined stretch of river. The licence is to catch and release only. The licence includes ancillary permissions, such as permission to pass along the riverbank. The licence can be adapted to grant permission to fish over still water, such as a lake or pond.