More than a dozen people have been caught allegedly committing offences at a North Staffordshire fishery this morning.
The Environment Agency said it had detected and reported a total of 16 offences at the Cudmore Fisheries in Whitmore on Sunday.
Dave Throup, a manager at the Environment Agency, urged people to get a fishing licence before going fishing.
He said: “16 offences detected and reported this morning at Cudmore Fishery in Staffordshire.
“Don’t risk it, get a fishing licence.”
A fishing licence allowing an angler to fish non-migratory trout starts at £30 for a year for a full 12 months and can be purchased online.
Penalties for getting caught without a licence potentially include a criminal conviction and a £2,500 fine.
The agency prosecuted more than 1,900 anglers for rod and line offences in 2015 – resulting in fines and costs of more than £500,000.