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Application for Fishing Licence

First Time Application

There are 17 reservoirs and 9 irrigation reservoirs in Hong Kong that are open to the public for fishing in the non-spawning season, being the period from 1 September of each year to 31 March of the next year. Any person who would like to fish in the reservoirs may apply for a fishing licence from the Water Supplies Department. Applications are accepted throughout the year. The licence will be valid for 3 years and the fee is HK$30. To apply for the licence, you must be over 13. There is no restriction on the number of fishing licences to be issued each year.

Application for fishing licence can be made at the following Customer Enquiry Centres :
  1. Wan Chai Customer Enquiry Centre
  2. Mong Kok Customer Enquiry Centre
You should bring along your proof of identity and pay the fee when making application. The licence will normally be issued on the spot.

You can also submit your application by post to the Water Supplies Department together with your name, address, copy of proof of identity, a cheque for HK$30 and a self-addressed and stamped envelope. The cheque should be crossed and made payable to the "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". Please ensure sufficient mailing time and postage to make delivery in order. Underpaid mail will be rejected. The licence will be sent to you by surface mail.

Online Application for Renewal of Fishing Licence or Additional Fishing Licence

Other than visiting our Customer Enquiry Centre or by post, you can now renew your fishing licence or make additional application conveniently online.
Anglers, however, are requested to observe the followings :-
  1. The licence holder is allowed to enter and remain in the reservoir area on the understanding that he/she does so entirely at his/her own risk. He/She must take the land with everything thereon as he/she finds it and shall not have or make any claim for damage to or loss of property, personal injury or death against the Water Authority howsoever such damage to or loss of property, personal injury or death may be occasioned.
  2. The licence is for the use of one rod and line only, and is not transferable.
  3. The licence must be produced on demand by a police officer or other authorized officer.
  4. Licences will not be issued to any person under the age of thirteen.
  5. The use of nets or other appliances (apart from rod and line) or the use of explosive or toxic substances to catch or destroy fish is strictly prohibited.
  6. The use of boats, dinghies, rafts etc. for fishing is prohibited.
  7. All Black Bass under 360 mm, all Snakehead under 300 mm and all other fish species under 180 mm in length measured from tip of nose to fork of tail shall be immediately returned alive to the water.
  8. Not more than two Black Bass 360 mm or over and two Snakehead 300 mm or over and two numbers of each species 180 mm or over in length for any other fish species shall be retained by any one angler in one day.
  9. The licence may later be revoked and replaced by another on different terms.
  10. Please keep the licence intact. No copy will be issued on any loss or damage.
Apart from the above, anglers are also reminded that:
  1. To protect fish, birds and people from lead poisoning, anglers are prohibited to use lead fishing sinkers.
  2. The release of any animals, including fish and reptiles, into reservoirs without the prior permission of the Water Authority is prohibited.
  3. Do not litter or pollute the reservoirs.