A BLITZ on illegal fishing has taken place across England and Wales.
But Yorkshire's anglers are the best behaved.
Spot checks were made on more than 1,200 anglers in Yorkshire - and just 23 were found without licences.
Nationally, Environment Agency officers checked 1,860 waters during the nine-day operation.
They found 854 people fishing illegally. These face total bans and fines of up to £2,500 each.
Agency spokesman Peter Mischenko said: "Once again Yorkshire anglers are proving they are happy to invest in the future of our fisheries by buying a rod licence.
"This is a very popular area for angling and our officers work hard to ensure anglers get the message that they need to stay on the right side of the law.
"This approach has worked, by and large, and we are proud our anglers know that fishing without a licence is not acceptable.
"All rod licence money get ploughed back into fisheries work, which benefits all anglers, fish stocks and the waterside environment."
Licences can be bought from 15,000 post offices and online at www.environment- agency.gov.uk