Angling Regulations

Information on angling regulations in Ireland can be found  on the Inland Fisheries Ireland website at

http://www.fishinginireland.info/regulations.htm

Many fisheries also have their own rules relating to types of bait that can be used, times when you can fish and the numbers of fish you can take from the river on any given day. Please ensure you are fully aware of all regulations relating to the fishery of your choice before you start to fish.

The Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme regulates salmon and sea trout fishing in Ireland and is administered by Inland Fisheries Ireland.  Please note that the regulations and bye-laws are subject to change.  Contact your local Inland Fisheries Ireland office for information on individual rivers.

All salmon rod licence holders must affix a gill tag to all retained salmon (any size), or sea trout (over 40 cm).

Notwithstanding the restrictions in place for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm), there are also further restrictions prohibiting the use of worms, prawn and shrimp as bait in angling for all other fish species in certain closed and catch and release rivers. Anglers may only use single barbless hooks where these restrictions apply. Please refer to  ANGLING BYE-LAW NO. 897, 2012 (18.42 kB), 2011 or check with your local IFI office for details.

1.  BAG LIMITS

There is an angling bag limit of 10 salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40 cm) on rivers where you may catch and retain salmon (Table 1).  The bag limits are subject to any quota allocated to a river and its tributaries.

Subject to the maximum annual bag limit of ten fish an angler may take:

A total of one salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40cm) per day for the period beginning January 1st to May 11th (three fish in total may be retained for this period),
Daily Bag Limit: Three salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40cm) per day from May 12th to August 31st (except where a salmon rod (one-day) ordinary licence is held, 1 fish),
Daily Bag Limit: One salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40cm) per day from 1st September to the close of the season,
There is an angling bag limit of three sea trout (under 40cm) per angler per day (bye-law no. 887, 2011).

Please note that it is an offence to kill any sea trout in the Galway, Connemara or Ballinakill Fisheries Districts including at sea from Hags Head in County Clare to Clew Bay (and in any waters flowing into Clew Bay) in the Bangor Fishery District south of a line drawn due east and west through Achill Head.

After the daily bag limit has been taken, anglers are permitted to fish catch and release, using single, barbless hooks and anglers may not use worms.  The killing and possession of foul hooked fish is prohibited.

On rivers where catch and release is permitted (Table 2):

anglers may not use worms,
anglers must use single, barbless hooks,
the fish must be handled carefully and should not be removed from the water prior to release.

On all other rivers (Table 3) angling for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm) is prohibited.

2.  OBTAINING A LICENCE

Anglers can obtain their licence from Inland Fisheries Ireland, any rod licence distributor or online at www.salmonlicences.ie.  On payment of the rod licence fee, the angler will be given:

The relevant rod licence.
A logbook.
3 gill tags where a salmon rod (annual) ordinary, juvenile, district or 21-day ordinary licence is issued up until 11th May and a further 7 gill tags (issued in lots of 3 or 4) from the period 12th May to 30th Sept up to a maximum of 10 gill tags in total provided they demonstrate that they have completed their logbook appropriately.
1 gill tag where a one day ordinary licence is issued up until the close of the season.
A business reply envelope for return of the logbook and unused tags to the relevant Inland Fisheries Ireland office.
A plastic wallet for the logbook.

3.  THE TAG

The tag to be used by anglers is a blue plastic self-locking device (an additional brown tag is also required for certain rivers – (refer to Table 1 – Open Fisheries 2012) to ensure angling quotas are not exceeded.  Contact the relevant IFI office for details on how to obtain brown tags).  Each blue tag is embossed with a code identifying where the tag was issued, the year in which the tag can be used, a security code and a tag serial number.

Anglers should carefully note the following concerning the use of these tags:
Each rod licence holder will be issued tags for his/her use only.  Tags are not transferable between licence holders.
These tags shall not be re-used.
One tag shall be attached to each salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40 cm) caught and retained.
Tags must be attached immediately on landing the fish.
Tags shall be attached through the gill opening and mouth of the fish and securely double locked around the gill cover.
Additional tags shall be issued on presentation of logbook information showing that the licence holder has used the gill tags issued to him or her, subject to bag limits.
Lost and accidentally destroyed tags may be replaced upon presentation of a signed declaration completed by the angler and signed by an Authorised Officer of Inland Fisheries Ireland.
Gill tags shall only be removed from the fish at the time of processing in accordance with the Tagging Scheme Regulations.  For the purposes of this scheme processing includes: smoking, marinating or cooking the fish, gutting and freezing the fish or cutting any steaks, cutlets or portions of the fish.

4.  THE LOGBOOK

On receipt of tags the angler will also receive a logbook.  Details of the gill tags issued to an angler will be entered into the angler’s logbook by the issuing agent.

Each angler shall:

Have the logbook in his/her possession while fishing for salmon or sea trout.
Record all details of their catch in their logbook immediately after tagging the fish.
Make a catch record even if the fish is released.
Record details of any lost or damaged tags.
Declare lost or damaged logbooks to Inland Fisheries Ireland.

5.  RETURNING LOGBOOKS AND UNUSED TAGS

In accordance with the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Regulations anglers are required by law to return their completed logbook (even if there is no catch recorded) and all unused tags to the issuing office of Inland Fisheries Ireland by the 19th October 2012. A business reply envelope is provided for this purpose.  Anglers are required to obtain proof of postage and to retain such proof for 12 months.

6.  PROHIBITION ON THE SALE OF ROD CAUGHT SALMON OR SEA TROUT

Anglers are prohibited from selling salmon (any size) or sea trout (any size) caught by rod and line.

These guidelines have been prepared for information purposes only and do not purport to be a legal interpretation.  The holder of a rod licence should familiarise himself or herself with section 69 of the Inland Fisheries Act, 2010 (No. 10 of 2010), the current Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations and the Salmon and Sea Trout Conservation Bye-laws.

 

Open Fisheries

Table 1:Open Fisheries

Fishery District

River

No. 4 or Lismore District

  • Blackwater (Munster) including Glenshelane and Finisk

No. 5 or Cork District

  • Bandon
  • Lower Lee
  • Ilen
  • Mealagh
  • Owvane
  • Coomhola (brown tag required - code S3)
  • Owenacurra
  • Glengarriff
  • Argideen

No. 7 or Kerry District

  • Croanshagh (Glanmore R and L) (brown tag required - code Q3)
  • Roughty (brown tag required - R3)
  • Sneem
  • Watervillle/Cummeragh/Currane
  • Inny
  • Caragh
  • Laune including Cottoners
  • Maine
  • Owenmore R
  • Sheen
  • Ferta (brown tag required - code U3)

No. 8 or Limerick District

  • Feale including Galey and Brick (brown tag required - code J3)

No. 9(1) or Galway District

  • Corrib

No. 9(2) or Connemara District

  • Ballynahinch (Owenmore)
  • Cashla
  • Screebe (brown tag required – code O3)

No. 10(1) or Ballinakill District

  • Owenglin (Clifden)
  • Bundorragha (Delphi)
  • Erriff
  • Culfin
  • Dawros
  • Bunowen
  • Owenwee (Belcare  (brown tag required – code P3)

No. 10(2) or Bangor District

  • Owenduff
  • Newport River, Lough Beltra and
    the Crumpaun River (Open from 12 May)(brown tag required - code M3)
  • Glenamoy
  • Carrowmore Lake (brown tag required from 12th May - code L3)

No. 11 or Ballina District

  • Moy
  • Easkey

No. 12 or Sligo District

  • Ballysadare
  • Drumcliff River
  • Garvogue, River Bonet and Lough Gill

No. 13 or Ballyshannon District

  • Duff
  • Drowes
  • Glen

No. 14 or Letterkenny District

  • Owenea and Owentocker
  • Gweebarra
  • Clady
  • Tullaghobegley
     (brown tag required – code K3)
  • Crana
  • Gweedore (Crolly R)

No. 17(2) or Dundalk District

  • Fane (brown tag required - code I3)
  • Glyde (brown tag required – code N3)

 

Catch and Release Fisheries

Table 2: Fisheries open to Catch and Release only

Fishery District

River

No1 or Dublin District

  • Lower Liffey (downstream of Leixlip Dam)*

No. 2 or Wexford District

  • Slaney*

No. 3 or Waterford District

  • Barrow and Pollmounty
  • Nore
  • Colligan*
  • Suir
  • Corrock R*
  • Suir including Clodiagh, Lingaun, and Waterford Blackwater

No. 4 or Lismore District

  • Bride*

No. 5 or Cork District

  • Adrigole*

No.7 or Kerry District

  • Blackwater*
  • Owenascaul*
  • Milltown*
  • Clonee

No. 8 or Limerick District

  • Mulkear
  • Skivaleen

No. 10(1) or Ballinakill District

  • Carrownisky*

No. 10(2) or Bangor District

  • Shramore (Burrishoole)*
  • Owenmore

No. 13 or Ballyshannon District

  • Bungosteen*
  • Oily*
  • Eany
  • Eske

No. 14 or Letterkenny District

  • Ray
  • Lackagh*
  • Leannan

No. 17(1) or Drogheda District

  • Boyne**

No. 17(2) or Dundalk District

  • Castletown*
  • Dee**

* Notwithstanding the restrictions in place for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm), further restrictions prohibiting the use of worms as bait in angling for all other fish species apply in certain closed and catch and release rivers. Anglers may only use single barbless hooks where these restrictions apply.
** Subject to paragraph* above these restrictions may not apply to the entire river. Please refer to IFI website www.fisheriesireland.ie or your local IFI office for any further changes or amendments.

A salmon tagged with both blue and brown gill tags
A salmon from the Erriff River with both blue and brown gill tags

 

Closed Rivers

NB A section of the lower main Shannon River between O’Brien’s Bridge and Thomand Bridge in the city of Limerick will be open to catch and release of wild fish and harvesting of hatchery salmon

Table 3: Closed fisheries

Fishery District

River

No. 1 or Dublin District

  • Upper Liffey (upstream of Leixlip Dam)**
  • Dargle *
  • Vartry*

No. 2 or Wexford District

  • Avoca *
  • Owenavorragh*

No. 3 or Waterford District

  • Owenduff*
  • Mahon *
  • Tay *

No. 4 or Lismore District

  • Lickey*
  • Tourig*
  • Womanagh *

No. 5 or Cork District

  • Upper Lee*

No. 7 or Kerry District

  • Owenshagh*
  • Finnihy*
  • Owenreagh*
  • Emlaghmore*
  • Carhan*
  • Emlagh*
  • Lee (Kerry)*
  • Behy*
  • Feohanagh
  • Kealincha
  • Lough Fada

No. 8 or Limerick District

  • Deel*
  • Aughyvackeen*
  • Doonbeg*
  • Annageeragh*
  • Inagh*
  • Fergus
  • Maigue*
  • Shannon (excluding Mulkear)
    A section of the lower main Shannon River between O’Brien’s Bridge and Thomand Bridge in the city of Limerick will be open to catch and release of wild fish and harvesting of hatchery salmon
  • Owengarney

No. 9(1) or Galway District

  • Clarinbridge*
  • Knock*
  • Aille*
  • Owenboliska, Spiddal*
  • Kilcolgan

No. 9(2) or Connemara District

  • Lough na Furnace

No. 10(2) or Bangor District

  • Owengarve*
  • Muingnabo*

No. 11 or Ballina District

  • Brusna*
  • Leaffony*
  • Ballinglen*
  • Cloonaghmore, Palmerstown*

No. 12 Sligo District

  • Grange

No. 13 or Ballyshannon District

  • Abbey*
  • Ballintra (Murvagh)**
  • Laghy (Stream)*
  • Erne*
  • Owenwee (Yellow)*

No. 14 or Letterkenny District

  • Isle (Burn)*
  • Mill*
  • Clonmany*
  • Straid*
  • Owennamarve*
  • Swilly*
  • Donagh*
  • Culoort*
  • Glenna*
  • Glengannon*
  • Bracky

No. 17(2) or Dundalk District

  • Flurry*

* Notwithstanding the restrictions in place for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm), further restrictions prohibiting the use of worms as bait in angling for all other fish species apply in certain closed and catch and release rivers. Anglers may only use single barbless hooks where these restrictions apply.
** Subject to paragraph* above these restrictions may not apply to the entire river. Please refer to IFI website www.fisheriesireland.ie or your local IFI office for any further changes or amendments.

 

Published below for download are the 2015 salmon angling regulations.

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Extension to Snap Net Season) Bye-Law No.927, 2014. This Bye-Law sets out the annual close season and the weekly close time for the snap net salmon and sea trout (salmon includes sea trout as defined in the Inland Fisheries Act 2010) commercial fishing season in the river mentioned in the Bye-law.
Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Extension to Snap Net Season) Bye-law No. 927 2014.pdf

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Feale including Galey and Brick) (No. 2) Bye-law No.925, 2014 This Bye-Law provides for a bag limit of 4 fish during the period 12 May to 30 September subject to a daily bag limit of 1 fish during this period. Once the bag limit has been reached the Bye-law prohibits the use of worms as bait and any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks in angling for salmon and sea trout (over 40cm) in those waters.
Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Feale includinge Galey and Brick) (No2) Bye-law No. 925 2014

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Draft Nets & Snap Nets) Bye-Law No.924, 2014. This Bye-Law sets out the opening and closing dates (and hours) for the draft net and snap net salmon and sea trout (salmon includes sea trout as defined in the Inland Fisheries Act, 2010) commercial fishing season, 2014 and prohibits draft net and snap net fishing for salmon and sea trout in all fishery districts except those mentioned in the Schedule to the Bye-law. The Bye-Law also prohibits the use of monofilament material in draft nets and snap nets, with the exception of the following; The Blackwater (Munster) including Glenshelane and Finnisk where monofilament material in snap nets is permitted, and also in Cork Harbour and Castlemaine Harbour where monofilament material in draft nets is permitted.
Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Draft Nets & Snap Net )Bye Law No. 924 2014.pdf

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Slaney) Bye-Law No.923, 2014. The bye-law provides for catch and release during the period 18 April to 16 September in the year 2014 and 17 March to 16 September in any subsequent year in angling for salmon and sea trout (over 40cm). The Byelaw also provides for the use of artificial fly only with single barbless hook upstream of the Railway Bridge Enniscorthy and provides for single barbless hook and a ban on worms as bait downstream of the Railway Bridge Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford when angling for salmon or sea trout (any size).Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Slaney) Bye-law No.923, 2014..pdf

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Suir) Bye-law No. 932, 2014.This Bye-Law provides for catch and release in angling for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm) in the River Suir (including the waters of the Rivers Clodiagh, Lingaun and Blackwater) and also prohibits the use of worms, prawn, shrimp or any other crustacean or artificial forms thereof as bait and any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks during the period 17 March to 30 Sept, 2015 Bye law No 932 2014 River Suir

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Nore) Bye-Law No.920, 2014 This Bye-Law provides for catch and release in respect of Salmon (any size) and Sea Trout (over 40 cm) in the River Nore during the period 31 March to 11 May, 2014. The Bye-law also provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait during this period. This bye-law also provides for a bag limit of 5 fish subject to a daily bag limit of 1 fish during the period 12 May to 30 September. Once the bag limit has been reached it is prohibited to use any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks as well as the use of worms as bait during this period in angling for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm) in those waters.
Bye law No 920 2014 River Nore

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout River Feale (inc Galey and Brick) Bye-Law No.919, 2014 provides for catch and release in angling of salmon and sea trout (over 40cms) in the River Feale including the Galy and Brick during the 1st March to 11th May, 2014 and a bag limit of 4 fish during the period of 12th May to 30th September subject to a daily limit of 1 fish during this period. The Bye-Law also prohibits the use of worms as bait and any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks in angling for salmon and sea trout (over 40cms) up to 11th May and also from 12th May onwards once the permitted limit had been reached in those waters.

 Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout River Feale (inc Galey and Brick) Bye law No. 919, 2014 (115.71 kB)

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout river Shannon Bye-Law No.918, 2014provides for catch and release in respect of salmon and sea trout (over 40cm) in the portion of the Lower Shannon from O’Brien’s Bridge downstream, on the downstream face of the bridge, to Thomond Bridge, Limerick City during the period 1 March to 30 September 2014. The Bye-law also prohibits the use of worms as bait and any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks in angling for salmon and trout in those waters.

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout river Shannon Bye law No.918, 2014 (83.02 kB)

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout Newport River Bye-Law No.917, 2014provides for catch and release in respect of Salmon and Sea Trout (over 40 cm) in the Newport River including the waters of Lough Beltra and the Crumpaun River, Co Mayo during the period 20 March to 11 May, 2014.

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout Newport River Bye law No.917, 2014 (93.38 kB)

Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (bag limits) Bye-Law No.915, 2013 provides for an annual bag limit of 10 fish being either salmon or sea trout (over 40 cm) per angler and provides for a season bag limit of 3 fish in the period 1 January to 11 May, a daily bag limit of 3 fish from 12 May to 31 August and a daily bag limit of 1 fish from 1 September to the end of the season. The Bye-law also provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait once the specified number of fish have been caught in the specified periods.

Bye-law No 915 2013.pdf

Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (catch and release) Bye-Law No.914, 2013provides for catch and release in respect of salmon and sea trout (over 40 cm) in rivers that are meeting at least 65% of their Conservation Limit as mentioned in the Bye-law. The Bye-law also provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for salmon and sea trout over 40 cm.

Bye-law No 914 2013.pdf

Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (closed rivers) Bye-Law No. C.S. 316, 2013prohibits the taking or attempting to take by rod and line salmon and sea trout over 40 cm in the rivers specified in the Bye-law.

Bye-law No C.S. 316 2013.pdf

Angling Bye-Law No.913, 2013
This Bye-law prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, and also prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in the waters specified in the Bye-law and revokes Angling Bye-law No. 907, 2013.

Bye-law No 913 2013.pdf

Conservation of Sea Trout Bye-Law No.916, 2013
This Bye-Law provides for a daily bag limit of 3 sea trout (less than 40 cm in length) and provides for the use of single barbless hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait once the specified number of sea trout have been caught.

Bye-law No 916 2013.pdf