Salmon and sea trout fishing in Northern Ireland

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  2. River Bush

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Northern Ireland

A licence is required to fish for salmon and sea trout. All salmon and sea trout over 50cms retained by the angler must be tagged. Tags are provided with your licence. Permits may also be required.

The Public Angling Estate within Northern Ireland operates as catch and release fisheries, for salmon and sea trout (For full list of these fisheries follow link below).

In all other catchments with the exception of Lough Melvin catch and release operates for salmon during the period 1 March to 31 May and a daily bag limit of two salmon applies thereafter.

On Lough Melvin one salmon may be retained during the period 1 February to 31 May and three salmon from 1 June to 30 September.

You may continue to fish after you have obtained your bag limit but all fish must be returned alive and unharmed (link to take you to how to perform catch and release) to the water.


Tables showing angling licence and permit prices

DCAL Rod Licence prices From 1 January 2012 From 1 January 2013
Game Season £17.00 £17.00
Game 14 Day £9.00 £9.00
Game 3 Day £3.50 £3.50
Concessionary Game Licence
(Senior Citizens - Valid for anglers over 60 yrs)
£5.00 £5.00
Concessionary Game Licence
(Disabled Citizens - Valid for anglers in receipt of one of the following benefits; Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, War Disablement Pension and Severe Disablement Pension)
£5.00 £5.00
Game Juvenile Season (Only required from 12th to 19th Birthday) £2.00 £2.00
Foyle Endorsement £1.00 £1.00
Coarse Season £17.00 £17.00
Coarse 14 Day £9.00 £9.00
Coarse 3 Day £3.50 £3.50
Concessionary Coarse Licence
(Senior Citizens - Valid for anglers over 60 yrs)
£5.00 £5.00
Concessionary Coarse Licence
(Disabled Citizens - Valid for anglers in receipt of one of the following benefits; Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, War Disablement Pension and Severe Disablement Pension)
£5.00 £5.00
Coarse Juvenile Season (Only required from 12th to 19th Birthday) £2.00 £2.00
DCAL Angling Permit prices From 1 January 2012 (inc VAT) From 1 January 2013 (inc VAT)
General Season £69.00 £72.00
Juvenile Season (Required from 0-19th Birthday) £2.00 £2.00
14 Day General Game £16.00 £16.50
3 Day General Game £5.00 £5.50
Local Season Game £52.50 £55.00
Coarse Season (covers 2 rods) £25.50 £26.50
14 Day Coarse (2 rods) £10.00 £10.50
3 Day Coarse (2 rods) £5.00 £5.50
Concessionary Permit
(Senior Citizens - Valid for anglers over 60 yrs)
£16.00 £16.50
Concessionary Permit
(Disabled Citizens - Valid for anglers in receipt of one of the following benefits; Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, War Disablement Pension and Severe Disablement Pension)
£16.00 £16.50

Combined DCAL Rod Licence and permit From 1 January 2012 (inc VAT) From 1 January 2013 (inc VAT)
3 Day Licence/ Permit (Coarse) - 2 Rods £8.50 £9.00
14 Day Licence/ Permit (Coarse) - 2 Rods £19.00 £19.50
3 Day Licence/ Permit (Game) £8.50 £9.00
14 Day Licence/ Permit (Game) £25.00 £25.50

DCAL Replacement Permits
All season licences and permits (excluding below) £2.00
Concessionary licences and permits (Disabled Anglers / Senior Citizens)
Juvenile licences and permits
FREE

Buy a licence or permit online

Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL)

Inland Fisheries Group, Causeway Exchange, 1-7 Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7EG
Tel: +4428 91 513101
Web: www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling

The best salmon and sea trout fishing

River Bush

Bushmills, Co Antrim

The river is a spate water and the best fishing is June to October. Season:1 March–20 October. Find out more about the River Bush.

The Lower Bann

Ballymoney, Co. Derry & Coleraine, Co. Antrim

It has some excellent fly water as well as areas for spinning and bait fishing. The main run is June to September. Find out more about the River Bann.