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Salmon Angling Regulations 2016

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 anything contained in any Bye-law, it is prohibited for an person to use, or attempt to use, worms as bait or to use, or attempt to use any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, in angling for any kind of fish in the waters of a river mentioned in column (2) of the Schedule opposite the mention of a fishery district in column (1) of that Schedule. Angling Bye-law No 930, 2014 is now revoked See full details of new Bye-law on link:   ANGLING BYE-LAW NO. 936, 2015 (114 KB)

Copies of relevant bye laws mentioned in this document are available online at http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Salmon-Regulations/salmon-regulations.html

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.

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):

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

  • The Regulations on the River Avoca prohibit the taking of any sea trout (under 40cm) as well as prohibiting the use of worms as bait and any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks in angling for sea trout (under 40cm)

    (Bye-law no. 890, 2011)


  • The River Tor and its tributaries are closed for angling for all species of fish

    (Bye-law no. 311, 2011)


  • The Regulations on the River Slaney provide for catch and release from 17th March to 16th Sept. Anglers may only use single barbless hooks with artificial fly only upstream of the Railway Bridge, Enniscorthy and prohibits the use of worms, downstream of the Railway Bridge, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

    (Bye-law no. 923, 2014)


  • The Regulations on the River Suir prohibit 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 (Bye-law No 938, 2015)

  • 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:

    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 2016) 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:

    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:

    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 annually. 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 C3)
    • Owenacurra
    • Glengarriff
    • Argideen

    No. 7 or Kerry District

    • Roughty (brown tag required - C4)
    • Sneem
    • Watervillle/Cummeragh/Currane
    • Inny
    • Caragh
    • Laune including Cottoners
    • Maine
    • Owenmore R
    • Sheen
    • Ferta

    No. 8 or Limerick District

    • Feale including Galey and Brick (brown tag required - code B3)

    No. 9(1) or Galway District

    • Corrib

    No. 9(2) or Connemara District

    • Ballynahinch (Owenmore)
    • Cashla
    • Screebe (brown tag required – code Z3)

    No. 10(1) or Ballinakill District

    • Owenglin (Clifden)
    • Bundorragha (Delphi)
    • Erriff
    • Culfin
    • Dawros
    • Bunowen
    • Owenwee (Belcare (brown tag required – code X3)

    No. 10(2) or Bangor District

    • Owenduff
    • Newport River, Lough Beltra and
      the Crumpaun River
    • Glenamoy (brown tag - code H3)
    • Carrowmore Lake (brown tag required - code A3)

    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

    • Drowes
    • Glen

    No. 14 or Letterkenny District

    • Owenea and Owentocker
    • Gweebarra
    • Clady
    • Gweedore (Crolly R)

    No. 17(2) or Dundalk District

    • Glyde (brown tag required – code F3)

    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*
    • Clonee
    • Croanshagh

    No. 8 or Limerick District

    • Mulkear

    No. 10(1) or Ballinakill District

    • Carrownisky*

    No.10(2) or Bangor District

    • Shramore (Burrishoole)*
    • Owenmore

    No. 11 or Ballina District

    • Cloonaghmore, Palmerstown

    No. 13 or Ballyshannon District

    • Bungosteen*
    • Oily*
    • Eany
    • Eske
    • Duff
    • Owenwee (Yellow)

    No. 14 or Letterkenny District

    • Lackagh*
    • Leannan
    • Tullaghobegley
    • Crana

    No. 17(1) or Drogheda District

    • Boyne**

    No. 17(2) or Dundalk District

    • Castletown*
    • Fane
    • 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, check with IFI Limerick.

    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
    • Milltown

    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, check with Inland Fisheries Ireland - Limerick.
    • Owengarney
    • Skivileen

    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*

    No. 12 Sligo District

    • Grange

    No. 13 or Ballyshannon District

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

    No. 14 or Letterkenny District

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

    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 2016 salmon angling regulations.

    Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (Closed Rivers) Bye-law No. C.S. 320, 2015
    This Bye-law prohibits 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. The Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Closed Rivers) Bye-law No. C.S. 318, 2014 is revoked.

    Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Closed Rivers) Bye-Law No. C.S. 320 of 2015.pdf

    Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (Bag Limits) Bye-law No. 934, 2015 This Bye-law 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 numbers of fish have been caught in the specified periods. The Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Bag Limits) Bye-law No. 928, 2014 is revoked.

    Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Bag Limits) Bye-Law No. 934 of 2015.pdf

    Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (Catch and Release) Bye-law No. 935, 2015 This Bye-law provides for catch and release in respect of salmon and sea trout (over 40 cm) in rivers that meet at least 65% of their Conservation Limit as stated 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. The Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Catch and Release) Bye-law No. 929, 2014 is revoked.

    Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Catch & Release) Bye-Law No. 935 of 2015.pdf

    Angling Byelaw 936, 2015 This Bye-law prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, 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. 930, 2014.

    Angling Bye-Law No. 936 of 2015.pdf

    Conservation of Sea Trout Bye-Law No. 937, 2015 This Bye-law provides for a daily bag limit of 3 sea trout (less than 40cm 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.

    Conservation of Sea Trout Bye-Law No. 937 of 2015.pdf

    Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Suir) Bye-law No. 938, 2015. 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 September 2016.

    Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Suir) Bye-Law No. 938 of 2015.pdf

    Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Shannon) (Catch and Release) Bye-law No. 939, 2015 Notwithstanding Article 3 of the Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Closed Rivers) Bye-Law No. C.S. 320, 2015 fixing the annual close season, this Bye-law permits a person, from 1 March to 30 September during the year 2016, to take by rod and line any salmon or sea trout from the waters of the Lower Shannon in the Limerick or No. 8 District from O'Brien's Bridge, downstream on the downstream face of the bridge, to Thomond Bridge, in the city of Limerick, by catch and release. This Bye-law also prohibits the use of worms, as bait or any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks.

    Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Shannon) (Catch & Release) Bye-Law No. 939 of 2015.pdf