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The Galway Salmon Weir Fishery

The Corrib River or Galway Fishery starts at the defined mouth at Nimmos Pier, near the Claddagh, in Galway Bay and consists of the main river, the Galway City canals, the two outlet rivers from lough Corrib and a portion of Lough Corrib.

Spring salmon can be caught in the fishery at Galway City from the month of February and the best grilse fishing is in the months of May and June. Salmon fishing continues throughout the season from the Weir at Galway City as far as Lough Corrib.

FISHING TIMES:

From February 1st fishing will be free for regular patrons until the first salmon is caught, thereafter normal angling fees will apply.
IFI will donate the first salmon to a local charity of its choice. Normal fishing day is from 9.00am to 7.00 pm. Half days are available from 9.00am to
2.00pm or from 2.00pm to 7.00 pm.
Between June 1st to July 16th (inclusive) there will be two angling sessions per day, i.e. from 6.00am to 1.00pm and from 1.30pm to 8.30pm.

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EVENING FISHING (FLY ONLY):

Evening fishing starts on April 1st until September 30th. April 1st to July 20th -
€25 per rod. July 21st to September 30th - €20 per rod. Between June1st-July 20th inclusive fishing is from 8.30pm to 11.00pm. All other times 7.00pm to 10.00pm. A bag limit of 1 fish per angler will apply to evening fishing.

ADVANCE BOOKINGS:

Applications for rod bookings should be made before the start of the season on February 1st by mail, fax or e-mail to:

The Manager, Galway Fishery,
Nun's Island, Galway.

Tel. +353-91-562388 Fax +353-91-562930
E-mail: Seamus.Hartigan@fisheriesireland.ie

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FISHERY REGULATIONS

LICENCES:

Before an angler is permitted to fish a current State Salmon Angling Licence must be produced. Licences can be purchased from the Fishery Office.

FLY ONLY RULE

During low water conditions (at a level to be determined by the Fishery Manager) a fly only rule will apply on the Fishery.

POLAROIDS

Polaroid glasses are only permitted to be used by anglers fly-fishing on the fishery.

BAG LIMITS

There is a national bag limit of 10 fish per angler on rivers that are open for salmon angling. From the start of the season on February 1st to May 11th inclusive, a daily bag limit of 1 salmon per angler will apply, up to a maximum of 3 salmon during that period. From May 12th to August 31st a bag limit of 3 fish per day applies. During September a bag limit of 1 fish per day applies. A bag limit of 2 fish on prawn/shrimp fishing or spinning will apply from May 12th to August 31st. After the above bag limits or the quota has been reached, anglers may be permitted to fish catch & release using single barbless hooks, subject to certain restrictions depending on circumstances i.e. water temperature, height, etc. Angling methods, bag limits, catch & release policy may be revised during the season at the discretion of local management. All fish caught must be recorded, and tagged if retained, with details given to Fishery Staff. It should be noted that regulations and byelaws may be subject to change.

FOUL-HOOKED FISH

All foul-hooked fish must be returned to the river, except in the case of badly damaged or exhausted fish that cannot be successfully revived. In such situations they must be handed up to Fishery staff. Anglers failing to comply with this regulation will be banned from the Fishery.

PROTOCOL ON THE RIVER

(a)Anglers should fish the river down step by step and when at the bridge cease fishing, go upriver and start again.
(b) Fly anglers wading from the east bank have right of way while fishing down the river.
(c) Anglers must alternate in the weir pool after one hour's fishing.
N.B.: During periods of inclement weather it is advisable to contact the Fishery for information on water levels and conditions before travelling.
The Galway Fishery and IFI reserve the right to refuse access to the fishery.
The Board cannot vouch for the safe state of the fishery at any time due to changing weather and water conditions and the possible presence of hidden and unknown dangers. Anglers are warned to exercise the utmost care for their own safety and that of others using the fishery. This offer is issued on the strict understanding that the Boards duty to you* is limited to that owed to “recreational users” under the Occupiers Liability Act 1995.