Angling Regulations

Management of the Wild Salmon Fishery 2017

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. See full details of new Bye-law on link: Angling Bye law No 943 2016

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):

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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 2017) 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 (including kelts and baggots).
  • 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 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 - M3)
  • Glengarriff
  • Argideen

No. 7 or Kerry District

  • Roughty (Brown tag - L3)
  • Sheen
  • Sneem
  • Watervillle/Cummeragh/Currane
  • Inny (Brown tag O3)
  • Caragh
  • Laune including Cottoners
  • Maine
  • Owenmore R
  • Ferta
  • Croanshagh

No. 8 or Limerick District

  • Feale including Galey and Brick (Brown tag - F3)

No. 9(1) or Galway District

  • Corrib

No. 9(2) or Connemara District

  • Ballynahinch (Owenmore)
  • Cashla

No. 10(1) or Ballinakill District

  • Owenglin (Clifden)
  • Bundorragha (Delphi) (Brown tag K3)
  • Erriff (Brown tag - K3)
  • Culfin
  • Dawros
  • Bunowen

No. 10(2) or Bangor District

  • Owenduff
  • Newport River, Lough Beltra and
    the Crumpaun River
  • Carrowmore Lake (Brown tag - D3)

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

No. 14 or Letterkenny District

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

No. 17(2) or Dundalk District

  • Glyde (Brown tag - G3)

Catch and Release Rivers

Table 2: Fisheries open to Catch and Release only

Fishery District

River

No1 or Dublin District

  • Lower Liffey (downstream of Leixlip Dam)**
   

No. 3 or Waterford District

  • Barrow and Pollmounty
  • Nore
  • 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*
  • Cloonee*

No. 8 or Limerick District

  • Mulkear*

No. 9(2) or Connemara District

  • Screebe*

No. 10(1) or Ballinakill District

  • Carrownisky*
  • Owenwee*

No.10(2) or Bangor District

  • Glenamoy*
  • Owenmore*
   

No. 13 or Ballyshannon District

  • Bungosteen*
  • Oily*
  • Eany*
  • Glen*
  • Duff*

No. 14 or Letterkenny District

  • Lackagh*
  • Leannan*
  • 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

 

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*
  • Slaney*

No. 3 or Waterford District

  • Owenduff*
  • Mahon *
  • Tay *
  • Colligan*
  • Corrock*

No. 4 or Lismore District

  • Lickey*
  • Tourig*
  • Womanagh *

No. 5 or Cork District

  • Upper Lee
  • Owenacurra*

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)
    NOTE - The local byelaw for catch and release salmon angling on the Lower Shannon section from O’Briens Bridge to Thomond Bridge in the City of Limerick was not renewed for the 2017 season.
  • 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*
  • Shramore*

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
  • Eske*
  • Owenwee (Yellow)*

No. 14 or Letterkenny District

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

Statutory Instruments

Statutory Instruments

 2016

  • S.I. No.  636 of 2016 Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2016
    This Statutory Instrument provides for the quotas of fish that can be harvested by commercial fishing engines and rod and line from those rivers identified in Schedule 2 of the regulation and also provides for the use of brown tags in specified rivers identified in Schedule 4 of the regulation.
    Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (Amendment) Regulations S I of 636

2015

  • Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015 for the 2016 season.  This Statutory Instrument provides for the quotas of fish that can be harvested by commercial fishing engines and rod and line from those rivers identified in Schedule 2 of the Regulation and also provides for the use of brown tags in specified rivers identified in Schedule 4 of the Regulation.
    iconWild Salmon & Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (Amendment) Regulations S.I. No. 581 of 2015.pdf

 2014

2013

  • Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations, SI No. 573 of 2013 for the 2014 season provide for, among other things, the total allowable catch of fish that can be harvested by commercial fishing engines and rod and line from identified rivers. 
    iconWildSalmonandSeaTroutTaggingSchemeRegulations2013.pdf

2012

2011

  • icon Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (No. 2) Regulations 2011 (120.46 kB)
    (SI No. 705 of 2011) These regulations provide for, among other things, the quotas of fish that can be harvested by commercial fishing engines and rod and line from those rivers identified in Schedule 2. The Regulations also provide for the use of brown tags in specified rivers which are identified in Schedule 4.
  • icon Inland Fisheries (Fixed Charge Notice) (No. 2) Regulations 2011 (18.87 kB)
    (SI No. 705 of 2011) These regulations provide for, among other things, the quotas of fish that can be harvested by commercial fishing engines and rod and line from those rivers identified in Schedule 2. The Regulations also provide for the use of brown tags in specified rivers which are identified in Schedule 4.
  • icon Special Tidal Waters (Special Local Licences) (Alteration of Duties) Order 2011 (109.95 kB)
    (SI No. 614 of 2011) This Order prescribes the licence fees to be payable from 1 January 2012 in respect of special local salmon fishing licences, including a salmon conservation levy equivalent to 50% of the licence fee. The proceeds of this levy will be invested in wild salmon management initiatives designed to rehabilitate wild salmon stocks and habitats.
  • icon Salmon Rod Ordinary Licences (Alteration of Licence Duties) Order 2011 (110 kB)
    (SI No. 613 of 2011) This Order prescribes the licence fees payable from 1 January 2012 in respect of salmon rod ordinary fishing licences and the Foyle Area extension licence including a salmon conservation levy equivalent to 50% of the licence fee. The proceeds of this levy will be invested in wild salmon management initiatives designed to rehabilitate wild salmon stocks and habitats.

Bye laws

Bye Laws

2017 Season

Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (Closed Rivers) Bye-law No. C.S. 321, 2016

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. 320, 2015 is revoked.

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Closed Rivers) Bye law No C S 321, 2016

Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (Bag Limits) Bye-law No. 944, 2016

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. 934, 2015 is revoked.

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Bag Limits) Bye law No 944, 2016

Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (Catch and Release) Bye-law No. 945, 2016

This bye-law provides 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 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. 935, 2015 is revoked.

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Catch and Release) Bye law No 945, 2016

Angling Byelaw 943, 2016

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. 936, 2015.

Angling Bye law No 943 2016

Conservation of Sea Trout Bye-Law No. 946, 2016

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. The Conservation of Sea Trout Bye-Law No. 937, 2015 is revoked.

Conservation of Sea Trout Bye law No 946, 2016

2016 season

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.

iconConservation 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.

iconConservation 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.

iconConservation 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.

iconAngling 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.

iconConservation 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.

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

 

2015 season

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Closed Rivers) Bye-law No. C.S. 318 2014.  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.

iconConservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (Closed Rivers) Bye-law No. C.S. 318 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.

iconConservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Suir) Bye-law No. 932 2014.pdf

 

Conservation of Sea Trout Bye-law No. 931 2014. 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.

iconConservation of Sea Trout Bye-law No. 931 2014.pdf

 

Angling Bye-law No. 930,2014 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. 913, 2013.

iconAngling Bye-law. 930,2014.pdf

 

Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (catch and release) Bye-law No. 929, 2014  This  Bye-lawprovides 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.Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (catch and release) Bye-law No. 929, 2014 provides 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.

iconConservation of Salmon and Sea trout (catch and release) Bye-law No. 929, 2014.pdf

 

Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (bag limits) Bye-law No. 928, 2014 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 number of fish have been caught in the specified periods.

iconConservation of Salmon and Sea trout (bag limits) Bye-law No. 928, 2014.pdf

2014 season

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.
iconConservation 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.
iconConservation 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.
iconConservation 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).

iconConservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Slaney) Bye-law No.923, 2014..pdf

Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout (River Suir) Bye-Law No.922, 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 31 March to 30 Sept, 2014. 

iconBye law No 922 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.

iconBye 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.

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Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout river Shannon Bye-Law No.918, 2014 provides 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.

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Conservation of Salmon and Sea Trout Newport River Bye-Law No.917, 2014 provides 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.

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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 (112.43 kB)
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Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (catch and release) Bye-Law No.914, 2013 provides 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 (106.71 kB)
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Conservation of Salmon and Sea trout (closed rivers) Bye-Law No. C.S. 316, 2013 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.

Bye-law No C.S. 316 2013 (147.56 kB)
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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 (143.65 kB)
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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 (82.86 kB)
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