Salmon and Sea Trout Angling Licence for 2021 now available

Press Release

Media Release


Salmon and Sea Trout Angling Licence for 2021 now available 


Anglers are advised to purchase licences early to acquire them before Christmas

Friday, 11th of December 2020: Inland Fisheries Ireland has reopened its Salmon and Sea Trout Angling licence sales for the 2021 season.  E-licences can now be purchased online at and will be delivered along with a logbook straight to your phone or computer. Gill tags will be dispatched by post. There is no price change for salmon and sea trout angling licences this year and licence fees will remain the same across all classes including those for juvenile anglers. Anglers are legally required to be in possession of a licence and logbook when fishing for salmon or sea trout. Online licences must be printed off along with the logbook and in the possession of anglers while fishing.

For anglers who require tags on or before the 5th of January, online licences must be purchased on or before Monday, 21st of December. Alternatively, angling licences will be available to purchase in approved licence sales distributors from the end of December/ early January, the list of distributors can be found here. For those anglers who do not require tags in advance of January 5th, online licences and logbooks will be available from the online shop throughout the Christmas period.

Anglers are advised to comply with Government guidelines specific to the region in which they live and wish to travel to. IFI has published updated advice for anglers which can be found on our website. Anglers are also reminded that due to Covid 19 working arrangement for distributors and fisheries may have changed, please check before travelling.

Salmon before being released back into water

Francis O’Donnell, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “We are happy to announce the opening of 2021 licence sales for salmon and sea trout angling. We would like to use this opportunity to recognise the contribution salmon and sea trout anglers make to the sustainability of the resource by paying their licence fee and supporting the Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation, and Protection Fund as a result.”

The costs for salmon licences will remain as follows:

  • All Districts (i.e. all Regions) Annual: €100
  • Juvenile (under the age of 18 years) All Districts Annual: €10
  • One District, Annual: €56
  • All districts, 21 Days: €40
  • All districts, 1 Day: €20
  • Foyle Area Extension: €80

Funds generated from the sale of salmon angling and commercial fishing licences provide revenue for the Salmon and Sea Trout Rehabilitation, Conservation, and Protection Fund. The fund, which represents a major contribution by licence holders to wild salmon and sea trout conservation, is reinvested to promote the recovery of salmon and sea trout stocks and habitats around the country.

Inland Fisheries Ireland would like to remind all salmon and sea trout anglers to return their 2020 angling logbook and unused gill tags as soon as possible, even if there is no catch recorded. Anglers are asked to make the return via the business return envelope which was supplied at the time of license purchase.  In the absence of the prepaid logbook return envelope, anglers can return their completed logbook and unused tags to the Inland Fisheries Ireland office address on their licence/logbook.  These returns will provide vital information regarding the status and management of our wild Atlantic salmon and sea trout stocks for the future.

For more information about Inland Fisheries Ireland, visit


For media information:

Sadhbh O’Neill

Communications Assistant

Inland Fisheries Ireland


T: 01 8842632/ 087 101 9998

Notes to Editors

About Inland Fisheries Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communication (DECC) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.

Licences must be printed off along with logbook and in the possession of anglers while fishing.