Online draw for ‘Brown Tags’ on Lower River Lee in Cork

Salmon anglers are advised that from 1st February 2024 to midnight of 30th September 2024, Brown Tag regulations will be in force on the Lower River Lee. 

218 Brown Tags are available for the season and distribution of these brown tags will be by four electronic lotteries throughout the 2024 angling season. 

The Wild Salmon and Seatrout Tagging Scheme Regulations permit a maximum of 25% of the available tags to be issued at one time. The first draw saw 55 tags distributed on 26th January 2024. The second issue of 55 brown tags were selected through the online lottery on April 4th 2024. 

The third draw opens at 0900 on 05 May. Any angler requesting a brown tag must be in possession of a valid 2024 Salmon Licence and must apply  by midnight on 26 May 2024.  

Anglers must provide their Name, Contact Address, Telephone Number and 2024 Salmon Licence number. This is the only method to apply for a brown tag.  Anglers may only fish one brown tag over the full season. Multiple applications will disqualify. Salmon Licences are available online at: 

Salmon anglers not in possession of a Brown Tag must fish using Catch and Release methods i.e., single or double barbless hooks. Use of worms is not permitted. A Salmon cannot be taken unless the angler is in possession of a Brown Tag. If a Salmon is taken both a Blue and Brown Tag must be affixed to the fish. Failure to do so may result in penalties.  Catch details must be recorded on the Anglers Logbook promptly. 

10 reserve licence numbers will be drawn in case the initial offer of a brown tag is not taken up. Tags will be issued to successful applicants by post. Late or early applications will be instantly excluded.