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Fishing Regulations
Angling - Regulations - from the Central Fisheries Board
The 2006 year saw many very important modifications in the fishing regulations, in order to protect the populations which were threatened since some time for various reasons. Here below a description of the broad outline.


GENERAL FRESHWATER BYE LAWS

  • The only legal method to catch freshwater fish is by rod and line (Bye-law No.595)
  • A person may fish with not more than two rods at any time (Bye-law No.595)
  • It is illegal to transfer live roach from one water to any other waters. (Bye-law No.561)
  • It is prohibited to kill more than 1 pike in any one day. (Bye-law No.805, 2006)
  • A person shall not take and kill by any means more than 4 coarse fish on any one day (Bye-law No.806, 2006)
  • Salmon Conservation - Bye-Law No 802: This Bye-law provides for a bag limit of 1 fish (being either a salmon or sea trout) per angler per day from 1 January to 31 May, and bag limit of 3 fish (being either salmon or sea trout) per angler per day from 1 June to the end of the fishing season, with the exception of 2006 where a bag limit of 1 fish (being either a salmon or sea trout) per angler per day applies from 1 September 2006 to 31 December 2006.


GENERAL PIKE & COARSE FISHING BYE LAWS   

In the Coarse Angling Bye-law, "coarse fish" means any fresh water fish other than pike, salmon, trout, eels or minnow.

CONSERVATION OF PIKE  BYE-LAW NO.  805, 2006

The Pike Bye-law provides for the following conservation measures: 

  • It is prohibited to kill more than 1 pike in any one day
  • It is prohibited to kill any pike greater than 50 cm in length
  • It is prohibited for any person to have in their possession more than 1 whole pike greater than 50 cm or more than 0,75 kg of pike flesh.
  • It is prohibited for a person to have in his or her possession more than 12 fish for use as bait in fishing for pike
  • Where a person has more than 4 coarse fish in his or her possession for use as bait in fishing for pike, the person, in respect of fish in excess of that number and subject to paragraph (1) above must have
  • (a) Obtained the fish from a fish tackle dealer or fish bait supplier registered with the Regional Board in whose Fisheries Region  the dealer or supplier carries on business and
  • (b) Obtained and retained a receipt of their purchase.

CONSERVATION OF AND PROHIBITION ON SALE OF COARSE FISH BYE-LAW NO.  806, 2006

The Coarse Fish Bye-law provides for the following conservation measures

  • A person shall not take and kill by any means more than 4 coarse fish on any one day.
  • A person shall not take or kill by any means any coarse fish greater than 25 cm in length measured in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail
  • Any coarse fish taken inadvertently in contravention of this Bye-law must be handled carefully and returned without avoidable injury to the waters from which they have been taken
  • It is prohibited for any person, other than in the Louth Area or Moville Area, to sell or offer for sale any coarse fish caught by any means.
  • "Louth Area" has the meaning assigned to it by section 31 of the British - Irish Agreement Act 1999 (No. 1 of 1999)
  • "Moville Area" has the meaning assigned to it by section to it by section 2 of the Foyle Fisheries Act 1952 (No.5 of 1952)
  • It is prohibited to use or attempt to use live fish as bait in fishing in fresh water
  • It is prohibited to transfer for any purpose live roach (Rutilus rutilus) from any waters to any other waters
  • It is prohibited to fish for coarse fish by any means whatsoever other than by rod and line
  • A person may not attempt to fish for coarse fish in freshwater with more than two (2) rods at any one time.


GENERAL SALMON & SEA TROUT FISHING BYE LAWS

CONSERVATION OF SALMON AND SEA TROUT BYE-LAW NO. 802, 2006

Provides for the restriction on the annual angling bag limit of 10 fish per angler for 2006;

This Bye-law provides for:

  • A total allowable catch of 10 fish (being either salmon or sea trout or any combination of both fish) in any year.
  • A bag limit of 1 fish (being either a salmon or sea trout) per angler per day from 1 January to 31 May, and
  • A bag limit of 3 fish (being either salmon or sea trout) per angler per day from 1 June to the end of the fishing season, with the exception of 2006 where a bag limit of 1 fish (being either a salmon or sea trout) per angler per day applies from 1 September 2006 to 31 December 2006.
  • 1 per day from the 1st September(in Lismore, Cork, Kerry, Ballinakill, Connemara, Bangor, Ballina, Letterkenny and Ballyshannon Districts) subject to the maximum annual bag limit of ten fish.
  • Mandatory catch and release will operate in 8 fishery districts in September (Dundalk, Drogheda, Dublin, Wexford, Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Sligo Districts).
  • In those eight districts where mandatory catch and release will operate in September BYE-LAW NO. 803, 2006 there is a ban on the use of worms and anglers must use single, barbless hooks.

GENERAL SALMON ANGLING REGULATIONS

  • A State Licence is required to fish for salmon and sea trout, but does not entitle you to fish. Permits or permission from fisheries owners must be obtained.
  • All salmon (and sea trout over 40cm) kept must be tagged, and the logbook filled out accordingly.
  • The salmon and sea trout season opens on January 1st in some fisheries. Most fisheries open at a later date (various dates up to the March 20th). Most fisheries close on September 30th with some exceptions which close on various dates between September 15th and October 12th.
  • It is prohibited to keep or kill any sea trout in Connemara or the Ballinakill district.
  • It is prohibited sell rod caught salmon or sea trout over 40cm between January 1st and October 31st

BROWN TROUT 
 

Most brown trout fisheries open between February 15th and March 1st. Most close on September 30th with some exceptions which close on various dates between September 15th and October 12th. Clubs may have their own regulations on opening and closing dates.

CONSERVATION OF TROUT BYE-LAW NO. 817, 2007

This Bye-law provides for:

It is prohibited to take and kill by any means or have possession of any fish of the trout kind which is

- less than 25 centimetres in length measured in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail in the waters of the tributaries of Lough Derg, or the River Inny between Lough Sheelin and Lough Derravaragh, and between  Lough Derravaragh and Lough Ree,

- less than 30 centimetres in length measured in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail in the waters of Loughs Sheelin, Derravaragh, Ennel and Owel, or

- less than 35 centimetres in length measured in a straight line from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail in the waters of Lough Derg south or downstream of the bridge at Portumna in the county of Galway.

Notwithstanding anything contained in any bye-law fixing the annual close season, angling for trout with rod and line is prohibited in Lough Derg south or downstream of the bridge at Portumna in the county of Galway during the period 1 October each year and ending on 14 March in the next following year.

For more information, have a look at the Shannon Fisheries Board web site.


Remember to always think
"Catch & Release".... the fish must return in the lakes in good conditions !!!

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