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The Irish Fisheries Regulations

A fishing catch - eAlisa

It’s well known: Ireland is a fisherman’s paradise! Whether you are fishing for trout, salmon or pike, not to mention the countless species at sea, here is a brief overview of the legislation in force in Ireland with regard to your rights and duties in terms of fishing.

What the legislation says

Strict but permissive regulations

Fishing in Ireland is more than just taking your fishing rod, lures and lures and going on an adventure to any spot that might interest you. Although it is tempting, it is important to know that the country is very concerned about the preservation of its waters and the species that live there and it is very much in favour of fishing.

Ireland also has a precise list of authorised and prohibited places for fishing, species, etc.

In addition, depending on the type of fishing, the regulations may or may not require the presentation of a permit and a licence authorising you to fish. We therefore advise you to always contact your local tourist office before you go fishing to ensure that you are authorised to fish there. Please note that these authorisations may vary according to the season.

For further information, contact the Central Fisheries Office and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

Here’s what you need to know:

Fishing licence required Fishing license not required
  • Salmon fishing
  • Sea trout fishing
  • Trout fishing (only in Northern Ireland)
  • Pike fishing (only in Northern Ireland)
  • Whitefish and carnivore fishing (only in Northern Ireland)
  • Sea sport fishing
  • Trout fishing (only in the Republic of Ireland)
  • Pike fishing (only in the Republic of Ireland)
  • Whitefish and predator fishing (only in the Republic of Ireland)



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