Ireland is a royal country for any self-respecting fisherman! If you too want to try your hand at Irish wild salmon, here’s a quick overview of the regulations, as well as how to get an official licence. You’ll be ready to go and tease this exceptional fish!
Whatever the type of fishing, Ireland requires for most situations to have :
Licences can be withdrawn at local fishing shops, as well as at the IFI Offices (Inland Fisheries Ireland), official centres dedicated to the art of Irish fishing. They can also be purchased directly on the web at www.salmonlicences.ie. They are available at all prices, and especially for all lengths of time, whether it is for the duration of your stay or for one year!
The following is an overview of the various licences generally available for salmon fishing in Ireland. The price includes the licence and the cost of a tax stamp:
Warning: buying the licence alone will not allow you to fish legally. To be in the nails, you will have to buy an official permit in addition to the licence.
The latter can be obtained upon request on the government website: www.dcenr.gov.ie. Once you have fulfilled the terms and conditions, you can then fish for salmon in Ireland in complete peace and quiet, and hope to bring back magnificent specimens!
Irish salmon can be found in just about every good river in the country. But the fishing guides have all their favourite spots, and don’t want to share them with anyone except their clients!
Generally speaking, wild Irish salmon is a good fighter, heavy and lively, sometimes weighing up to more than 3/4 kilos. It’s best to have good equipment for the occasion: it will make the difference when you are confronted with a monster at the end of your line!
Several formulas are possible: you can try to fish it with bait as well as fly fishing. The hardest thing will be to spot the salmon: the fish likes to rest in certain corners of the river. It will be up to you to find them!
Finally, don’t miss out on the moment: fishing for salmon in the Irish wilderness is a luxury that many anglers envy you!
To fish for salmon in the lake, you will have to use the services of a boat rental company. Indeed, anglers located on the shores generally get bad results.
Remember to use up the fish when your catch is hooked: the services of a motor, or a good rower will be essential to get your precious salmon!
|East and South East||South West and Shannon||West and Galway||West – Ballina||Northwest|
River Croanshaugh / Glenmore
Ballynahinch and Lough Inagh
Costello & Fermoyle Fishery
The Delphi Fishery
Dawros and Kylemore
|River MoyLough Conn and Cullin
Carrowmore Lake and Owenmore River
Lough Gill and Bonet River
Clady and Crolly
Lackagh & Lough Beagh
Crana and Fullerton