Welcome to the uFish Ireland website, where you can find all the details you need to go angling in the Foyle and Carlingford catchments.

 

 

Rod License - Conditions of Issue 2017

 

Game Licence

  1. Licence holders are required by law to tag all wild salmon caught and retained, immediately on landing the fish.  Licence holders are required by law to tag all sea trout over 40cm in length caught and retained, immediately on landing the fish.  All salmon (and all sea trout over 40cm in length) retained shall be tagged with an appropriate gill tag (blue gill tags during the period 1st March to 31st May, both dates inclusive, black gill tags from 1st June to the end of the season).  No salmon, sea trout, or brown trout of less than 25.4cm (10 Inches) may be retained.

     

  2. A bag limit of 4 brown trout, or sea trout of 40cm or less in length, or a combination of both on any one day during the period 1st March to 31st October, both dates inclusive.  These limits apply to all waters in the Foyle and Carlingford catchments, and may be subject to amendment during the season.  (See below for river specific season dates).

     

  3. It is prohibited to kill eels and coarse fish (except Pike to which a bag limit applies).

     

  4. Possession of a licence confers no right of fishing in any place whatsoever which the holder does not enjoy in Law.  The Loughs Agency reserves the right to suspend, by regulation, fishing for any period necessary for the conservation of stocks.  Anglers should ascertain whether any suspension is in force before fishing any particular river.

     

  5. PRAWN, SHRIMP and LIVE FISH are prohibited bait in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

     

  6. THE LAW REQUIRES THAT YOU SHALL FURNISH A RETURN OF CATCHES OF SALMON AND SEA TROUT to the Loughs Agency within 21 days of the end of the period to which your licence relates, along with all unused tags issued to this licence.  Catch returns should be made on-line using the on-line logbook.  If no fish are caught a Nil return should be made.

     

  7. THE LAW REQUIRES THAT YOU PRODUCE PROOF OF YOUR LICENCE ON DEMAND TO ANY FISHERY OFFICER, MEMBER OF THE POLICE AND PRIVATE RIVER WATCHERS.

     

  8. A permit may be required along with your licence to fish in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

 

Coarse Licence

A coarse licence is issued by the Foyle Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission as an authority to fish. Possession confers no right of fishing in any place whatsoever which the holder does not enjoy in Law. The holder must ensure they have the necessary permission to fish in any particular waters.

  1. Any Salmon, Sea Trout Brown Trout or Rainbow trout inadvertently caught must be returned immediately to the waters from which they were taken.

  2. IT IS PROHIBITED TO KILL EELS AND COARSE FISH (except pike). Eels and all coarse fish (except pike) caught must be carefully handled and returned alive and unharmed to the water. Anglers are requested to follow the Loughs Agency catch and release guidance.

  3. PIKE. A bag limit of 2 pike, each weighing less than 4 kilograms, on any one day. *All pike weighing 4 kilograms or more and any pike caught in excess of the bag limit must be returned immediately to the water without avoidable injury. VALID FOR 2017 SEASON *EXCEPTION FOR SPECIMEN PIKE. A bag limit of 1 specimen pike in any one day may be retained. A specimen pike in a river is 9 kilograms or more and in a lake 13.6 kilograms or more. Note that this provision allows one specimen pike to be retained in addition to the daily bag limit for the pike of 4 kilograms or less.

  4. THE LAW REQUIRES THAT YOU PRODUCE PROOF OF LICENCE ON DEMAND TO ANY FISHERY OFFICER OR TO ANY MEMBER OF THE POLICE.

  5. A permit may be required along with your licence to fish in the Foyle and Carlingford areas.

 ANGLING SEASONS FOR THE WATERS OF THE FOYLE & CARLINGFORD AREAS

The River Foyle, Lough Foyle, the River Finn its lakes and tributaries; the 1st day of March to 15th day of September, both days inclusive.

  1. All remaining rivers in the Foyle Area the 1st day April to 20th day of October, both days inclusive.

     

  2. All remaining lakes or Loughs in the Foyle Area except Binevenagh Dam; the 1st day of March to the 20th day of October, both days inclusive.  Binevenagh Dam: 1st day of February to the 31st day of December, both days inclusive.  Note: excludes private fisheries open all year round.

     

  3. Angling Clubs and Associations who have leased the fishing rights of rivers within the Foyle Area and Carlingford area may impose an opening date for angling later than 1st April. 

     

  4. All Waters in the Carlingford Area 1st day of March to 31st October.  Both days inclusive.  Note: excludes coarse fishing open all year round.

     

NOTE: 

Angling may be suspended by Regulation during the Season.

Loughs Agency may need to share a minimal amount of information to DAERA and Inland Fisheries Ireland for the purpose of licence validation when purchasing an endorsement.

 

GENERAL GUIDANCE

Bag Limits - game fish 

1st March - 31st May inclusive: bag limit of one salmon or sea trout over 40cm (15 1/2 inches) on any one day; maximum of 5 in this period.  Note: local variations to the season apply.


1st June - 31st October: bag limit of two salmon or sea trout over 40cm (151/2 inches) on any one day; maximum of 20 in this period.  Note: local variations to the season apply.

No more than 4 brown trout or sea trout of 40cm or less (or a combination of both) can be retained on any one day. 

 

CATCH AND RELEASE ADVICE

Where an angler takes any salmon, sea trout or brown trout of less than the minimum length, or in excess of the maximum numbers specified by regulation such fish shall be returned to the water without avoidable injury.

An angler should make every effort to return the fish alive to the water.  If this is unsuccessful, the fish must be tagged and the Loughs Agency informed immediately.    As soon as practicable, the fish must be surrendered to the Loughs Agency, whereupon a replacement tag will be issued.

Anglers are requested to release fish without handling or removing them from water.

Where an angler retains the daily bag limit, period bag limit, or annual bag limit, angling is permitted only with a single barbless hook with a gape of 12mm or less.  In this situation the use of earthworms, as bait, is prohibited.

Sale of Rod Caught Fish - A person shall not sell - or offer for sale - salmon or sea trout caught by rod and line.

Anglers are requested to return gently to the water any gravid hen salmon or sea trout they catch.

Float - No use of a float with bait is permitted for game fishing on any waters in the Foyle area - other than in conjunction with a single artificial fly (however, see entry below). 

Bubble - Use of a bubble and fly is not permitted on the rivers Roe and Faughan in their entirety. 

Bait - Use of shrimp or prawn is strictly prohibited in the Foyle and Carlingford areas! The use of groundbait (including sweet corn) is prohibited in the rivers Roe and Faughan in their entirety and on DAERA managed waters. 

Ground bait - Use of ground bait is permitted while angling for coarse fish in waters other than those specified above. 

Live bait - Live fish cannot be used as bait in fresh waters in the Foyle and Carlingford areas. 

Coarse fish (including eels) - It is prohibited to kill coarse fish (including eels) in the Foyle and Carlingford area waters (however, see regulation on pike, below). All such coarse fish and eels caught must be carefully handled and returned alive and unharmed to the water. 

Char - It is prohibited to kill Char in the Foyle and Carlingford area waters. 

Smelt, Shad and Lamprey - In the interests of conservation, anglers are urged to return fish of these species to the water unharmed. 

Pike - There is a bag limit of 2 pike weighing 4 kg or less, on any one day. Pike of 4kg or more must be returned unharmed to the water. There is an exception for specimen pike with a bag limit of 1 specimen pike in any one day (a specimen pike in a river is 9 kg or more; a specimen pike in a lake is 13.6 kg or more). However, anglers are encouraged to return pike to the water unharmed. These regulations may change imminently - check situation! 

Bass - The Loughs Agency plans a regulation that will introduce bag limits, size limits and close season for bass. 

Tope - The Loughs Agency plans a regulation to prohibit killing of tope. 

Weirs - There is a general prohibition of angling within 5 metres of any weir in the Foyle and Carlingford areas. This distance may be extended locally. For instance, at Sion Mills, Omagh and elsewhere - check locally! 

Rivers Foyle & Finn - For conservation reasons, the rivers Finn and Foyle have been declared catch and release - single barbless hooks must be used and all fish (trout, sea trout and salmon) must be returned to the water unharmed.

 

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