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    Salmon and sea trout fishing in the East

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    River Boyne

    Towns and villages: Navan, Slane, Co. Meath & Drogheda, Co. Louth.

    The Boyne gets a small run of big salmon early in the season with grilse arriving from August. The season runs from 1st of March to September 30th. Local Angling Assosiations have permits available. Sea trout fishing is best from OLdbridge to Slane and on teh estuary. Best times for salmon are late August and September. Best times for sea trout, June to September. Catch and release only for 2020. More about the River Boyne.

    River Boyne
    The historic River Boyne at Staleen, upstream of Donore, Co. Meath

    River Fane

    Towns and villages: Blackrock, Knockbridge, Iniskeen, Dundalk, Co. Louth.

    This is a late river with salmon fishing best in September and October. Sea trout fishing is best at night from June to September. Anglers must use single or double barbless hooks. The season runs from 1st March to 12th October. Catch and release only for 2020. More about the River Fane

    Salmon fishing on the River Fane
    Salmon fishing on the River Fane

    River Dee

    Towns and villages: Co. Louth, Meath and Co. Cavan. The main towns and villages are Annagassan, Ardee, Nobber and Kilmainhamwood.

    The river Dee gets a small run of fish early in the year and a run of grilse in late summer. It also has some very good sea trout fishing. The best of the salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Dee is located at the lower end of the river below Cappogue Bridge and Ballynagassan. This stretch of river is under the control of the Dee and Glyde Development Association and comprises approximately 4½ miles of prime salmon and sea trout waters. Fishing must be consistent with the current rules and regulations as set out by the Association and with the salmon and sea trout regulations. The River Dee is a “Catch and Release” river in 2020. More about the River Dee

    Cappogue Bridge on the River Dee
    Cappogue Bridge on the River Dee

    River Glyde

    Salmon fishing on the River Glyde is best on its lower reaches from Castlebellingham downstream to the Lynns weir, just outside Annagassan. However, given the right water conditions fish can be found in numerous pools throughout the system. Meehans, Milestown and the Lynns are amongst some of the most popular fisheries. Riparian owners and a number of angling associations, some of which have day permits available, control fishing. The Dee and Glyde Fishing Development Association control waters on the River Glyde and day permits are available from a number of outlets in the area. Fishing is subject to the rules and regulations of the Club and the salmon and sea trout regulations. More about the River Glyde

    The Castletown River

    The Castletown River gets a small run of salmon and very good run of sea trout. Fishing is controlled by the Dundalk Brown Trout Angling Association. The best of the salmon and sea trout fishing is to be found downstream of Toberona bridge just out side Dundalk and there are a number of lovely pools located in this area. The best period for fishing is from July to September. Riparian owners and a number of Angling Associations, some of which have day permits available, control fishing. Fishing is subject to the rules and regulations of the club and the salmon and sea trout angling regulations which are renewed each year. More about the Castletown River

    River Liffey

    The River Liffey rises in the Wicklow Mountains 12 miles south of the city of Dublin. From its source it flows in a long crescent for over 80 miles before entering the sea at Dublin Bay.
    Salmon and sea trout fishing is available between Lucan and Islandbridge. Fishing is controlled by a number of Angling Associations and riparian owners. There is free fishing at Memorial Park above Islandbridge and on the left bank immediately upstream of Leixlip bridge to its confluence with the Rye Water. Fishing is prohibited from the Rye Water to Leixlip Dam. Islandbridge is a favourite spot for salmon fishing and in the past this area usually produced the first salmon of the season. Salmon fishing is prohibited upstream of Leixlip Dam and is allowed on a catch and release basis subject to the regulations, downstream of Leixlip Dam. More about the River Liffey

    Open, closed and catch and release fisheries

    No. 1 or Dublin District
    • Liffey – Lower (downstream of Leixlip dam)   – CATCH AND RELEASE   – 1st January onwards
    No. 17(1) or Drogheda District
    • Boyne
    No. 17(2) or Dundalk District
    • Glyde
    • Castletown
    • Fane
    • Dee  (Closed until 11th May, C&R from 12th May)
    Table 2: Fisheries open to Catch and Release only
    No. 1 or Dublin District
    • Upper Liffey** (Upstream of Leixlip Dam)*
    • Dargle*
    • Vartry*
    No. 17(2) or Dundalk District
    • Flurry*
    • Dee** (Closed until 11th May)
    Table 3: Closed fisheries
    CLOSED TO ANGLING FOR ALL SALMON AND FOR SEA TROUT OVER 40CM AND OPEN TO ANGLING FOR SEA TROUT UNDER 40CM

    Please Note: On the River Vartry in Co. Wicklow, the ‘River Vartry System (Conservation Bag Limit), Bye-law no. 952, 2017’ has been introduced.  An angler is now permitted to take one sea trout (40cms or less) per day from the river during the open season (which is 1st March – 30th September). The River Vartry is closed for fishing for salmon and sea trout over 40cms.

    Local regulations

    In the rivers, that are open (when the bag limit has been reached) or where catch and release applies or where fishing for sea trout under 40cm in a closed river;

    • There is a ban on the use of worms
    • Anglers must use single, barbless hooks
    • Fish must be returned alive to the water
    • Any fish (all species) foul hooked must be returned to the water alive

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