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    River Boyne

    Navan, Slane, Co. Meath & Drogheda, Co. Louth

    The season runs from 1st of March to September 30th. Best times are late August and September. Catch and release only for 2020. More about the River Boyne.

    River Fane

    Blackrock, Knockbridge, Iniskeen, Dundalk, Co. Louth

    Sea trout fishing is best at night from June to September. Anglers must use single barbless hooks. The season runs from 1st February to 12th October. Fane. Catch and release only for 2020

    More about the River Fane

    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

    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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