Most fisheries have a bag limit that reflects the angling pressure that the fishery can sustain. However, where this is not specified anglers are requested to exercise constraint. Please consider ‘catch and release’ to ensure for the future of the sport.
In order to return fish safely and to ensure minimal damage to the fish, it is important that the trout is played firmly and brought as quickly as possible to the net to avoid over tiring the fish. A suitable knotless mesh landing net should be used particularly from a boat.
Anglers should try to unhook the fish without touching them e.g. using of a ‘Ketchum’ type device.
Hands should be wetted if planning to handle the fish. When landed, the fish should be laid flat and the hooks carefully removed. If photographing fish, trout should be cradled and supported properly to avoid injury.
Upon release, the fish should be held carefully in the water to promote recovery until ready to swim away. At all times, the trout should be returned to the water within the shortest possible time.
The Loughs Agency has produced a Catch and Release Guide – visit the Loughs Agency website at www.loughs-agency.org
If you see a pollution incident or have concerns please contact Inland Fisheries Ireland. In Northern Ireland, please contact either the Loughs Agency or DCAL