Inland Fisheries

  • As the hot spell continues, Inland Fisheries Ireland is appealing to anglers and fishery managers to voluntarily cease salmon angling on catch and release rivers with immediate effect, due to high water temperatures and the current drought conditions.

    The agency is also advising, for conservation purposes, that anglers on open rivers should stop fishing once their daily bag limit is reached.

    With regard to  nets on coarse fisheries, Inland Fisheries is advising that this practice should be suspended.

    The agency says it will continue to monitor the situation, and if the current weather conditions continue, it may be necessary to introduce emergency conservation legislation.



  • Inland Fisheries Ireland is appealing to anglers and the general public to report the presence of any Pacific pink salmon in Irish rivers systems over the coming months.

    They're concerned that the presence of pink salmon in Irish rivers could negatively impact on some of Ireland's native species - such as Atlantic salmon and sea trout.


    Pink salmon were very rare in Irish waters until 2017, when the non-native species unexpectedly appeared in unprecedented numbers in multiple river systems in the west, northwest and south-west of the country.

    In the past week, pink salmon have been reported returning to rivers further south in Norway than anticipated, which increases the likelihood of their reappearance in Irish rivers this year.

    Also known as humpback salmon, pink salmon a native to rivers in the northern Pacific Ocean and nearby regions of the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean.

    Inland Fisheries Ireland says the potential presence of pink salmon in Irish rivers again is of concern to them, as its presence in large numbers may negatively impact on some of Ireland's native species - such as Atlantic salmon and sea trout - as well as other fish species and their associated ecosystems.

    Pink salmon are a blue-green colour on the back, with silver sides and a white underbelly with large black oval spots on the tail and very small scales.

    Anglers are asked to report any catches of pink salmon to Inland Fisheries 24-hour hotline number 1890 34 74 24.

    Anyone who catches a pink salmon is asked to keep the fish, and not release it back into the water - record the date and location as well as the length and weight of the fish, tag the fish and present it to Inland Fisheries Ireland - and a new tag will be issued to replace the tag used, and take a photo of the fish.

    Inland Fisheries will than arrange collection of the pink salmon for further examination, which will help establish the abundance and extent of the species in Irish waters.



  • Inland Fisheries Ireland is warning that a number of salmon are returning to Irish rivers with an unknown skin disease.

    The fish show signs of bleeding, ulceration and haemorrhaging mainly along the area on the belly and on the head and tail.

    There were reports of affected fish in at least six rivers both on the east and west coast of the country.

    All anglers are being advised not to remove any affected salmon from the water until it is clear what is causing the infection.

    Dr. Paddy Gargan, Senior Research Officer at Inland Fisheries Ireland says it’s unclear at this time what is causing these symptoms.

  • Inland Fisheries Ireland have launched a new campaign which is designed to alert anglers to the intensification of effort to detect those who either take undersize trout or more trout than the rules allow.

    “Operation Ephemera” is specifically focused on anglers fishing for trout during the annual hatch of the mayfly and takes its name from the species name for the mayfly.

    Compliance with other relevant angling regulations and rules, including relevant permit conditions which pertain on certain lakes, will also be enforced.

    Anglers found flaunting the law will receive a fixed charge penalty notice, which attracts a fine of €150 which, if remaining unpaid after 30 days, will result in prosecution.

  • The CEO and the board of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI)  are failing to do a job that they are paid for, in securing the future of the wild brown trout on lakes in south Mayo. That’s the view expressed by Ballinrobe based Fine Gael councillor, Michael Burke, at this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

    The councillor claims that wild brown trout ,that were the bedrock of fishing tourism in south Mayo over the past number of decades, are seriously declining in numbers. He believes that the management of the lakes by the IFI is at fault.

    A delegation of elected councillors have now sought a meeting with the CEO and board members of the IFI to demand that a management plan for Lough Mask and its hinterland be put in place immediately.

    Councillor Burke has been outlining his concerns to Midwest News




  • Projects in Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon have been awarded funding from Inland Fisheries Ireland to support fisheries conservation and protection initiatives, and to give the public greater access to fishing sites.

    In total, €1 million is being allocated to 25 projects in 16 counties, under the National Strategy for Angling Development.

    Angling clubs, sports clubs, community groups, tourism providers and local authorities are among those who were successful in securing funding under this scheme to improve and protect their local fisheries.

    In Mayo, funding of €22,400 has been granted to Shean Lodge Fishery for the Tarsaughan River Salmon Conservation project.

    The river is currently eroding and has become shallow and is not ideal as a salmon habitat.

    This project will assess potential works to repair the eroding river bank, to improve the habitat.

    In Roscommon, €50,000 has been allocated for Lough Ree Angling Club, to create a wheelchair accessible angling centre and provide a wheelchair-accessible boat.

    In Sligo, €33,000 has been allocated for the River Easkey Angling Club, to provide stiles and footbridges at 32 locations along the river to give greater accessibility to fishing sites.

    This is the 3rd phase of the project.

    Inland Fisheries Ireland says they look forward to working with all of the successful applicants in delivering these projects for their communities.