Before you begin...
In both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, licences are required for salmon and sea trout fishing. A license is also required for trout, pike and coarse fishing in Northern Ireland – you can purchase these online. In both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, sea fishing for marine sport fish does not require a licence. On a number of trout and coarse fisheries, a local permit may also be required.
There are currently conservation laws governing salmon, sea trout, brown trout, sea bass and pike. However, new conservation measures may be implemented at any time.
For more information, you can contact the Central Fisheries Board or the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Angling in Northern Ireland websites. They can supply you with up-to-date information on all licence and permit regulations.