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FISHINGS

Information about fishing in the UK

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View over Loch Venachar in the Trossachs Scotland, a land of wild brown trout, salmon, sea trout and ospreys

Each Country that makes up the United Kingdom - England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales - offers first class game fishing. The main game fish species found in the UK are Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, sea run Brown Trout (known in the UK as Sea Trout), Grayling and Char. Rainbow Trout are well established in many waters, having been introduced from the USA at the end of the 19th century. In addition to the usual game fish, it has become popular to fly fish for other species including pike and various sea fish eg. Sea Bass, Pollack etc.

Licences & Permits

There is often confusion about the difference between a licence and a permit, as these are often required when fishing in the UK, it is wise to be aware of the differences and the legal requirements. Firstly, a licence is a legal requirement that may be required to fish in the Country you intend to fish in. A licence is required for fishing in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, but is not required in Scotland. A permit is the document required to fish a particular water or group of waters. In England, Northern Ireland and Wales you will normally be required to have a fishing permit in addition to the compulsory Rod Licence. In Scotland you are required only to have a fishing permit. No rod licence is required for sea fishing.

In England and Wales Rod Licences are available from any Post Office or on the internet from The Environment Agency, if you intend to fish for migratory fish (Atlantic Salmon or Sea Trout) in England or Wales, you must purchase the Migratory Fish Licence. If you are fishing for trout, grayling or any other species the Non - Migratory Trout and Coarse Fish Licence is required.

Licence Fees 2007/2008 in England and Wales

Category

Non - Migratory Trout and Coarse

Salmon and Sea Trout*

Full Season (expire on 31st March 2008)

£24.50

£66.50

Junior

£5.00

£33.25

8 Day

£8.75

£21.00

1 Day

£3.25

£7.00

* A Salmon and Sea Trout Licence also covers the Non - Migratory Trout and Coarse Licence

In Northern Ireland fish species are referred to as either game species (brown trout, sea trout, salmon, arctic char) or coarse species (pike, bream, roach, perch, carp, tench, rudd and eels). Licences and permits are also split into these categories.

The Fisheries Conservancy Board (FCB) and the Loughs Agency of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission (FCILC) are conservation bodies responsible for protecting fish stocks in Northern Ireland. Both bodies issue angling licences in their respective jurisdictions and, on payment of a supplement, licence holders are allowed to fish in the other jurisdictions. For further information>>

In Scotland no Rod Licence is required, but a Permit will be required. It is also important to know that fishing for migratory fish (salmon and sea trout) is illegal on a Sunday and this also extends to trout fishing on some river systems.

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Fishing Season in England - Rivers

River

Salmon

Sea Trout

Aln

1st February - 31 October

3 April - 31 October

Avon (South West)

15th April - 30 November

15th April - 30th September

Avon (Somerset)

16th January - 2nd October

1st May - 31 October

Axe

15th May - 31st October

15th April - 31st October

Calder

1st February - 31st October

1st April - 30th September

Camel

1st April - 15th December

1st April - 30th September

Crake

1st February - 31st October

1st April - 30th September

Coquet

1st February - 31 October

3rd April - 31st October

Dart

1st February - 30th September

15 March - 30th September

Derwent

1st February - 31 October

1st April - 30 September

Duddon

1st February - 31 October

1st April - 30 September

Eden

January 15th - 14th October

1st April - 30th September

Ehen

1st February - 31st October

1st April - 30th September

Ellen

1st February - 31 October

1st April - 30th September

Esk  (Scotland & Cumbria)

1st February - 31st October

1st April - 30th September

Esk (Yorkshire)

6th April - 31st October

6th April  - 31st October

Erne

15th March - 31st October

15th March - 30th September

Exe

14th February - 30th September

15th March - 30th September

Fal

1st April - 15th December

1st April - 30th September

Fowey

1st April - 15th December

1st April - 30th September

Frome

1st March - 31st Aug

15th April - 31st October

Irt

1st February - 31 October

1st April - 31st October

Itchen

17th January - 2 October

1st March - 31st October

Kent

1st February - 31st October

1st April - 30th September

Leven

1st February - 31st October

1st April - 30th September

Lim

1st March - 14th October

16th April - 31st October

Looe

1st April - 15th December

1st April - 30th September

Lune

1st February - 31st October

1st April - 30th September

Lyn

1st February - 31st October

15th March - 30th September

Lynher

1st March - 31st October

3rd March - 30th September

Otter

15th March - 31st October

15th April - 31st October

Piddle

1st March - 31st Aug

15th April - 31st October

Plym

1st April - 15th December

3rd March - 30th September

Ribble

1st February - 31st October

1st April - 30th September

Severn

1st February - 7th October

18th March - 7th October

Seaton

1st April - 15th December

1st April - 30th September

Sid

15th March - 31st October

15th April - 31st October

Tamar

1st March - 15th December

3rd March - 31st October

Tavy

1st March - 14th October

3rd March - 30th September

Taw

1st March - 14th October

15th March - 30th September

Tees

1st February - 31st October

3rd April - 31st October

Teign

1st February - 30th September

15th March - 30th September

Torrige

1st March - 31st October

3rd April - 31st October

Tyne

1st February - 31st October

3rd April - 31st October

Test

16th January - 2nd October

3rd April - 31st October

Usk

1st February - 31st October

1st April - 30th September

Wear

1st February - 31st October

3rd April - 30th September

Wye

1st February - 31st October

1st April - 30th September

Wyre

1st February - 31st October

1st April - 30th September

Yealm

1st April - 15th December

3rd March - 30 September

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Fishing Season in Northern Ireland - Rivers

River

Salmon

Sea Trout

Agivey

1st March - 20th October

1st March - 20th October

Bann

1st March - 20th October

1st March - 20th October

Bush

1st March - 20th October

1st March - 20th October

Melvin

1st February - 30th September

1st February - 30th September

Erne

1st March - 30th September

20th March - 17th October

Faughan

1st May - 20th October

20th May - 20th October

Fin

1st March - 15th September

1st March - 15th September

Foyle

1st March - 15th September

1st March - 15th September

Roe

1st May - 20th October

20th May - 20th October

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 Fishing Season in Wales - Rivers

River

Salmon

Sea Trout

Dee

3rd March - 17th October

1st April - 7th October

Wye Below Llanwrthwl

3rd March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Wye Above Llanwrthwl

3rd March - 25th October

20th March - 17th October

Afan

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Artro

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Clwyd

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Conwy

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Dwyryd

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Dyfi

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Dysynni

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Glaslyn

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Lyyfri

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Loughor

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Mawddach

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Neath

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Ogwen

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Seiont

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Taff

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Tawe

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Ystwyth

20th March - 17th October

20th March - 17th October

Aeron

1st April -17th October

1st April - 17th October

East & West Cleddau

1st April -17th October

1st April - 17th October

Nevern

1st April -17th October

1st April - 17th October

Rheidol

1st April -17th October

1st April - 17th October

Taf

1st April -17th October

1st April - 17th October

Teifi

1st April -17th October

1st April - 17th October

Tywi

1st April -17th October

1st April - 17th October

 

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Fishing Season in Scotland - Rivers

RIVER

Salmon & Sea Trout

RIVER

Salmon & Sea Trout

Add

16 Feb - 31 Oct

Helmsdale

11 Jan - 30 Sept

Ailort

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Hope & Polla or Strathbeg

12 Jan - 30 Sept

Aline

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Howmore

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Alness or Averon

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Inchard

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Annan

25 Feb - 5 Nov

Inner (Jura)

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Applecross

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Inver

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Arnisdale (Loch Hourn)

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Iorsa (Arran)

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Awe

11 Feb - 15 Oct

Irvine

25 Feb - 15 Nov

Ayr

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Kannaird

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Baa & Goladoir

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Kilchoan

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Badachro & Kerry (Gairloch)

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Kinloch (Kyle of Tongue)

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Balgay & Shieldaig

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Kirkaig

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Beauly

11 Feb - 15 Oct

Kishorn

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Berriedale

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Laggan & Sorn (Islay)

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Bervie

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Laxford

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Bladnoch

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Little Loch Broom

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Borgie

12 Jan - 30 Sept

Loch Duich

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Broom

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Loch Luing

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Brora

1 Feb - 15 Oct

Loch Roag

11 Feb - 16 Oct

Carradale

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Lochy

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Carron (Kyle of Sutherland)

11 Jan - 30 Sept

Lossie

11 Feb - 15 Oct

Carron (Wester Ross)

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Luce

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Cassley

11 Jan - 30 Sept

Lussa ( Mull)

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Clayburn (Isle of Harris)

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Moidart

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Clyde & Leven

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Morar

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Conon

26 Jan - 30 Sept

Mullangaren (Uist)

25 Feb - 31 Oct 

Cree

1 Mar-14 Oct

Nairn

11 Feb - 30 Sept

Creed or Stornoway & Laxay

11 Feb - 16 Oct

Naver

12 Jan - 30 Sept

Creran (Loch Creran)

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Nell, Feochan & Euchar

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Croe & Shiel

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Ness

15 Jan - 15 Oct

Dee (Aberdeenshire)

1 Feb - 30 Sept

Nith

25 Feb - 30 Nov

Dee (Kirkudbrightshire)

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Orkney Isles

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Deveron

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Ormsary, Loch Head

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Dionard or Grudie

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Oykel

11 Jan - 30 Sept

Don

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Pennygowan and Aros

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Doon

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Resort

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Drummachloy or Glenmore

16 Feb - 15 Oct

Ruel

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Dunbeath

11 Feb - 15 Oct

Sandia

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Earn

1 Feb - 31 Oct

Scaddle

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Echaig

1 May - 31 Oct

Shetland Isles  

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Eden

5 Feb - 31 Oct

Shiel (Loch)

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Esk, North

16 Feb - 31 Oct

Shin

11 Jan - 30 Sept

Esk, South

16 Feb - 31 Oct

Sligachan 

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Ewe (Harris)

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Snizort

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Findhorn

11 Feb - 5 Oct

Spey

11 Feb - 30 Sept

Fleet (Kirkcudbright)

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Stinchar

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Fleet (Sutherland)

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Sunart (Loch)

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Forss

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Tay

15 Jan - 15 Oct

Forth

1 Feb - 31 Oct

Thurso

11 Jan - 5 Oct

Fyne, Shira & Aray

16 Feb - 31 Oct

Torridon

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Garnock

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Tweed

1 Feb - 30 Nov

Girvan

25 Feb - 31 Oct

Ugie

10 Feb - 31 Oct

Glenelg

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Ullapool (Loch Broom)

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Gour

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Urr

25 Feb - 30 Nov

Greiss, Laxdale or Thunga

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Wick

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Gruinard & Little Gruinard

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Ythan 

11 Feb - 31 Oct

Halladale & Strathy

12 Jan - 30 Sept

 

     

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