National game fishing byelaws
Find out about restrictions on salmon fishing and national trout fishing close seasons.
- Laws to protect salmon and sea trout
You must return any salmon caught before 16 June and can not sell rod-caught salmon or sea trout at any time of the year. Find out more..
- New laws to protect shad and grayling
We have introduced new byelaws to protect grayling fisheries and threatened stocks of shad. Find out more..
- Brown and rainbow trout close seasons
There is no close season from brown trout fishing on enclosed stillwaters or for rainbow trout on any stillwater. Find out more..
- Salmon and sea trout catch returns
Salmon and sea trout anglers must submit a catch return by 31 December of each year. This information is critical to the international effort to manage stocks. Find out more..
- Gaffs and tailers
You can no longer use a gaff or tailer to land your catch.
- Lead weights
Most lead weights are prohibited. Find out which you can and can not use.
- Baits and live-baits
Some baits are prohibited. Live-baits can only be used where they are caught. Find out more..
- How many rods you can use
Your licence allows you to use two rods for coarse fish and eel. A second licence allows you to use another two.
- Unattended rods
You must not leave your fishing rod(s) unattended. Find out more..