Inland Fisheries Ireland | Updated guidelines for anglers

Inland Fisheries Ireland has updated its angling guidelines to reflect the latest Government and National Public Health Emergency Team advice.

Inland Fisheries Ireland updated guidelines

From today anglers may fish in a location less than or equal to 5km from home and a number of IFI owned/managed state fisheries are open with the exception of the Galway and Moy fisheries. ESB fisheries are now also open. The status of private and club run fisheries is a matter for the fishery manager/committee.

Information regarding the purchase of permits and salmon licences is available online at

Inland Fisheries Ireland will continue to monitor the situation and make further updates as appropriate in line the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.

Inland Fisheries updated guidelines where travel to fish is permitted: 

– Fishing is permitted within 5km of your home

– Maintain social distancing at all times, especially at car parks, access points and launch sites.

– Anglers from different households should not share transport e.g. car/van when travelling to fish.

– Limit contact with other anglers and providers.

– Permit/licence sales online where possible

– Maximum 2 persons from different households in small boat for inland/inshore fishing

– Angling businesses may only open once classified as an essential service and should only operate if they can provide online/contactless services.

– Charter fishing or guided fishing may only operate where skippers/guides can guarantee compliance with social distancing measures.

– Recommend no competition fishing

– Facilities where anglers could gather to remain closed – lunch huts, etc.

– Recommend anglers/guides/skippers to carry hand sanitiser and to use it after touching surfaces such as gates, stiles, pier railings, ladders, etc.

For more information visit the Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Inland Fisheries Ireland.


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