The rivers and loughs of Ireland are world famous for their diverse and productive fishing, providing anglers with quality atlantic salmon fishing from spring until autumn.
Spring fishing starts on some rivers from January and extends through to May on all rivers. Anglers have the best chance of taking a 'springer on the fly' from rivers in the North West and West Galway regions during the early part of the season.
During the summer months Irish rivers have substantial salmon and grilse entering the system. These productive runs start during June with late spring and then summer runs until August. This is when fisheries like the Moy in Co. Mayo and the Munster Blackwater in Co. Cork can provide spectacular sport in a natural setting. Irish grilse runs are some of the most prolific in Western Europe and offer the salmon fisherman the best chance of success.
During Autumn the main salmon return to Irish rivers with large runs of fresh salmon providing many rivers with a strong, productive finish to the season. The West and the River Moy can produce some excellent sport for the angler.
Ireland is now entering a new era of salmon conservation and management. A number of new conservation measures have been introduced in order to protect stocks of salmon and sea trout into the future. These measures include the cessation of the offshore netting for salmon and the new salmon and sea trout angling regulations.
It is anticipated that these measures will provide improved and better sport angling for salmon and sea trout in the coming years. The salmon and sea trout angling regulations are reviewed annually and are subject to change. The Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme is administered by Inland Fisheries Ireland.