CATCH AND RELEASE REGULATIONS AND CODE 2019.
New Legal Requirements:- Government regulations introduced in 2015 mean that All salmon must be returned to the water between 15 January and 31 March. This is a legal requirement even if a fish is dead. Failure to do so may result in a criminal conviction. Board recommendations :- Salmon :-1st April to 31 May, All fish are to be released. Anglers should not fish with worms from 15 Jan to 31 May.
From 1 June to end of season :- All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 10lb should be released. All coloured and gravid fish should be released. Anglers should only retain the very occasional clean cock fish during this whole period, where posible less than 10lbs. Anglers should not fish with worms in September or October. Sea Trout. All sea trout should be released throughout the entire season. PDAA recommend 100% C&R for 2019, until stocks of salmon improve.