Fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, help to ensure healthy and sustainable fishing on the River Roe for future generations. Size limits aim to allow fish to reach maturity and complete their breeding cycle, while bag limits help to make sure the river is not over fished.
Size limit - game fish
No salmon, brown trout or sea trout of less than 25.4cm (10 inches) may be retained!
Tagging – salmon and sea trout
Anglers must gill tag all salmon! All sea trout over 40cm (15 ¾ inches) must also be tagged. Tags are to be used immediately on landing the fish!
Bag limits – game fish
- 20th May – 31st May inclusive: bag limit of one salmon or sea trout over 40cm (15 ¾ inches) on any one day; maximum of 5 in this period.
- 1st June – 20th October: bag limit of two salmon or sea trout over 40cm (15 ¾ inches) on any one day; maximum of 20 in this period.
- 20th May – 20th October: bag limit of four sea-trout or brown trout between 25.4cm (10 inches) and 40cm (15 ¾ inches) in any one day.
Sale of rod caught fish
A person shall not sell - or offer for sale – salmon or sea trout caught by rod and line.
The use of a float is forbidden on any waters in the River Roe or its tributaries.
The use of shrimps prawns or maggots is strictly prohibited in the River Roe or its tributaries.
Live fish baits
Fish cannot be used as bait in fresh waters in the River Roe or its tributaries.
There is a prohibition of angling within 5 meters of both weirs at the Carrick flats. There is a prohibition of angling within 50 yards 48.5 meters below the weirs at Given’s and O’Cahans rock.
The maximum rod size for bait fishing on the River Roe and tributaries is 2.75 meters (9ft)
The maximum breaking strain of mono for spinning is 5.44kgs (12lb) bait fishing is 4.5kgs (10lb)
No spinning zone
There is a strict no spinning zone this is from the road Bridge at the Roe Valley Country Park and extends 280 meters upstream on both banks.