Legal requirement for rod licences
In order to clarify the legal requirements for angling in Northern Ireland the Department is currently writing to private fishery owners in the region. Subsequent to this correspondence fishery protection officers will be inspecting fisheries throughout the region to enforce these requirements.
Please be advised that a rod licence is required by law for angling by anyone over 12 years in the area covered by the Department and for all ages in the area covered by the Loughs Agency.
Only one concessionary licence (Juvenile, Senior Citizen or Disabled) can be issued to any individual, a second licence must be purchased at the full price.This includes all “Put and Take” Fisheries.
Game and coarse licences
Licences are split into categories (game or coarse). Game species include brown trout, sea trout, salmon, and arctic char. Coarse species include pike, bream, roach, perch, carp, tench and rudd.
Game angling licences
A game licence is required by law for each game fishing rod used by anyone over 12 years of age in the Departments area and for all ages in the FCILC area. A licence is required by law for using a fishing rod when angling for freshwater fish. There is no requirement to have a licence for sea angling, except when fishing for salmon or sea trout.
The Department game licence entitles the holder to fish for either game or coarse, but with only one rod at any one time. A separate game licence is required for a second and subsequent rod being used for game or coarse.
Coarse angling licences
A coarse licence is required by law for coarse fishing for anyone over 12 years of age in the Departments area and for all ages in the FCILC area. Licences are issued by either the Department or the FCILC depending on which area you are fishing in.
The Department coarse rod licence entitles the holder to use two coarse rods. A separate coarse licence is required for a third and subsequent coarse rod being used.
For more information on licences and permits, visit the following page on nidirect:
For details on FCILC Game licences, visit the Loughs Agency website.
Buy licences and permits
To purchase licences and permits, visit the following page on nidirect:
Please note an endorsement payment may be made for either a DCAL or FCILC License to cover both geographical areas.
For further information please contact Inland Fisheries.