Game rod licence types from DAERA

There are different types of game rod licences available but generally speaking your age or government benefits you receive will affect what you buy. The choices and prices are shown on the table below.

Game rod licence prices

All Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) game rod licences  allow the holder to fish for either game or coarse:

  • game species include brown trout, sea trout, salmon and arctic char
  • coarse species of fish  include pike, bream, roach, perch, carp, tench and rudd

The DAERA rod licences in the table below are valid for the game season (generally March to October, but varies) when fishing for game and from January to December when fishing for coarse.  

Age/anglers with disabilities Type of game rod licence  Number of rods allowed Price
Under 12 years old No licence needed Unlimited No charge
12 to 18 years old Juvenile game rod licence  One rod at any one time (either game or coarse fishing) £2.00
19 to 59 years old Season game rod licence One rod at any one time (either game or coarse fishing) £17.00
60 years and over Concessionary season game rod licence for aged 60 and over  One rod at any one time (either game or coarse fishing)* £5.00
Anglers with a disability  Concessionary season game rod licence and permit for anglers with a disability. (More below) One rod at any one time (either game or coarse fishing)* £5.00

*If you wish to use two rods then you must buy another game rod licence.  

Documents you need 

To fish legally in Northern Ireland you need:

  • a rod licence plus
  • a permit or day ticket

The permit/ day ticket  gives the angler permission to fish in the chosen water. You cannot buy a permit/ day ticket without a rod licence. 

Short term and tourist rod licences 

This rod licence is useful if you do not fish regularly or if you're a tourist.  Follow the links for information about the number of rods you're allowed, prices and more:

Concessionary season game rod licence for anglers with a disability

This rod licence is for anglers who receive one of the following allowances:

  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • War Disablement Pension
  • Severe Disablement Allowance

Anglers are only allowed one concessionary licence.  It is an offence to have more than one concessionary licence in any calendar year. 

There will no longer be a two week application period as e-records will be created automatically and you will be given a receipt or receive an email confirmation immediately.

When a concessionary season game rod licence is bought for an angler with a disability,  it must be declared that the information given is accurate.

The price of a concessionary season game permit for anglers with a disability is at the link below:

Have proof to show you're fishing legally

DAERA Fishery Protection Officers do carry out licence checks so make sure all rod licences and permits are valid.  If it is found that the information received is incorrect, DAERA  will cancel the licence and offer the holder the opportunity to buy a non concessionary rod licence/ permit. No refund will be given.  For more information visit 'Have proof to show you're fishing legally'

Buy a game rod licence and permit

Anglers can buy a game rod licence and permit online or from a distributor (like tackle shops).  Read the Conditions of Sale for fishing licences and permits before buying:

Everything you need to go fishing

 

 

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