Buy angling licences and permits online

Date published: 17 December 2018

If you want to go angling, you can buy a rod licence and a permit online to allow you to fish the public angling estate. You can also find somewhere to do some angling.

Licence and permit

You need a rod licence and permit to fish in freshwater lakes, loughs and rivers in Northern Ireland.

The licence is for the fishing rod and the game or coarse fish you're allowed to catch. A permit grants you the right to fish in a particular fishery.

You can buy a licence or permit online through this page:

Catch returns online

Licence holders are legally required to make a catch return, as these help to manage fish stock.

You can complete your angling catch return online

Maps of fishing waters

You can search by county to find out what angling waters are available in your local area.

You can also find out which waters have recently been stocked and what sort of fishing is allowed there.

The following pages should be useful:

Maps of fishing waters in the public angling estate are also available to view at this link:

Protecting fisheries

You can help protect fisheries by reporting illegal activity and pollution incidents. By reporting these incidents, you can help to improve and protect angling for the future.

Foyle and Carlingford

If you want to fish in the Foyle and Carlingford catchment areas, you will need to contact the Loughs Agency. They set their own licence duties for fishing in those areas. 

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