RECREATIONAL angling on the River Suir is set for a change as a bye-law sought and now welcomed by a majority of anglers has been signed into law.
As and from April 12th, 2103, when fishing for salmon and sea trout (over 40cm) on the River Suir, it is prohibited to use worms, prawn, shrimp or any other crustacean or artificial forms thereof as bait and any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks up to and including May 11th, 2013.
From May 12th to September 30th the bye-law provides for a bag limit of 5 fish for the season subject to a daily bag limit of 1 fish. Anglers must use a single barbless hook once their daily or season bag limit has been reached. The prohibition on the use of worms, prawn, shrimp or any other crustacean or artificial forms thereof as bait continues until the season ends. Inland Fisheries Ireland would like to point out that this bye-law is applicable to the 2013 season only. Angling for Salmon on the River Suir attracts many visiting anglers annually. It is hoped that this measure will ensure even better angling for the many local and visiting anglers that come to fish the Suir, which already this year has been rated the ‘best brown trout river in Europe’.
Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body whose principal function is the “protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource.”