The Loughs Agency waters around Foyle and Carlingford Loughs offer the angler some superb fishing and are becoming very popular destinations for the tourist angler. There are a number of activities available throughout the region and season.
The Foyle system covers an area of approximately 1,300 square miles stretching across much of three counties. The tributaries of the Foyle rise in the Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal, the Sperrin Mountains of Tyrone and Londonderry/Derry and the wildness of Inishowen – hills that hold many of the spawning waters of Foyle salmon.
The Carlingford system covers an area of approximately 340 square miles (540 square kilometres) stretching across much of three counties. The rivers that run into Carlingford Lough rise in the Mourne Mountains of County Down, the Cooley Mountains of County Louth and Slieve Gullion in County Armagh – hills that hold many of the spawning waters of Carlingford salmon and trout.
Loughs Agency have a separate angling website which is an essential for every angler in the Foyle and Carlingford regions of Ireland. It includes information on fishing methods, licence and permit distributors, species, best times to fish as well as interactive maps of each river in the Foyle and Carlingford catchments allow the user to see where the best spots are to park to access the river and where the nearest tackle shops are. Angling club boundaries are also clearly marked with details on how to buy a day or season ticket. If there is a river gauge or camera these are also clearly marked so the angler can see what the conditions are from their smartphone, tablet of computer. Each lough that is open to the public, as well as stocked lakes, are also included with details on opening times, contact details and permissible methods.
You can now purchase your angling licence on-line. Firstly register as an angler and receive your life long angler number. Then you can proceed with purchasing a licence, request carcass tags and make your fishing effort and catch returns online.
Click on the logo above to visit the eLicence website.
These short tutorial videos will guide you through the system.
Foyle area and Carlingford area single rod licence for game fishing (Including Salmon, Sea Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Eels and Coarse Fishing).
Adult Game Season £16.00/€23.50
Adult 14 day £8.00/€11.50
Adult 3 day £3.50/€5.00
Juvenile Game Season £2.00/€3.00
Adult Game Endorsement £1.00/€1.50
Foyle area and Carlingford area licence for up to two rods coarse fishing.
Adult Coarse Season £16.00/€23.50
Juvenile Coarse Season £2.00/€3.00
Adult Coarse Endorsement £1.00/€1.50