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Get hooked during National Fishing week

Monday, 21 July 2008

The Department of Culture Arts and Leisure is encouraging people to give angling a go now that National Fishing Week is here.

As a sport or recreational activity angling can help people relax and enjoy themselves away from the madding crowd. It offers real benefits to health and well being. Although angling is historically perceived as a male activity, more and more women are putting up the ‘Gone Fishin’ sign and getting out in the fresh air. It’s also a great pastime for young people and senior citizens, helping to break boredom and keeping them amused for hours.

Northern Ireland is lucky to have a tremendous number and variety of places to fish, including excellent salmon and sea trout angling. Wild brown trout can be caught in Lough Erne and in our wild mountain loughs and superb rivers. There are also many specialist fisheries for pike, perch, tench and rudd. Competition and leisure anglers may prefer the world-class fishing for bream and roach where bags up to 60 kg are regularly taken.

Angling is not expensive and getting there is simple. Most fisheries are within a two hour drive from anywhere in Northern Ireland. The Department has published a guide called Public Angling Estate of Fisheries and it is available to tourists and local anglers on payment of a small permit fee. The DCAL angling websitelink to external website provides detailed information on over 60 fisheries from the Estate. Disabled angling facilities are available at many fisheries.

Rod licences and most types of Department permits may be obtained from appointed distributors throughout Northern Ireland and the names and addresses of local distributors are available on the DCAL angling websitelink to external website  or by contacting the Inland Fisheries Branch, Telephone: 028 9025 8863 or by e-mail to

Notes to Editors:

National Fishing Week runs from 19 July to 22 July 2008.

The permit and licence charges for 2008 were announced in December last year with no increase to concessionary permits for senior citizens and disabled anglers.  

DCAL Angling Permit PricesFrom 1 January 2008 (inc vat)
General Season£62.00
Juvenile Season (18yrs and under) £2.00
14 Day General Game £15.00
3 Day General Game £5.00
Local Season Game £46.50
Coarse Season (covers 2 rods) £23.00
14 Day Coarse (2 Rods) £9.00
3 Day Coarse (2 Rods) £4.50
Concessionary Permit
(*Senior Citizens - Valid for Men and Women over 60 yrs - ID confirming age must be produced).
Concessionary Permit
(*Disabled Citizens - Valid for Men and Women in possession of valid UK National Insurance Number).

Further information on angling permits and permit outlets visit the DCAL angling websitelink to external website

Media enquiries should be addressed to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Press Office Tel (028) 9025 8901 or email

Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.