A number of rivers in the North West will open for Salmon Angling in 2023.
Three rivers in Sligo and nine rivers in the Ballyshannon area have been included in a list of 81 rivers which will be available for salmon and sea trout fishing next year.
The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has approved legislation that will govern the wild salmon and sea trout fisheries in 2023.
These will come into effect from Sunday, 1st January.
In the Sligo District, a section of the Garavogue River is included as are the Ballisodare River and the River Easkey.
While in the Ballyshannon District, angling will be allowed in the rivers Abbey, Ballintra (Murvagh) – (downstream of junction of Ballintra and Bridgetown Rivers), Laghey Stream, Bungosteen, Oily, Eske, Eany, Duff and Glen.
Nationally, 48 of the rivers will be fully open, with a further 33 open to ‘catch and release’ angling.
The general improvements in stocks from 2022 have been maintained for 2023.
However, Minister Ryan says that collective effort and persistence are required to see the state of all individual river stocks improve over time.