Exceptions to the sea trout open seasons and methods guidance

 

The only exceptions to the sea trout open seasons and methods guidance are for the river Severn or its tributaries in Wales, where emergency bylaws are in place.

 

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Sea trout open seasons and methods

River/catchment Open season Method restrictions

Isle of Anglesey

(includes all rivers on the Isle of Anglesey)

1 May to 17 November

Fly: 1 May to 17 November

Spin: 1 May to 17 November

Permitted baits: 16 June to 7 November

Aeron 1 April to 17 October

Fly: 1 April to 17 October

Spin: 1 April to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

Afan 20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 30 September

Artro 20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

Rivers Eastern and Western Cleddau 1 April to 17 October

Fly: 1 April to 17 October

Spin: 1 April to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

Clwyd 20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 30 September

Permitted baits: 1 June to 30 September

 

Conwy

 

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 15 April to 7 October

Dee 20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 1 June to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 June to 30 September

Dwyfor 20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 15 April to 7 October

 

Dwyryd

 

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

 

Dyfi

 

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

Dysynni

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

Glaslyn

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

River Gwendraeth Fawr and Fach

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

Lleyn Peninsula

Includes rivers Erch, Rhydhir, Soch and their tributaries, and all other rivers and their tributaries that enter the sea between SH460373 and SH430525. It does not include rivers Llyfni and Dwyfor and their tributaries.

1 May to 31 October

Fly: 1 May to 31 October

Spin: 1 May to 31 October

Permitted baits: 16 June to 16 October

Loughour

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

Mawddach

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 15 April to 7 October

Neath

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 30 September

Nevern

1 April to 17 October

Fly: 1 April to 17 October

Spin: 1 April to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

Ogmore and Ewenny

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 15 April to 30 September

 

Ogwen

 

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

 

Seiont

 

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

Severn (in Wales)

18 March to 7 October

Fly: 18 March to 17 October

Spin: 18 March to 7 October

Permitted baits: 18 March to 7 October

Rheidol

1 April to 17 October

Fly: 1 April to 17 October

Spin: 1 April to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 April to 7 October

Taf

1 April to 17 October

Fly: 1 April to 17 October

Spin: 1 April to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

Taff, Ely and Rhymney

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 30 September

Tawe

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 30 September

Teifi

1 April to 17 October

Fly: 1 April to 17 October

Spin: 1 April to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

Tywi

1 April to 17 October

Fly: 1 April to 17 October

Spin: 1 April to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

Usk

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 1 June to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 June to 15 September

Wye

Including all Wye Fisheries District rivers

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 31 August

Ystwyth

1 April to 17 October

Fly: 1 April to 17 October

Spin: 1 April to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 May to 7 October

Non listed rivers in West Wales Fisheries District

1 April to 17 October

Fly: 1 April to 17 October

Spin: 1 April to 17 October

Permitted baits: 1 April to 7 October

Other rivers

20 March to 17 October

Fly: 20 March to 17 October

Spin: 20 March to 17 October

Permitted baits: 15 April to 30 October

Permitted baits

Read more about permitted baits for sea trout.

Catch and release restrictions

On all rivers, all sea trout greater than 60cm must be released with minimum injury and delay.

All sea trout must be released within minimum injury and delay before 1 May on the following rivers:

  • Afan
  • Aeron
  • Artro
  • Dysynni
  • Dyfi
  • Dwyryd
  • Eastern Cleddau
  • Ely
  • Glaslyn
  • Neath
  • Gwendraeth
  • Loughor
  • Nevern
  • Rhymney
  • Seiont
  • Taf
  • Taff
  • Tawe
  • Teifi
  • Tywi
  • Usk
  • Western Cleddau
  • Ystwyth

On the river Wye and its tributaries, all sea trout must be returned with minimum injury and minimum delay.

On the rivers Tywi, Taf, East and West Cleddau and their tributaries, sea trout caught after 7 October must be returned with minimum injury and with minimum delay.

On rivers Seiont, Ogwen, Dwyryd, Dyfi and Conwy and their tributaries, sea trout caught after 17 October must be returned with minimum injury and with minimum delay.

Hooking trout other than in mouth or throat

On all rivers, streams, drains and canals, you must immediately return to the water any trout hooked other than in the mouth or throat.

Ban on sale of rod caught sea trout

It is an offence to sell, barter or exchange for goods or services rod-caught sea trout.

Wales rod and line byelaws

Read the confirmation instrument for the Wales Rod and Line (Salmon and Sea Trout) Byelaws 2017.

Read the Wales Rod and Line (Salmon and Sea Trout) Byelaws 2017.

Read the confirmation instrument for the Cross border Dee and Wye byelaws 2017.

Read the Cross border Dee and Wye byelaws 2017.

Read the River Severn Emergency Byelaws 2021.

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