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Freshwater Fishing Licences

The Isle of Man has a variety of freshwater fishing, which includes salmon, sea trout, brown trout and rainbow trout. To fish freshwater you will need a licence.

The main rivers on the Isle of Man are the Glass, Dhoo, Neb, Silverburn, Santon and Sulby. They are regularly stocked with brown and rainbow trout from local hatcheries. All the rivers are small and long rods will have limitations. Salmon and sea trout start in late summer and can be caught on fly or spinner, many local anglers prefer worm fishing.

Permission must be sought to fish on private land, but do not be put off as there is plenty of open water with good catches to be had. Many of the best rivers flow through Manx National Glens and are accessible to visitors and locals alike.

NOTE: Preserved Waters

  • Douglas River about a quarter mile through the Nunnery.
  • River Dhoo about half a mile through Kirby Park and upwards from Braddan Bridge about half a mile.
  • River Glass, upstream from Quarterbridge to the East Baldwin river junctions.
  • Douglas and District Angling Club has its own waters on sections of the River Glass, and River Dhoo, there is a visitors membership.
  • Colby River and Kentraugh are also restricted about half a mile upwards from their mouths.

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