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Dartmoor Conservation Measures & Regulations

The River Dart and its tributaries are some of the wildest and most pristine environments in the UK and the Duchy of Cornwall and all those involved with managing the rivers and streams of Dartmoor appreciate your support in protecting this valuable resource for your future enjoyment.

The following measures should always be observed:
An EA licence must be obtained before fishing.

Fly only on all rivers, please use barbless or de-barbed hooks.

No dogs are allowed.

Anglers can fish until 1 hr after sunset (night fishing for sea trout only).

Please respect other anglers - a 30 minute maximum fishing period should be observed if another angler is waiting to fish the same pool.

Anglers must carry their permit with them at all times when fishing.

Catch restrictions
Salmon: With the objective of achieving a “catch and release” rate for salmon of 90%, as required by the EA: All salmon must be returned before June 16 (EA National Byelaws).

After 16 June the first salmon caught may be kept but do not keep more than two salmon in the season. Notwithstanding the above, return any hen salmon or salmon over 10lbs (approx. 30’’ long) or which is coloured or tagged. Please return all salmon in September to help preserve stocks.

Sea trout: No more than two fish may be kept per night, with all coloured fish and fish over 6lbs to be returned. It is recommended that you stop fishing if the catch limit is reached. Please return all sea trout in September to help preserve stocks.

Brown trout: Please return all trout under 12 inches. One fish over 12 inches may be kept per day.

Please also remember:
Always follow the Countryside Code and the Dartmoor National Park Authority Byelaws (www.dartmoor-npa.gov.uk). Members of the public may also have a right of access to the river bank. Please do not climb fences or walls - use gates and stiles.

Parts of Dartmoor are used for military exercise; these are shown on O.S. Explorer OL28. Full information is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dartmoor-firing-programme.

Please take great care if you need to cross or walk along roadways. Please follow the
Highway Code at all times - https://www.gov. uk/highway-code.

Take a map with you; Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 1:25,000 covers the Dartmoor fishing.

Full details for Fishing Safely and Responsibly can be found under 'regulations, information and advice'.

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