brown trout

Trout fishing in the Falkland Islands

Fishing is a great way to explore and enjoy the Falkland Islands.

To ensure you have an enjoyable experience, you should be familiar with what fish you can catch, where you can fish and when.

Trout Fishing Regulations

The trout fishing season runs from the 1st of September until the 30th of April.

No licence is necessary.

The daily bag limit is 6 trout per angler, except on the Murrell River, which has a daily bag limit of 3 trout.

Permission must be sought before entering private land.

Practice catch and release by using a single barbless hook.  Bring the fish quickly to the river edge and carefully remove the hook.

Do not transfer trout or their eggs between waterways.

Special legislated conditions apply to the Murrell River and some other rivers have additional limitations imposed by landowners.

Trout Fishing at the Murrell River, Stanley

Fishing is not permitted off the culverts or within 100m of the crossing on either side.
The daily bag limit is 3 trout and each trout must weigh over 1.5lb or 0.5kg
Fishing is not permitted upstream from the area known as Drunken Rock Pass.

Brown Trout/Sea Trout

Brown trout were introduced into various rivers on East and West Falklands during the 1940s to 1960s.  The trout has become well established in rivers and large specimens, up to and over 10lbs (4.5kg) are regularly caught during the season.  The best months to fish for sea trout are September/October and February/March.

Zebra Trout and Falklands Minnow

Zebra Trout
Zebra trout

The zebra trout (up to 25cm) and the Falklands minnow (up to 8cm) are native to the Falkland Islands.  The zebra trout is protected and cannot be fished.

Falklands Minnow
Falklands minnow

Mullet

Falklands mullet

This native fish, up to 80cm in length, may be fished for year round.

Biosecurity to protect Our Rivers

The Falkland Islands is free of all invasive freshwater algae and fish diseases and we want to keep it that way!  So, if you have brought fishing tackle, waders or boots into the Falkland Islands that has been used elsewhere, you must Check, Clean and Dry.

CHECK: Hopefully before you left the river or lake where you last used your fishing gear outsdie the Falklands, you checked it for contamination with debris (e.g. pieces of weed, dirt or other material).  If you find any debris when you check your gear after arrival in the Falklands, please dispose of it in a rubbish bin.  Do not wash it down the sink or wash it in a river.

CLEAN: Regardless of how clean your fishing gear looks, it should be disinfected before use in the Falklands.  There are several ways to do this including soaking or spraying all surfaces for at least one minute in 5% dishwashing detergent, 20% nappy cleaner or 2% household bleach.

DRY: The item must be completely dry to the touch, inside and out, and then left to dry for a further 48 hours before use.

Report any dead/dying/diseased fish, new/unusual freshwater fish or algal sightings in Falkland Islands waterways.  Most native algae are green or brown, slimy and easily fall apart when rubbed.

For more information, land owner details and river specific limits, please contact:

FIG Environmental Planning Department +500 28480

MP Travel: +500 76691

Falkland Islands Tourist Board: +500 22215

Further Reading

P Lapsley.  2001.  Fishing for Falklands Sea Trout. Falkland Islands Tourist Board.

RM McDowall, RM Allibone and WL Chadderton.  2005.  Falkland Islands Freshwater Fishes. Falklands Conservation.

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