Fishing

The Boyle River and its network of lakes, in the Elphin-Carrick-on-Shannon, and Boyle area has a great diversity of coarse angling. tench to 6lbs are common in this area, and the head of roach is excellent here with mixed bags to 80lbs.

County Roscommon is surrounded by prime coarse fishing rivers and lakes. these catchments have consistently produced good bags of exceptional size fish and being sparsely populated and removed from areas of populations it boasts a clear and unspoilt environment. The following areas of the county have well developed coarse fisheries, with good access to rivers and lakes and also stiles, footbridges, and fishing stands, many of which have been erected by the Shannon regional fisheries board.

The Suck Valley to the west of the county has excellent stocks of bream to 8lbs and roach to 2lbs and don’t be surprised to find a large hungry pike snapping at your bait. the river suck flows through the heart of this beautiful countryside, linking a 30 mile stretch of west Roscommon and east Galway known as the suck river valley. for visitors young and old there is a unique opportunity to enjoy the peace of this green and pleasant valley in the company of warm and friendly people.
The enthusiastic angler can enjoy coarse, trout and pike angling at its best on the river suck, its tributaries and its many well known lakes. there are good brown trout stretches interspersed with excellent bream stretches. rudd and tench flourish at specified points while perch and pike are also in abundance.
tel: 090 66 63602 fax:090 66 63014
e-mail: info@suckvalley.com
website: www.suckvalley.com

The River Shannon with its vast inlets and back waters lies to the east. there are well developed sections of the lake in the athlone-kiltoom area where bags of bream and roach in excess of 100lbs are common.

Strokestown and Tulsk Lakelands have consistently produced specimen rudd and bream hybrids. bags of these species to 60lbs are common for a day’s fishing in this district.

The river Lung in Ballaghaderreen has a big stock of roach and large shoals of bream.

Fishing facilities have been erected on most of the lakes and natural swims are kept clear for anglers. A licence is not required for coarse fishing.

River Shannon / Lough Ree is a famous coarse angling lake, seventeen miles long and the second largest lake in the Shannon system. often described as an inland sea, the lake has numerous bays and inlets which offer the coarse angler a variety of angling . The lake is noted for its big pike. Lough Ree produces specimen bream, tench, hybrids and rudd each year. Bags of mixed coarse fish to 100lbs are common for a day’s fishing. tel. 090 66 26342 or Ireland west tourism tel. 091 563081

Strokestown & Tulsk the coarse angling paradise of the west is surrounded by 65 lakes within a seven mile radius of the town. all our lakes have an abundance of pike, perch, bream and rudd and some tench. Several lakes equipped with fishing stands. Record for irish rudd smashed 3 times in 1995. Picturesque Strokestown is a designated heritage town flanked on one side by Strokestown park house and famine museum and on the other by st. john’s genealogy centre. the villages of Rooskey and Tarmonbarry are also two noted coarse angling centers on the river Shannon with big stocks of bream, roach, rudd and hybrids in evidence. Tulsk is set in a limestone country with fertile land and many lakes. tel. 091 563081

Boyle & Carrick-on-Shannon both towns are recognised internationally as important angling centers. The Boyle river and Lough Key hold good stocks of bream, roach, perch, pike and trout. Boats available locally. Numerous lakes in the area have good fish stock and all have fishing stands. Lough Arrow, Cavetown lake and Lisdaly lake have brown trout. Contact Cavetown angling club …tel. 071 96 68037

Ballaghaderreen – the lung valley: 20 minutes from knock airport, the lung valley is an angler’s paradise with its rivers and lakes – Lough Gara, Lough Glynn, Lough Errit, Lough Urlar, Cloonaholly, Cloonaught. it is the best coarse fishing water in Ireland for bream, roach, rudd, hybrids, perch, tench, trout, eel and pike in excess of 30lbs. park with easy access, also disabled stand for physically impaired anglers. for all your fishing information and boat hire contact Ballaghaderren & district angling club.
tel. 094 98 60077/60173/60067.

Match anglers
Unabhan tourism co-operative (071 96 63033) will provide dates of the large matches e.g. upper Shannon a festival limited to 45 anglers run over one week in September with 3 days fishing. Smaller matches can also be booked Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Pike anglers
The Boyle pike angling club hold the biggest festival in Ireland over the Easter bank holiday weekend. Further information from Unabhan.

Trout angling
Trout is caught in all the local lakes, Lough Nasool (rainbows), Lough Bo (brown), Lough Doon (wild brown). Boats can be hired for most venues if required. Information Unabhan.

The Salmon angler.
The river Moy, one of the most famous salmon rivers in Europe which can be fished from many areas like Ballina, Foxford, and Ballisodare, with Lough Gill having a great run of spring salmon in January to March.

Sea fishing
the north west of Ireland offers some of the best fishing in Europe, from sea-trout fishing in Sligo bay, to fantastic beach fishing in Donegal for tope and ray, with great pier fishing for dogfish and specimen mullet at Mullaghmore harbor. Charter boat fishing for sharks and many other species. Further information Unabhan.