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There is a wealth of different locations to fish, such as rivers, loughs and canals. There is also no closed coarse season, and many of the waters offer free fishing. With so many to choose from, we thought we’d share our 5 top locations.
The Lagan River is close to Belfast and offers a number of great fly fishing and spinning spots. Wild salmon and trout are the main catch here, as the river is deep and slow flowing. This River is open from March 1st to October 31st and you’ll require a licence from the DAERA.
The stunning Lough Corrib is one of the best game fisheries in the world, especially for fly fishing. There are a few different species at this 44,000 acre lake, but it’s best known for brown trout, with the season opening on February 15th and running through till the end of September. This lake also offers great Pike, Salmon and coarse fish including Bream, Roach, Perch and Rudd, to name just a few.
While you don’t need a fishing permit or licence to fish at Corrib, there are some regulations you must observe.
This is one of the best locations in Ireland for fishing mackerel, sea trout and on occasion the illusive bass from the beach. But don’t think you need to limit yourself to just these, you can charter a boat to take you out to the Atlantic to try your hand at catching skate, ray and even sharks! It’s also a beautiful historic location, with the tomb of Queen Maeve of Connacht at the top of the Knocknarea Mountain nearby.
On the Aran Islands, fishing has always been part of everyday life, with many islanders still working on fishing boats. However, there are a wide variety of beautiful casual fishing spots along the pristine beaches and rockside coastal areas - perfect for Rock Fishing. You can also go off the coast to try your hand at Deep Sea fishing, where you can take advantage of the 25 different species around the island.
We couldn’t write a blog post about fishing in Ireland without including the historical River Boyne. This ancient river is documented as far back as the 2nd Century, where the Greek geographer Ptolemy included it on his map of Ireland. It flows past the Hill of Tara, the ancient capital of the High King of Ireland. It is also where the Salmon of Knowledge, which had acquired all the knowledge in the world by eating magical hazelnuts, once lived before the Hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill caught it and ate it to gain all the knowledge in the world.
Even to this day the Boyne has a great number of Salmon, though you cannot catch and eat these, and also sea trout during the summer and early autumn months. If you want to fish for Salmon and Trout on this historic river, you’ll need a fishing license and permit, and the season runs from March 1st to September 30th.
So whether you’re on the hunt for the next Salmon of Knowledge, or just want to experience the different fishing locations this mythical isle has to offer, we are on hand to make sure you’re kitted out accordingly.