Ireland – a land full of lakes filled with fish.
I, myself, am not a person who likes it very much to sit in a boat for hours, watching the water and trying to catch a great fish. My father, however, really enjoys it and every time we are in Ireland, he spends hours on the water.
A lot of other people travel to Ireland as well to catch some fish and quite successfully so!
Lough Neagh is the largest, lying in North Ireland and being famous for eel, which is exported to restaurants all over the world.
The second largest is in the Republic of Ireland and is called Lough Corrib. Fly fishing works well here and you can catch salmon here. It was formerly well known for trout as well, but as we heard when we were there this year most of the trout were taken out of the lake to turn it into a lake better fit for fishing salmon. Near to Lough Corrib are the cities of Cong and Clonbur where you can enjoy great food and good company.
Right next to it is Lough Mask, which is the 6th largest lake. Lough Carra flows into Lough Mask which then flows to Lough Corrib which later becomes the River Cong. The lake is known for trout fishing and the World Cup Trout Fishing Championship takes place here annually.
The third largest is Lough Derg which is a freshwater lake in the Shannon River Basin. There are more lakes on the River Shannon, such as Lough Ree and Lough Allen. One town near Lough Derg is Killalloe and there are great food options in this area. Lake brown trout can be caught here and a popular method to catch fish on Lough Derg is with Mayflies.
Athlone lies at the southern end of Lough Ree and it’s a small town with shopping centres and everything you might need. Wild trout can be caught here and numbers are growing ever since the water quality improved with the help of local people.
Lough Allen is well known for its trout, but also Pike can be caught here.
Lough Erne lies in Northern Ireland and is the fourth biggest on the island. Actually Lough Erne consists of two connected lakes. The Upper Lough and the Lower Lough. The Upper part is great for Pike fishing while the Lower part is filled with Brown Trout.
Lough Conn is full of trout and salmon and the lake right next to it, Lough Cullin is connected to the Atlantic Ocean and there is also a lot of trout and salmon.
There are a lot more lakes, some better for fishing while others are better for simply relaxing and enjoying the fresh water next to green meadows. Just think about what you want to experience in Ireland and then look for the lake where you can have the great time you’re looking forward to!
Apart from knowing what area you want to travel to, and what fish you want to catch, it’s important to keep the rules for fishing in Ireland in mind. I listed only some of them here in this entry, but will give you a link to all the rules you need to keep in mind when you intend to fish in Ireland.
In Northern Ireland
- You need a rod license and a permit to fish in freshwater lakes, the loughs and the rivers
- You can find all the important information + prices here: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/angling-licences-and-permits
In the Republic of Ireland:
- You may only catch freshwater fish by rod and line (and one person may not use more than two rods anytime)
- No live fish as bait
- If you want to fish Salmon or Sea Trout you need a State License
- No Pikes greater than 50cm may be killed, not is it allowed to kill more than one per day
- You can find all of the regulations here: http://fishinginireland.info/regulations.htm
Of course you also need a boat and fishing equipment, which you can either buy right in Ireland in one of the many stores, or at home. But whatever you buy – take your time and ask the knowledgeable staff, they will surely help you to find the perfect equipment for your needs!
Boats can either be booked in advance or right in Ireland. You’ll find a lot of options for boats along the rivers and lakes – just choose the one which appeals to you the most.