Fishing the great fisheries of Connemara, Wild Atlantic Way, West coast of Ireland

Fresh water fishing includes world renowned systems containing the king of fish, the wild Atlantic salmon and his smaller feisty travelling companion, the white (sea) trout. Superb wild Brown trout angling comes thanks to the magnificent Lough Corrib – 44, 000 acres containing a selection of coarse fishing too!

Salt water angling ala the North Atlantic Drift current of the Atlantic Ocean provides habitat, warm nutrient rich waters which surprise and thrill fisher folk from the world over.

Choose from 1 day angling packages to multiple day fishing expeditions. 

The Atlantic salmon are quite rightly Connemara’s most famous fish. The Galway Fishery at the Salmon Weir in the city as well as Erriff, Delphi, Ballynahinch, Costelloe, Screebe, Gowla and Inver systems are especially famous for their fishing. Click here for a comprehensive guide to each system. Unfortunately, the white trout have been in decline since the advent of salmon farming in the late 1980’s and is now on a catch and release basis. Every year both species run rivers & loughs throughout Connemara as they return from the sea to spawn and at the same time attract anglers from all over the world. The season mainly runs from the 11th February until the 30th September every year and a State salmon and white trout license is required by all.
There is a perception that fishing for salmon is an expensive hobby but it has to be remembered that some of the fisheries and accommodation on our books are world class. Connemara Wild Escapes offer excellent alternatives and provide a real chance of catching a salmon or white trout. BOOK NOW for your next fishing adventure!!

Wild Brown trout are native to Connemara and the Mayfly hatch on the Corrib is of world renown. Ferox trout on the Corrib are record breakers! Gillaroo offer a third variety of Corrib brown trout. No matter whether you prefer lough or river fishing, this sport is simply world class. If you want to get more remote then the Connemara Mountains hold numerous little treasures containing wily Brownies. Beware the midges; the trout pay them to keep away unprepared fisher folk! Connemara Wild Escapes can lay it on for you whatever your preferences, CONTACT US.

Quality Coarse fishing, particularly pike, perch and roach, is to be had on the large loughs Corrib and Mask and on a number of small loughs in the Moycullen area. Corrib pike can grow particularly big, bearing in mind they have sixty square miles of lake and quality brown trout to feed on, and are particularly hard fighters. Pike are caught mainly in spring and autumn, they tend to go a bit quiet during the warmer weather in summer. They spawn in March, and feed hard after this, so April-May is a good time, as is October-November. Roach are fished all year round, although easier caught from March-November, they don’t feed as much during the winter. Perch would be similar. Both are fished for in the lakes around Moycullen.

Fishing season opens 1st February and closes end of October. No license is required. Click here to book your next coarse fishing safari!

Connemara is also home to some of Ireland’s finest beaches, with wide stretches of pure white sands lapped by a turquoise ocean. Wonderful shore and boat sea fishing is available everywhere around Connemara’s magnificent coast line and islands. Connemara Wild Escapes has everything from serious giant skate and shark fishing to family fun fishing from the shoreline. Reasonably priced boat hire and charters are available and Connemara Wild Escapes will help you to reach the prime spots. Like all fishing local knowledge is the secret to success and Connemara Wild Escapes can assist with skippers and guides. BOOK NOW for  your next Connemara sea fishing safari.

For those accompanying the intrepid fisherman who doesn’t like fishing there are a range of alternative activity packages to choose from: walking, cycling, leisure and adventure. Whether you are on your own or want to organise a group get together Connemara Wild Escapes will organise it for you, phone us on 00353 95 49052 or email Package trips not for you, contact us to arrange your own bespoke activity tour –

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