Types of angling available in Connemara
Connemara is a world class destination for fresh water angling. These include: Salmon, White/Sea Trout, Brown Trout and Coarse Fishing (Pike, Roach & Perch).
Connemara is also home to some fantastic sea angling, including deep sea angling and shore angling.
Connemara is a truly world class destination for coarse fishing, particularly pike. Lough Corrib and the lakes around Moycullen have a reputation for catches of hard-fighting specimens. Roach and bream predominate on lower Lough Corrib. Bank fishing is easily available and you can readily hire a boat or launch your own. There is a one fish per day per rod rule on Lough Corrib.
Game fishing (* fly fishing only):
Wild Brown trout are native to Connemara and the Mayfly 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.
The Atlantic salmon are quite rightly Connemara’s most famous fish. The white trout have been in decline since the advent of salmon farming in the late 1980’s. All fishing for white trout is on a catch and release basis. Every year both species run rivers throughout Connemara as they return from the sea to spawn and at the same time attract anglers from all over the world. 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. The season runs from the February (dates can vary by system) until the 30th September every year and a State salmon licence 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.
Boat – Deep Sea Angling:
Connemara Wild Escapes partner’s are of the highest standards and as such your boat will be fully equipped with all the usual safety equipment such as life jackets, communications equipment and a seasoned Skipper to lead you straight to the fish. The weather in Connemara can change quickly so always keep your eye on it. If the weather gets bad or you think it is about to turn for the worst – head for shore; you can go fishing again tomorrow. Let people know when and where you are going out and when to expect you back. Then stick to the plan.
Boat – small:
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There are many slipways around the Connemara coast but the vast majority are only viable around high water. Slipways are available at Cleggan, Clifden (Boat Club permission required), Kilkieran, Killary, Rossaveal and Roundstone to mention a few.
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For those who prefer dry land the boulder strewn coastline has hundreds of islands to explore and many shallow bays carved out by the last ice age to explore. It extends from the southern shore of Killary Harbour to Rossaveel in Cashla Bay. The diverse character of the coastline has many and varied habitats for a wide range of marine species. The warming influence of the North Atlantic Drift, an off shoot of the Gulf Stream, encourages fish of southern climes, such as blue shark, to migrate along the coast in summer, usually between July and September. Read more …