Angling in Sligo
Angling in Sligo

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With Sligo located beside, rivers, lakes and sea, anglers will be spoiled for choice. The open season for salmon and seatrout is from 1 January to 30 September; for brown trout, from1 March to 30 September. Lough Gill is a large lough, nearly 6.5 miles long from east to west and 2.5 miles wide at its widest point. It lies about 3 miles east of Sligo and the R286 Dromahair-Sligo road runs close by the shore on the northern end and the R287 on the southern side. There is public access and parking at Innisfree, Sriff Bay, Aughamore and Hazelwood Bay. This lough holds brown trout and salmon. It gets a run of spring salmon and anglers are out from opening day. Most of the fishing is done by trolling. February and March are regarded as good months and so also is May, but after that the salmon fishing is over for the season. Lough Gill also holds a stock of good brown trout averaging 1lb. They tend to be dour and slow to take and anglers concentrate a lot of their trout fishing efforts on the mayfly season from mid-May to mid-June when the trout fishing can be good.

Sea Angling

Sligo’s coastline stretching from Mullaghmore to Easky gives every conceivable variety of ground, from superb strands, through broad estuaries to rocky shores with off shore reefs. And that’s just the mainland. Islands abound and beyond them the deeper waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Deep Sea Angling

Fully equipped licensed boats for deep sea fishing are available around the coast where experienced local skippers will guide you. Bottom fishing is available all year round for a great variety of species. There are several reefs with abundant pollack and wrasse.

Lough Talt

Lough Talt is a very picturesque lake of about 200 acres located in the foothills of the Ox mountains.The R294 Ballina – Tubbercurry road runs right along the northeast shoreline, making it easily accessible. It can be fished from the shore, which is solid and accessible. The trout here range from ¼ – ¾ lbs with the occasional pounder. They are free rising and numerous, making it an ideal location for the young or inexperienced angler.

Glencar Lake and Drumcliff River

This lovely lough, south-east of Benbulben, is approximately 2 miles long by 0.5 mile wide. Situated in a deep valley to the north of the N16 Manorhamilton-Sligo road, 5 miles from Sligo, it has a spectacular waterfall at its north-east corner.The lough has a resident stock of small brown trout and gets a really good run of seatrout and a fair number of salmon, both spring fish and grilse.

The Ballisodare River

The Ballisodare River is just 5 miles long and flows from Collooney into Ballisodare Bay. With its tributaries, the Unshin River, the Owenmore River and the Owenbeg River, it drains a catchment of 252 square miles, which includes Lough Arrow and Templehouse Lake. Most of the fishing action takes place below the Butt of the Ballisodare Falls. There is a small run of spring salmon and in June-July the peak of its large grilse run is seen. There is some very good seatrout fishing in the estuary in the evenings on a rising tide. The famous Falls Pool at Ballisodare provides some fine fishing throughout the summer months. Angling must be booked in advance.

The Easkey River

The Easkey River, is a picturesque spate stream of approximately 20km in length. Its principal source is Lough Easkey situated high in the Ox Mountains which straddle Counties Mayo and Sligo. The river gets superb runs of salmon and seatrout from June and each summer spate brings fresh run fish right up to the end of the season. Most of the water is suitable for fly fishing with a single handed rod and there are some beautiful secluded pools which can produce wonderful sport any time between June and September. The Fortland Fishery, situated in the lower end of the Easkey River, comprises approximately 3 miles of double bank angling for Salmon & Seatrout in a beautiful & secluded wooded estate setting.

Lough Arrow

Arrow is one of the great Irish trout fishing loughs where the trout average 1½lb and fish to 6lb and 7lb are taken on fly annually. It is 4 miles north-west of Boyle, with Ballymote 6 miles and Ballyfarnan 3 miles away. It is a limestone lough, incredibly rich and, while it has some feeder streams, it is mainly spring-fed. The scarcity of spawning and nursery areas is a limiting factor in trout production. It is no longer stocked and anglers should not expect big catches. What you get is quality trout, but fewer of them. There is public access at Brick Pier on the eastern shore, Ballinafad Pier on the southern shore and Rinnbawn Pier on the western shore. More info at www.fishinginireland.info