If you want to try your hand at angling there is a rich and varied choice on Ireland’s 1,000km of inland waterways. Game and coarse anglers come here in droves, particularly as there is no closed season for coarse or pike fishing. All year round you can enjoy some of Ireland’s best stocked waters.
Game fishing has become increasingly popular as the Lower Bann is arguably home to some of the best sites for salmon and trout angling in Ireland.
Brown trout, perch, tench, and bream are just a few of the species to be found, and several areas are renowned for their stocks.
With multiple free access points for launching boats and an angling competition on nearly every week of the year, angling in Ireland is one of the most practised sports and recreational activity on the island.
Specially designed fishing stands offering access to anglers with wheelchairs have been installed at a number of locations along the Grand Canal and Barrow Navigtion.
Waterways Ireland promotes a catch and release policy.
Inland Fisheries Ireland are
contracted by Waterways Ireland to manage the fisheries development,
weed management and water quality on the Royal Canal, Grand Canal, Barrow Navigation and part of the Shannon-Erne Waterway.
Further information on permits and licences for both coarse and game fishing, can be found by contacting the following:
Shannon-Erne Waterway, Shannon Navigation, Royal Canal, Grand Canal and the Barrow Navigation