Cork is exceptionally fortunate to have a choice of well stocked and very clean rivers. Licences are required to fish them so prepare well before coming to visit.
Located in Mallow in North Cork, Ballyhass Lakes are one of Ireland’s best known still spring water trout fisheries with 11 four star holiday homes and an activity centre for groups, schools and corporate team building.
Renowned the world over for the quality of its salmon fishing, the River Blackwater, is just waiting to be discovered. One of our favourite locations is Ballyvolane House, a historic Irish country home of extraordinary warmth, style and comfort that provides luxury accommodation and salmon fishing on the river Blackwater.
The magnificent 20 bedroom, Georgian built Longueville House also offers excellent packages on its own private stretch of the river.
Another location with a choice of less expensive fishing options in the area is www.fishcappoquin.com
Kilcoleman is situated on The Bandon River which flows through some of the most scenic countryside in the South West of Ireland. For centuries it has been recognized as one of the best fly fishing locations in Ireland.
Lisselan Estate (Clonakilty)
River fishing for salmon and sea trout on the best private stretches of the river Argideen (translated from Irish means Little Silver Stream). The river has one of the best wild, naturally reproducing stocks of salmon and sea-trout in the south-west of Ireland.
The River Ilen which is in the area of Skibbereen in West Cork is a spate river and the runs of salmon and grilse are dependent on there being sufficient water to encourage them. However, when fish are running there is usually a good chance that they will take quite readily. Salmon runs tend to be enhanced when there are spring and neap tides in addition to any rainfall. However, grilse in particular, will run quite far upstream, even in drought conditions. Much of the fishing is controlled by the River Ilen Anglers Club who issue daily and weekly permits to visitors. A state licence is also required.
15 minute drive from Skibbereen – “Located in a scenic wooded area. The lake is mainly deep (to 40 ft.) with narrow, shallow, margins. Attractive shore angling sites off by-road at eastern end of lake and boats are available for hire. The lake holds a good stock of wild, native Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout are stocked regularly to maintain a high stock density and give worth-while angling returns. Small Eels, Rudd and occasional Pike are also present.”