Freshwater Fishing – Angling
The Clifden Trout Angler’s Association.
The Clifden Trout Angler’s was established in 1938 and since then has acquired the fishing rights to many lakes and rivers. It is managed by it’s committee officers and members and is affiliated to the Connaught Angling Council/TAFI.
“To promote, develop and foster angling in the waters under its control, to assist in the protection and preservation of waters and generally to exert its influence for the betterment of the sport.”
Trout and Salmon fishing on Clifden Trout Angler’s waters.
Brown Trout fishing is available on various named lakes throughout the trout fishing season. There is no suitable river for trout fishing.
The methods of fishing are limited to fly, worm and spinning, differing in each lake and the type allowed indicated on the individual lake information note, which also shows the location, if boats are available, recommended flies and experience suitability.
The fishing season for trout is from 15th February until 12th October
Salmon fishing is available throughout the salmon fishing season on the Owenglen river. This is a spate river and fishes best at such times and particularly in July and August.
There are a number of access points to the river, the easiest and with parking, being those in the Clifden Glen. and suitable for both methods of permitted fishing. The other river access areas are indicated on the separate river map.
The fishing season for salmon is from 1st February until 30th September (Sea trout from 1st June until 30th September)
Nb. No fishing between the two bridges over the Owenglen river on the Dooneen and Ballyconneely roads. From 15th May until 30th September (Bye law No 371)
Fishing Licence; By law every angler must purchase a state licence to fish for salmon and sea trout. (Brown trout do not require a licence).They are issued by the Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) or their agents. The cost varies according to geographical district, and the period of the licence. Their purchase confers enforced strict rules and regulations on the angler and these should be read carefully as they often differ from region to region and year to year.
Please read rules and regulations at www.fisheriesireland.ie/Salmon-Regulations/salmon-regulations.html for the Owenglen river district No 10(1)
This licence may be purchased on line at; A) Ireland Fisheries Inland (IFI) at www.fisheriesireland.ie/Angling-Information/salmon-licence.html
or (B) from their agent, Stanleys, Market Street. Clifden
Carry your licence at all times when fishing
Fishing Permits are necessary and purchased by anglers wishing to fish the Clifden Anglers fisheries foe salmon, sea trout and brown trout. The cost depends on age (free brown trout fishing for under 16’s) and fishing duration. Your permit from the Clifden Anglers allows you access to fish their fishing waters and you may be approached by club members, fishery board officers or the landowner to produce your permit. Please cooperate with courtesy and note that fishing without a permit and licence will incur a fine.
Permit cost (2017) River; €25/day €100/week Lake; €10/day €30/week
Permits may be purchased at Stanleys (09521039) or All Things Connemara (09522630) Market Street Clifden between 10 and 11am, They are issued by date not time
Carry your permit at all times when fishing
Fishing methods and bag limits; Only fly, spinning or worm fishing are permitted on these available lakes and river where indicated. There are strict conditions attached to how many salmon may be taken (see details with your State Licence ), no sea trout may be taken, and do not be greedy with your take home brown trout.(see notice on reverse of permit).
Number of rods; you may only fish with one rod, a second or hand line may not be set.
Parking vehicles; Parking areas are identified on the maps. Please do not obstruct road traffic and land owner’s access.
Litter; Please take this home for disposal, including any cut line. Any litter may be harmful to livestock and wildlife.
Safety; Take care when accessing and fishing these fisheries. Some are remote and require you to be diligent with your footing, inform a relative or friend where you intend to fish and bring a mobile phone.
Close all gates and take care not to damage walls or fences when accessing the fishery.
Membership of the Clifden Trout Anglers Association (CTAA)
An application form for full or associate membership of the CTAA may be obtained from Stanley’s Market Street, Clifden or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org The completed form requires a full club member’s signature as a proposer and another as a seconder, and the application will be considered at the next available CTAA committee meeting.
The following lakes (or loughs) are recommended to visitors.
1. Lough Nambrackkeagh (Waterworks);
Take the N59 Galway road out of Clifden for 1.4 kms turning left at signpost (Couravoughil L51283) on to single tract for 0.7 kms and park outside the gate on the left. (53 29 40 N 9 59 48 W)
Brown trout (average 1lb)
Fly fishing only
Useful flies; Olive, Daddy, Sedges
Suitable for novice and experienced anglers.
2. Lough Auna;
Take the Westport road (N59) out of Clifden for 6 Kms take first turn right after turn off for Shanaheever, single track road for 3 Kms.
Entrance/limited parking. Use style for entrance (coordinates): 53 30 32 N 9 58 59 W
Brown trout. (average 1/4lb )
Useful flies: size 8-10 Olive, nymphs Connemara black
Fly fishing from shore
Especially suitable for novice shore anglers.
3. Derrylea lake:
Take the N59 Galway road out of Clifden for 5.8 kms.
Entrance/parking On the right off the main Galway road at the Eastern end of the lake (boat pier 53 28 50 N 9 56 6 W) or car park just off the main road on right half way along the lake.
Brown trout (up to 2lbs)
Fly fishing only from boat or shore
Useful flies; size 8-10 Sedge, Daddy, Olive
Suitable for novice and experienced anglers.
As per Derrylea lake.
5. Dooneen lake (aka Phreachain);
Take the Ballyconneely (R34) exit from Clifden for just 100 meters and go straight over bridge directly ahead and carry on straight up that road is a single track for ? km out
Entrance /parking coordinates: 53 28 45 N 10 00 07 W
Brown trout (average 1lb)
Useful flies: Olives and old traditional flies
Fly fishing only from shore
Suitable for experienced anglers.
6. Lough Beaghcauneen;
Take the Ballyconneely Road from Clifden (R341) for 2.9 kms turn left immediately before bridge (signpost Cashel L1105) on to the Bog Road. The parking area and pier is in …Kms coordinates 53 27 40 N 9 59 26 W
Brown trout/sea trout/salmon
Useful flies; Badger hair, Peter Ross, Butcher, Connemara black.
Fly fishing and worm
7. Lough Fadda;
Take the Ballyconneely road from Clifden (R34) for 2.9Kms, turn left immediately before bridge (signpost Cashel L1105) on to the Bog Road. In 0.3Kms follow sign post on right to Lough Fadda. Single track road 1.5 Kms to car park at lough edge.( coordinates): 53 26 57 N 10 00 38 W
8. Owenglin River; Runs through Clifden with many access points (see map)
Salmon, occasional sea trout. This is a spate river but fish will lie up river in low water.
Fly and worm fishing from banks.
Useful flies. Stoat’s tail, shrimp, badger
Suitable for experienced anglers.
Hire; Boats are available for hire between 10 and 11 am from Stanleys they are currently on the following Lakes; Derrylea, Fadda, Auna, & Beaghcauneen These sites may vary from year to year.
Safety; All those in the boat, by law, must wear life jackets and be familiar with boat angling.
Life jackets are available at booking, along with a key to the mooring and the boats contain a bailing vessel and oars. The key and lifejackets must be returned by 6pm
Please report any deficiencies you find in the boat, and leave the boat in a suitable condition for the next anglers.
Engines of any kind, boats or flotation equipment other than those provided by the Clifden Anglers are not permitted on any of the Clifden Angler’s fisheries.
Reservation of boats; may be made only 24hours before hand in Stanleys, Market Street Clifden Tel No.095 21039.
Cost per day; €20
Around Clifden, Connemara
Clifden is a renowned boat angling centre, with several boats available for charter, with John Brittain the best known… thanks to his exploits chasing the Blue Fin Tuna north of Clifden. Large shark and wrecking grounds are available barely twenty minutes outside the harbour, past Turbot Island. With this depth of water available, the bay itself has some nice marks and further afield there is some excellent beach and rock platforms. This area runs from Killary Harbour to the famous Slyne Head at Ballyconneelly Bay. The problem is that a shore angler is spoilt for choice and you can fish every method possible in the area and expect to avoid the dreaded blank on any given day.
1 – Cleggan Pier; A small coastal village , the pier at Cleggan is best known for the large specimen Mullet that often congregate in large shoals… Species & Techniques: Flounder dominate the Flatfish catch and there is the possibility of a Conger after dark. Tim Hoy in 2004 adds “Cleggan Pier will also throw up the occassional Plaice”. Tim goes on to suggest a new mark: – “Signal Tower Hill, opposite Cleggan across the bay is a mass of possibilities but I never fished it as it is so difficult to get to. If you want to do some exploring, from Cleggan, go over the causeway and turn sharp left. This will take you along to a farm but sensible parking away from the gates is OK. Then it’s walking for about 3 km before you reach the end. Several places along that walk look possible from the other side of the Bay.”
2 – Coolacloy; Fishing off this headland into the mouth of Streamstown Bay (towards Omey Island) offers access to deep water and mized ground. Tackle losses can be high and the mark should not be used in heavy weather. Species & Techniques: Spinning will account for Pollack and Coalfish, with Mackerel in season and the odd Garfish. Float fishing is the preferred option for the Wrasse. Bottom fishing will take Conger and LSDs.
3 – Slopers Cliff On the southern coast of the Penninsula holding the famous Sky Road, you will find Slopers Cliff. This gives access into deep water at the mouth of Clifden Bay. The bottom is quite mixed with rock and weed interspersed with drifts of sand. Species & Techniques: Flounder again dominate the Flatfish catch but Dabs and Plaice are possible, with Dogfish and Ray common enough. Coalfish, Wrasse and small Pollack are taken on a float rig, and bottom fishing over the foul ground offers Conger and Bull Huss. A friend took a 2 lb black sole using rag on a pennel rig (1/0s) in 1999.
4 – The White Lady; On the far side of Clifden Bay, you find the best mark of all… This exposed headland gives access into deep water with sand the dominant terrain. Species & Techniques: Flounder again come to the fore, with Dabs and Plaice more common than elsewhere in the area and Ray a reasonable possibility in calm weather. Pollack and Mackerel can be taken on spinners and feathers, with very big Wrasse available on legered rigs (rottom bottoms required) or float rigs fishing below you.
5 – Ballinaga; Up the road, west from Ballinaboy, you reach the reach mark called Ballinaga… Facing into Mannin Bay, this exposed western headland is a superb deep water fishing mark, even if it is a bugger to get to… Species & Techniques: Bottom fishing over the mixed ground will bring up into contact with all of the Flatfish including smaller Turbot (provided you use a fish bait). Wrasse are availabel also in the weedier areas and in the stronger currents around rocks. Dogfish and Rays have also been caught there recently, especially in the margins around sandy patches, and even at low water.
6 – Dooloughan; Farther south west, on the far side of Mannin Bay, and having run through Ballconneely village, you reach the reach mark called Dooloughan… Facing directly into the Atlantic but sheltered from the worst of the western winds, this relatively sheltered mark is rarely fished but is akin to Ballinaga in terms of terrain and species. Species & Techniques: Bottom fishing over the mixed ground will bring up into contact with Flounder, Turbot , with Dogfish, Conger, Wrasse and Rays all available. Reputedly the area around Dooloughan fishes best on an incoming tide and at night.
7 – Omey Island; Cross the strand from the mainland at low water (it floods at high water, worth remembering on the way home!) and folllow the road to the south past Fahy Lough right to the end. Lugworm can be dug from the flats at either end of the main strand. Avoid the paths leading to the beach and work your way south west towards the point. Species & Techniques: Pollack Wrasse and Conger are the main species , all on legered baits but try for Wrasse with floating rigs. The occassional large Bull Huss has also been reported.
8 – The Northern Road in Streamstown Bay; There are several good rock fishing marks along the bay on the north side, just down from the road. They run from the megalicthic tomb (signposted on the left hand side) down as far as the ruined castle on the shore. Species & Techniques:Again Pollack Wrasse and Conger are the main species , all on legered baits although you could try for the Wrasse with float fished rigs. Spinning will take Mackerel, Garfish and Pollack in season. Sand eel lures will work too.
9 – Rossadillask; Our thanks to Tim Hoy for this and further marks uncovered by his pioneering work in 2004! “This is to the west of Cleggan. Untested but recommended, but I made the mistake of going to the end of the road towards Goreen Island, instead of turning right to Rossadillask”. Species & Techniques: Pollack Wrasse and Conger are the main species , all on legered baits but try for Wrasse with floating rigs. The occassional large Bull Huss has also been reported. Mackerel and Pollack will fall to spinning tactics in summer.
10 – Bundouglas West; Again our thanks to Tim Hoy for this and further marks uncovered by his pioneering work in 2004! Take the junction in Cleggan pointing to Kylemore Abbey and at just over 2.6km (1.5 miles) turn left up a small road. Ignore all side roads and follow this road to the very end. You should then be on a grassy hillside with plenty of room for parking. Species & Techniques: There are a number of marks accessible along the base of the cliffs, with one good spot for spinning, (mackerel and pollock) with a very deep gulley alongside. Clean sandy areas are easily in reach along this shore, suggesting Flatfish, Dogfish, and Thornback Rays in the summer. Conger Eels will not be far away and you will undoubtedly contact ribble (small Coalfish) in the winter alongside Whiting and the odd Codling.
11 – Bundouglas East; Again our thanks to Tim Hoy for this and further marks uncovered by his pioneering work in 2004! Take the junction in Cleggan pointing to Kylemore Abbey and at just over 2.6 km (1.5 miles) turn left up a small road. Ignore all side roads to the left and take the right turn which will bring you onto the crescent shaped Bundouglas Beach. Parking is available but be aware this is a regular spot for commercial fishermen. The beach itself looks promising but is usually too cluttered with lines, pots and nets to be any good for bait fishing. Instead take a walk over the top of the hill eastwards which will bring you along the top of a small cliff which goes on for 1 kilometre. Take care as there are some very deep trwacherous holes in the cliff side walk. Species & Techniques: There are lots of marks but spinning from the three rocks that stick out always seems to produce Pollock and Mackerel in season. Another good spot is further along where a small stream runs off the hill and in this area there is deep clean water and plenty of room. A delightful area, clean and full of possibilities without being too dangerous, it is best fished on a breezy or wet day as the midges can come in liquid form!
Extracts taken from http://www.sea-angling-ireland.org/
Deep Sea Angling
Bluewater Fishing, Sharramore House, Streamstown, Clifden
Contact John Brittain
Queen of Connemara: Connemara Sea Leisure, Derryinver, Letterfrack.
Contact: John Mongan, Tel. +353 (0)95 44743
Western Kingfisher: Contact Johnny King, Cleggan, +353 95 44649
Celtic Queen: Contact John Ryan, Dun Aengus, Sky Road, Clifden Tel. 00 353 95 21069
Mollymawk: Contact John Roberts+353 (0)95 23569, Bunowen Pier, Ballyconneely.
Wild Atlantic Sea Safari: Boat Tours – Water Taxi – Boat Charter, Robert Coohill +353 (0)87 246 1339 www.wildatlanticseasafari.com