The river Barrow offers something for all fresh water fishermen. They get runs of salmon and sea trout (salmon are catch and release only). The salmon and trout season runs from March 17th to 30th September with the best of the salmon arriving later in the season.
This long river passes through several counties including
The Barrow also has healthy runs of twaite shad. In fact the shad fishing is so good they hold an annual international competition in May in St Mullins. Best fished for with a spinner of fly. Google Map St Mullins 52.487591, -6.930332
Brown trout fishing can be good on the river and on its tributaries, the Greese and Lerr, with fish up to 2lbs. Hot spots are behind the Dolman Hotel in Carlow, between Gorebridge and Graiguenamanagh and at Milford. The Weir Pool below St Mullins Weir has lots of fish in the half pound range. Google Map, Weir Pool. 52.502420, -6.939547
Pike fishing is especially good between Athy and St Mullins with 20lb+ fish caught rgeularly.
Course fishing for bream and hybrids as well as rudd, bream, tench, roach and perch and roach/bream and rudd/bream hybrids is good throughout the system and on the 14 miles of the associated Grand Canal Barrow branch. which runs alongside the rivers in places where the Barrow is not navigable. Bahana Woods above St Mullins, Ballytiglea Bridge Google Map 52.601056, -6.953213and Graiguenamanagh Google Map 52.539646, -6.954565
Key coarse fishing centres are Monastrevin, Athy, Carlow, Leighlinbridge, Bagnalstown
There are 5 custom built fishing stands for wheelchair users with adjacent parking in Bagnelstown down stream of Rathelin Lock. Good tarmac paths.The location was selected as it offers the full range of Barrow fish. The river is navigable here, 40 metres wide, 3 to 4m deep with a slow flow. Boat traffic is low. Google Map Bagnelstown 52.703959, -6.957044
Course fishing is free and permits for salmon and trout can be had from local tackle shops (you need a licence as well for salmon and sea trout fishing).
The Burrin has a very good reputation for brown trout fishing. It looks trouty / dry fly water. Permits from Murph's Tackle shop in Tarlow St, Carlow. Google Map Murph's 52.836219, -6.927184
Salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing in the Slanney. Salmon fishing is catch and release only but you can take up to 3 sea trout in a 24 hour period at present. Fishing is fly only on the Slaney, single barbless hooks only. Permits for the Tullow Angling Club water from Quick - Pick in Abbey st, Tullow.
Google Map 52.802079, -6.738096
Ballin Temple Beat, Slaney
Consists of 20 named pools with fishing for salmon and quality brown trout. The river runs for 3k through a Special Area of Conservation through fertile meadows and woodland.
The season for migratory fish and brown trout is 10th March to 31swt of August.
The best of the salmon fishing is from March to May with some sea trout in June and July.
Day, week and season tickets available. Contact Ballin Temple Cottages and Fishery, Ardattin, Co. Carlow, Ireland.
Call: +353 (086) 817238; 086 0891141 05 or 059 647 7033.
Google Map Reference 52.727320, -6.698997
Southern County Fishing Resort
The resort near Milltown is on a 45 acre site on the banks of the river Burrin, 3 lakes covering 10 acres. According to the Tourist Board there is rainbow trout fishing for fish in the 2 to 10lb range. Also salmon and carp.
There is a cafe on site serving hot and cold drinks and snacks.
Call 059 915 773 or mobile 087 837 3032.
See Barrow river above for information on this excellent mixed fishery with everything going, salmon, shad, big pike, lots of coarse fish, carp wild trout. Got the lot