Where to Fish in Southern Ireland - Co Clare

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The Shannon


The river Shannon is one enormous fishery running through several counties, many loughs and an associated, extensive canal system.

Sourced from Shannon Pot the river flows 224 miles through Cavan, Leitrim, Longford, Westmeath, Rosscommon, Offaly, Gallway, Tiperary, Limerick and Clare forming the border between counties for much of it's length.

Google Satellite View Shannon Pots

Google Satelite View, That little spot is the soure of the Shannon. From little acorns....


The Shannon drains one fith of Ireland, 6,512 sqaure mile, passing through loughs Allen, Drumharlow, Corry, Tap, Boderg, Bofin, Forbes, Ree, and Derg. It is also linked to Dublin by the Grand Canal. There are also many canalised sections associated with the river Shannon.

Shannon is mentioned in all counties in Spinfish Where to Fish guide to fishing in Ireland but there is so much of it you really need many more references to get to grips with this famed river. Here are a few links well worth checking out:

Country Sport and Country Life Coarse Fishing in the Shannon Region

Fishing in Ireland Tulla Angling Centre

Fishing in Ireland, Shannon, Banagher

Fishing in Ireland Lanesboro Angling Centre / Shannon

Fishing in Ireland Lough Ree

Midland Fisheries Group, Waters and Permits

Rivers Game


Doonbeg River


Once a decent salmon and sea trout water the Doonbeg was a victim of netting. Now in recovery it is rated as open to catch and release fishing.

A West Clare l by law at present prohibits the use of worm or other bait. Fly or spining permitted with a single barbless hook.

Cannot find information about permits at present.

Google Map 52.731152, -9.523640

River Fergus


The fishing on the river Fergus is considered to be free, but please check locally before wetting a line. The river drains a large catchment of limestone so the river is fertile, slow and weedy in places. Perfect trout country with wild fish to 4lb caught every year.

Fly fishing for trout is good especially with the dry fly. Recommended water is above Ennis near Know Bridge.

There are a number of loughs through which the river flows, these also have good wild trout fishing

The river is classified as closed for migratory fish at persent.

Google Map Reference 52.790885, -8.958839

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Stillwaters / Loughs


Kilkee Reservoir


Stocked with brown and rainbow trout. Located near Doonbeg 1.5 miles from Kilkee. No information on permits. 52.731122, -9.523635

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Knockerra Lake


Located near Killimer the lough is stocked with ranbows. Sorry no information on permits.

Google Map 52.660384, -9.388158

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Lough Derg


At 13,000 hectares this is a very daunting prospect to fish. Best known for it excellent coarse fishing with monster pike (there is a tale of a 92lb pike being caught) and great bream, tench, roach and perch the loch does hold good stocks of brown trout and a species of trout called croneen that are unique to Derg.

The current by-law bans taking any trout less than 36cm. The lough has afantastic Mayfly hatch. They fish the Green Fly on a 6lb tippet!

Fishing for trout on the lough is free, however it is such a big lough you really need to explore it in a boat with an outboard (and a spare can of petrol, the lough is 15km wide in places and 30km long)

For information on guides and boats got to Fishing In Ireland:

Fishing in Ireland Lough Derg

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Coarse Fishing


Lough Derg


At 13,000 hectares this is a very daunting prospect to fish. Best known for it excellent coarse fishing with monster pike (there is a tale of a 92lb pike being caught) and great bream, tench, roach and perch the loch does hold good stocks of brown trout and a species of trout called croneen that are unique to Derg.

There are a number of stands at Twomilegate for fishing if boats are not for you or you have a disability. See the screen shor from Google Satellite below, there are a lots of suitable stands.

Goole Satellite view Twomilegate Lough Derg

For information on guides and and boats got to Fishing In Ireland:

Fishing in Ireland Lough Derg

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Tula Angling Centre


Located in the Heart of the East Clare Lakelands puts you among some of the best coarse fishing you will find anywhere.

There are up to 40 lakes all with good stocks of fish including roach, bream, pike, perch, tench, rudd and hybrids. Some lakes has whopping big pike.

Have a look at this Link to find out more:

Coarse Fishing in East Clare

Tula and District Angling Club


Tula Dist AA is a lively bunch with an active coarse and pike competition scene going. They also ahve a trout fishery so they they tick a lot of boxes. Membership is very well prices. Call mobile, 087 1546804.

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