Spinfish Fisheries with Access for Disabled Anglers - Kilkenny

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Spinfish A to Z Guide to Fisheries Accessible to Disabled Anglers

Coarse Fishing | Rivers | Stillwaters / Loughs

Accessible Fisheries in Southern Ireland

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The Barrow

The extract below is from the Carlow page however as the Barrow is the border between Carlow and Kilkenny for much of it's length a lot of what is included here will be eqaully useful if you are in or visiting Kilkenny.

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.

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

There are 2 solid platforms with safety rails for fishing very near St Mullins next to Millichain Cafe with vehicle access right to the waters edge. See the Google screen shot of the platforms below.

Google screen shot Fishing Stands St Mullins

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, tench, roach and perch is good at Bahana Woods above St Mullins, Ballytiglea Bridge Google Map 52.601056, -6.953213and Graiguenamanagh Google Map 52.539646, -6.954565

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).


Stillwaters / Loughs

Ardaire Springs Trout Fishery

Ardaire Springs is a 2.5 acres fishery near Mooncoin. Stocked with rainbows and brown trout from 2 to 20lbs.

Terms are 1 fish to 1kilo can be taken all other fish over 1 kilo to be returned.

There fishery has set aside a 100m stretch of bank for anglers with disabilities when fly and bait fishing is allowed.

There is a tackle shop on site witha snack bar and a BBQ you even get a free cuppa.

Call 086 8128937

Google Map 52.309391, -7.232382

Checked 10/06/19

Coarse Fishing

See Barrow above, it is afisrst class coarse fishery over much of it's length and the fishing is free, you only need license if you are fishing for salmon. Many stretches of the river are in the hands of angling clubs, there may be a charge particularly on the best trout waters.