Flowing from the hills of Wicklow the Liffey travels over 80 miles to get to the sea at Dublin just 12 miles north of it's source. A twisty, turning water it's no wonder Guinness is so inebriating because the famous source of it's water looks wee bit drunk on the map.
At present the river is closed upstream of Leixlip dam for migratory fish. Down stream is catch and release only. There are a number of angling clubs with water as well as private water.
There is free fishing at Memorial Park above Island Bridge upstream to Leixlip Bridge. (Google Map 53.347269, -6.308253 Island Bridge) and on the left bank of the river upstream from Leixlip Bridge (Google Map 53.363057, -6.486216) to the meetings with Rye river (Google Map Castle Boat House meeting Rye and Liffy)
Dublin and Trout Anglers Association
Dublin TAA have fishing on several venues including:
Leixlip Fishery, Pollaphuca Reservoir, Bohernabreena Reservoir, King River, the river Liffey between Celbridge and Straffan and the Clane river.
Membership is inexpensive and day tickets are available for the river fishing. Permits from Angling and Shooting in Ballydowd, Lucan; Charles Camping, Main St, and Crauls Shop, Manor Kilbride both in Blessington, Wicklow; Clare Angling Centre, Clane Business Park.
There are several angling associations with water on the Liffy and it's tributaries;
Dublin and District Salmon Anglers Association, Leixlip and District Angling Association, Lucan Trout and Salmon Association with fishing on the south bank of the Liffey from Lucan Bridge to Hermitage Golf Course
Unfortunately there is little in the way of information on the internet.
See Dublin Trout Angler Association for details of thier stillwater fisheries along the river Liffey system.
Corkagh Park Fishery
Located right on the outskirts of Dublin this very attractive park has 2 lakes one for fly fishing for trout the other for coarse fishing.
The trout lake is supplied with water from the Cramac river. Stock with fish in the the 3 to 4lb range it is a big water fishery with some fish to 10lb plus added to the mix. Excellent fly life good top of the water fishing.
The coarse lake is well stocked too with carp averaging 5lbs with some to mid teens. There are also some very good perch, good sized roach plus rudd and tench.
There is a cafe in the park, toilets. parking near the lake. The fishery also has wheelchair accessible fishing stands
Google Map 53.314670, -6.415543
Gormanston and District Anglers Club
Centred in the village of Balrothery in North Dublin County the club offers fishing on Wavin Lake and the Delvin River.
Wavin Lake is 26 acres stocked with rainbows, best fish to date 12lbs 13ozs. There are wild brown trout.
The fishery has 6 boats and facilities giving disabled anglers access to the water on 8 stone jetties.
The Delvin river is a small river flowing into the sea at Gormanstone Beach. It has wild brown trout supplemented by stocking. Fish to a couple of pounder have been caught. There is also a run of sea trout arriving in May through the summer dependent on the water conditions. Fishes best on a falling spate.
Membership attracts a premium for new members but there after the annual charge is well priced with discouts for OAPs and students.
Day tickets are limited to people accompanied by a full senior member.
Google Map Delvin River 53.632858, -6.216301
Google Map Wavin Lake 53.583450, -6.199923
Bessington Lake (Pollaphuca Reservoir) is a 5,000 acre lake, part of the Electicity Supply Board hydro scheme (ESB).
Stocked regularly with rainbow and brown trout of about 1 pound average, the waters also hold some ferox to 10lbs. Fishing from a boat is pest.
The fishery also has excellent stocks of roach, rudd and perch and some very good pike fishing.
An Electricity Supply Board permit required. Permits from Charles Camping in Blessington. Boat permits from ESB call +353 (0) 87 3552403). Boat hire in Ballyknockan call 87 3552403.
Google Map Blessington 53.165278, -6.528471
Darndale (Belcamp) Park
Built in 1999 these ponds suffered clogging by invasive water weeds. After much hard work the weeds have been dealt with and the waters cleared again for fishing. There are two ponds in the park now stocked with carp to 10lb, rudd, bream, tench and hybrids.
There is a good made path arond the bigger pond that I believe would give good access for wheelchair users.
Call 01 8771500.
Google Map 53.403638, -6.192860