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 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:
The Camoge Angling Club have fishing on the river, a tributary of the excellent Maigue. The stretch is upstream from Croom, fly only for good wild brown trout.
Call +353 61 43762.
Rated as one of the most productive rivers in Ireland the Fearle offers up great angling for salmon and sea trout with over 1500 salmon and 2000 sea trout coming to rods in an average year. The river is 46 miles long with much of the fishing in the hands of angling clubs that issue day and week tickets.
At this time the Feale is Catch and Release for any salmon or sea trout over 40cm. Single or double barbless hooks, no worm ot prawn.
The Feale meanders in and out of Limerick into Kerry above Abbeyfeale.
Abbeyfeale Anglers Association have a number of beats on the Feale between Abbeyfeale and Duagh. Membership is very reasonably priced with discounts for seniors and excellent discounts for ladies, students and School Students. Day and week tickets from from Thomas O'Connels shop in the High Street Abbeyfeale.
Google Steet View Upper Feale
Brosna Mountcollins has an 8 mile stretch of the Feale from the junction with the Owenveg River upstream to a point near Ahuan Bridge. Excellent sea trout fishing from May to September and some grilse in the summer. Call +353 (0) 68 44281.
Google Map for the Owenveg / Feale junction 52.355191, -9.340819
North Kerry Angling Association controls 9 miles of water including the river Smearlagh and the redeveloped town water stretches at Listowel. The river has excellent fly water handled with a 14 foot rod and a bit of wading.
River Feale Listowel
Salmon start in spring in April with grilse arriving later in June peaking in July. There is a good back end run of bigger fish in Autmn. Best salmon stretches from the tidal water to Abbeyfeale.
Google Map Reference 52.386831, -9.303333 Abbeyfeale; Listowel 52.441621, -9.478753
Killmallock / Kilfinane Angling Club have a stretch of the river Loobagh a tributary of the famous river Maigue. Working with Limerick City Council and Inland Fisheries the club has launched Juvenline Wednesday where youngsters are invited to come along to learn the art on fly fishing with kit provided by Clappmore Municipal District. Great to see work like this, the gift of angling is a precious gift to give to a youngster - I know I was one once (hmm youngster, not gift).
The Maigue along with it's three main tributaries the Camoge (fly only), Morning Star and Loobagh (fly only) offers the opportunity to do some trout fishing with trout up to 3lbs being caught on the Maigue near Adare. There is a free stretch from Adare Bridge downstream for 1.5 miles. The river runs into the Shannon at Limerick providing a run of spring fish March to May and a run of grilse from June into July. All catch and release at present.
Goolge Map Adare 52.568964, -8.784292
River Mulcair, Castleconnell Salmon Fishery
The Mulcair and it's main tributary the Newport river are good salmon and trout fisheries extending to 25 miles of river. Joining the Shannon just up stream of Limerick they get a run of spring fish March to April and grilse from June to July.
Google Steet View Annachoty
The river fishes best after a spate but there are stretches where fish do hold up. Hot spots are Annacotty Weir, below Annacotty Bridge and at Ballyclough, also Long Field, Boher, Brittas and Dromkeen. After a good spate fish move up the Newport and fishing can be very good from Barringtons Bridge up to Killeenagarrif bridge
The river is open access run by the Electricity Generating Board who issue permits. Call +353 61 345589
Google Map Reference 52.668908, -8.528533 Annacotty Weir
Kingfisher Angling Club
Game and coarse fishing on the Shannon at Castleconnell, contact PJ Guerin's pub in Castleconnell Main Street. Call +353 61 377407. Checked 09/07/19
Limerick and District Angling Association
Founded in 1939 the club has worked hard to maintain and develop the fishing on the Lower River Shannon which offers a wide range of fishing options from game, to coarse and pike fishing. The fishing is extensive from O'Brien's Bridge to Thomond Bridge in Limerick City.
Not an insubstaintial river, the Shannon from Thomond Bridge in Limmerick (Google Street View)
With a river full of fantastic stocks of roach, rudd, dace, bream, perch and hybrids it is a coarse anglers paradise. The club has a Coarse Angling League which is very active in encouraging youngsters to take up the sport. They concentrate on a few good locations in the city; the Canal, Plasset, Corbally and the Gut and have some tackle free on loan for youngtsers to try their hand before committing to buy their own kit.
The club is also actively seeking to promote pike fishing and have an active competition scene for both coarse and pike angling.
For game fishing they run casting courses for beginers and improvers and there are some good stretches well suited to trout fishing. As to the salmon fishing the river is classified as Closed, no fishing for salmon but it hoped that as the river recovers this status will change.
In contrast with the river at Limerick, by the Universiity it is streamy and trouty. (Google Street View)
For membership go to this link:
Google Ref O'Briens Bridge 52.752314, -8.498431 Thomond Bridge 52.670136, -8.627085
Run by Bleach Lough Anglers Ltd is a 55 acre spring fed fishery near Dromore Castle. The lough is stocked with rainbows and browns up to 10lbs. There are also pike, perch, rudd and roach. Fishing methods are mostly fly and spinning.
Day permits and season tickets are available at reasonable prices and boats are also available for hire. There are discounts for pensioners, under 18 and under 8.
Permits from the club house during the day or from Anglers Curse Fishing Shop, Lacca, Manister Croom.
If you want a boat please book giving 2 days notice, call 087 9595610 or 087 9374891.
Google Map Reference 52.642953, -8.825170
Doohyle Trout Fishery
Near Rathkeale, a 45 acre lake, is run by the Shannon Angling Club who offer bank and boat fishing for brown and rainbow trout of 1.5 to 10lbs. The fishery has excellent facilities.
Shannon Region Fishery Board, Ashbourne Business Park, Dock Road, Limerick. Call +353 (0)61 300238. Google Map Reference 52.540188, -8.924909
See above Stillwaters
Limerick and District Angling Association
See Shannon above