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It's time to go fishing in Ireland

Ireland is recognised as being the outstanding fishing holiday destination in Europe. The vast variety and quality of fishing in Ireland makes it the perfect destination for your angling holiday.

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Additional Fishing Resources

Irish Fishing Tackle Shops

A definitive list of all the fishing tackle shops in the Ireland. Arranged by county, details what each shop sells, an invaluable resource.

Fishing Guides and Ghillies

Here you will find contact details of all the ghillies, Irish fishing guides and casting instructors for flyfishing, coarse and sea angling in Ireland.

Fishing Charter Boats

A list of all registered and insured deep sea fishing, angling charter boats in Ireland.

Irish Angling Regulations

A complete guide to all bye laws and regulations governing angling in Ireland.

Online angling guide for anglers with a disablity

An online angling guide for anglers with a disablity or restricted mobility featuring those fisheries which offer accessible angling.

River Basin District Offices

An introduction to and contact information for the River Basin District Offices.

Fishing in Ireland

The Irish climate is well suited to sport angling. It is temperate and kind to the angler with moderate summers, mild winters and adequate rainfall throughout the year. The warm waters of the North Atlantic Drift lap the south and west coasts, giving us a milder climate than our geographical location would indicate.

The result is a fabulous mixture of cold and warm water fish species, capable of exciting the specialist or casual angler on the annual family holiday. In fresh water, they range from Carp, more attuned to warm waters, to the Atlantic Salmon, which is a north Atlantic species. The marine species range from the cold water Cod and Coalfish to the Mediterranean loving Bass and the mid Atlantic Blue Shark.

Many Irish people enjoy fishing but we are happy to share our "riches" with our fellow anglers from all over the world. Few of us, however, fish for coarse fish (freshwater species other than the salmon and trout family) which means that our magnificent pike, bream, tench, roach, rudd and eel fisheries are largely left to the tourist, as is much of the sea angling, particularly along the south and west coasts.

Lakes, rivers and coastal stretches are surveyed and mapped, fisheries are managed and stocked, while banks and access routes to the waters edge are developed to ensure the visitor gets directly and easily to the hotspots. Most of the angling is organised around recognised angling centres which specialise in catering for the angling tourist. Salmon and trout fisheries are usually the property of an individual, club, organisation or the state and permission to fish is generally required except in the case of the state owned lakes, such as the Great Western Loughs and the Lakes of Killarney.

Some waters have seldom, if ever seen a rod and line but exploration is always an enjoyable part of an fishing holiday, so do not be afraid to "have a go", it might well result in the fish of a lifetime.